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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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    Disturbing video shows woman being punched, stomped on outside north side gas station

    **Warning: Video contains violent content that may not be suitable for all viewers** MILWAUKEE — A confrontation outside a Milwaukee gas station turns violent and the disturbing video has surfaced online. The incident happened last week outside of a north side gas station. One community activist says it is important to see the reality in some parts of Milwaukee and make sure there is change. Near Locust and Teutonia, a woman is punched and kicked by two people while others stand […]

  • Chris Martin

    “It felt good doing a good deed:” Milwaukee bus driver’s act of kindness goes a long way

    MILWAUKEE — Sometimes the simplest acts can be the most memorable. Tuesday morning, August 25th a bus ride brought two strangers together. The Milwaukee County bus driver is being commended fro an act of kindness that went a long way. Bus driver Chris Martin is being praised for something he says he does everyday — helps someone out who needs it. Every day, driving his route, Chris Martin looks out for his riders. “I always try to help out when […]

  • Dexter Carter

    “He wouldn’t harm himself:” Inmate attempts suicide in cell; family members want video/audio released

    MILWAUKEE — After days of waiting, and claims they weren’t getting answers from Milwaukee police, the family of a Milwaukee man who attempted suicide in a cell on Sunday, August 23rd was told on Tuesday they can visit him at Froedtert Hospital. But they still have questions about what happened in this case — and new demands for police. 47-year-old Dexter Carter was found by police on Sunday evening, August 23rd. Carter’s family members got word Tuesday evening they will now […]

  • 31st and Greenfield

    Milwaukee’s 100th homicide of 2015: 35-year-old man shot, killed near 31st & Greenfield

    MILWAUKEE — A 35-year-old Milwaukee man was shot and killed in the neighborhood near 31st and Greenfield on Friday evening, August 21st. The shooting happened in the middle of a neighborhood while several people were outside. Police have now identified the victim as Luis Santiago. Police say Santiago was approached in an alley by three to five men and after a short argument, one of the suspects shot Santiago. He died at the scene. Neighbors tell FOX6 News they heard gunshots, followed by cries […]

  • 20-month-old Kayden

    Mother reacts to son’s accused killer reaching potential plea deal: “He shouldn’t be…free while I die inside”

    MILWAUKEE — A baby boy is killed, authorities say at the hands of his babysitter. Saturday, August 22nd we are hearing from the mother for the first time. The family has been told the accused killer has reached a plea deal — and they are not happy. Angelica Burkett left her 20-month-old baby in the care of someone she trusted. But she says he broke that trust and now Burkett has been told the child’s accused killer has struck a […]

  • Loren Whitlow, Jr.

    “It’s pretty scary:” Waukesha police issue information on sex offender set to be released

    WAUKESHA — The Waukesha Police Department is alerting neighbors about a registered sex offender set to be released. 49-year-old Loren Whitlow, Jr. will be released on maximum discharge, meaning he has served all time associated with his crime, on Saturday, August 22nd. But officials say Whitlow is likely to reoffend. Authorities say Loren Whitlow’s sexual abuse has no boundaries. The convicted sex offender is accused of abusing both children and an adult. People are afraid that abuse will happen again. Across Waukesha, […]

  • Big Bend storm damage

    “It looked like a disaster:” Clean up underway in Big Bend after EF1 tornado tears through

    BIG BEND — Tornado ripped through property in the Village of Big Bend Tuesday evening, August 18th. The storm peeled back the roof of a barn and left a line of damage. It’s not something you normally hear after a tornado tears through someone’s property. But Ruth Ann and Dave Link realize it could’ve been a lot worse. “Our heavenly father has been watching over both of us our entire lifetime, he’s always with us,” said Ruth Ann Link. Tuesday […]

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    Braced for a storm: Organizers of Dodge County Fair prepared for the worst

    BEAVER DAM — Dark clouds were overhead for much of Tuesday, August 18th in Beaver Dam — where the Dodge County Fair begins on Wednesday. And the sounds of animals were mixed with the noises of preparation Tuesday evening. “Frankly, there’s only so much you can do to be ready for it,” said Steve Ward, event coordinator. Near the grandstands, staff members take precautions by tarping equipment and making sure the stage is safe. In the barn areas, kids prep their animals. John […]

  • N. 38th and Hadley

    “A barrage of gunfire:” One dead, two wounded after gunfire in an alley near 38th & Hadley

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are investigating a shooting incident that took place in an alley near 38th and Hadley on Friday afternoon, August 14th. Officials say three people were shot — 39-year-old Willis Brownlee was killed, two others were wounded. All the victims are men. Police say two suspects opened fire on the three victims just before 2 p.m. “Just a barrage of gunfire,” said Franklin Prather, neighbor. A hot August afternoon interrupted by violence. “Sounded like I was back in […]

  • Lamar Blachmer

    29-year-old Lamar Blachmer charged with sexual assault of five-year-old boy

    MILWAUKEE — The man accused of sexually assaulting a five-year-old boy in a Walgreens bathroom on Sunday, August 9th has been charged. According to a criminal complaint, a woman was shopping with her five-year-old son at the Walgreens located at 76th and Capitol in Milwaukee when the boy had to use the restroom. The mother tried taking him to the women’s room, but it was out-of-order. The five-year-old boy went to to the men’s room alone, while his mom waited […]

  • Mass for Peace in Milwaukee

    “A city that needs prayer:” Hundreds fill St. Francis Assisi Church to pray for Milwaukee amid violence

    MILWAUKEE — On the heels of a violent year in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki is calling for action. On Thursday, August 13th ‘prayer for peace’ was held, and hundreds filled St. Francis of Assisi Church in Milwaukee. This was the first time in recent history a “peace Mass” was held by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. It was meant to serve as a direct response to the increasing violence in the city. “Violence can be stopped. Peace is possible,” said Archbishop Listecki. It wasn’t […]

  • Motorcycle, MPD squad car collide near 6th and McKinley

    “Driving like maniacs!” 911 calls taken prior to collision between bike, MPD squad car released

    MILWAUKEE — Dozens of 911 calls that came in during a huge motorcycle rally in and around Milwaukee this weekend have been released. Hundreds of motorcycles traveled through Milwaukee on Saturday, August 8th — and there was a collision between a bike and a Milwaukee Police Department squad car near 6th and McKinley. But before that, 911 calls indicated motorcycles were speeding down the street, riding on sidewalks and running red lights. It has one Milwaukee alderman calling for change. The motorcycles […]

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