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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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  • Jay Anderson

    Family of Jay Anderson, killed by Wauwatosa police, demands more transparency

    WAUWATOSA — The family of a man shot and killed by a Wauwatosa police officer is demanding more transparency from investigators. Jay Anderson was shot and killed on June 23rd by a Wauwatosa police officer in Madison Park. This past weekend marked the four-month anniversary of his death. “It’s been hard. It’s been really hard,” said Linda Anderson, Jay’s mother. Jay and Linda Anderson held a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, October 26th. They are demanding the name of the officer who shot […]

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    “Keep Your Purchase” supporters boycott businesses against panhandling

    MILWAUKEE — It started as an initiative to stop panhandling: signs at Milwaukee businesses asking customers to “keep the change.” But one group is calling it “poverty shaming.” There are signs outside most Milwaukee businesses trying to draw people in with deals of the day or of the season but this year, signs are asking customers for something else. “Giving them money is not the best thing to do for them,” said Terry Witkowski, Milwaukee Alderman. The “Keep the Change” […]

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    “People need to be aware:” Milwaukee supervisor sleeps outside to bring awareness to homelessness

    MILWAUKEE — A night outdoors to bring awareness to homelessness. Saturday, October 22nd, community leaders are sleeping outside and bringing resources together to help those in need. It’s called “Sleep Out Saturday,” and dozens will fill Clarke Square Park with sleeping bags and tents trying to help those without shelter. Tables and tents were scattered around Clarke Square Park as the group prepares for a night outside. “It does get cold out here at night,” said Richard Gildemeister, formally homeless. […]

  • Devon Kraemer

    Brown Deer police officer charged with aggravated battery in connection to March shooting

    BROWN DEER — A Brown Deer police officer has been charged after shooting an unarmed man who was lying face down on the ground. The shooting happened back in March, following a confrontation on a county bus. Brown Deer Police Officer Devon Kraemer, 27, has been charged with aggravated battery, use of a dangerous weapon. The attorney for the victim says his client will be forever changed by the shooting. “In some degree he has a sense of relief,” said […]

  • Dominique Heaggan-Brown

    Milwaukee police officer who shot Sylville Smith now accused of sexual assault

    MILWAUKEE — Members of Milwaukee Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division arrested Milwaukee Police Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown on Wednesday evening, October 19th after criminal charges were filed against him earlier in the day. Heaggan-Brown, 24, is the officer who shot Sylville Smith near 44th and Auer on Saturday, August 13th. He now faces the following criminal charges: Second degree sexual assault (2 counts) Prostitution (2 counts) Capture an intimate representation without consent Bail for Heaggan-Brown was set at $100,000 on Thursday […]

  • Lillie Jones

    Charged: Lillie Jones accused in shooting outside Onyx nightclub

    MILWAUKEE — A state prison employee could now be the one spending a long time behind bars. 22-year-old Lillie Jones, a Taycheedah Correctional officer, now faces multiple charges in connection with a shooting that happened near the Onyx nightclub on Milwaukee’s north side last weekend. Jones faces the following charges: First-degree reckless injury, use of a dangerous weapon Disorderly conduct Jones is suspected of shooting a 23-year-old woman early Sunday morning, October 16th near 31st and Lancaster — not far from […]

  • Jay Anderson

    “A little concerned:” New questions raised about officer involved in Jay Anderson’s death

    WAUWATOSA — Nearly four months after Jay Anderson was shot and killed by a Wauwatosa police officer while in Madison Park, new information has Jay Anderson’s family attorney raising concerns about the officer. “This officer has now been involved in a second police related shooting death while working for the Wauwatosa Police Department,” said Jonathan Safran, the Anderson family attorney. Safran says the officer who killed Anderson was also involved in a fatal shooting in July 2015. A 29-year-old man was killed […]

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    “Lack of education:” Local Islamic leader weighs in on Islamic extremism

    MILWAUKEE — A plan for terrorism thwarted. Federal authorities say they stopped two men after an investigation revealed they planned to join ISIS. 35-year-old Jason Ludke is accused of trying to aid a foreign terrorist organization. 30-year-old Yosvany Padilla-Conde is accused of aiding and abetting him. A federal complaint reveals the two drove from Wisconsin to Texas with plans to cross over the border and eventually travel to Iraq or Syria. “What we’ve identified as the biggest reason people are […]

  • Russ Feingold, Ron Johnson

    On the issues: Ron Johnson, Russ Feingold square off in first Senate debate

    GREEN BAY — Incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic challenger Russ Feingold squared off in their first debate for U.S. Senate on Friday evening, October 14th. Feingold and Johnson answered questions on everything from the presidential candidates to gun rights, health care insurance and police-community relations. Backing presidential candidates Sen. Johnson is sticking with his support of Donald Trump, but he isn’t saying his name. Johnson was asked in Friday’s U.S. Senate debate if he was still “100 percent” […]

  • Robbery/theft suspect in Greenfield

    3 crimes, 1 suspect: Greenfield police want your help to identify this man

    GREENFIELD — Greenfield police need your help to identify an armed robbery suspect. They believe the man pictured in this story is responsible for three separate incidents this month. Those incidents include an armed robbery of a 73-year-old person, a strong armed robbery of an 85-year-old person and a theft from an 82-year-old person. All three crimes happened at senior living facilities. One at 93rd and Howard, the second at 92nd and Layton and the third near Howard and Prairie Hill. Details on […]

  • Car break-ins in Brewers Hill neighborhood

    Targeted by thieves: Series of car break-ins in Brewers Hill neighborhood; 3 of them caught on camera

    MILWAUKEE — Some in Milwaukee’s Brewers Hill neighborhood feel they’re being targeted by thieves after a series of break-ins — three of which were caught on camera. “Everything was just thrown everywhere. Somehow they opened the door on the other side. They did it so quick,” Ricco Lopez said. Lopez’s vehicle, parked in a lot at 4th and Lloyd was broken into for the third time in less than a year on Monday, October 10th around 8:45 p.m. “Just really upset. […]

  • Vigil for Kim Cantwell

    “She’s in a better place:” Loved ones remember woman killed, stuffed in fridge, thrown in dumpster

    RACINE — Loved ones gathered Tuesday evening, October 11th to remember a Racine woman killed one week ago. The woman’s body was found after it was thrown in a dumpster at the Sunshine Supermarket near 16th and Taylor. Family members of Kim Cantwell shared with FOX6 News a message of forgiveness for the suspect facing homicide charges in this case. “Despite what happened, she went out of this life a winner. My mom struggled for years with prostitution and drug […]