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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
  • 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 — […]

  • 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 […]

  • S. 1st Street bridge - Fifth Ward

    Railroad secrets: FRA implores transparency from Canadian Pacific on bridge, but is that happening?

    MILWAUKEE — Six months ago, FOX6 News uncovered a risk on the rails — safety concerns with a Canadian Pacific railroad bridge over S. 1st Street in Milwaukee’s Fifth Ward. FOX6’s investigation has now exposed more than just a problem with that overpass. It has torn the veil of secrecy off the railroad’s “bridge inspection process.” All of the committee chairs with the Milwaukee Common Council came together on Thursday morning, October 29th because of what FOX6’s report revealed about […]

  • S. 1st Street Bridge

    “Risk on the Rails:” Repairs coming to S. 1st Street bridge, but one expert says that won’t solve the problem

    MILWAUKEE — FOX6’s “Risk on the Rails” series of investigations is getting results. FOX6 News exposed safety concerns at the S. 1st Street railroad bridge — and it’s now scheduled to be fixed. This, as one railroad safety expert says the repairs won’t solve the problem. The bridge crosses S. 1st Street and West Oregon Street — a century-old span that’s being rusted away by road salt. In May, FOX6 showed you I-beams corroded at the base to a fraction […]

  • Ben Calvopina and Dave Sowden

    “The will to live:” Bicycling pair travels cross-country to share stories of those battling ALS

    MILWAUKEE — How far would you be willing to go for a beer? How about a beer with an old friend, and what if he was dying? Two Milwaukee men were willing to go 1,400 miles on bicycles to have a beer with their friend, Bob — but something happened along the way. The plan seemed perfect. “We are going to average 100 miles a day,” said Dave Sowden, traveling to fight ALS. They started in New Orleans, Ben Calvopina and Dave […]

  • STILL Bike Challenge

    2 men, 4 wheels, 1,400 miles: Cross-country journey with a life lesson

    MILWAUKEE — Two men, four wheels and 1,400 miles. A cross-country journey all to have a beer with a friend. But along the way, something happened. What you can learn from their incredible story, Sunday on FOX6 News at 9.  

  • Steam in Milwaukee

    Built on a byproduct of water: Journey underground to see how Milwaukee’s steam system works

    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 […]


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