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I grew up (although some people would disagree with that) 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 (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-- a privilege I have Monday-Friday at 6pm & 9pm.

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 Center for Cancer Care, Vince Lombardi Charitable Funds, Goodwill's Ability Connection, and I recently agreed to team up with the ALS Association in their efforts to beat that dreaded 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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    WAUKESHA (WITI) — It’s a rare sighting over the Waukesha skyline. Two female acrobat pilots will take flight this weekend for Wings over Waukesha Air Show. On Friday, August 22nd a lucky group of Girl Scouts got a sneak peek of all the action.  It’s all in hopes of getting more women interested in aviation. Small planes landing at the Waukesha County airport is nothing new. But having the classic planes on the tarmac, is not something you see everyday. […]

  • Aaron Rodgers Ice Bucket Challenge

    “This is huge!” “Ice Bucket Challenge” raises HOW MUCH for ALS Association?!

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — One man with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, wanted to do something to help raise awareness and money. ALS is a disease that can strike anyone at any time, and there’s no treatment or cure. The disease is always fatal. What this man came up with has become one of the biggest internet sensations ever. From celebrities, to politicians, to sports stars, thousands of people are doing the Ice Bucket Challenge — dumping a bucket of ice […]

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    The sinking city: Dozens of buildings in Milwaukee…sinking! There’s a problem and it’s deep underground

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — If you ever look up in Milwaukee, even just a little bit, you can’t help but notice we have some amazing architecture here — buildings that were built to last. But some of them may not last much longer. There’s a problem…and it’s deep underground. On Milwaukee food tours, hungry walkers can feast their eyes on a strange phenomenon. “As we’re walking through the Third Ward — how the bricks are starting to crumble a little bit, […]

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    “Not having these locks you away from the world:” How YOU can help ALS patients get the speech generating devices they need

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — “His daughter was about one when he was diagnosed, and we watched him go from a walker to a wheelchair to a breathing machine, so it was really difficult,” Grant Korting said. Over the mountains, across the plains, and into Wisconsin. Grant Korting is riding his bike from Oregon to Ohio for an old friend. His childhood buddy in Ohio has ALS — Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Korting is raising money for an organization called “ALS Guardian Angels.” […]

  • heroin

    Is there hope after heroin? Checking in on addicts seven years later

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Back in 2007, FOX6 News aired a series of stories about an issue that was just beginning to surface. FOX6’s Brad Hicks interviewed four people addicted to heroin. Hicks says in his 20-plus years of reporting, he has never done a story that has generated so much reaction. And sadly, for all the good it may have done, the heroin problem has gotten worse. Wisconsin is now confronted with a heroin crisis. So how are the addicts […]

  • rambo

    Germantown K9 officer finds drugs on coat inside police station

    GERMANTOWN (WITI) — A Germantown Police Department K9 Officer named “Rambo” is getting a lot of praise for alerting police to drugs in a suspect’s coat inside the Germantown Police Department. A subsequent investigation led police to discover additional drugs and drug paraphernalia. Germantown police say it happened on Friday, February 14th. Germantown Police Officer Daniel Moschea got a call about a woman all over the road. “Driving slowly and swerving between lanes of traffic,” Moschea told FOX6 News. The […]

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    Brad Hicks fights parking ticket after meter blocked by snow

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — We’ve seen a rough winter in southeastern Wisconsin — with a lot of days with sub-zero temperatures, and a lot of snow. All that snow is exposing a problem with parking meters in the city of Milwaukee. When FOX6 News started digging for answers, we found the city really doesn’t have any. We did end up getting some citations thrown out, but countless others have to pay. Should they have gotten a break as well? You decide. […]

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    Stradivarius curator recalls hearing news of violin theft

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — On Monday evening, February 10th, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond played the 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius violin in an official performance for the first time since it was stolen on January 27th. Almond plays the violin, owned by an anonymous woman living in southeastern Wisconsin — but it is the job of Stefan Hersh to take care of it, and he knows the instrument better than anyone. Hersh’s Chicago violin company has been the curator of the Stradivarius […]

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    Nick Collins juggles gratitude and regret after 2012 release from Packers

    We saw it in Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles — the Packers secondary is a real weak spot. We also saw it last week in the loss against the Bears. Gone are the days when Nick Collins and Charles Woodson gave opposing offenders nightmares. Woodson, of course, was in part a salary cap casualty. Collins’ career in green and gold ended much differently and much more abruptly — in North Carolina with a neck injury. It was September 18th, […]

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    Woman taking “Freedom Ride” across American stops at 110th

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — For a lot of riders from out-of-state, the Harley-Davidson 110th in Milwaukee was the destination. For one woman and her bike, it was just a stop along the way, and at every stop, she spreads a message that’s written all over her ride. When Joan Krenning stops on her bike, even just for a moment, the messages on her bike can’t be missed. “The rear fender has Abraham Lincoln’s equality statement: ‘With malice toward none, but charity toward all,'” Krenning […]

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    Hank Brunsveld of Ohio sports unique beard at Harley 110th

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — One of the highlights of the Harley-Davidson 110th anniversary celebration is people watching — and getting to know the unique folks that make up Harley Nation. FOX6’s Brad Hicks caught up with Hank Brunsveld, a Harley rider from Ohio, during Day Two of the big party down at the Summerfest grounds — and this is a story about hair! It’s not a question guys usually ask other guys, but when FOX6’s Brad Hicks spotted Brunsveld at the […]

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    High-risk rent: Renting homes to Wisconsin sex offenders

    FOND DU LAC COUNTY (WITI) — FOX6’s Brad Hicks set out to do a story on taxpayer money, and how the state is spending it. However, sometimes stories take an unexpected turn — which is what happened in this instance. Kirk Everson is proud to promote his Fond du Lac County compost company. He’s not afraid of being in the limelight as a lawyer — and he’s even a bit of a ham, appearing in the popular Chad Vader spoofs. […]

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