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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
  • Woman caught on camera overdosing before crash says the video saved her life: “I’m here for a reason”

    WAUKESHA COUNTY — A dose of reality for a Waukesha County woman who is alive because of a car crash. Video of her dying in the driver’s seat went viral, and the incident gave her a second chance at life. If you could sketch a person’s promise, and outline her untapped potential, each pencil stroke inspired by her personality, popularity, passion and persistence, a portrait would appear of a young woman named Katrina Henry. “I’ve always been a ‘good kid.’ I […]

  • Sex offenders win federal lawsuit against Village of Pleasant Prairie: “It’s going to open a lot of doors”

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Sex offenders in Kenosha County have won a federal lawsuit against the Village of Pleasant Prairie, in a case that could have nationwide implications. The men who sued said the village’s sex offender residency restrictions violated their constitutional rights. FOX6 News first told you about the lawsuit in November. Sex offenders, camped out in a motel on the margins of Pleasant Prairie claimed the Kenosha County village had put so many restrictions on where they could live […]

  • Perfectly legal: Sex offenders living inside child safety zones the norm in Wisconsin; otherwise, they’d be homeless

    BROOKFIELD — Riding along a recreational trail in Brookfield, you can zero in on a townhouse — the home of a registered sex offender named Zack. Brookfield has a 1,500 foot child safety zone around every school, park, playground, daycare, and trail. But Zack pointed out: “There’s a walking trail that goes along my residence.” Zack lives inside a prohibited safety zone, yet his case isn’t rare.  It’s common. In fact, FOX6 has discovered, it’s the norm. Municipalities have ordinances restricting […]

  • Father of woman charged in fatal Snapchat beating speaks out: “Never raised my children to be like this”

    MILWAUKEE — FOX6 News is learning new information on the so-called “Snapchat murder.” One of the people accused of beating a 20-year-old man to death and filming it on Snapchat has pleaded not guilty. 20-year-old Sarah Zakzesky is charged with first degree reckless homicide in the death of 20-year-old Delvin Mendoza-Chaparro. Court documents say Zakzesky not only threw punches and kicks, she smashed the victim’s face into a counter. Her family is having a hard time believing she’d do something […]

  • Report: Repair options for the Mitchell Park Domes could cost from $14 million – $64 million

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released a report on Friday, December 2nd which confirms initial cost estimates for a variety of repair options at the Domes. The report was prepared by GRAEF Consulting, the independent engineering firm contracted by Milwaukee County to manage the community engagement process for the Domes. GRAEF’s report confirms initial estimates from 2008 that it could cost between $50 million and $70 million to totally repair or replace the Domes on their existing foundation. GRAEF’s report says […]

  • Men on the margin: Are buffer zones the sex offender solution?

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — A three-time convicted sex offender was set free on Tuesday, November 15th, and he is now homeless on the streets of Racine. Racine does not allow sex offenders like Eric Pletz to live within 1,000 feet of anywhere children may be — schools, parks, libraries, churches, etc. It’s no surprise he can’t find a place to stay. FOX6 has been investigating these child safety zones for months — documenting how they are putting sex offenders on the street. […]

  • “If this is winning, I don’t want it:” Convicted sex offender talks about life after being released from prison

    MILWAUKEE — On the morning of July 5th, a white van left Fox Lake Correctional Institution.  In the back, Matthew Schechter, a Milwaukee man with a history of sex crimes. As a young man in the late ’80s, he had sex with two teenage girls; in the mid-’90s, forceful sexual assaults on adult women. After 22 years in prison, he’s getting out, his time served. No one wants a sex offender like Matt Schechter living next door to them, and it’s […]

  • Perspective: Quinlan Bishop shares his thoughts on where Milwaukee goes after recent unrest

    MILWAUKEE — Business burned, officers injured, vehicles torched. Many in Milwaukee ask the question — where do we go from here? Early Sunday morning, August 14th, FOX6’s Brad Hicks met a young man across the street from the BP gas station that was set on fire — near Sherman and Burleigh. He spoke his mind just hours after there was chaos on the streets of Milwaukee. FOX6’s Brad Hicks originally posted the video above on his Facebook page. We invite […]

  • “I’m broken-hearted:” Business owner speaks out after watching his building go up in flames

    MILWAUKEE — Many on Milwaukee’s north side said they’re fed up with the violence and the fires that erupted Saturday night, August 13th and Sunday morning, August 14th in the wake of a fatal officer-involved shooting in Milwaukee Saturday afternoon. Others said they’re angry at the police. FOX6’s Brad Hicks was on the streets early Sunday, August 14th to sample the pulse of the community. Multiple buildings and businesses were set on fire late Saturday. Those businesses included the BP […]

  • Milwaukee unrest: Firefighters battled fires at six businesses on city’s north side

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee firefighters battled fires at six businesses on Saturday evening, August 13th and into Sunday, August 14th — in the wake of an officer-involved fatal shooting near 44th and Auer. Those businesses included the BP gas station at Sherman and Burleigh, Jet Beauty at 35th and Fond du Lac, BMO Harris Bank at 36th and Fond du Lac, O’Reilly Auto Parts at Fond du Lac and Burleigh, MJM Liquor at Fond du Lac and North and a second liquor store near […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]