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It is a dream to be able to tell stories for a living. Since joining the Fox 6 team in April of 2011, I am thrilled to be working, living, and telling the stories of Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin.

I’m not a Midwesterner by blood, but have lived here for all of my professional television career. I am proud to call the East Side of Milwaukee my home. Let me tell you how I got here.

I grew up in a small town in northwest Connecticut. My high school graduating class was 89 people. So I consider myself a small town kid. While I grew up a lifelong UConn fan, I decided to pursue my passion for broadcasting at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. Four years later, with a degree in broadcast journalism in hand (and no job), I decided to trek across the country on a bicycle with friends. While I had no prior biking experience (except around my driveway when I was 10) I survived the summer long trek from Connecticut to San Francisco. In the process I helped raise thousands of dollars for habitat for humanity.

When I made it back to Connecticut I realized maybe I better start sending out resumes. My first bite was in Springfield, Illinois. While I had no friends or family within an 8 hour drive, I took the job over the phone and took a chance.

I haven't looked back since. As a general assignment reporter for ABC affiliate WICS I covered the rise of Barack Obama, the fall of Rod Blagojevich, and everything from tornadoes to relays. Eventually I was asked if I would like to take a job as the weekend anchor at our sister station in Champaign. I jumped at the chance.

I arrived at WICD just in time for one of the largest scandals in the history of the University of Illinois. I covered the downfall of the school's president after students with political ties were allegedly given special treatment in the admissions process. In Champaign, I learned to appreciate Big Ten sports. I also happened to fall in love with a reporter from the competition. I am lucky Ashley Sears not only agreed to marry me, but also is no longer competing against me. Ashley is a general assignment reporter here at Fox 6! We no longer fight about who got the exclusive over who.

You can find me anchoring Friday and Saturday nights here at Fox 6. During the week I may be anywhere from Lake Geneva to Sheboygan or Milwaukee to Madison as a general assignment reporter. I am addicted to social networking and hope you'll add me as a friend on Facebook and Twitter. Email me anytime if you have a story idea or want to share some advice on the best Mexican restaurant in town (my favorite).

I look forward to hearing from you.

Recent Articles
  • Nicholas Shaffer

    Disturbing: Four-year-old girl tells parents babysitter sexually assaulted her; 29-year-old man charged

    SHEBOYGAN COUNTY (WITI) — Prosecutors in Sheboygan County have charged a 29-year-old babysitter with the sexual assault of a four-year-old girl. Prosecutors say helping them solve the crime is the bright young victim. On the north side of Sheboygan, words like friendly and peaceful are used by neighbors to describe their block. Which is why it may not be surprising a neighbor agreed to babysit. What investigators say next, has landed 29-year-old Nicholas Shaffer in some serious trouble. Police say […]

  • hi mount crash

    “It’s bad:” Two dead, three injured after a crash on Milwaukee’s west side

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — “We need help.” That is the message from Milwaukee police after two people were killed in a wreck near Hi Mount Boulevard and Lloyd Street on Wednesday afternoon, March 25th. Police say the crash involved a stolen vehicle traveling at high rates of speed. Three people were hurt. Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn calls car thefts “an epidemic” in the city of Milwaukee. He did not mince words at a press conference at the scene of this […]

  • MPA Manney appeal hearing reaction

    Milwaukee Police Association, which represents rank & file calls Manney ruling “a travesty”

    MILWAUKEE (WITI ) — In final and unanimous decisions, a Fire and Police Commission panel ruled Monday, March 23rd fired Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney will not get his job back. The decisions came after a five-day appeal hearing. The panel ruled Manney violated MPD policy and procedure when he performed that pat down, and also that Manney’s use of force on April 30th was a violation of policy. The panel then decided to uphold Manney’s permanent termination from MPD. […]

  • Minicipal Court

    “The case was interesting,” But fewer people came to court Friday to watch Manney hearing

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Day one of the Christopher Manney appeal hearing brought an overflow crowd to the Municipal Court building on James Lovell in downtown Milwaukee. On Friday, March 20th, it was a very different scene. There were no lines outside the Municipal Court Building on Friday afternoon, as opposed to Thursday, when there were about 30 people in line. On Friday, only a couple dozen people gathered in the overflow room. But those there said the lower attendance on Day Two […]

  • court

    Police add extra security at Municipal Court building for Christopher Manney appeal hearing

