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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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  • CHARGED after bank robberies, teller heard suspect on phone say: “We’ll get this taken care of. I love you”

    BROOKFIELD — A 34-year-old woman from West Allis has been criminally charged after she was caught on camera allegedly robbing two banks — one in Brookfield (on March 25th) and one in Hales Corners (on March 27th). She was BUSTED by at least one FOX6 viewer who saw the surveillance photos we shared. The suspect was ON HER PHONE the entire time, as these crimes were committed. The accused is Sarah Kraus. She is facing one count of robbery of […]

  • “She killed a man before:” Woman accused of stabbing fiance during dispute; he had BAC of .46

    RACINE — A woman who served five years in prison in Illinois in connection with a fatal stabbing in 1993 is now accused of stabbing her fiance during a dispute in Racine. They were found naked in bed, and prosecutors say her fiance told investigators “she keeps knives all over the place!” 50-year-old Maria Chamblis of Racine faces three felony charges: Mayhem, domestic abuse assessments, use of a dangerous weapon First degree recklessly endangering safety, domestic abuse assessments, use of a […]

  • “Sad that it happened:” Wausau-area community to come together for Sunday vigil to honor victims

    MARATHON COUNTY — Communities are coming together to honor the victims of a deadly rampage. Four people were killed in a shooting spree near Wausau, on Wednesday, March 23rd — including a police officer. One man has been arrested in connection. A vigil is planned for Sunday, March 26th, to remember the four victims. The violent spree left the community in Rothschild shaken as they continue to mourn an unfathomable tragedy. Police say it all began as a domestic dispute. Just before […]

  • “We thank you coach… we love you:” UW-Parkside honors longtime wrestling coach Jim Koch killed following crash

    KENOSHA — A coach is remembered. The former UW-Parkside wrestling coach died Thursday, March 23rd, after he had been in the hospital for a week after being struck by a car. Jim Koch had coached at UW-Parkside for 41 years. He was in St. Louis last week and out on a job when he was hit by a car. He’s being remembered as a man with a passion for wrestling and a leader in the sport. “We were like a […]

  • “We can’t arrest our way out of this problem:” Germantown police respond to 3 heroin cases in just 7 hours

    GERMANTOWN — Germantown police answer to three heroin cases in just seven hours. Two overdoses happened in the parking lot of a gas station and the life-saving effort was caught on camera. “This may bring awareness to the heroin problem that’s going on,” said Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell. The consequences of a growing epidemic caught on video. “Two individuals were traveling I-41, the female was overdosing, so the male driver pulled over,” said Hoell. Police rushed to a Mobil […]

  • “On the right track!” Bucky fans celebrate big in Milwaukee following victory

    MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Badgers’ victory on Saturday, March 18th left fans smiling from ear to ear and looking ahead to the Sweet Sixteen. If your bracket is busted you can probably blame it on Bucky! “It was so unbelievable. It was awesome,” said Ryan Bailiff, fan. “It was fabulous. It was beyond words,” said Lori Paget, fan. It’s an upset worth celebrating after the eight seeded Wisconsin defeated the number one seeded Villanova. Inside Major Goolsby’s in downtown Milwaukee, […]

  • Fans in town for NCAA Tournament games at BMO Harris Bradley Center: “You can feel the excitement”

    MILWAUKEE — The BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee hosts to the NCAA Tournament for the final time. Thursday’s Session I games will feature Butler vs. Winthrop at 12:30 p.m., followed by Minnesota vs. Middle Tennessee State at approximately 3:10 p.m. In Session II on Saturday, Purdue will face off against Vermont at 6:27 p.m., with Iowa State vs. Nevada at about 9:05 p.m. The NCAA Tournament offers a chance to show off the Brew City. “We’re in town to follow the […]

  • “Tragic:” Victims’ advocates stress help is out there for domestic violence victims after recent murder-suicide

    MILWAUKEE — Help is out there. That message is being spread by domestic violence victims’ advocates after a murder-suicide on Saturday, March 11th that left a Milwaukee police officer and his estranged wife dead. It happened near 92nd and Goodrich on Milwaukee’s far northwest side. Sources tell FOX6 News Leon Davis shot his wife, and then killed himself. Sherida Davis later died at the hospital. “It’s tragic. It’s absolutely tragic to hear about a situation like this,” Erin Perkins with the […]

  • “The Blood is on the Doorstep:” Documentary on Dontre Hamilton family premieres at SXSW Film Festival

    MILWAUKEE — The family of Dontre Hamilton will be getting some national attention next week. A documentary sharing their story will be premiering at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The family saw the film earlier this week and will be at the premiere. They say the film shows the human side to their family, and they want their story to empower others. It’s a fight for justice brought back into the spotlight. “Just to see what we’ve been […]

  • 27-year-old Milwaukee mother facing child neglect charges after toddler overdoses on methadone

    MILWAUKEE — A 27-year-old Milwaukee woman is facing one charge of child neglect causing great bodily harm after her 21-month-old son ingested methadone from a syringe she allegedly left out in a spot he could get at and overdosed. According to a criminal complaint, 27-year-old Courtney Starck admitted to obtaining a syringe of methadone and leaving it on a shelf just above a kitchen table in an apartment near S. 51st and Plainfield Saturday, March 4th. She told investigators because she […]

  • “Still digesting this:” Milwaukee Public Museum employees express frustration over slated layoffs

    MILWAUKEE — About 15 employees at the Milwaukee Public Museum learned Tuesday, March 7th, their jobs were being cut. They say they are devastated and want answers. They are the iconic exhibits inside the Milwaukee Public Museum. A walk through the “Streets of Old Milwaukee” takes visitors on a journey back in time. For those who help create the exhibits, it’s the future they’re now focused on. “Like everybody else, we’re still digesting this,” said Wendy Christensen, taxidermist and exhibit artist. […]

  • “Women on Strike rally:” More than 100 gather in downtown Milwaukee on International Women’s Day

    MILWAUKEE — Women across the world rallied on Wednesday, March 8th on International Women’s Day — including in Milwaukee to bring awareness to women’s issues. Across the globe, women marched for equality and human rights for women and other oppressed groups, and many also took part in a demonstration of economic solidarity, called “A Day Without A Woman.” Groups on Wednesday evening gathered at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Milwaukee for what organizers called a “Women on Strike” rally. Organizers […]