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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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  • “Extensive operation” busted: 19 arrested, 2 more sought in nationwide drug conspiracy

    MILWAUKEE — 19 people were arrested on federal drug charges, and a large amount of drugs, weapons and cash was seized. The U.S. Attorney’s Office held a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, September 19th to say the suspects were part of a nationwide drug conspiracy. “This is a great day for law enforcement,” Attorney General Brad Schimel said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the cases involve the distribution of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines. The arrests all happened Tuesday, September 19th.¬†The […]

  • Family, friends of mother killed by alleged drunk, wrong-way driver: “Would like to see some remorse”

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee mother of two was killed by a wrong-way driver, and prosecutors say that driver was drunk. Candace Franckowiak was working as a medical courier when she was struck head-on, and Franckowiak’s family is remembering a devoted mother whose life was taken too soon. “For somebody to go to work and not come home, it’s a very hard thing to deal with,” Tania Perez, a friend of Franckowiak said. On Monday, September 11th, as Franckowiak was on […]

  • Slenderman victim’s family “disappointed” with verdict in Anissa Weier case

    WAUKESHA — Disappointed in the Slenderman verdict, the family of the victim says they wanted to see Anissa Weier go to prison. Payton Leutner’s family released the following statement on the verdict: “We are disappointed in the jury’s decision. The decision allows the assailant to petition the court every six months and request release into the community.  Their decision also forces our family to relive this horrific crime every six months wondering if they will be released. The potential release […]

  • “It’s scary:” 59-year-old child enticement suspect arrested after 3 incidents reported

    WEST ALLIS — Milwaukee police announced Thursday night, September 14th they arrested a 59-year-old man in connection to a child enticement that happened the night before. Police said a 12-year-old boy was walking home from a park near 49th and Manitoba Wednesday, September 13th around 5:00 p.m. He was near 60th and Oklahoma when he was approached by a suspicious man who tried to entice him. According to police, the child walked away and the suspect fled the scene. MPD […]

  • Marlins-Brewers series moved to Milwaukee because of Irma

    MILWAUKEE — The Marlins’ three-game series against the Brewers this week will be moved from Miami to Milwaukee because of South Florida’s recovery from Hurricane Irma. The move came at the request of MLB and the Marlins. The Brewers Organization said they’re happy to help and the fans are looking forward to it. “Sometimes unusual circumstances require special accommodations. This is one of those times,” Rick Schlesinger, Brewers COO said. “This is not something the Brewers asked us to do. […]

  • Support for Hurricane Harvey victims continues at Fox River Church in Waukesha

    WAUKESHA — Even as Hurricane Irma leaves a path of destruction, people continue to give to those left devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The Fox River Christian Church in Waukesha, is collecting donations for those victims. The Fox River Church has been collecting items since last week. Everything from diapers to soap. They say every little bit helps. “There’s always something you can do no matter how far or how close you are,” said Yancy Suber, made donation. One by one […]

  • West Coast vacation helps Mukwonago woman living in Miami avoid Hurricane Irma’s path

    MUKWONAGO — Escaping Hurricane Irma, a last minute decision brought one Wisconsin native back home. A vacation to Los Angeles helped get a Mukwonago woman out of Hurricane Irma’s path. “As each day went on, I’d wake up to a few more texts, a few more texts,” said Andja Biersach. It was not the typical end to a relaxing vacation. “They really urged me to reconsider coming back to Miami,” said Biersach. Andja Biersach was faced with a tough decision, […]

  • “Made it here safe:” Hurricane Irma forces Milwaukee native to evacuate Miami home

    FLORIDA¬†— Mandatory evacuations have been issued for many counties in south Florida. Sam Ross, a Milwaukee native living in Miami Beach, says he was reluctant to leave sunny Florida, but after seeing the wrath of Hurricane Irma, he is happy he did. “It was busy, super busy. The streets were packed, people trying to get to the gas station, the stores,” said Ross. The Miami Beach DJ flew home after seeing the devastation of the massive hurricane. “I’m thinking, oh, […]

  • “Really helps:” Travel agents stress importance of insurance when it comes to situations like Irma

    ELM GROVE — Hurricane Irma has made big changes to travel plans, and that has travel agents reminding people of the importance of travel insurance. Travel agents were busy Wednesday, September 6th at Elm Grove Travel as Irma made landfall. “It definitely affects our job. We pretty much can’t plan the day,” Jenny Cagle, VP of Elm Grove Travel said. They were watching Irma closely, and the other two storms in the water — Jose and Katia. Those storms became […]

  • WI native sits in direct path of Hurricane Irma: “You can never really prepare for the storm of the century”

    ST. THOMAS — A Wisconsin man is in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Hurricane Irma is expected to hit early Wednesday, September 6th. Joey DuBois has lived on the island of St. Thomas for the past decade, and he’s never been through a hurricane of this magnitude before. He said Tuesday he’d been preparing for days, not sure what to expect. “I can’t eat. I can’t drink. I’ve had a pit in my stomach all day. Extremely scared,” DuBois said. […]

  • Peaceful protests continue outside NRA Carry Guard Expo; attendees are unfazed

    MILWAUKEE –The National Rifle Association (NRA) Carry Guard Expo continues in Milwaukee Saturday, August 26th. Thousands of people are visiting the area, including some who disagree with the NRA. Inside the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, thousands are learning from instructors, and checking out new products at the expo. Outside the convention center, a small group gathered in opposition. “We don’t need a provision in our constitution saying anyone has a right to have a gun,” said Lee Goodman, Peaceful […]

  • Demonstrators rally outside NRA Carry Guard Expo: “We’re here peacefully”

    MILWAUKEE — “You’re not welcomed!” That was the message from protesters in downtown Milwaukee Friday, August 26th. They are upset the National Rifle Association (NRA) Carry Guard Expo is being held at the Wisconsin Center. In Ziedler Park, about 100 gathered holding signs, and rallied the crowd. They were just blocks from the NRA expo. Demonstrators rally in Ziedler Park. They will march to the NRA Carry Guard Expo. @fox6now pic.twitter.com/9gvRqDkpCf — Ashley Sears (@AshleySears6) August 25, 2017 Protesters have […]