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Hi! Since you clicked on my bio, you’re probably wondering, “Who is this Brad Hicks character? What’s his deal?!”

First of all, I’ll tell you, I’m one lucky guy. I love what I do, and I love the people I do it with at FOX6. I’m serious—and grateful every day.

I grew up in Palo Alto, California. I got my Bachelors and Masters in Geography at the University of California, Davis. Then, while pursuing my Ph.D. in Geography at Texas A&M, I decided to explore the wild and wacky world of television news. I was hooked. My journey has taken me to the South (CNN in Atlanta), the Northeast (Lancaster/Harrisburg PA), the West (the San Francisco Bay Area), and now the Midwest.

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to have my work earn national awards including the Edward R. Murrow Award for a report on a family of child molesters, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for an in depth series on heroin in the suburbs, awards from NBC News, the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Water Safety Congress for a special on the dangers of lowhead dams, as well as multiple Emmy Awards and awards from The Associated Press.

The biggest honor, however, is knowing that you are watching. I take very seriously the responsibility we have to bring you accurate and up-to-the-minute information. Covering the news for you is not just a job, it’s a privilege.

I’m also thrilled to be able to help local charities make the world a better place. Since moving to Milwaukee, I have been helping the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, the David M. Sherman Cancer Center, Vince Lombardi Charitable Funds, Goodwill’s Ability Connection, and the ALS Association of Wisconsin.

ALS has become more than a cause for me; it’s a lifelong commitment, and FOX6 has been tremendously supportive of my efforts. In 2014, I was invited to speak at the United Nations about ALS. I serve on the ALS Leadership Team, helped develop an annual fundraiser at Miller Park, and have spearheaded numerous awareness campaigns both on and off air. In 2014, the ALS Association honored me with the Rebecca Bell Barbi Award for my work on behalf of this horrendous disease.

Now some trivial tidbits you would never know about me if I didn’t tell you:

– I was once attacked by wild dogs in India and underwent rabies treatment.

– As a graduate student, I published an academic paper that provided the first evidence Native Americans domesticated the California Fan Palm (Washingtonia Filifera).

– I used to race bikes, and qualified for Olympic Trials in three cycling events in 1988.

– I feel deeply fortunate to live in this great country, and I am quietly indebted to every war vet who has risked his or her life for the freedoms we all enjoy.

Recent Articles
  • Body found in Milwaukee River in River Hills

    Body pulled from Milwaukee River in River Hills, six months after Jackie Ranallo disappeared

    RIVER HILLS — A shocking discovery was made Tuesday, May 24th in the Milwaukee River in River Hills. Could it be a major break in the search for a missing Mequon woman? FOX6’s Brad Hicks spoke with River Hills police, who said the body of a woman was discovered by cyclists — near a pile of debris in the Milwaukee River under the Range Line bridge. The cyclists flagged down a police sergeant on patrol in the area. Investigators are […]

  • Sex offender residency restrictions in Milwaukee

    Underground and off the grid: Lawmakers work to solve issue of homeless sex offenders

    WAUKESHA COUNTY — With his green jacket, shirt and tie, Mitchell Stupica is hard to miss. “I’m always moving around. I’m homeless,” Stupica said. Many people in Milwaukee wish he would just go away. The evidence is in the maps — maps that show where convicted sex offenders can live, and where they cannot. They show safe zone perimeters around schools, parks, playgrounds, daycare centers, trails and churches. Each municipality makes its own. “Some are so restrictive, they’ve been called unconstitutional.” said Rep. Joel Kleefisch […]

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    Milwaukee Common Council learns more repairs needed on S. 1st Street railroad bridge

    MILWAUKEE — New troubles for Milwaukee’s troubled train bridge. FOX6 News first exposed concerns about the S. 1st Street railroad bridge almost a year ago. After our series of reports, Canadian Pacific finally fixed the issue — but on Thursday, April 7th, the Milwaukee Common Council learned there’s more work to be done. The S. 1st Street bridge carries tanker trucks loaded with highly combustible Bakken crude oil. Repairs finished in December fixed the problem FOX6 News spotlighted: The corroded support […]

  • Jacquelyn Ranallo

    She has seemingly vanished without a trace: What happened to Jacquelyn Ranallo?

