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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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  • Vigil

    A mother wants answers, her son shot in broad daylight while rehabbing a home

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A candlelight vigil was held Thursday evening for Robert James, the victim of a homicide near North 15th Street and Atkinson Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. The 30-year-old James was rehabbing a home in the area when he was shot and killed.  Reports claim James may have been killed by a disgruntled tenant, but Milwaukee Police have not specified the motive for the shooting, and continue to investigate this incident. FOX6 News attended the vigil and spoke with […]

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    “He embodied our core mission:” Marquette University remembers James Foley

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The execution of James Foley is on the minds of many at Marquette University. Foley graduated from the school in 1996. New students on campus were welcomed at a convocation on Wednesday evening, August 20th. It was an evening to celebrate a new beginning — and remember an alumnus who has left a lasting legacy. An opening prayer remembered Foley, the journalist killed by terrorists this week. The Marquette community reflected on the man, who they say […]

  • Shooting investigation at Fox Point strip mall

    Fox Point armed robbery ends in suspect being fatally shot, suspect identified

    FOX POINT (WITI) — Fox Point police released new information on Friday afternoon, August 15th related to the fatal shooting that took place at an optical store in Fox Point on Thursday. According to investigators, just after noon on Thursday, an attempted armed robbery occurred at Innovative Optique on W. Brown Deer Rd.  Officers responded to a report of shots fired. When they arrived, officers determined that an attempted robbery had occurred. They found one person dead in the store. […]

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    Student robbed at gunpoint, sexually assaulted feet from UWM campus

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee police are seeking a suspect wanted for an armed robbery and sexual assault on Milwaukee’s East Side. Officers were dispatched to neighborhood just north of Locust and Oakland at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Monday, August 18th. A 19-year-old woman reported that she was approached by a man who demanded her belongings at gunpoint. “A girl was saying to just take whatever she had and to just leave,” said Joshua Sasman. Those are words Sasman never expected […]

  • Threats, racial slurs directed at Gov. Walker’s son, now one man charged

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Police say a Milwaukee man targeted Gov. Scott Walker’s son — and used Twitter as his weapon. Officials say for close to a week this summer, 31-year-old Robert Peffer repeatedly sent obscene and abusive threats to Gov. Walker’s oldest son, Matthew. He apparently hid behind the name “Prince Peffer Jr.” According to the criminal complaint, it all started on Matthew Walker’s birthday. A message with a simple congratulations turned to obscenities. Police say Peffer sent 36 messages that […]

  • ferguson vigil in Milwaukee

    Standing in solidarity with Ferguson: Folks in Milwaukee stand up to “police brutality”

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — On the heels of the ongoing unrest and protests surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a vigil was held at Dineen Park on Milwaukee’s West Side for victims of police brutality. 18-year-old Brown was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer. In Milwaukee on Thursday, dozens stood together and showed support for grieving families — standing up to what they’re calling “police brutality.” Folks reflected on the violence happening […]

  • Ferguson

    Mugged, smacked and threatened: A photographer’s night in Ferguson, MO

    WAUKESHA/FERGUSON, MO (WITI) — Nights of unrest, violence in the streets and a call for justice — all captured with the snap of a camera. Waukesha photographer Abe Van Dyke got to Ferguson on Wednesday, August 13th.  He says Friday August 15th, he was caught in violence that escalated quickly. “They’re just standing up for what they believe in.  The main thing is I need to get the story out to people other than what you’re seeing everywhere else,” said […]

  • Glenn Grothman and Joe Leibham

    “Recounts, they don’t happen that often” — but it could happen in the 6th Congressional District race

    WISCONSIN (WITI) — There is still no winner in the 6th Congressional District primary race. State Senator Glenn Grothman is declaring victory in the four-way race, but State Senator Job Leibham isn’t conceding. The Associated Press called the race for Grothman on Tuesday night — but “uncalled” it on Wednesday — after more votes came in for Leibham and the margin shrank. Slightly more than 200 votes separate Grothman and Leibham. The close margin means a recount could come soon. […]

  • Chris Moews

    “I’m not ready to concede:” Race results show Chris Moews defeated in Sheriff’s race

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — On primary election day in Wisconsin, Tuesday, August 12th, the big race in Milwaukee County was for sheriff. Chris Moews challenged incumbent Sheriff David Clarke in the Democratic primary. The candidates early Wednesday morning, August 13th declared the race “too close to call” — with Chris Moews saying around midnight, he was not ready to concede the race. Moews, around midnight Wednesday — said there are 6,000 absentee ballots to count. He has not conceded. Just after […]

  • city of madison fire

    Two-alarm blaze in Madison damages fire trucks, melts vinyl siding like butter; What caused it?

    MADISON (WITI) — Fire crews remained on the scene overnight, and into Saturday, August 9th following a massive structure fire in Madison Friday night, August 8th. According to the city of Madison’s website, the fire was reported shortly after 7:30 p.m. Friday from drivers on I-90 — who saw the flames and smoke. “The fire was so intense, and it rose so high in the sky that ashes were falling miles from here,” Madison Fire Lieutenant Larry Grab said. The blaze […]

  • caledonia utility thieves

    “She thought it was completely legitimate:” Men posing as utility workers steal thousands from Caledonia woman

    CALEDONIA (WITI) — Scammed and burglarized. Two criminals trick a homeowner — and steal thousands from her. Police say they were posing as utility workers — and now, police are issuing a warning. Police say it all seemed legitimate — and it wasn’t until after the criminals left that the homeowner realized what happened. “You think it’s safe and quiet, but something like that opens your eyes,” Don Noll, who lives in rural Caledonia said. Last Tuesday, July 29th, the area […]

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    “The only thing different about that day was that shot:” Did a trip to the doctor kill a healthy 12-year-old girl?

    WAUKESHA (WITI) — A disturbing mystery — and a tragic end to a very young life. A 12-year-old Waukesha girl is dead — and there is seemingly no reason why — except perhaps, one. Meredith Prohaska was an active, fun-loving 12-year-old girl one minute. A few hours later — she was unresponsive on the floor. In between that time, there was a trip to the doctor — and now, Prohaska’s family wonders if that’s what killed her. “I’m a tough […]


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