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It did not take long for the courtroom to be filled to capacity as Christopher Manney’s appeal hearing began Thursday afternoon, March 19th. Only 56 people can fit inside. Outside, a healthy crowd watched in an overflow room. Milwaukee police beefed up security and added extra officers to ensure everyone’s safety. As the hearing was set to begin, folks waited in a slow-moving line outside the Municipal Court building on North James Lovell Street. They made their way through security, walking through […]

  • O'Ryan Shaw

    “Best baby you could ever have:” Seven-month-old killed in crash; mother accused of driving drunk

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A seven-month-old boy has died and his mother sustained serious injuries following a single-vehicle rollover crash. It  happened shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18th near Appleton and Burleigh, and police suspect the baby’s mother was drunk at the time of the crash. Witnesses tell police that an SUV was traveling eastbound on W. Appleton Avenue at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control of the car at W. Burleigh Street, causing the vehicle […]

  • Rally in support of law enforcement in Madison

    “Without the police, what would happen? Chaos:” Folks rally in support of Madison police after officer-involved shooting

    MADISON (WITI) — On a “National Day of Action” Wednesday, March 11th, two demonstrations took place in Madison — one in support of 19-year-old Tony Robinson, and the other in support of law enforcement and Officer Matt Kenny, the officer who shot and killed Robinson last Friday, March 6th at an apartment home on Williamson Street. A group called “We Stand With The Madison Police Department” organized the demonstration in support of Officer Kenny that took place near the Capitol Wednesday. […]

  • racine shooting

    “She said ‘I’m dying:'” 15-year-old girl, an innocent bystander, suffers gunshot wound to her face

    RACINE (WITI) — Family members of a Racine high school freshman say she’s recovering from a gunshot wound to her face. Family members say the girl was an innocent bystander — shot while standing in front of her house on Tuesday, March 10th. Racine police haven’t released any official details on this shooting. Family members tell FOX6 News there may be multiple suspects on the run. This, as a 15-year-old girl is recovering. “She said ‘I’m dying. I’m dying,'” Mary […]

  • Jelly Belly

    Business Journal: Jelly Belly Candy Co. seeks to sell Pleasant Prairie warehouse, gift shop

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE (WITI) — The Milwaukee Business Journal reports that Jelly Belly Candy Co. is seeking to sell its Pleasant Prairie warehouse and gift shop building. However, it has not confirmed any future plans for its operations. The California-based company occupies the warehouse at 10100 Jelly Belly Lane in Pleasant Prairie. It has listed the building for sale, confirmed company spokeswoman Jana Sanders Perry. Jelly Belly officials released the following statement in relation to this news: “The warehouse property in Pleasant […]

  • Assembly Right-to-Work debate

    “A lot of debate today:” Assembly begins marathon 24-hour session on Right-to-Work legislation

    MADISON (WITI/AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly has begun a marathon session of debate on Right-to-Work legislation — debate that’s expected to stretch into Friday morning. The debate hasn’t been without disruption at the Capitol in Madison Thursday, March 5th. Late Thursday, a Department of Administration representative told FOX6 News two people were arrested after screaming profanities and refusing to stop. The debate got underway at 9:00 a.m. The Assembly has set 24 hours to debate Right-to-Work legislation. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he […]

  • AVP Pro Volleyball Tour

    Bradford Beach volleyball vendor wants out: Milwaukee County Parks hopes for “a seamless transition”

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It’s hard to imagine summer, let alone think about it when there is snow on the ground and temperatures are barely above zero — but FOX6 News is learning big changes could soon be coming to Milwaukee’s Bradford Beach. In a post online this week, Bradford Beach’s volleyball vendor made a surprising announcement. Todd Gawronski with G1, Inc. wrote: “We have submitted a lease termination agreement to Milwaukee County Parks.” Gawronski’s volleyball nets aren’t only a staple […]

  • Williams Bay Jr./Sr. High School

    “It’s a shame:” Threat prompts officials to move students from Williams Bay Jr./Sr. High School

    WILLIAMS BAY (WITI) — A threat found written in a bathroom at Williams Bay Jr./Sr. High School prompted school officials to move students from the school on Tuesday afternoon, March 3rd. They are now trying to track down who is responsible for the threat. It started as a lockdown of the school, and ended with students evacuated. Wayne Anderson, the superintendent of the school district, sent a phone message to parents telling of the threat. Students were transferred to the district’s elementary school around 1:30 p.m. […]


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