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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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  • “Ridiculous:” Carjacking of elderly woman happened just after wanted suspect released

    MILWAUKEE — A convicted carjacker is accused of doing it again — targeting a 75-year-old woman in a grocery store parking lot, just after he was released from custody. 19-year-old Rakeem Woodley is wanted for the carjacking Tuesday morning, July 18th in West Bend. Investigators say he grabbed the keys from the woman’s hand, and took off in her vehicle. It happened at the Piggly Wiggly store near E. Washington and Stockhausen Lane around 7:00 a.m. It’s not his first […]

  • Police: 4 shot, wounded near 39th and Burleigh, including kids ages 9, 5

    MILWAUKEE — Four people were shot and wounded, including two children, near 39th and Burleigh Tuesday evening, July 18th. It happened around 6:30 p.m. PHOTO GALLERY Police said a 40-year-old man, a 20-year-old man, a nine-year-old girl and a five-year-old girl were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening. MPD is working to sort out the circumstances and develop suspects. Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates.

  • “He’s an evil person:” Antonio Smith sentenced to life in prison for killings of Breanna Eskridge, Eddie Powe

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee County judge sentenced 35-year-old Antonio Smith to life in prison without a chance for extended supervision on Tuesday, July 18th. This, in the wake of his convictions for killing Breanna Eskridge and Eddie Powe in July 2015. It’s the justice two families have been waiting for. Prosecutors say Smith concocted a devious plot where two lives were lost — and a third was nearly taken. In court during his sentencing hearing, he showed no remorse. “I […]

  • National Guard soldiers conclude mission in Burlington after severe flooding

    BURLINGTON — Wisconsin National Guard soldiers and airmen serving on state active duty as a result of severe flooding in SE Wisconsin concluded their mission in Burlington Saturday, July 15th. The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 1:00 a.m. Sunday, July 16th, and with storms in the forecast, there are concerns about the potential for more flooding — especially in Racine and Kenosha Counties, where residents are still cleaning up from last week’s severe flooding. Officials […]

  • Donations pour into Burlington food pantry following flood — but there’s still need for help

    BURLINGTON — Power is back on in the City of Burlington! Many were left in the dark after floodwaters wreaked havoc there. As the water slowly recedes, we are starting to look at the damage and the need for help is growing. “It’s been very overwhelming,” said Director of Services, Tina Henning. At Love, Inc. food pantry in Burlington, donations have been flowing in. “Just miscellaneous things, a bunch of different rice,” said Henning. The need has increased significantly. “This area […]

  • “This is his last request:” Milwaukee mother is on a mission to turn tragedy into change

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee woman is working to turn the tragedy of losing her only son into change. There are simple reminders of a man Debbie Baumberger knew as her only son. “He was someone who was very witty, smart, intelligent,” Baumberger said. “He liked to play Magic: The Gathering cards. He also was a marathon runner.” Baumberger shared snapshots of a baby boy together with his mother, and photos of a teenager growing into a young man. “He was […]

  • Greenfield Avenue reopens as crews continue cleanup after West Allis train derailment

    WEST ALLIS — The cleanup continues in West Allis following the large train derailment that happened Thursday, July 6th. Workers are still clearing the bridge and the street below Friday, July 7th. It’s caused a lengthy closure in the area of 104th and Greenfield Avenue. The derailment forced the closure of Greenfield Avenue just east of Highway 100. Crews, however, have cleaned up enough so Greenfield Avenue could reopen just after 6:00 p.m. Friday. Greenfield now open to westbound traffic: […]

  • “Heard a boom:” Large train carrying coal derails in West Allis; no threat to public

    WEST ALLIS — Authorities are responding to a massive train derailment in the area of 104th and Greenfield in West Allis Thursday evening, July 6th. The mile-and-a-half long Union Pacific train had a 146 cars total — 20 of them derailed. The call to officials came in just before 6:00 p.m. “It covers a long path. It’s about a mile-and-a-half long; it’s 147 cars so this is towards the front of the train. It extends about a mile to the […]

  • Missing lynx returned to Animal Gardens; they are safe

    DELAVAN — Animal Gardens officials confirmed for FOX6 News Wednesday night, July 5th that the two missing lynx were returned to the petting zoo, and they are safe. We’re told someone drove up to the petting zoo, handed over the lynx, and took off. They were handed over around 8:30 p.m., and Animal Garden’s owner, Dana Montana said they’re safe and healthy. In a news release, Town of Delavan police said they were notified about the return of the lynx […]

  • Double shooting on Milwaukee’s northwest side leave 2 men seriously injured; 3 in custody

    MILWAUKEE — Two men suffer serious injuries following a shooting on Milwaukee’s northwest side. It happened outside of a gas station on Appleton and Capitol. That shooting happened just after 10:00 p.m. Friday June 30th. Kimberly Peavy and her husband, Eddie Roundtree, live near where the shooting occurred. “I was laying upstairs in my bed and I heard a lot of police sirens and they were going around and around and around,” Peavy said. They say while the area is […]

  • “Don’t let your guard down:” Man robbed at gunpoint during Facebook Marketplace purchase

    MILWAUKEE — An armed robbery near 28th and Kilbourn was caught on camera as a Chicago man thought he was making a trip to Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon, June 25th to buy a moped. It quickly turned terrifying and his dashcam captured everything. Tony Williams had been in contact with the seller on the Facebook Marketplace app. He though the person he was meeting was a good guy until the sale went terribly wrong. “I felt fairly comfortable coming up to […]

  • April Novak, convicted of sexually assaulting student, sentenced to 2 years in prison

    WAUKESHA — A Waukesha County judge sentenced April Novak on Thursday, June 29th to two years in prison and another three years of extended supervision on each of three counts. Those sentences are going to be served concurrently. Novak is the former Menomonee Falls reading specialist convicted of sexually assaulting a student. Novak pleaded no contest in April to three counts, and nine counts were dismissed but read into the court record. Novak spoke to the court for about three minutes […]