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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
  • “Never seen anything like it:” Vandals tag cars, nearly a dozen homes in Mukwonago

    MUKWONAGO — Cleanup is still underway in Mukwonago, after vandals spray painted nearly a dozen homes and cars. The damage could be in the thousands. Most of the vandalism is considered vulgar and offensive — some of the graffiti takes up the entire length of garages. “I’ve never seen anything like this in this area. We’re from Mukwonogo, we don’t have anything like this,” said a neighbor who was targeted. One neighbor, who does not want to be identified, is now buffing […]

  • 13 Common Council members submit letter to Fire and Police Commission on traffic enforcement, pursuit policy

    MILWAUKEE — Calling for change! Nearly all members of the Milwaukee Common Council want a new police pursuit policy, and they aren’t going to the police chief to make it happen. They’re going above the chief’s head and asking the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission to redraw the policy. This comes as staggering new numbers are released that appear to show more and more cars aren’t stopping for officers.  This year alone, Milwaukee police have reported over 1,600 cases of […]

  • Joseph Jakubowski CAPTURED at campsite in SW Wisconsin; found with guns, sword, his manifesto

    VERNON COUNTY, Wis. — Burglary suspect and fugitive Joseph Jakubowski has been CAPTURED in southwest Wisconsin.The exhaustive search ending with what appears to be an exhausted suspect. Officials say around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13th, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious person on a farmer’s property on Estes Road near Readstown, WI. Investigators assigned to the Jakubowski case were sent to that location along with tactical support to assist local authorities in determining whether the suspicious […]

  • “Be vigilant:” Mequon police warn of ‘traveling thieves’ targeting neighborhoods in broad daylight

    MEQUON — Police say a group of “traveling thieves” have returned to Mequon, and there’s a chance your community could be next. Forget the electronics, detectives say there are certain items in your home they are after. It is the show on the road you hope never makes a stop on your street. This week, it was the Essex Place subdivision in Mequon, burglars targeted an elderly couple by kicking in their door minutes after they left. They’re thieves on the prowl […]

  • “Incredibly touching:” Rock County officials thank community for support during Jakubowski investigation

    ROCK COUNTY — The Rock County Sheriff’s Office, the Janesville Police Department, and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are extending their appreciation for the support from the community during the active search for Joseph Jakubowski. 700 tips have come in, but more than a week after he vanished, as of Wednesday, April 12th, Jakubowski remains at large, as investigators actively look into 130 tips. Most of the tips have come in from southern Wisconsin, but at this point, […]

  • Weed patch or prairie? Lawsuit filed over condition of Muskego cemetery where Civil War soldiers buried

    MUSKEGO — Is it a weed patch, or a rare preserved prairie? There is a battle brewing over what to do with one Luther Parker Cemetery — one of Muskego’s first cemeteries. With signs of spring appearing, Bob Koenecke said Tuesday, April 11th a path to the gravestones of two Civil War soldiers who died in battle will soon be blocked by growing plants. “We feel this is a desecration to the service of the Union veterans to preserve the Union,” […]

  • Suspect fires shots at New Berlin police; after hours-long standoff he is found dead inside home

    NEW BERLIN — A man is found dead inside his home after an hours-long standoff with New Berlin police that extended from late Friday, April 7th into early Saturday morning. According to New Berlin police, officers responded to a report of shots fired near I-43 and Sunny Slope Road shortly before 9:00 p.m. When they arrived, police say they heard numerous gunshots. When the suspect was located by officers, he fired at them and then retreated into his home. After several hours, tactical officers […]

  • Armed, dangerous and nowhere to be found: Who is Joseph Jakubowski?

    JANESVILLE — The manhunt continues for a suspect who is considered armed and dangerous. Local, state and federal law enforcement agents are searching for a man who they say stole guns and sent a lengthy manifesto to President Donald Trump. Joseph Jakubowski is no stranger to law enforcement. They’ve had to deal with him dozens of times but they say what he’s accused of doing now does not follow his criminal patterns in the past. Jakubowski is known not so much […]

  • More than 100 investigators seek wanted man after gun shop theft; Janesville schools closed Friday

    JANESVILLE — Local, state and federal police are searching for a man suspected in the theft of handguns and rifles from a gun shop in Janesville. The search for the wanted man has led to “soft lockdowns” at several schools in the Janesville area on Thursday, April 6th — and prompted Janesville schools to stay closed on Friday, April 7th. Authorities say they received information that 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski had made threats to steal weapons and use them against public officials […]

  • Dairy crisis: 75 Wisconsin farms at risk of going out of business; milk distributor blames Canada

    DODGE COUNTY — There is a dairy crisis in the Dairy State. Seventy-five Wisconsin farms are at risk of going out of business, after the company they supplied product to said they don’t need the milk — and they’re blaming Canada! A devastating message came in the mail, indicating Grassland Dairy Products in northern Wisconsin cannot ship their product to Canada anymore. Now, 75 Wisconsin dairy farms are at risk of going out of business. For roughly his entire life, Tony […]

  • “Huge project:” Welding of steel begins as construction gets underway on controversial streetcar

    MILWAUKEE — Sparks were flying in downtown Milwaukee on Tuesday, April 4th as the controversial streetcar project moves forward. Some special equipment arrived, marking a big milestone. On Tuesday, workers moved the steel rails, and welded them into a long piece of track. “It looks like it really is a huge project,” Brianne Harris said. “Walk down the street to class and all of a sudden there is huge equipment there and sparks flying everywhere. It’s kind of cool,” Josh […]

  • “There is a secondary market” Expensive parrot named “Tiki” stolen from Pet World Warehouse

    WEST ALLIS — Police are on the hunt for a bird thief. West Allis police are searching for a suspect who allegedly stole an expensive parrot from Pet World Warehouse located near 108th and Oklahoma. Employees at the store are pretty certain the same suspect is responsible for multiple thefts of birds from different stores. It’s a theft caught on camera unlike any other you’ve likely seen before. “I believe he used the cart to kind of hide away the bird,” […]