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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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    “Urban terrorists:” Wild 100s gang blamed for “extraordinary amount” of crime in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn on Thursday afternoon, April 16th announced the arrest of “a lot of bad guys” — members of the Wild 100s gang. Eleven people were taken into custody on Thursday, and they join more than 100 people arrested since September. The Wild 100s have been called “urban terrorists” before. Chief Flynn says the gang’s members have been responsible for crimes like vehicle thefts, armed robberies, drug deals, shootings and homicides. Milwaukee police on […]

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    “It has been overwhelming:” Even after millions in repairs, some still had flooding issues in Whitefish Bay

    WHITEFISH BAY (WITI) — Whenever it rains, some folks in Whitefish Bay cringe because they’ve had very bad flooding in the past. The village spent $15 million to fix issues that led to severe flooding back in 2010, so how did folks fare when storms struck on Thursday, April 9th? “It has been overwhelming today,” said Michael Coyle with Harrison’s Cleanup and Restoration. Coyle was busy helping folks clean up on Thursday. “If they have a finished basement with water, you can […]

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•	The dynamic entertainment live block will serve as both arena forecourt and community living room. This will be the year round destination that draws the people of the region together for unforgettable experiences and a place people will love to gather for generations to come.

    New Bucks arena: Basics are in place, but funding for the project still in question

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Calling it “a very, very exciting day,” the Milwaukee Bucks and its design team released on Wednesday, April 8th, the first images and details of their vision for the development of a new multi-purpose, $500 million arena and another $500 million sports and entertainment district to help revitalize downtown Milwaukee. The entertainment district would be paid for mostly by private enterprises — but the arena requires public funding, which hasn’t yet been finalized. “The date this starts happening, property values […]

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    Alderman Donovan, Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn do not see eye-to-eye on police pursuits

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan sent a letter to Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn on Tuesday, April 7th — asking that the chief rescind the Milwaukee Police Department’s current policy on vehicle pursuits. In the letter to Chief Flynn, Donovan said the current policy, put in place by Chief Flynn in 2010, is having a negative effect on public safety across the city. “It’s out of control! Anyone who is satisfied with the level of safety in this community […]

  • supplement warehouse

    Inside job: Company files for bankruptcy after police say employees stole, sold supplements

    OAK CREEK (WITI) — A Franklin man and a West Allis man are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of supplements and products from Supplement Warehouse in Oak Creek. They would then turn around and sell the products on eBay. The thefts resulted in the company filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The accused in this case are 32-year-old Corey Hayes of Franklin and 26-year-old Orlando Washington of West Allis. Each of the men face a felony charge […]

  • Kevin Matichek

    In trouble again: New charges filed against former Sheboygan Alderman Kevin Matichek

    SHEBOYGAN COUNTY (WITI) — Already criminally charged in connection with the repeated sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy, former Sheboygan Alderman Kevin Matichek is now facing new charges. He was once known best for his efforts to recall former Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan. Kevin Matichek’s name remains on the ballot for the April 7th election, despite the fact that he no longer lives in his district. Instead, he’s in the Sheboygan County Jail. 33-year-old Matichek faces five counts of possession […]

  • Dennis Brantner

    A cold case no longer: Dennis Brantner charged in 1990 homicide of Berit Beck

    FOND DU LAC (WITI) — It is a cold case no longer. More than two decades after the body of 18-year-old Berit Beck of Sturtevant was found in a field in Fond du Lac County, a suspect has gone before a judge. 61-year-old Dennis Brantner’s fingerprints were found inside the van Berit Beck was driving at the time of her disappearance. He has now been charged with first degree murder. Brantner was taken into custody on Friday morning, March 27th […]

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    “Absolutely a good ending:” Crews find missing two-year-old in Town of Genesee

    WAUKESHA COUNTY (WITI) — Dozens of first responders converged in Waukesha County to help find a missing two-year-old boy in the Town of Genesee. Two-year-old Jackson Hill was found safe, and just in time. In rural Waukesha County, near Genesee, the search was on on Friday, March 27th. At around 2 p.m., parents of Jackson say he went missing after playing in the backyard of his home on Morris Road. For hours, firefighters, EMT and deputies searched as neighbors lent […]

  • Nicholas Shaffer

    Disturbing: Four-year-old girl tells parents babysitter sexually assaulted her; 29-year-old man charged

    SHEBOYGAN COUNTY (WITI) — Prosecutors in Sheboygan County have charged a 29-year-old babysitter with the sexual assault of a four-year-old girl. Prosecutors say helping them solve the crime is the bright young victim. On the north side of Sheboygan, words like friendly and peaceful are used by neighbors to describe their block. Which is why it may not be surprising a neighbor agreed to babysit. What investigators say next, has landed 29-year-old Nicholas Shaffer in some serious trouble. Police say […]

  • hi mount crash

    “It’s bad:” Two dead, three injured after a crash on Milwaukee’s west side

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — “We need help.” That is the message from Milwaukee police after two people were killed in a wreck near Hi Mount Boulevard and Lloyd Street on Wednesday afternoon, March 25th. Police say the crash involved a stolen vehicle traveling at high rates of speed. Three people were hurt. Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn calls car thefts “an epidemic” in the city of Milwaukee. He did not mince words at a press conference at the scene of this […]

  • MPA Manney appeal hearing reaction

    Milwaukee Police Association, which represents rank & file calls Manney ruling “a travesty”

    MILWAUKEE (WITI ) — In final and unanimous decisions, a Fire and Police Commission panel ruled Monday, March 23rd fired Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney will not get his job back. The decisions came after a five-day appeal hearing. The panel ruled Manney violated MPD policy and procedure when he performed that pat down, and also that Manney’s use of force on April 30th was a violation of policy. The panel then decided to uphold Manney’s permanent termination from MPD. […]

  • Minicipal Court

    “The case was interesting,” But fewer people came to court Friday to watch Manney hearing

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Day one of the Christopher Manney appeal hearing brought an overflow crowd to the Municipal Court building on James Lovell in downtown Milwaukee. On Friday, March 20th, it was a very different scene. There were no lines outside the Municipal Court Building on Friday afternoon, as opposed to Thursday, when there were about 30 people in line. On Friday, only a couple dozen people gathered in the overflow room. But those there said the lower attendance on Day Two […]

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