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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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  • common ground

    Common Ground: If tax money is used to build Bucks arena, MPS facilities should be improved

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee Bucks aren’t the only team looking for help with a new facility. A campaign is fighting to improve Milwaukee Public Schools’ sports arenas with the help of Milwaukee’s NBA team. If tax dollars are used to build a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, the Common Ground group says some of that money should be used for MPS fields and tracks. The group took that message to the Milwaukee Board of School Directors on Tuesday evening, […]

  • Honor flight

    “When the war came along, the women rolled up their sleeves:” Twin war vets take a special flight

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Nearly 100 veterans went on the journey of a lifetime on Saturday, September 13th — an honor flight to Washington DC. In the early morning twilight, there was a feeling of gratitude at Mitchell International Airport. A parade of heroes made their way through concourse D, greeted by well-wishers along the way. Veterans from World War II, and the Korean War set to depart on an unforgettable trip. “I’m really excited, just like I should be,” said […]

  • voter id

    Federal appeals court orders Wisconsin’s voter ID law to be reinstated

    CHICAGO/MILWAUKEE (AP/WITI) — A federal appeals court has reinstated Wisconsin’s voter photo identification law. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman struck the law down as unconstitutional in April, saying it unfairly burdens poor and minority voters who may lack such identification. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to overturn that ruling. The 7th Circuit issued a ruling late Friday afternoon lifting Aldeman’s stay and allowing the law to go into effect before […]

  • milwaukee police

    Six-hour standoff on Milwaukee’s south side ends with no one hurt

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — There is a tactical situation happening near Becher and Grant in Milwaukee on Friday, September 12th. Milwaukee Police are involved in a standoff that’s been going on all afternoon. FOX6 News is told by a police source that a homicide suspect is holed up inside a home — the area has been blocked off for several hours. FOX6 News arrived around 1:30 p.m., but neighbors tell us this tactical situation has been happening since Friday morning. Crews […]

  • Tavion Milams

    A wake up call for the community: Loved ones remember popular rapper, gunned down in the street

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A wake up call for the community, as loved ones came together to remember a popular Milwaukee rapper. He was gunned down on Monday, September 8th, and his killer remains at large. Family members and friends say 24-year-old Tavion Milams was on the verge of making it. He’s described as a popular rap artist who preached positivity. At the corner of 23rd and Townsend on Thursday evening, there was unimaginable sorrow as loved ones joined together to […]

  • Milwaukee Police Department

    Seeking suspects: Police investigate 11 robberies occurring overnight Tuesday into Wednesday

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee police are investigating a rash of robberies that occurred overnight from Tuesday into Wednesday, September 10th. Police say they’re investigating a total of 11 robberies — eight of them occurring on the East Side, and three occurring on the North Side. Now, we’ve learned police have made some arrests. One of the East Side robberies led to shots being fired. That incident occurred near Bartlett and Kenwood. “There was just a bang. Some screams, and then […]

  • Dontre Hamilton

    District Attorney calls for another independent investigation into Dontre Hamilton shooting death

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Jonathan Safran, the attorney for the family of Dontre Hamilton, said Tuesday, September 9th Hamilton’s family was expected to be informed by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office of a charging decision in Hamilton’s death. 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer inside Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee in April. The District Attorney’s Office said late Tuesday afternoon no decision has been made in the case, and now, Safran says there […]

  • Fatal fire near 2nd and Townsend in Milwaukee

    One dead, three hurt after house fire on Milwaukee’s north side

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — One person is dead and three others hurt after a house fire on Milwaukee’s north side early Saturday, September 6th. Among the persons hurt was a Milwaukee firefighter. Fire crews were called to the scene around 4 a.m. Officials say when they arrived on the scene, there was heavy fire showing from the windows in the building. People who had gotten out of the building indicated to emergency crews that someone may still be inside. When crews […]

  • Camron Powell

    Police try to deter young people from following footsteps of “Wild Hunnits” gang

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Charges come down against teens accused of a four day crime spree that left a friend dead. Police say Camron Powell was killed after his group tried to rob another. FOX6 News is learning more about his troubled past. Police say the young people are part of a gang called the Wild Hunnits — responsible for disturbing criminal activity. Police are doing what they can to stop more kids from joining. They are two young lives, taken […]

  • Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission protest

    Demonstrators fill City Hall; Fire and Police Commission meeting ends abruptly

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A group on Thursday, September 4th planned to present a list of demands to Milwaukee’s Fire and Police Commission during its meeting, but that never happened. The group gathered in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee late Thursday afternoon — the park where 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer in April. Police say Hamilton grabbed the officer’s baton — and was shot and killed during a struggle. Hamilton’s family members and […]

  • Gov. Scott Walker

    She’s the head of the DNC, and her comments on Governor Walker are drawing outrage

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — “He’s given women the back of his hand.” Harsh words from the head of the Democratic National Committee, and those words are aimed at Governor Scott Walker. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was in Milwaukee when she made the comment — comparing Governor Walker’s policies to domestic abuse. It began as a round table discussion during an event on women’s issues at the Milwaukee Athletic Club, and it turned controversial. “Scott Walker has given women the back […]

  • Dontre Hamilton

    “We will not stop until we get justice:” Coalition for Justice wants answers in Dontre Hamilton case

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A demand for answers: The family of 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton, shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer continues to raise questions about his death. There have been demonstrations, and on Wednesday, September 3rd — a promise that those demonstrations won’t stop. The Coalition for Justice held a news conference on Wednesday afternoon. Members of the coalition have been marching with Hamilton’s family — and demanding answers. Hamilton was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer […]


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