    MEQUON — A Mequon woman has been missing for more than three months. It’s a case so completely lacking in clues, detectives call it the strangest one they’ve ever encountered. Investigators opened the case file to reveal never-before reported details in hopes someone can help figure out what happened to Jacquelyn Ranallo. What they know is overshadowed by what they don’t know. “It seems like she just disappeared,” Detective Cory Polishinski said. The last person known to be with Jackie Ranallo […]

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    Risk on the Rails: FOX6 investigation leads to creation of new Federal Railroad Administration website

    MILWAUKEE — Concerned cargo, corroded columns, and dangerous consequences. FOX6’s ‘Risk on the Rails’ exposed a troubling issue in Milwaukee, a bridge on the brink — the trains crossing it, carrying an explosive form of crude oil. But now, a big announcement could change everything. Senator Tammy Baldwin and federal railroads administrator, Sarah Feinberg, chose FOX6 studios to break the news, because of our commitment to spotlighting concerns about the railroad bridge safety. Our series of reports started last spring, […]

  • Fire in Lake Geneva -- PHOTO: Lake Geneva Fire Department

    Baby tossed from roof of fully engulfed home in Lake Geneva; adult and officer suffer injuries

    LAKE GENEVA — Firefighters and police officers on Tuesday, January 19th were called out to a fire at a home near South and Elm Streets in the City of Lake Geneva — with occupants trapped. We’re told the fire occurred in a home that is divided into four units. The call for this fire came in shortly after 11:30 a.m. The home was fully engulfed when police and firefighters arrived at the scene. Due to the extent of fire and […]

  • S. 1st Street Bridge

    Repairs complete after FOX6 exposes problems with railroad bridge — but are there still issues?

    MILWAUKEE — The fix is finished. Eight months ago, FOX6 News exposed serious safety concerns with a railroad bridge over S. 1st Street in Milwaukee. The story snowballed, and revealed deeper issues regarding railroad secrecy and how the railroad companies can keep their inspection reports from the public. As 2015 came to a close, there was resolution to both of those issues. The S. 1st Street bridge in late December, 2015 looked almost nothing like it did in spring. In […]

  • Repairs begin on S. 1st Street bridge

    FOX6 spotlights rusted, corroded railroad bridge and now, repairs are underway: “It’s wonderful”

    MILWAUKEE — Six months after a FOX6 investigation began, comes a concrete solution. Crews have begun fixing the rusted railroad bridge FOX6’s Brad Hicks exposed problems with back in May. It’s a bridge the railroad company has insisted is perfectly safe. At 10:10 a.m. Monday, November 16th, the first oil train of the week rumbled across the S. 1st Street bridge in Milwaukee. The mile-long Canadian Pacific train was pulling millions of gallons of highly explosive Bakken crude oil — […]

  • Mini Eiffel Tower at Milwaukee's City Hall

    “We share Paris’ agony:” Milwaukee stands with Paris as mini Eiffel Tower erected at City Hall

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee’s mini Eiffel Tower was erected at City Hall on Monday, November 16th. It stands as a tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks — and was the gathering spot for a vigil on Monday evening, November 16th. This, as folks in Milwaukee stand in solidarity with those in France, and we honor the victims of Friday’s terror attacks. The idea was raised mainly by FOX6’s Brad Hicks — who started a push on social media, encouraging the […]

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    “Symbol of unity and solidarity:” Thanks to effort from FOX6, Eiffel Tower to be erected in Milwaukee

    PARIS/MILWAUKEE — There has been an outpouring of support from around the world for Paris, and the families of the victims killed on Friday, November 13th in a series of terror attacks throughout the city.  In addition to the more than 120 killed, 352 people were hurt in the attacks. The victims are being honored in a special way, and that includes here in Milwaukee — thanks to an effort from FOX6 News. Landmarks across the world have turned blue, […]

  • S. 1st Street Bridge

    “Risk on the rails:” FOX6 investigations a wakeup call for Washington; will things change?

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — FOX6’s Brad Hicks began his “Risk on the Rails” series of investigations one year ago, and now — a wakeup call for Washington. FOX6 first exposed the concern in Milwaukee’s Fifth Ward last spring — corroding columns on a Canadian Pacific railroad bridge that raised questions about bridge safety and railroad secrecy. For six months, the story has been picking up steam, and now, the federal government is putting the railroad companies on notice. “This is a […]

  • Canadian Pacific train derails in Watertown

    “Bombs on the railway:” CP train that derailed in Watertown was carrying Bakken crude oil

    WATERTOWN — A Canadian Pacific train derailed on Sunday afternoon, November 8th in Watertown. Dozens of homes were evacuated, as 13 rail cars derailed from the tracks. One of those cars was punctured, and FOX6 News has learned hundreds of gallons of Bakken crude oil was spilled as a result. The reason derailments like the one we saw in Watertown on Sunday afternoon are cause for so much concern is the oil inside the tankers. One year ago, in November […]


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