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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.


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    MILWAUKEE — For more than a century, Milwaukee has been built on the byproduct of boiling water. The original big steam sources — what’s now the Time Warner Cable building and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater are still standing. City historian John Gurda says as a result, “You have this world of tunnels underneath Milwaukee’s downtown.” The source of steam today is a landmark on the landscape — those side-by-side stacks you see in the Menomonee Valley, where We Energies generates the […]

  • S. 1st Street bridge - Fifth Ward

    FOX6 investigation gets results: Federal government orders Canadian Pacific to turn over bridge inspection reports

    MILWAUKEE — Canadian Pacific Railroad officials refused to show FOX6 News inspection records on the S. 1st Street railroad bridge in Milwaukee’s Fifth Ward — but now, Canadian Pacific has no choice. The federal government is now demanding railroad officials turn over the inspection reports. FOX6’s exposé on the rusted span spotlighted concerns the corroded bridge is in bad shape. But for months, Canadian Pacific officials have refused to reveal what they know about the bridge. FOX6’s report showed vertical support columns […]

  • S. 1st Street railroad bridge

    Common Council members stunned to learn railroad bridge inspection reports are unavailable

    MILWAUKEE — A demand for answers, and a call to action: Members of Milwaukee’s Common Council are concerned about safety at a railroad bridge FOX6 News first spotlighted this past spring. It is located on S. 1st Street, in Milwaukee’s Fifth Ward. Common Council members say they’re so frustrated by what FOX6 has exposed, they now want to change federal law. A city of Milwaukee engineer was called before the Common Council to explain what he has been able to find out […]

  • S. 1st Street bridge - Fifth Ward

    Latest: FOX6 exposes safety concerns on railroad bridge over S. 1st St., city engineer to inspect it

    MILWAUKEE — FOX6 News exposed safety concerns on a railroad bridge over S. 1st Street in Milwaukee — and now, that bridge is the subject of a city inspection. FOX6 News has learned the city engineer’s initial report on the bridge will be made public on Thursday, July 9th. FOX6’s report in May showed vertical columns corroded through, and mounds of flaking metal — indicating the bridge had not been closely looked at in years. Stay tuned to FOX6 News […]

  • Bakken oil train protest in Milwaukee

    Protest over Bakken oil trains in Milwaukee: “I don’t want to be one of those 47 people who blow up and die”

    MILWAUKEE — July 6th, 2015 marked the two-year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster that occurred in Quebec. An unattended 74-car freight train carrying Bakken crude oil rolled downhill and derailed. 47 people were killed. More than 30 buildings in the town’s centre — roughly half of the downtown area, were destroyed. It was the fourth-deadliest rail accident in Canadian history. There is concern something like what happened in Lac-Mégantic could happen in Milwaukee. Protestors made their point at a corroded railroad bridge that […]

  • Journey

    Battling on a bicycle: Two men begin special journey to tell the ‘real story’ of ALS

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Thursday night, a journey begins to “ride over ALS” also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, it is one that cannot be stopped, but neither can two Milwaukee men. David Sowden and Ben Calvopina will travel more than a thousand miles to fight it. When asked how far the two would go to share a beer, Sowden had a very specific answer: 1,433 miles. “We are gonna average 100 miles a day,” Sowden said. Sowden said it goes […]

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    “We need to take action now:” Tammy Baldwin’s bill would take ALL train cars carrying crude off tracks

    MILWAUKEE — Concern over the risk on the rails is rolling on to Capitol Hill. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) is pushing legislation that would take almost all the tank cars carrying Bakken crude oil off the tracks immediately. FOX6 News brought the Bakken oil train issue into the spotlight last year. There has been a huge increase in the number of mile-long trains rumbling through southeastern Wisconsin loaded with millions of gallons of crude oil from fracking fields in North […]

  • S. 1st Street bridge inspection

    “I want you guys out of here!” Canadian Pacific not happy to see FOX6 crew as 1st St. bridge inspected

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A FOX6 investigation gets immediate results! Ten days after FOX6 News aired a report on the railroad bridge over S. 1st Street in the Fifth Ward, the bridge’s owner inspected the bridge on Thursday, May 21st. FOX6’s investigation revealed rust eating away at support columns under the S. 1st Street bridge. Canadian Pacific runs Bakken oil trains over the bridge. They’re mile-long tank car trains carrying a particularly volatile type of crude oil from oil fields in North Dakota. Railroad […]

  • Trickett Wendler

    ALS has no treatment, no cure, no survivors: Waukesha mom shares her story: “I hope it helps others”

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  • S. 1st Street bridge - Fifth Ward

    FOX6 investigation reveals corrosion on Fifth Ward railroad bridge, gets results! Inspection underway

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  • S. 1st Street bridge - Fifth Ward

    “This needs to be fixed:” FOX6 finds a new “risk on the rails,” could Milwaukee be the next Quebec?

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Last year, the FOX6 Investigators were the first to expose a new risk on the rails — a steady stream of long oil trains trekking across the state from North Dakota. The crude oil they carry from what’s called “The Bakken” is highly explosive. Since then, there has been growing public concern about these so-called “bomb trains” in Wisconsin. Now, there’s a new concern, in a neighborhood in Milwaukee. When the mile-long oil trains lumber by Milwaukee’s […]

  • oil trains

    New federal rules regarding Bakken oil trains aim to make them safer

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A big development in an issue FOX6 News first brought to your attention in November 2014 — those Bakken oil trains. Those trains are loaded with a highly explosive type of oil — and they go right through dozens of neighborhoods in southeast Wisconsin. On Friday, May 1st, the federal government came out with new rules to make them safer. The primary concern about the tank cars carrying Bakken crude is they are too thin — not […]

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