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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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  • Nate Hamilton

    Sheriff Clarke calls Friday’s protest “mob rule”, Hamilton protesters wait outside Milwaukee jail

    MILWAUKEE (WITI)–  Sheriff Clarke calls the protest that resulted in 74 arrests “mob rule” during a press conference Saturday morning.  Meanwhile protesters, who are demanding charging decision in the shooting death of Dontre Hamilton, remain outside the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility waiting for the release of those taken into custody. In a press conference Sheriff Clarke told members of the media the protest that briefly closed I-43 during rush hour on Friday, was  dangerous and put the public at […]

  • I-43

    Protesters block traffic on I-43 near downtown Milwaukee, dozens arrested

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Protesters rallying in support of the Dontre Hamilton family temporarily blocked traffic on Interstate-43 and on city streets shortly after 4 p.m. on Friday evening, December 19th. Milwaukee police and sheriff’s deputies made dozens of arrests in relation to the protests. The peaceful protests turned disruptive as about a hundred people headed to the interstate. Two groups broke off — blocking on-ramps and chanting with bullhorns. Those protesters were met by police and one by one, they were arrested. […]

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    “This is a big step:” Milwaukee to speed police training in handling of mentally ill

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The family of Dontre Hamilton pushes for more police officer training, and city leaders jumped on board. It took less than a week for the plan to come together to speed up training so that all Milwaukee police officers will get training to deal with mentally ill people. The Hamilton’s met with Mayor Tom Barrett last week. They hammered out an initiative to have every Milwaukee police officer trained for crisis intervention situations within the next 2 […]

  • Dontre Hamilton police shooting

    Decision looms: Hamilton family eager to get answers, National Guard on standby

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — We could learn any day now whether the officer who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park will be charged. Since late April, the Hamilton family has been waiting to hear whether former officer Christopher Manney will be charged in this case. Manney has already been fired for action leading up to the shooting of Hamilton. Supporters of the Hamilton family have spent month protesting — demanding action. “Regardless of what the outcome is, we […]

  • Joe Demler

    “Every day is a bonus:” World War II vet recounts his capture by German troops

    PORT WASHINGTON (WITI) — The start of World War II’s bloodiest battle began 70 years ago — on December 16, 1944. Thousands lost their lives in the Battle of the Bulge — and one Wisconsin man’s life changed forever because he found himself in the middle of it all. “They broke through and they captured us two companies,” said Joe Demler. The Fredonia native had been captured by the Germans, robbed of his belongings and forced to march for miles. […]

  • silk

    DENIED: Licensing Committee won’t allow proposal for Silk Exotic club near downtown to move forward

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee’s Licensing Committee says “no” to Silk Exotic. Silk wants to open a club near downtown Milwaukee, and the Licensing Committee considered two potential locations on Wednesday, December 10th — in hearings that lasted nearly eight hours! After being denied licenses to operate at several other locations, Silk Exotic officials chose two potential sites in the Walker’s Point neighborhood. The first option is at South 5th Street and West Virginia. UPDATE: The Licensing Committee voted to recommend the […]

  • Nate Hamilton

    Hamilton family wants change within MPD; has private meeting with Mayor Barrett

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Dontre Hamilton’s family members and supporters on Tuesday evening, December 9th marched from Red Arrow Park to City Hall, where they demanded a meeting with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. On Wednesday, December 10th, Dontre Hamilton’s brother, Nate and Curtis Sails, who has organized the “Coalition for Justice” met privately with Mayor Barrett. That meeting lasted about 45 minutes. We’re told Dontre Hamilton’s family wanted the meeting to discuss changes they want to see within the Milwaukee Police […]

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    Police: Protester arrested for disorderly conduct as Hamilton supporters fill City Hall

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It has been more than seven months since Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee — and the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP is the latest to call on the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office to make its decision in the case. This, as Hamilton supporters staged another rally Tuesday evening, December 9th. Milwaukee police say one protester was arrested. Since the shooting on April 30th, […]

  • Luke Somers

    Beloit college mourns loss of alumnus, Luke Somers

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Beloit College is in mourning tonight. A 2008 graduate, held captive in Yemen, was killed Friday, December 5th. It happened while U.S. Armed Forces attempted to rescue Luke Somers and a South African hostage. It was the second attempt to rescue Somers. The raid ended tragically, Friday. We are all given a certain amount of time — but it’s what we do with it that determines who we become. It was on the Beloit College campus where […]

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    “I haven’t found a week this busy yet:” 126 victims assisted by the Red Cross in 5 days

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Fire officials were called to an apartment complex fire near 13th and Locust early Friday morning, December 5th. Crews were dispatched to the scene around 5:30 a.m. Smoke was filling the second floor people trapped inside were forced to make a life and death decision — stay and wait for help, or jump. “When we got out there we saw the people jumping out. Then the fire people came with the ladder but they were dropping kids […]

  • Dontre Hamilton and Christopher Manney

    Dontre Hamilton supporters rally as Fire & Police Commission meets

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Red Arrow Park’s “Slice of Ice” opened for the season on Thursday, December 4th, but Dontre Hamilton supporters want to make sure what happened in the park last April stays in the forefront. 31-year-old Hamilton was shot and killed by Milwaukee police officer Christopher Manney. Manney has been terminated for his handling of Hamilton on that day — a firing he is appealing. It has been seven months since Dontre Hamilton was killed, and his family members […]

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    “This is what we do:” Red Cross, which helps others, needs YOUR help after fires every day this week

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The American Red Cross helps those affected by fires, and this week — they’ve been busy! First, a fire at a 28-unit apartment complex in Franklin on Monday, December 1st that left seven families displaced. The Red Cross also assisted folks following a fire at a single-family home on 36th Street on Monday. Then, an apartment fire Tuesday night, December 2nd at an apartment on W. Eggert Place. Three firefighters were injured fighting that blaze. Then, Wednesday, […]


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