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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
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    And the cost to buy a corporate tent at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills is…

    HARTFORD — FOX6 News got a first look on Wednesday, October 19th at how some of the world’s biggest VIPs will get to watch the U.S. Open when it arrives at Erin Hills next summer. Preparation for the 2017 U.S. Open is definitely in full swing — and this week, there’s something new on the course. “Right now, we’re in the middle of a golf course believe it or not. Even with this fancy decor you see in this background,” said […]

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    “It was awesome!” Greenfield officer saves the day for 2 young girls, their mom this Halloween

    GREENFIELD — We’re just days away from Halloween — and that means the last-minute rush for costumes is on. One Milwaukee family says a crook nearly ruined their spooky holiday. That is, until an unexpected act by a police officer saved the day. “We were costume shopping and I just happened to put my wallet down,” said Kayla Cassidy, mother of seven-year-old Kyran and five-year-old Kailani. At the Halloween Express on 76th St. in Greenfield, Cassidy said in the madness of […]

  • Rick Gudex

    “It could be anybody:” 700 in Wisconsin die by suicide each year; a senator the latest victim

    FOND DU LAC — Senator Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) died Wednesday, October 12th, and officials with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office said his death was a result of a gunshot wound to the chest, believed to have been self-inflicted. Gudex was born with a servant’s heart. “He cared very much about our city and our community,” Mike Kurutz, Mayville parks director said. Kurutz worked alongside Gudex when he became mayor of Mayville at just 29 years old. “He […]

  • Dan Popp

    Has he been feigning symptoms of mental illness? Man charged in triple homicide ruled competent

    MILWAUKEE COUNTY — Is he faking it? Psychiatrists say the man accused of killing three of his neighbors in front of their children may be feigning mental health issues. 40-year-old Dan Popp faces three counts of first degree intentional homicide, and one count of attempted first degree intentional homicide. In March, a competency examination was ordered, and in July, the court found Popp remained incompentent to proceed in the case against him. In March, a competency examination was ordered, and in April, the […]

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    “Sigh of relief:” Vacationers in path of deadly hurricane relieved to return home; others hoping for best

    MILWAUKEE — Hurricane Matthew continues its assault on Florida. Flooding and destroying beachfront communities in the sunshine state. Here in Wisconsin, there are many families just happy to be home. Vacationers were forced to evacuate, but getting back home was not easy. Airports up and down the East Coast were closed Friday night, October 7th. That meant some had to get creative to get back to Wisconsin. At Mitchell International Airport, Karen Williams and her daughter, Katie Bannister, are so […]

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    “They’re ready for it:” Wisconsin’s Red Cross sends volunteers to help with Hurricane Matthew

    As Hurricane Matthew prepares to make landfall, Wisconsin is preparing to send help. It is the strongest storm to hit Florida in over a decade. Already a killer, Hurricane Matthew’s powerful winds are churning. In Orlando, Amy from Waukesha says her family is now stuck at the happiest place on earth — Disney World is closed. Guests have been told to shelter in their rooms. With their flight already cancelled for Saturday, Amy told FOX6 News via Facebook, “We were advised […]

  • Mapping the human brain

    “The last frontier:” Study that’s unlocked nearly 100 new regions of the human brain hailed as a major breakthrough

    MILWAUKEE — Something new is creating a lot of buzz in the science community. Neurologists say there’s been a major breakthrough when it comes to our brains. “The brain is such a unique and guarded organ,” Dr. Amin Kassam said. Dr. Kassam is a neurosurgeon at Aurora Health Care. “I think there is a perception than we know a lot more than we do. The brain is the last frontier,” Dr. Kassam said. Dr. Kassam’s job often sends him inside […]

  • Catherine Petersen

    “A weight is lifted:” Family of Laylah Petersen reacts to verdict in Barrett case with mixed emotions

    MILWAUKEE — The aunt of Laylah Petersen spoke to FOX6 News about how difficult it was for the family to sit through the trial of Carl Barrett — and how relieved they are that this part of the trial is over. Catherine Petersen, Laylah’s aunt on her father’s side, said she was not at the trial because she did not want to look at Barrett — and did not want to relive the day her niece was shot. However, she […]

  • Cardeoin Banks on "Empire"

    “I went crazy:” 14-year-old from Milwaukee plays young Tariq on hit FOX show “Empire”

    MILWAUKEE — A 14-year-old boy from Milwaukee on Wednesday night, September 28th appeared on the hit FOX show “Empire!” Cardeoin Banks played the role of a younger version of the character Tariq. FOX6’s Ben Handelman watched the show with Banks and his family. “I like acting, modeling, basketball and football,” Banks said. Banks and his family and friends gathered at the Kiss Ultra Lounge on N. 76th Street to witness the biggest opportunity of his young life. It all began […]

  • All Saints Catholic Church

    “To move towards greater good:” In wake of unrest, church leaders gather community for ‘Revival for Peace’

    MILWAUKEE — On the heels of unrest in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood in the wake of the fatal officer-involved shooting of Sylville Smith by a Milwaukee police officer, All Saints Catholic Church held a special service in an effort to help the city heal. Church leaders wanted people to come together as they walked through the doors of the church on Saturday, September 24th — but even more important was what church leaders hoped they’d do once they walked out […]

  • Jay Anderson

    “We’re not going to forget:” Family, friends of Jay Anderson release balloons 3 months after his death

    WAUWATOSA — In Charlotte, new video is released in a police shooting that led to violent protests. In Tulsa, an officer is facing manslaughter charges. But in Wauwatosa, one family says they still know almost nothing about why an officer shot and killed Jay Anderson back on June 23rd. They are calling for more details to be released immediately. They arrived with balloons to mark a horrible day. It’s been three months since Jay Anderson was killed by a Wauwatosa police officer […]

  • Locust and Palmer shooting

    1 dead, 1 injured following shooting near Palmer & Locust

    MILWAUKEE — One man has died and another is hurt following a shooting that took place near Palmer and Locust in Milwaukee Thursday evening, September 22nd. Witnesses described hearing two bursts of gunfire. “We heard the shooting, ‘pow, pow, pow’ and then we ran,” said Robert and Alberta Roy. Chaos broke out before 6:00 p.m. “Just a lot of people running that way and the ambulance and fire department,” said Robert Roy. Robert and Alberta Roy shielded their grandchildren as police made […]