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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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    Damage in the hundreds of thousands of dollars: Friday’s Front Row reopens on limited basis after fire

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — We now know how bad the damage is after a fire at Miller Park early Monday morning, July 21st. The Milwaukee Fire Department says the cleanup will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, Friday’s Front Row has reopened — albeit on a limited basis. It may not sound like a great date, but Matthew Annen and Beth Athy have been in great anticipation of their trip to Friday’s Front Row. Then again, this isn’t just any […]

  • fish day arson

    “What can you say? Who the heck does that?” Man charged in arson spree during Port Washington’s “Fish Day”

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  • purple-heart

    “An amazing, unbelievable, heartfelt gift:” Waukesha stabbing victim receives anonymous military Purple Heart

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  • plane crash

    “This is a really, really big deal:” Marquette professor, published expert on Ukraine speaks on Thursday’s events

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed in a rebel-controlled part of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, spurring swift accusations from Ukrainian officials that “terrorists” shot down the aircraft. The United States has concluded a missile shot down the Malaysia airlines plane, but hasn’t pinpointed who was responsible. This, as the Israeli military launched a ground operation into Gaza late Thursday and called an extra 18,000 reservists into the conflict with Hamas. A Marquette University professor has been watching […]

  • michael dixon victim

    “I wasn’t lying:” Accused serial rapist’s victim says no one believed her…until now

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  • 4h fair controversy

    She’s the Waukesha County Fair’s “Horse Ambassador,” so why is her horse NOT at the fair?

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  • Every wedding is memorable, but you won’t believe what happened to this couple after their big day

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  • Steven Zelich

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  • racine man attacked

    “This thing went from zero to 100 like that:” Racine man assaulted by group of teens in his own yard

    RACINE (WITI) — A man attacked by a mob of teenagers in Racine says he’d be dead if they would have had a weapon. He is the victim of what appears to be a random assault. The man tells FOX6 News he was cleaning up his backyard after a weekend barbecue when a group of teens walking by started throwing out words, and then punches. Jim Chiappetta says his home on Park Street doesn’t attract trouble. In fact, he says […]

  • parking problems

    “I am not allowed to park there anymore:” Downtown parking spots disappearing as Summerfest begins

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  • Gov. Scott Walker

    John Doe probe: Prosecutors believe Gov. Walker was at center of nationwide “criminal scheme”

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  • washington county crash

    “I wanted it to be fake:” Two Kewaskum High School students killed after striking deputy head-on

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