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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
  • Joshua Larson

    Milwaukee firefighter charged in connection with April 4th crash that killed two

    WEST ALLIS — 31-year-old Joshua Larson, a Milwaukee firefighter, has been charged in connection with the April 4th crash that killed two people. Larson is charged with the following: Homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle (two counts) Homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration (two counts) If convicted of all of these charges, Larson faces 100 years in prison. “I think he’s scared — and understandably so,” Julius Kim, Larson’s attorney said. The crash happened […]

  • Rockwell Automation

    Chinese national accused of stealing trade secrets from Rockwell Automation; downloading 2,500 files

    MILWAUKEE — After an investigation that began in 2014, a former Rockwell Automation employee is charged — accused of stealing company secrets. Tan Liu is a Chinese national. He worked at Rockwell Automation for a short time as what’s called “an embedded software engineer.”   Prosecutors say he left with company secrets. “We have a highly effective insider risk program,” John Miller said. Miller is the VP and chief intellectual property counsel and Rockwell Automation. It was back in 2014 […]

  • Bay View fight

    “A whole different story:” New allegations say teen shoved by teacher’s aide plotted to have MPS sued

    MILWAUKEE — There are new allegations in the case of a former Bay View High School teacher’s aide seen shoving a student to the ground. A defense attorney says a new witness has come forward who saw teens plotting to lure the aide into a fight and film the whole thing. The attorney for Jasmine Pennix says he was lured into the fight and now has the witness to prove it. Meanwhile, FOX6 News has learned the same teen involved, […]

  • When it comes to teachers having sex with students, victims aren’t all treated the same: “It’s unfortunate”

    MILWAUKEE — They read like many texts written by a teenager head over heels in love.  “I love you.”  And in response? “I love you and miss you so much.” While this text message exchange could appear to be a love story in the making, there’s a problem. The conversation involved a 16-year-old boy and his 28-year-old English teacher. In southeastern Wisconsin, there has been a flurry of teachers charged with having sex with their teenage students. “I have not, […]

  • Fire at 34th and St. Paul

    Family members say man torched his own home at 34th & St. Paul, and they tried to get him help

    MILWAUKEE — A house near 34th and St. Paul Avenue in Milwaukee went up in flames on Thursday morning, May 19th. FOX6 News obtained video showing the home engulfed in flames, taken by Fred Brown, who was at the scene before firefighters arrived. The flames were so intense, motorists called 911 to say they could see the smoke from I-94. There is no official word on the cause of the fire are this time. However, the Milwaukee Fire Department is calling it […]

  • Crash on I-94 at Ryan Road

    “Nobody had to stop,” but some did after a bad crash on I-94, and the victim wants to say ‘thank you’

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee woman was pinned underneath her vehicle after a nasty crash on I-94 near Ryan Road. Some Good Samaritans rushed to her aid, and now, she’s hoping to find them — so she can thank them. Veronica Gibbs says she was on her way to work just before 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 12th when some wildlife got in the way. “I moved over to miss some ducks,” Gibbs said. “I don’t remember anything.” Through police reports, Gibbs […]

  • Za'layia Jenkins 10th birthday

    They wore her favorite color, brought balloons, but there were no smiles on Za’layia Jenkins birthday

    MILWAUKEE — Tuesday, May 17th would have been Za’layia Jenkins’ 10th birthday. Instead, police and city leaders gathered on Tuesday afternoon to announce a $35,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for shooting the girl. Jenkins was pronounced “legally dead/brain dead” on Monday evening, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. Later on Tuesday, Jenkins’ family and others gathered to celebrate Za’layia’s birthday, and pray for the girl they said remains on life support. […]

  • Gas station

    Beware at the pump: Thieves dubbed ‘sliders’ target people filling up with gas

    MEQUON — A warning for all drivers: Beware at the pump! Criminals in several communities are targeting customers at gas stations. Some are looking for things in your car, while others are taking the whole thing. It happened in a flash. “Just a moment, help someone out and your car is gone. It was just that fast,” said Detective Andy Fischer, Mequon Police Department. Mequon police say a customer at the Kwik Trip gas station located on Cedarburg Road in Mequon, was […]

  • Incident involving large law enforcement response ongoing in Grafton

    Grafton police: Suspect deceased after “shots fired” incident at Hampton Inn

    GRAFTON — Grafton police on Wednesday night, May 11th were on the scene of a “shots fired” incident at the Hampton Inn. Police said late Wednesday the suspect in this case is deceased. Police say the incident at the Hampton Inn began around 6:30 p.m. when police located a vehicle being driven by a suspect involved in an altercation in Saukville earlier Wednesday. Saukville police said just after 4:00 p.m., they received a call regarding a burglary and subsequent false imprisonment […]

  • Sallie Rubenzer

    Attorney accused of fifth OWI offense has shown up to court drunk in the past, officials say

    WASHINGTON COUNTY — A West Bend attorney who has shown up to court drunk is in trouble again. Sallie Rubenzer is accused of committing her fifth OWI offense. The accusations have some wondering why she’s been allowed to keep her law license. Rubenzer was once forced to resign as the Waukesha County court commissioner, and has been accused of showing up drunk to work in Washington County. The latest accusations against her may be the most serious. She was arrested […]

  • vest

    Protective vest saves Milwaukee officer’s life during shootout with armed robber

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee police officer is out of the hospital recovering after he was shot Thursday night, May 5th. Police say the officer was shot in the chest but the bullet never penetrated the officer’s skin because he was wearing a protective vest. It’s a piece of equipment FOX6 has learned not all police officers are required to wear. Neighbors near 76th and Mill Road woke up to police tape still crisscrossing the block — an investigation still ongoing. […]

  • Za'layia Jenkins

    Nine-year-old girl shot during “shootout” near 15th & Meinecke; police recover more than 40 casings

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said Thursday night, May 5th a nine-year-old girl was shot near 15th and Meinecke during a “shootout” between two groups of armed individuals. It happened around 8:20 p.m. Chief Flynn said more than 40 shell casings were recovered from the scene. The nine-year-old girl was taken to a hospital, where she was in critical condition. Chief Flynn said just last week, one of his officers walked the neighborhood and spoke with this young […]

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