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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.

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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 […]

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    “They support me every single minute:” Cudahy soldier receives warm welcome home

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A local soldier is now home for the holidays and he got quite a welcome home! Private First Class Tyler Steeno, of Cudahy, came home on Friday, December 19th, from a tour in Afghanistan. He’s been in the U.S. Army for about 18 months and has served the past year in the Middle East. Friends and family surprised him with a big welcome home at the airport. The soldier says the reception was quite emotional. “You see […]

  • Christopher Manney

    Letters uncovered in Manney’s personnel file reveal he performed “at a high level of bravery”

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Christopher Manney is at the center of the Dontre Hamilton investigation, and today we are getting a new perspective on him. Manney has been fired from his job, but FOX6 News is learning his boss wrote glowing reviews about him — and he’s not the only one. FOX6 News asked Milwaukee police for Officer Christopher Manney’s personnel files, and Thursday we got them. A day of digging through these files reveals a lot of praise for the […]

  • Chris Hamms

    Just back from Cuba: Pewaukee student says, “Today is a day I was not expecting for many years to come”

    PEWAUKEE (WITI) — For a college student from Pewaukee, the possibility of normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba is especially surprising. He just returned home after a visit to Havana — and part of his unexpected itinerary was coming face-to-face with a man once held prisoner by the U.S. government. Chris Harms has been back home for a little more than a week. He showed to FOX6 News some of the items collected from a journey around the world […]

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    Communities divided over what to do with vacant churches, schools

    CUDAHY (WITI) — Two Milwaukee County communities go separate ways with an idea to turn old abandoned Catholic churches into subsidized apartment housing. In Cudahy, the city council unanimously approved a proposal to rezone the land where the old Nativity of the Lord campus currently sits, to allow for an apartment building.  A developer has plans to demolish the church and school, and build a five story building with 60 units. In South Milwaukee, the council did the exact opposite, […]

  • Cedarburg

    Ceased construction at Cedarburg columbarium has some people “in shock”

    CEDARBURG (WITI) — Tension is growing between City Hall and their neighbor across the street, Advent Lutheran Church in Cedarburg. The fight is over a place picked out by some to be their final resting place. It’s a place designed where people can put their ashes, called a columbarium. The fight is whether or not the structure be in a cemetery instead of downtown Cedarburg. “A columbarium by law can contain one thing, and one thing only — and that […]

  • Johnny Bynum

    “Your past does come back to haunt you:” DNA links man to sexual assault, seven years after the crime

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A man is behind bars, charged with a crime police say was committed seven years ago! In this case, DNA helped Milwaukee police find their suspect. In 2007, near Locust and 20th Street, investigators say a 13-year-old girl came across a group of boys. Court records show Johnny Bynum was 18 at the time, and he told the girl his name was Mike. Investigators say Bynum convinced the girl to go to a house a block away, where […]

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    Blackout Wednesday: Ahead of Thanksgiving, the preferred meal of choice is of the liquid variety

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — On the eve of Thanksgiving, some chose to celebrate another holiday of sorts: Blackout Wednesday. One of the biggest drinking nights of the year is also one of the most dangerous nights to be on the road. “A lot of people don’t have to work (on Thursday). It’s proven with numbers. It’s the busiest day. It’s going to be really hectic,” bartender Jessica Charris said. Blackout Wednesday tends to be a night where folks reunite with friends. […]

  • Jordan Matson

    “I’ve never been happier:” Sturtevant native says he’s finally found peace — fighting ISIS in Syria

    SYRIA (WITI) — Just a few months ago, Jordan Matson was working an overnight job packing food in Kenosha. Today, the Sturtevant native is in Syria — on the front lines fighting ISIS. Matson tells FOX6 News after years of depression, he is finally at peace. It is one of the most dangerous parts of the world. A civil war is turning Syria into a battlefield, and ISIS has become the most dangerous terrorist organization in the world. ISIS started […]

  • Michael Brown

    Preparing for protesters: The country braces for Ferguson announcement

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — There are uneasy nerves not just in Missouri, but around the country. The FBI warning agencies, the decision may spark violence elsewhere. Protesters here in Milwaukee have already announced they will be meeting after the grand jury announcement. Police do not expect problems, but are prepared just in case. In Missouri, they are laying down the ground rules. An entire region preparing for a decision — many worry could spark violence. “The bottom line is that we […]

  • Cristian Loga-Negru

    “She feared for her safety:” Woman attacked, killed by her husband, wielding a hatchet-type weapon

    MOUNT PLEASANT (WITI) — Mount Pleasant police say a woman has died after she was attacked with a hatchet-type weapon by her husband, Cristian Loga-Negru on Wednesday night, November 19th in Mount Pleasant. It began at a home on Calvin Lane. Police were dispatched to that home around 8:30 p.m. for a report of a domestic violence related incident. When police arrived,  a witness indicated they heard screaming and observed a woman being dragged across the front lawn to a vehicle. […]

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    “It’s a little threatening:” UW-Milwaukee officials, students, athletes concerned over Bucks arena rumors

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee Bucks say they’ll announce where they plan to build a new arena soon. As we wait, one group is saying “not here.” UW-Milwaukee officials, students and athletes want to keep the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee — but they say they’re not happy to hear rumors the Bucks could destroy the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. “I don’t think the Bucks should just be able to come in here and take that from us,” a UW-Milwaukee freshman said. […]


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