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I'm excited to be a part of the FOX6 team. It's amazing to be living out my dream and working as a news reporter in a great city. I come to FOX 6 from WCIA in Champaign, IL. Before that, I worked at WAND as a Champaign bureau reporter. As WCIA's lead nightside reporter, I covered the fall of former Governor Rod Blagojevich, the largest admissions scandal in the history of the University of Illinois, and even rubbed elbows with Roger Ebert at his acclaimed film festival "Ebertfest." It is nice to be working with so many reporters I used to rub elbows with in Champaign like Brittney Sager, Bret Buganski, Ben Handelman, and A.J. Bayatpour.

I knew I wanted to be a TV reporter since I was a kid. I used to stay up late to watch the 10 o'clock news every night, against my parent's wishes, on my couch in Northwest Indiana. Being a Hoosier, it was in my blood (and family history) to attend Indiana University. There, I double majored in political science and Hoosier basketball. After graduation I earned my Master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

I enjoy hearing from viewers, so shoot me a line. By the way, you can follow me on twitter at twitter.com/AshleySears6!

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  • Trevor Casper

    “An amazing young man:” Trevor Casper, trooper killed in confrontation was Kiel native

    KIEL (WITI/AP) — A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper who was killed in a confrontation with a bank robbery suspect in Fond du Lac was a Kiel native who was active in high school sports and once made the prom court. He was a 2014 graduate of Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, Wisconsin. Trevor Casper was just 21 years old, and three months out of the Wisconsin State Patrol’s training academy before Tuesday night’s shootout in Fond du Lac. Authorities say both Casper […]

  • Christopher Manney

    Christopher Manney takes the stand in appeal hearing: “I want to return to duty. It’s who I am. I’m a cop”

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — On Sunday afternoon, March 22nd, on day four of his appeal hearing, former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney took the witness stand. Manney was first questioned by his attorney, Jonathan Cermele. Manney recounted his version of what happened on April 30th, 2014 — the day he shot and killed 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park. “He was lying on cement. He was completely flat on his back. His palms were up. His left leg though was up […]

  • Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn testifies in Manney appeal hearing

    “He violated our core value of competence:” Chief Ed Flynn testifies in Manney appeal hearing

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — After 7 hours of testimony, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn testified on Saturday afternoon, March 21st in the appeal hearing for Christopher Manney. He explained in detail why he fired then-officer Manney. Manney was fired for performing a pat down leading up to the deadly shooting of Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park in April 2014. Manney’s lawyer argues Hamilton had no right to sleep in the park in the first place because it is against city ordinance. On the […]

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    “We’ve waited almost a year:” Hamilton family anxious as Manney appeal hearing gets underway

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission has begun hearing the case to decide whether Christopher Manney should get his job back. Manney is the former Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee last April. On April 30th, 2014, Hamilton was sleeping in Red Arrow Park. Then-Officer Christopher Manney was performing a welfare check, and police say Hamilton grabbed Manney’s baton and struck him with it. That’s when Christopher Manney […]

  • Dontre Hamilton and Christopher Manney

    Will he get his job back? Appeal hearing for Christopher Manney starts Thursday

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission will begin hearing the case to decide whether Christopher Manney should get his job back Thursday, March 19th. Manney is the former Milwaukee police officer who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee last April. On April 30th, 2014, Hamilton was sleeping in Red Arrow Park. Then-Officer Christopher Manney was performing a welfare check, and police say Hamilton grabbed Manney’s baton and struck him with it. […]

  • St. Patrick's Day

    Headed out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Police will be watching, helping you stay safe

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — On this St. Patrick’s Day, law enforcement officials are working hard to make sure you are able to celebrate safely. The Milwaukee Police Department and Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office are among the agencies ramping up patrols as folks celebrate the Irish. Law enforcement officials were watching on foot, on horseback, on motorcycles, on bikes and in squad cars as partiers gathered on Water Street in Milwaukee Tuesday, March 17th. They have this to say to those celebrating on […]

  • Robinson Funeral

    More than 1,000 attend funeral for 19-year-old Tony Robinson, shot by officer

    MADISON (AP/WITI) — An overflow crowd in Madison to remember 19-year-old Tony Robinson — shot and killed by a Madison police officer Friday, March 6th. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 14th. The incident began on March 6th when authorities got a call that a male was yelling and jumping in front of cars, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said. A little later, the dispatcher says, “Apparently Tony hit one of his friends. No weapons seen.”Dispatchers identified him as Tony […]

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    Girls accused of stabbing a classmate will remain in adult court… for now

    WAUKESHA COUNTY (WITI) — It’s a shocking and unusual case against two young girls accused of stabbing a friend 19 times in Waukesha County. The infamous case surrounding the fictional character Slenderman and the girls’ efforts to please him will stay in adult court for now. That’s even though the girls were just 12 years old when they allegedly committed the crime. The Waukesha County judge hearing the case on Friday, March 13th says the girls started plotting to kill their […]

  • Palcohol

    “It makes it too convenient:” Federal approval of powdered alcohol sparks concern for state lawmakers

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — There’s beer, and there’s wine…how about “Palcohol?” Powdered alcohol, or “‘Palcohol,” has been federally approved to be sold in stores. But some lawmakers want it banned before it even hits store shelves. Just imagine among the shelves of vodka, beer and gin, a powder packing the same punch with the same buzz, and all you have to do is add water. The new product Palcohol is being marketed as a lightweight option for the outdoorsy type looking […]

  • Tony Robinson National Day of Action rally

    “We see this injustice happening all over:” Hundreds rally in Madison in support of Tony Robinson

    MADISON (WITI) — Hundreds filled Madison streets on Wednesday, March 11th in support of 19-year-old Tony Robinson — the man shot and killed by Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny last Friday, March 6th. This, as another group rallied in support of Officer Kenny and other law enforcement officials. Wednesday’s demonstrations came on a “National Day of Action” in Madison. Protesters were expected to converge on Madison to demand fully-funded public schools, a living wage for every Wisconsin worker, and systemic […]

  • Justice for Tony Robinson

    Madison’s mayor says he’s pleased demonstrations over officer-involved shooting remain peaceful

    MADISON (WITI/AP) — Madison’s mayor says he’s pleased demonstrations over the officer-involved shooting of 19-year-old Tony Robinson have remained peaceful. Mayor Paul Soglin said during a news conference Tuesday, March 10th that he’s heard Madison being compared to other cities where similar incidents have taken place — a veiled reference to Ferguson, Missouri, where riots ensued after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown. Mayor Soglin says Madison’s city government is trying to help minorities — pointing out the city […]

  • Tony Robinson

    Madison police officer fatally shoots 19-year-old man, sparking protests

    MADISON (WITI) — Protests erupted in Wisconsin’s capital overnight after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed man whom authorities said attacked him. 19-year-old Anthony Robinson was shot and killed after police say there was an altercation between him and officer Matt Kenny Friday evening, March 6th. Madison police say the officer was called to the home following reports of a man walking in traffic and hitting pedestrians. Authorities say officer Matt Kenny followed Robinson to a nearby home. Police say […]


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