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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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  • Southwest Airlines Flight 2492

    Bomb threat sends fighter jets to escort plane headed from Milwaukee to Atlanta

    ATLANTA (AP/WITI) — A plane from Milwaukee is escorted by F-16 fighter jets to Atlanta after officials say they received credible bomb threats. It is one of two planes escorted by F-16 fighter jets to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Thankfully, the planes landed safely. The Milwaukee flight left from Mitchell International Airport shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday morning, January 24th. North American Aerospace Defense, or NORAD, confirms that credible threats were made via Twitter. The first tweet made concerned Delta flight […]

  • Stabbing incident near 39th & Clybourn

    Five-month-old baby, man fatally stabbed, three others hurt on Milwaukee’s west side

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Two people are dead and three more critically hurt after a stabbing incident that happened in a duplex near 39th and Clybourn around 8:30 a.m. on Friday, January 23rd. Milwaukee police say this is a domestic violence incident. Officials say the dead include a five-month old girl who was found stabbed to death in her crib — and a 39-year-old man. A 19-year-old woman and 22-year-old man suffered stab wounds and were taken to a hospital for […]

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    Speaking through silence: Dontre Hamilton supporters take different approach at City Hall

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Dontre Hamilton supporters met Thursday, January 22nd in Red Arrow Park, and then marched to the Fire and Police Commission meeting. They are demanding the Commission uphold Christopher Manney’s termination. Manney was fired from the Milwaukee Police Department for his handling of Hamilton on April 30th, 2014, when Hamilton was shot and killed by Manney in Red Arrow Park. This time, Dontre Hamilton supporters took a different approach to getting their message across. They’ve been demonstrating since the […]

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    “I’m glad to be on this earth:” Nobody is happier than this man to be home to watch the Packers

    SHEBOYGAN COUNTY (WITI) — Sunday’s game means a lot to one Sheboygan County family. They lived in Seattle for more than 20 years as Packers fans — they’re “home” now, and it’s the only reason they are cheering. This week has been filled with nerves. Will the Packers win? What will be the outcome? And will the guest of honor be with them to watch it? It doesn’t get more Wisconsin than a walk to the basement of this cascade […]

  • Preston Nelson

    CHARGED: 25-year-old Preston Nelson, in connection with death of 20-month-old baby boy

    MILWAUKEE COUNTY (WITI) — A 20-month-old baby boy is dead, and now, his babysitter has been charged. 25-year-old Preston Nelson of Milwaukee faces one felony count of first degree reckless homicide in the death of Laderreo Toliver-Burkett. The baby boy died on Friday, January 2nd. Police were called out to a home in the 5900 block of N. 63rd Street just after 5:30 p.m. Friday for a call regarding a child without a pulse. At the scene, police spoke with […]

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    Packers playoff matchup means BIG business for bars, grocery stores, caterers as folks plan parties

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The excitement is palpable ahead of the big NFC Championship matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks this Sunday, January 18th — and the big game means big business for bars, grocery stores and caterers, and the party planning has already begun! There is a certain hysteria that comes over Wisconsin on game day. Multiply that by a thousand and that’s what business owners say they expect on game day. “It’s like four hours of […]

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    “If we don’t fight, then we won’t win:” Hamilton family making strides to gain national attention

    CHICAGO (WITI) — For the third time in a month, the family of Dontre Hamilton has teamed up with National Civil Right Activist, Reverend Jesse Jackson. Saturday, January 10th, the Hamilton’s met with Jackson in Chicago. The Hamilton’s again were part of a national broadcast at the Rainbow Push Coalition in Chicago — they’re hopeful the attention will help their cause. Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer in Red Arrow Park last April. The officer […]

  • Law Enforcement

    “Keep fighting, keep your chin up:” Sheriff Clarke shows support for Milwaukee law enforcement

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — On a night to show appreciation for law enforcement, the Milwaukee County Sheriff throws his support behind a man who has been at the center of protests in Milwaukee. Sheriff David Clarke showed support for Christopher Manney, the police officer who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton last April. A sentiment that was applauded by supporters. It was a room filled with thank you as dozens turned out for a night of appreciation. At the time where support […]

  • Fire and Police Commission meeting

    Dontre Hamilton supporters to gather Thursday evening; march to Fire & Police Commission meeting

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn and others went before Milwaukee’s Public Safety Committee Thursday, January 8th to discuss the officer-involved shooting of Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park. Later Thursday, Dontre Hamilton supporters gathered at Red Arrow Park and marched to the Fire and Police Commission meeting at City Hall. 31-year-old Hamilton was shot and killed by former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney on April 30th. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has announced Manney won’t face […]

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    MPS, other districts cancel school for Thursday; but parents — there are options!

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The extreme cold has forced Milwaukee Public Schools to cancel classes Thursday, January 7th — and that could leave some parents in a pinch! But fortunately, there are some options for parents looking for activities that will keep their children busy and supervised Thursday. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) will be opening two sites on Thursday, January 8th for young people while Milwaukee Public Schools are closed due to weather. The Mary Ryan […]

  • Tom Barrett

    Mayor Barrett, Milwaukee Health Dept. remind residents to take precautions in extreme cold

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) remind residents to take precautions as extreme cold wind chills move into the area. We see cold like this in Wisconsin from time to time, but it’s not something to take lightly because it can be dangerous — even deadly. “Take the threat that cold temperatures pose seriously,” Mayor Barrett said during a Tuesday afternoon press conference. “In the next 24 to 48 hours, it’s […]

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    “It’s part of winter that makes it beautiful:” Milwaukee enjoys fresh 2015 snowfall

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) –The snow left a nice layer of white outside today. It’s been a while since we’ve seen it, and people were out enjoying it. The Department of Transportation tells FOX6 News more than 100 salt trucks hit the road this afternoon. On the interstate, it was smooth driving. But people are preparing as more is expected. Say what you will about the weather, it’s hard to complain about this day. “It actually turned out to be the perfect […]


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