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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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    “We want a chief that we can count on:” Police union holds “no confidence” vote on Chief Flynn

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee Police Association on Thursday, October 30th took a “no confidence vote” on Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn. A vote of no confidence would indicate the Milwaukee Police Association doesn’t feel Chief Flynn is fit to continue to hold his position within the department. Votes were cast at Serb Hall all day Thursday. The results will be made public during a press conference Friday. “90 percent plus is certainly what I am estimating will have cast a ballot, saying […]

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    Stocked with thieves: Police called to Brown Deer Walmart weekly

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    Voter ID confusion: People are getting in line for IDs they don’t need

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — You do not need a photo ID to vote in the upcoming November 4th election. But it appears not everyone has gotten the message — and those people may be filling up the lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). According to state officials, people all over the state are waiting in lines at the DMV for something they simply do not need at this time. The number of people getting IDs recently is unknown. But […]

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    School bus driver “removed” from her job for allegedly “playing games on the phone”

    OAK CREEK (WITI) — An Oak Creek school bus driver is “removed” from her job after FOX6 News asks questions. Parents say, the driver may have been playing games on her phone on her way to school — and that’s not all. When Tony Paladino recently asked his daughter about her day at school, one answer raised a bunch of questions — not from what happened at school, but on the way to it. “Told the principal that the bus […]

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    Move over Hank! Meet Simba — the lion who once lived on the roof of the Milwaukee Public Library

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    New laws making it tough for convicted sex offenders to find a home

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Homeless sex offenders! New laws are making it tough for convicted sex offenders to find a place to live. So could that mean more will be roaming the streets? A sex offender ordinance took effect last week in Milwaukee. It limits where sex offenders can live. Other municipalities surrounding Milwaukee passed their own ordinance, and another problem has emerged. There may be practically nowhere for sex offenders to live. David Waszak is a convicted sex offender who […]

  • We Energies seeks rate hike, and that’s not sitting well with some customers

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — We Energies is asking the Public Service Commission (PSC) for a rate change. The proposed rate change would affect every single We Energies customer, but it’s causing a lot of controversy among customers who utilize solar power. The PSC on Wednesday, October 8th held two public hearings on the proposed rate change. Those hearings drew big crowds to the Wilson Park Senior Center in Milwaukee. “We’re trying to protect homeowners who want to save money by going […]

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    “I have never seen anything as bad as that:” Slinger condo neighbors want help for suspected hoarder

    SLINGER (WITI) — Diapers piled to the ceiling, and cat litter overflowing inside a condo in Slinger had neighbors meeting on Tuesday night, October 7th in an effort to find help for a suspected hoarder — and themselves. Those who live in the Maple Avenue Condominiums in Slinger gathered Tuesday evening to discuss one person not present at the meeting. Recent pictures taken inside the woman’s condo illustrate the problem. “I have never seen anything as bad as that — ever,” […]

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    Try, and try again: “Silk Exotic” gentleman’s club fights for downtown location

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A group trying to bring an “upscale gentleman’s club” closer to downtown Milwaukee is once again taking a shot at it. Paperwork has been filed with the city for two new possible locations. The Iron Horse Hotel is rated one of the best boutique hotels in the country, and it may be getting a new neighbor. Silk Exotic wants to open a club nearby. The effort has failed before, but new in this attempt — a big fat lawsuit. On Barclay […]

  • Teri Jendusa-Nicolai

    Politicizing the issue of domestic violence? Comments by DNC chair spark ad featuring Teri Jendusa-Nicolai

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  • Mary Burke, Gov. Scott Walker

    Controversy and the race for governor: Mary Burke’s jobs plan, vs. Governor Walker’s jobs record

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — In the race for governor in Wisconsin, Republicans think they’ve found the issue that will help them to win in November: the Mary Burke jobs plan plagiarism controversy. Republicans started airing two new ads on the topic on Tuesday, September 30th. Meanwhile, Burke’s campaign is countering — saying the election isn’t about the author of Burke’s jobs plan, but rather, Governor Scott Walker’s record. With exactly five weeks until election day, Republicans believe they have an issue […]

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    YouTube street racing video on I-43 in Waukesha County leads to two tickets

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