Milwaukee unrest: Coverage of violence in the city in wake of officer-involved shooting
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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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    2-year-old boy becomes stuck, dies after apparently climbing out window near 40th & Wright

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  • 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

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  • Dave Braeger

    Backing the badge: Area artist honors men and women in blue by creating works of art

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    “We miss him dearly:” Family of Jay Anderson grieves, notes connection to Sylville Smith case

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  • BP gas station at Sherman & Burleigh

    Tough decisions ahead: Owners of torched BP gas station consider whether to rebuild

    MILWAUKEE — As the sun set on Tuesday, August 16th, it was clear to those in and around the Sherman Park neighborhood that things were far different from the last few nights. In fact, there has barely been a presence by the Milwaukee Police Department — and only a handful of sheriff’s deputies stood at guard at Sherman Park. On Tuesday night, the owners of the BP gas station that was torched returned to their business. They made their way through […]

  • Steven Avery

    Dassey’s conviction overturned: What does this mean for Steven Avery?

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  • Parking near Wisconsin State Fair

    “Absurd, ridiculous:” State Fair visitors returned to their parked cars Friday night to find $60 tickets

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  • Jerome Listecki

    Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki hospitalized after severe allergic reaction

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  • Lena Taylor

    Wisconsin Senate’s 4th District: Lena Taylor defeats challenger Mandela Barnes in partisan primary

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  • Milwaukee flag

    “Flags are symbols:” New design finally selected for Milwaukee flag; group now hopes city officials adopt it

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  • Donald Trump, Mike Pence

    Donald Trump, Mike Pence speak at campaign appearance in Green Bay

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  • Letters to MPD officers

    “Thank you for risking your life:” Pierce Elementary students write letters of gratitude for MPD officers

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