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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
  • 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 […]

  • Elizabeth Cooper

    Twin Lakes woman charged in connection with heroin overdose death of Salem man

    KENOSHA COUNTY — A 30-year-old Village of Twin Lakes woman is accused of providing heroin to 31-year-old Christopher Stachura that led to his death on July 18th. The accused is Elizabeth Cooper — and she now faces the following criminal charges: First-degree reckless homicide Possession of drug paraphernalia Possession of heroin Prosecutors are going after the alleged supplier in this case — something that’s being done more often by district attorneys in Wisconsin. Stachura, a Town of Salem resident, was […]

  • MUPD

    “As a female, I feel safe:” Marquette University P.D. sees “significant reduction in crime” in first full year

    MILWAUKEE — The Marquette University Police Department announced on Tuesday, September 20th that it recorded a significant reduction in crime throughout its patrol zone in its first full year since it was commissioned. MUPD became a commissioned police department on May 1, 2015. No other private university in the state of Wisconsin has its own fully commissioned police department. Comparing the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2016 with the previous fiscal year, MUPD’s crime reduction highlights included the following: […]

  • Arrowhead High School

    4 runners taken to the hospital after experiencing heat-related trouble at Arrowhead High School

    HARTLAND — Emergency responders have been dispatched to Arrowhead High School in Hartland — the site of a cross country meet on Thursday afternoon, September 8th. The emergency crews were called to the scene around 5:00 p.m. FOX6 News has learned 20 runners experienced heat-related trouble. “A lot of weakness. Some vomiting. Some legs that were like jelly so we just assisted them and administered water,” Hartland Fire Chief David Dean said. “I saw someone pass out. I saw someone sprint […]

  • Flooding in Milwaukee area

    “Pouring like crazy:” Heavy rain led to street flooding in Milwaukee area; and it happened fast

    MILWAUKEE — The rain started Tuesday night, September 6th, and continued through the day on Wednesday. Heavy rain led to flooding — and flood watches and warnings in the Milwaukee area Wednesday. FOX6’s Ben Handelman was out in the storm near 37th and Becher around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. He said it looke as though it was raining branches. And that was just the start of the trouble. “It started pouring like crazy. It came through quick. I was waiting to see […]

  • Homicide in Oconomowoc at the River Place Apartments

    Homicide in Oconomowoc: 34-year-old woman found dead in “River Place Apartments”

    OCONOMOWOC — Officials with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department and Oconomowoc Police Department are investigating a homicide that happened in Oconomowoc. Oconomowoc police say shortly before 10:30 p.m. Monday, September 5th, a relative found a 34-year-old woman dead inside an apartment at the River Place Apartments near Wisconsin Avenue and Industrial Drive. “We were notified by a family member that he had arrived home, to the apartment that he shares with his sister, and that he had found her deceased,” Oconomowoc Police […]

  • Fatal crash at 35th & Keefe

    Update: 2 15-year-old boys killed in single-vehicle crash near N. 35th & Keefe

    MILWAUKEE — Two boys are dead following a single-vehicle crash that took place near N. 35th and Keefe Avenue Friday evening, August 26th. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office released the names of the victims on Saturday, August 27th as Latrey Robinson-Hale and Demetrius Batchelor Jr. — both were 15-years-old. According to police, all four occupants were ejected as a result of the vehicle striking a tree. Two were pronounced dead at the scene despite life-saving efforts by the Milwaukee Fire Department. […]

  • Seboe pursuit

    “Should have punched you harder:” New Berlin woman charged following wild police pursuit

    GERMANTOWN — Excessive speeds and a wild police pursuit left one woman with multiple charges in two different counties. 41-year-old Sara Seboe of New Berlin is facing charges that include battery to a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and reckless driving. According to Germantown Police, on Thursday, August 11, they caught Seboe  speeding down I-41 in a construction zone. They attempted a traffic stop that led to a chase that would reach speeds of up to 130 miles-per-hour. The chase continued into the parking […]

  • 40th and Wright

    2-year-old boy becomes stuck, dies after apparently climbing out window near 40th & Wright

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are investigating after a two-and-a-half-year-old boy was found dead by family members Tuesday, August 23rd near 40th and Wright — at his grandmother’s house. Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department told FOX6 News they were dispatched around 4:15 p.m. The medical examiner and police also responded to the scene. Neighbors told FOX6 News a window fell on the child, and the child became stuck in the first-floor window. Family members told FOX6 News there were no […]

  • The O'Reilly Auto Parts store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was set on fire during protests after a fatal officer-involved shooting near Saturday afternoon.

    Milwaukee unrest: Destruction totals more than $3M in Sherman Park neighborhood

    MILWAUKEE — It has been nearly one week since violence tore apart the Sherman Park neighborhood. Friday, August 19th it is a much quieter scene as we learn more about the cost of the unrest. The investigation continues to try and find those who lit the fires. There is a group making noise in front of the burned out buildings. The following locations were set on fire during the unrest: BP gas station at 3114 N Sherman Boulevard O’Reilly Auto Parts […]