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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
  • Hot on the gridiron: Schools, trainers take extra precautions as athletes play in record heat

    MILWAUKEE — Friday’s steamy, record-setting weather came with warnings. The WIAA told high schools across the state their athletes are at risk. At a Friday afternoon tilt at Custer Stadium, it was Pulaski against Career & Tech. As the game kicked off, a record was instantly smashed. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime game with the heat,” said Deangelo Lawson. It was the hottest game ever played on this date — September 22nd. In her 31 years, Milwaukee Public Schools Head Trainer […]

  • “Let’s sweep them:” Brewers fans stoked about hosting the division-leading Cubs

    MILWAUKEE — It’s late September and the Milwaukee Brewers are still in the playoff hunt — with the division-leading Chicago Cubs paying a visit to Miller Park. You could feel the excitement in the air on Thursday evening, September 21st. The Brewers are three-and-a-half games behind the Cubs — and only one game behind the Colorado Rockies for the final wild card playoff spot. It’s a place very few thought the Brewers would be in when this season started. But […]

  • “Completely destroyed:” South Milwaukee couple in Puerto Rico moved from hotel tower amid Maria

    PUERTO RICO — A South Milwaukee couple stuck in Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria hit Wednesday, September 20th had to be moved to a different hotel tower amid the storm because their hotel room was destroyed! Luis Millan and his girlfriend Alexis Oakes are in Puerto Rico, celebrating their anniversary. They spoke with FOX6 News via FaceTime Tuesday as Maria approached, and said they didn’t realize Maria was brewing until a few days ago, and by then it was too late. […]

  • “It makes me ache:” Milwaukee man collects supplies for earthquake-ravaged Mexico City

    MILWAUKEE–  Gerardo Mayerstein knows what it is like to survive a powerful earthquake.  The Mexico City native was in his early 20s when a 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck his families’ home in 1985. Now, he wants to help those impacted by the 7.1-magnitude quake Tuesday, September 19th. “I heard the concrete cracking. I looked at the window and I could see it started to misshape. So I ran downstairs. I was on the second floor,” said Mayerstein. He walked outside to […]

  • “Selfless work:” Deputies save lives of 2 suicidal individuals on freeway in 7-hour span

    MILWAUKEE — Officials with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office are praising two deputies who saved separate suicidal individuals on the freeway Monday, September 18th. The first incident happened around 7:30 a.m. “I was not in work mode. I was ‘listen to my music, civilian mode’ and make it to work so I could begin my day.” Deputy Christine Camarillo said. “That kinda changed when I entered the highway that day.” Sheriff’s officials said in a news release a deputy heading to […]

  • “More than I ever imagined:” Vietnam vets travel to DC on Stars and Stripes Honor Flight

    MILWAUKEE — A group of veterans took a whirlwind trip to Washington, DC, and back. Stars and Stripes Honor Flight has been sending vets to see their memorial since 2008 — but something happened for the very first time on Saturday, September 16th. Ann Fritsche couldn’t hold back her excitement for what was about to happen. “Unbelievable. I can’t believe the organization and all these people,” said Fritsche. The former Army physical therapist embarked on a journey to Washington, D.C. […]

  • “Feel like they’re at home:” Brewers welcome Marlins to Miller Park with fake palms, flamingos

    MILWAUKEE — Hurricane Irma is giving the Milwaukee Brewers an unexpected series with the Miami Marlins. Three games have been moved to Miller Park this weekend at the last moment. The team had just days to plan to accommodate tens of thousands of people. There’s something different in the air at Miller Park on Friday, September 15th. The Brewers put up some fake palm trees and flamingos to make the Marlins feel more welcome. “Made them feel like they’re at […]

  • “I messed up:” West Bend man accused of stealing thousands from his job at Pick ‘N Save

    WEST BEND — A 19-year-old West Bend man is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from his job at Pick ‘N Save in West Bend, as well as trying to break into another store for cigarettes. The teen’s actions were so bold, it may have been happening right in front of your face. The signs are still in both the front and back of the Cigarette Outlet on West Washington in West Bend: evidence of an attempted break in that employee, […]

  • “Isn’t enough votes:” 10 weeks overdue, budget deal appears to be falling apart in Senate

    MADISON — There was budget drama in Madison Wednesday, September 13th as a deal to get a budget passed appeared to be on the verge of falling apart Wednesday night as Republican senators appeared to be holding out ‘yes’ votes. A vote could occur as late as midnight. Senators Wednesday night said they still don’t have the votes. “This is the budget I’ve been waiting for,” Rep. Scott Krug, R-Nekoosa said. “I find it incredible you can all sit there […]

  • “We’re having a crisis:” East side residents, fed up with crime, put alderman in hot seat

    MILWAUKEE — Those living on Milwaukee’s east side, fed up over crime, put their alderman in the hot seat Tuesday, September 12th. More than 1,000 people have signed an online petition demanding changes on the east side due to a spike in crime. However, the police department shared stats saying perception may not be reality. From burglaries to attempted carjackings, victims of crime on Tuesday night filled the Plymouth Church in Milwaukee, and many said they’re not happy with the […]

  • Police seek tall, hooded suspect after trucker badly beaten inside Pleasant Prairie rest stop

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Two beatings in different counties has left two truck drivers nearly dead. The most recent attack happened at the Tourist Information Center located near Highway 165 and I-94 in Pleasant Prairie. The tourism center is a place many first discover Wisconsin. No one expects to find this: “Someone had noticed some blood in the men’s restroom at the tourist information center,” said Pleasant Prairie Chief of Police, David Smetana. Chief Smetana says just before 6:00 a.m. Thursday, […]

  • Policy changes approved: MPD officers now allowed to pursue reckless vehicles, mobile drug traffickers

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission on Thursday evening, September 7th approved a proposed revised pursuit policy that would allow Milwaukee police officers to pursue vehicles involved in reckless driving and suspected mobile drug trafficking. Breaking: @MilwaukeePolice now have more power to chase fleeing vehicles after amending pursuit policy. pic.twitter.com/y6HySqJvVT — Ben Handelman (@BenHandelman) September 7, 2017 Four years ago, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn changed the pursuit policy after several innocent bystanders were killed. “There are people I […]