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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
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    Time for a change? Bay View man hopes to update city’s symbol: “Milwaukee deserves a great flag”

    MILWAUKEE —  Usually getting a million views on the internet is a good thing.  However, a recent viral video featuring a Milwaukee symbol may not be getting the kind of attention city leaders were hoping for.  The video highlights the official city flag of Milwaukee — a flag one Milwaukee man is on a mission to change. “Whenever I see a flag design, I am immediately judging it on its effectiveness,” Steve Kodis, a graphic designer said. The city of Milwaukee’s […]

  • Racine Unified School District

    “Our kids deserve better:” Lawmakers propose allowing school board president to fill vacant seats

    RACINE — The Racine Unified School District’s Board of Education is having a hard time filling a vacant seat. Board members are deadlocked, as state lawmakers are proposing a law that would allow the school board’s president to appoint someone to fill the seat. The seat has been vacant since May. The proposal by two state lawmakers isn’t sitting well with the Racine Education Association. Officials with the teachers union say lawmakers in Madison are trying to strip away local control. […]

  • Jesus Soul Saving Traveling Mission Church

    “I’m in a bind:” Milwaukee orders crumbling church to be torn down, but pastor says they can’t afford to

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee church is sinking and crumbling. Neighbors say it’s dangerous and the city agrees and has ordered it demolished. So why does the congregation say they can’t send in a wrecking ball? This isn’t a church where age has taken its toll. In fact, the church had yet to be completed. Now, facing thousands in fines, the church says there is nothing they can do to fix the problem. At 95th and Allyn Street on Milwaukee’s far […]

  • Vester Flanagan

    “It’s not uncommon:” Signs to watch for that someone is unstable in the workplace

    MILWAUKEE — Reports say Virginia news crew shooter Vester Flanagan was unstable, but how was anyone else supposed to know? FOX6 News sat down with a local psychiatrist to learn some tell tale signs when things are not right. Vester Flanagan was no stranger to local TV screens. On air, known as Bryce Williams, he worked at a number of different stations — and not without controversy. WDBJ News Director Don Schafer hired and fired Flanagan in Tallahassee for “bizarre […]

  • Dairyland Greyhound Park

    Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha back on the market after casino rejected: “This is the place to be!”

    KENOSHA — Transwestern announced Tuesday, August 25th it has been retained as the exclusive listing agent for the former Dairyland Greyhound Park, located at 5522 104th Ave. in Kenosha. It won’t be a casino, but there’s new hope the property can be re-imagined soon. Rebranded as the Midwest Innovation Center, the 228-acre site is only 6.6 miles north of the Illinois border and can accommodate up to 2.3 million square feet, making it ideal for a corporate headquarters campus or business […]

  • Sean Harvey

    Judge drops armed robbery charge against Sean Harvey, headed to trial on three other charges

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee County court commissioner dropped one of four felony charges against 23-year-old Sean Harvey during Harvey’s preliminary hearing on Friday, August 21st. Harvey faced multiple charges, including armed robbery, operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to deliver cocaine. It was the armed robbery charge that got dropped. Commissioner Barry Phillips dismissed the robbery charge because he felt there wasn’t enough evidence presented in court Friday to find probable […]

  • Racine cars vandalized

    40+ cars vandalized in Racine, but police say the culprits are too young to be arrested

    RACINE — After more than 40 cars are vandalized in a Racine high school parking lot, police say they have nabbed their suspects. But no arrests have been made because police say those responsible are too young. At Washington Park High School, school may not be in session but that doesn’t mean it’s not busy. “This is one of the most used schools in the neighborhood,” said Quincy Cannon, lives next to school. Thursday, August 13th inside the school’s theater, […]

  • Kenosha dog attack scene

    “The dog would not let go:” Kenosha police shoot, kill dog after it attacks several people

    KENOSHA — Police shoot and kill an English bulldog after they say it goes on a rampage, but that’s not all they shot.  One victim was also accidentally shot and tased in the chaos. Kenosha County deputies say on Wednesday afternoon near 76th St. and 19th Avenue two dogs got loose after a landscaper did not secure a latch to a backyard fence. Shawn Lievense, is the dogs owners.  He says he was not home, but his 12-year-old son was. […]

  • Otis Taylor

    Charged: Otis Taylor accused of shooting man three times at AMF Bowlero

    WAUWATOSA — The person accused of shooting a man inside the AMF Bowlero in Wauwatosa is now charged. But he’s not in Wisconsin — he’s hundreds of miles away. 29-year-old Otis Taylor was wanted for days — but now he’s in custody in Atlanta, Georgia. FOX6 News is told U.S. Marshals were waiting for him as he got off a train. Taylor is charged with shooting a man three times inside the AMF Bowlero bowling alley in Wauwatosa on Saturday, August […]

  • Golf fans on shuttle to Whistling Straits

    With hotels in the area booked months in advance, some have a commute to PGA Championship

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  • Toni Barribeau's Confederate flag

    “Most people just walk right by it:” Racine man facing charges after fight over Confederate flag

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  • Governor Scott Walker at Wisconsin State Fair

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    WEST ALLIS — Governor Scott Walker took a break from the campaign trail on Tuesday evening, August 11th — making a stop at the Wisconsin State Fair to host the 24th Annual Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction, which directly benefits Wisconsin’s 4-H Foundation and 4-H youth through leadership development, programs, and scholarships. “Our state boasts quality agriculture products, from dairy and cheese to our meat products,” Governor Walker said in a statement.  “This is an event I look forward to […]

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