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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.

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    “We’re not going to be scared:” Mourners return to spot of two shootings, refuse to live in fear

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Last Saturday, May 16th, a vigil to remember a Milwaukee teen was interrupted by gunshots. Tonight, those mourners returned to show they aren’t scared. Family and friends of Kendrai Walker came together on Friday, May 22nd saying they’re not going to let violence control their lives. In an alley way near 28th and Auer, a large group gathers in a spot that has seen a week filled with violence. Last Friday, 18-year-old Kendrai Walker was shot and […]

  • Ed Flynn

    “It’s a positive process:” Chief Flynn meets with Fire and Police Commission for his annual review

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn on Thursday, May 21st went before the Fire and Police Commission for his annual review — his final review before his contract is up in January. Flynn was appointed chief of police in January of 2008 and again in 2012. Thursday, Flynn sat down for his eighth review. It lasted about two hours in a closed executive session. No one will say what was discussed, but Chief Flynn says he’s committed to this city. “It’s […]

  • 29th and Burleigh shooting with five victims

    “We’re going to come back stronger:” Undeterred by shooting at vigil, family of Kendrai Walker to come together again

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The family of 18-year-old Kendrai Walker is refusing to live in fear. Walker was shot and killed near 28th and Burleigh on Friday night, May 15th. One day later, Walker’s family and others gathered at the scene to remember this young life lost to gun violence — and gunfire erupted again. Five people were shot, including Walker’s mother. Walker’s family is fighting back against all the violence, and they’re doing it with prayer. On the one-week anniversary of […]

  • Takata airbag recall

    “It is scary:” What can you do if your vehicle is affected by largest auto recall in history?

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The largest auto recall in history affects nearly 34 million vehicles, and it’s a result of faulty airbags. Takata airbags have exploded, and at least five people have died. About one in seven cars on the road in the United States are affected by this recall. The number of vehicles being recalled has now doubled. “It’s fair to say this is probably the most complex consumer safety recall in U.S. history,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. […]

  • Racine FOX6 Local

    “We accomplished what we set out for:” Children missing since February returned safely to Racine County

    RACINE COUNTY (WITI) — Three missing children, ages 10, 8 and 2, were recovered by Racine County Child Protective Services staff in Mexico and returned safely to Racine on Friday, May 15th. That’s according to a news release issued by Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave on Saturday. The children went missing on February 5th — and were believed to be endangered. They were in the company of their mother, Amanda Ibarra Gasca, and Ivan Ruiz. According to the news release, […]

  • Boston Runner

    Moving forward: Boston runner relieved to hear Tsarnaev verdict, saying “this will bring us some closure”

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — There are mixed emotions today as Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is sentenced to die by lethal injection. One local runner who was in Boston during the bombing, is hoping this sentence brings some closure. Richard Dodd finished the race less than an hour prior to the bombs going off. It is a day he will never forget — he’s hopeful Friday’s sentence will help him and many others move forward. On the track at Hartford Union […]

  • Soles for Jesus

    “Every day it got worse:” In Burundi, Africa to hand out shoes, volunteer cuts trip short amid coup

    BURUNDI (WITI) — A man from Milwaukee, in Burundi, Africa to hand out shoes had his mission trip cut short. A coup broke out, and he had to flee to safety. Mark Ellefson was in Burundi, Africa for a week, waiting on a team of volunteers from Milwaukee. Demonstrations broke out and became more frequent. The group’s trip was postponed, but their mission continues. In a warehouse on Milwaukee’s north side are boxes filled with shoes — ready to be […]

  • sears

    “We need change:” Hamilton family, Coalition for Justice march in solidarity with Robinson family

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The “Coalition for Justice” organized a rally in Milwaukee on Wednesday evening, May 13th. It was an opportunity for folks to stand in solidarity with the family of Tony Robinson and other supporters — one day after the Dane County District Attorney announced no charges would be filed against the officer who shot and killed Robinson. The Coalition for Justice has held several rallies and protests in response to the Dontre Hamilton shooting — which took place […]

  • Tony Robinson protest Madison

    “This is not over:” Disappointed over decision in Madison, folks take to streets, vow to keep fighting

    MADISON (WITI) — Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne on Tuesday afternoon, May 12th announced Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny will not be criminally charged in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Tony Robinson. Following the announcement, support for Tony Robinson’s family spilled into the streets of Madison — with supporters marching on Robinson’s behalf. Tony Robinson’s family members and those who support them said they were disappointed by District Attorney Ozanne’s decision not to file charges in this […]

  • million moms

    “Let our voices be heard:” Maria Hamilton leads Million Moms March to protest racially charged deaths

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (WITI) — A Milwaukee mom has taken her cause to Washington. Dontre Hamilton’s mother marched in Washington on Saturday, May 9th in the Million Moms March — and hundreds from the across the country joined her. It was a rally in Washington, D.C. with a message from Milwaukee. “It’s a tragedy that all of these lives have been taken and no one has stepped up,” said Maria Hamilton, Dontre Hamilton’s mother. Maria Hamilton has led marches locally and […]

  • Kelly Dwyer case

    Don’t expect charges soon: Milwaukee County DA’s investigation into Dwyer case will take patience

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Kelly Dwyer has been missing for more than a year and half and now that her body has been found, the investigation is ramping up. The Chief Deputy District Attorney for Milwaukee County, Kent Lovern, says a lot of work still has to be done before a charging decision will be made. The office is treating this with the highest priority moving forward. It has been a lengthy wait and still more answers are needed. “There is […]

  • Kelly Dwyer

    Human remains found in rural Jefferson County are those of Kelly Dwyer, so how did she die?

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The human remains found along a road in rural Jefferson County this past weekend have been positively identified as those of Kelly Dwyer. A forensic odontologist made the identification. Now, a new chapter begins: How did she die, and where? Will the evidence point to the man police have suspected since the beginning? The remains were found by a citizen along Inlynd Rd. in the Town of Concord on Friday evening, May 1st. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office guarded the remains throughout […]

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