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As a recovering sports addict, I’m excited to broaden my horizons — and explore Milwaukee — as the Roving Reporter for FOX6 WakeUp.

I took a circuitous route to this city. After growing up in suburban Maryland, I first landed in the Midwest as an undergrad at Northwestern — majoring in journalism but specializing in Ultimate Frisbee (and meeting my wonderful wife, Kim, along the way).

From there, it was off on a six-year journey as a sports anchor and reporter. I covered minor league baseball, including the debuts of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, at Blue Ridge Cable-11 (deep in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country). Then I immersed myself in the ACC, following Virginia Tech and UVa with the great team at WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia (with a healthy dose of NASCAR on the side). And finally, I spent three years under the shadow of the Golden Dome, reporting on all things Notre Dame as the weekend sports anchor at WSBT.

And despite some solid work at those various stops, it was the one time I dressed up as the Cat in the Hat to read to kids (okay, second time — the first was a starring role in Seussical the Musical back in high school) that caught the eye of the folks here at FOX6.

All of which is to say: I’m up for whatever this area has to offer. With interests in the arts, the outdoors and food — definitely food — let me know what I should check out around town. If you know of a cool event, a fun activity or a way for me to make a fool of myself on live TV, I’m all ears!

Recent Articles
  • Need motivation to workout? The wearable technology and apps that could help

    WAUWATOSA — Carl spent the morning at Southwest YMCA in Greenfield, one of five locations that make up the YMCA of Greater Waukesha County. He’s trying out a “triple-threat” class and family boot camp class. He also spent the morning learning about wearable technology and apps you can use while working out. About the YMCA of Greater Waukesha County (website) The Y is a cause for strengthening our community. That’s why we’re here working with you every day, making sure that you, […]

  • Sights, sounds and smells: Explore your five senses at Zootastic

    MILWAUKEE — An upcoming event at the Milwaukee County Zoo challenges kids to use all five of their senses. It’s called Zootastic, and Carl is up for that challenge. About Zootastic (website) Explore your five senses at Zootastic 2017 on Friday, April 28! Feel your way around the Zoo as you explore the sights, sounds, smells and even tastes of the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm, Small Mammals building, Aquatic & Reptile Center and Stearns Family Apes of Africa and Primates of […]

  • Milwaukee Art Museum celebrates the breadth of art treasures in the Greater Milwaukee area

    MILWAUKEE — Carl spent the morning checking out all the family fun you can enjoy at the Milwaukee Art Museum. About the Milwaukee Art Museum (website) The Milwaukee Art Museum collects and preserves art, presenting it to the community as a vital source of inspiration and education. 30,000 works of art. 400,000+ visitors a year. 125 years of collecting art. From its roots in Milwaukee’s first art gallery in 1888, the Museum has grown today to be an icon for […]

  • Travel east 8,000 miles without ever leaving Milwaukee, but how?

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Art Museum’s “After Dark” series returns on Friday. This month’s theme will transport you halfway around the globe, to India. Carl spent the morning taking that journey for us. About MAM After Dark (website) Travel east 8,000 miles—without ever leaving Milwaukee. Enliven your senses with the vivid colors, sights, sounds, and flavors of India. Fri, April 21, 7-11 PM Supporting Sponsor: International Autos Group See and learn the energetic dances of Bollywood, with Milwaukee’s own Aarabhi […]

  • Portillo’s in Greenfield, the second Wisconsin location, now OPEN

    GREENFIELD — FOX6’s Carl Deffenbaugh spent the morning Tuesday, April 18th at the new Portillo’s location in Greenfield — the second location to open in the Wisconsin. It’s located near 84th and Layton. The first opened up in Brookfield in July of 2016. Portillo’s is known for their Chicago-style hots dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and chocolate cake. Founder Dick Portillo was on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 9,000 square foot restaurant features decor inspired by the Prohibition era, complete with vintage […]

  • Portillo’s in Greenfield, the second Wisconsin location, now OPEN

    GREENFIELD — A Chicago institution continues to make its way north. The Greenfield Portillo’s, located on W. Sura Lane, will be the iconic hot dog chain’s second location in Wisconsin. The restaurant will offer Portillo’s classic menu items — including Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, Italian Beef Sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads, and Portillo’s famous Chocolate Cake. Customers to the new Greenfield location can also enjoy the Badger Brat, a Usinger’s Fresh Bratwurst made with stone-ground German mustard and sauerkraut, available only in Wisconsin. […]

  • Looking for something new? Give the Rise and Grind Cafe a try!

    MILWAUKEE — Looking for something new? Give the Rise and Grind Cafe a try! FOX6’s Carl Deffenbaugh visited the cafe on Monday, April 17th.

  • In Tandem Theatre gets ready to put on its biggest show to date!

    MILWAUKEE — Opening this Friday, you can take a journey across the Atlantic and back in time to 1920s France. In Tandem Theatre is putting on its biggest show to date with “Carnival.” FOX6’s Carl Deffenbaugh offers a preview. About In Tandem Theatre’s production of Carnival (from website) In 1920s France, Lili is a young and naïve woman who comes to the carnival looking for work. She meets Marco thecharming magician who decides to make her his latest conquest. Lili […]

  • “A doctor and a patient:” Aurora Health Care transplant doctor needs a new kidney himself

    MILWAUKEE — April is National Donate Life Month. Right now, thousands of people across the U.S. are waiting for a life-saving organ donation. One of those people on that list has committed his life to helping others get the organs they need to survive. Those who meet Dr. Moises Garcia learn immediately how dedicated he is to his family. Dr. Garcia is married with three children. While he spends much of his time with his family, he’s also dedicated to his patients. […]

  • “It’s very exciting:” City celebrates Milwaukee Day on 4/14

    MILWAUKEE — April 14th may be just another day for the rest of the country, but around here it’s something worth celebrating. Drew Westphal is a Milwaukee-based fashion blogger, with more than 50,000 followers on Instagram. “It’s like a big city,” Westphal says, explaining the appeal of his town. “With a lot of opportunities for art, music, sports.” On this day, April 14, he knew the perfect place for the perfect photo — right in front of the “Milwaukee” portion […]

  • Something old is new again: Pabst Brewing Company pulls the wraps off its newest project

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee institution opens its doors on Friday, April 14th after more than 20 years. The new Pabst Milwaukee Brewer has been a highly-anticipated project. FOX6’s Carl Deffenbaugh visited the new microbrewery. Check out some 360-degree photos just below.

  • Looking to strength your body? Check out Flying Squirrel Pilates in the Third Ward

    MILWAUKEE — Carl spent the morning from Flying Squirrel Pilates in the Third Ward. Pilates focuses on on core strength and promotes strength and balance muscle development. About Flying Squirrel Pilates (website) While Pilates training focuses on core strength, it trains the body as an integrated whole. Pilates promotes strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints. ​ Flying Squirrel, named Best Pilates Studio in Milwaukee (2013, 2014 & 2016), offers […]