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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.

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  • officer-involved shooting

    Exclusive: Video captures moments after Milwaukee officer shoots 15-year-old

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Just moments after a Milwaukee police officer shot a 15-year-old on Milwaukee’s north side, the situation was caught on camera. Police say the teen was armed. FOX6 News spoke exclusively with the 15-year-old’s mother. She is disputing police claims. She was surrounded by supporters at her home on Saturday as her son remains in police custody at Children’s Hospital. For the first time, we see the intense moments following an officer-involved shooting near 26th and Nash. A […]

  • carjacking

    “They did it in direct daylight:” Craigslist sale turned carjacking in Muskego

    MUSKEGO (WITI) — From Craigslist to carjacking. A Muskego man gets taken for a ride when he thought he’d be selling his car. Now, he’s warning others. The incident happened in broad daylight in the parking lot of his work place. He was surrounded by traffic and people — he became the target of a scary carjacking. “It didn’t seem real. I thought this would never happen to myself,” said Sean Runge, car theft victim. Sean Runge is still processing […]

  • vigil

    “You couldn’t help but to love him:” Family and friends gather to mourn arson victims

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Friends and family come together to remember two people killed in a fire last week. Police say it was arson and are still looking for the person responsible. Loved ones remembered lives lost, taken unexpectedly. In the shadows of a burnt out home, prayers for peace echo through a neighborhood. Less than a week ago, 38th and Wright was the spot of a violent house fire. Two people died inside the home, police say it was arson. Their […]

  • 50th and Locust shooting

    Busted: Suspect in carjacking, shooting arrested after pursuit, police say he was driving stolen SUV

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Police say a suspect believed to be responsible for a shooting that occurred during a carjacking near 50th and Locust Tuesday night, April 21st is now in custody. The suspect, 17-year-old Milwaukee boy, was arrested after he led officers on a pursuit using the car stolen from a 53-year-old woman Tuesday night. The woman was shot during the carjacking, and she suffered serious injuries. “How can you live with shooting a 53-year-old lady? You might as well […]

  • Julie Ayer Rubenzer

    “A wrongful death:” Family that lost loved one to introduce bill to add cameras to operating rooms

    MADISON (WITI) — An idea was born out of a Waukesha family’s tragedy. An unexpected death ignited a 12-year mission for the Ayer family. The family has teamed up with a lawmaker in the hope that major change will soon come to the operating room. No family is ever prepared for a sudden, unexpected loss. “Just a vibrant personality. She was the type of lady that could command a room,” Wade Ayer, Julie Ayer Rubenzer’s brother said. September of 2003 was […]

  • motorcycle

    “Please look and then look again:” It’s motorcycle season, drivers keep your eyes open

    WAUKESHA (WITI) — It has been a deadly start of the year for Wisconsin motorcycle drivers. There have been several fatal wrecks throughout the state. Saturday, April 18th, a motorcycle safety group came together to spread a message every motorcyclist needs to hear. On a sunny afternoon, there’s no other way Holly Walz would be spending it then on the open road. “Every trouble that you have in your mind just lets go and flies away,” said Walz. It’s the time of […]

  • fire2

    “She told us she was gonna blow us up:” Milwaukee home destroyed by arson, kills two

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee police say a house fire in which two people died on the city’s north side was arson. Now, investigators from the ATF and the State Fire Marshal’s office are joining the probe. The fire happened near 38th and Wright early Friday morning, April 17th. When firefighters first arrived on the scene shortly after 3 a.m., flames were showing on the first and second floors of the home. At the same time, firefighters heard explosions coming from […]

  • archie brown vigil

    Family mourns Archie Brown, shot after crash: “We cannot allow another family to feel this way”

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Two families are now forever connected by a tragic incident that occurred on Sunday, April 12th near 48th and Glendale. A driver was shot and killed after hitting a two-year-old child with his van, killing the toddler, and a 15-year-old boy died at the hospital after he, too was shot. On Wednesday, at the scene, the community came together for the second time in as many days to remember, to mourn and to stand united. Loved ones […]

  • 29th and Melvina homicide

    “We got to stop the violence:” Fatal shooting of Michael Powell may have followed home invasion

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Family members of 18-year-old Michael Powell are trying to figure out what led to his death. Powell was found shot to death inside a home near 29th and Melvina on Tuesday afternoon, April 14th. Police say a 24-year-old man and a 26-year-old man were taken into custody. “It just feels like it’s not real yet.  It’s just not real. It’s hard to take in. It’s really hard to take in right now,” Powell’s aunt Ebony Martin said. Powell’s […]

  • cleanup

    “No words to describe it:” Cleanup begins in town devastated by tornado

    FAIRDALE, IL (WITI) — More than 48 hours after disaster, the cleanup begins. Residents of the tiny community of Fairdale, Illinois, were allowed back to homes today.A huge tornado left miles of debris, uprooted trees and took at least two lives. As the massive cleanup gets started, a group of area volunteers will be helping out — clearing lots and cutting down trees. It’s a rare moment of calm as the sun rises on a community that has experienced the […]

  • tornado

    “A tragedy to bring people together:” Picking up the pieces in Illinois after devastating tornado

    FAIRDALE, IL (WITI) — Cleanup is well underway in the wake of a deadly Illinois tornado. But it’s going to take a lot of work to rebuild several towns. Both Fairdale and Rochelle were hit the hardest and you can see the devastation. Homes destroyed, trees mangled and uprooted. Now a community is trying to move forward together. Sometimes the moments of despair bring out the best in people. “Makes a community come together, makes a stronger community,” said Michael […]

  • fans badgers

    Madison police: No major issues on State Street Saturday night, hoping for another party Monday!

    MADISON (WITI) — Wisconsin Badgers fans celebrated on State Street in Madison Saturday night, April 4th — after the team’s victory over previously undefeated Kentucky. After the final buzzer, it was madness in Madison as Badgers fans spilled out onto State Street. “It’s amazing! It’s like a dream come true,” said one Badgers fan. “We finally beat Kentucky!” said another. “I’m so excited! I love the Badgers,” another fan said. It’s been a long time coming… “I expect them to […]


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