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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
  • “I want it to be eye-opening:” Youth dance group prepares for national competition

    MILWAUKEE — A group of young dancers from Milwaukee are about to have the week of their lives competing in Los Angeles on a national stage. They move like Beyonce and moonwalk like Michael. “I wanted to try something new,” says Zada Richardson, a rising-freshman. “And it turns out I really like dancing.” Meet the Davis Dancers, a collection of kids between the ages of nine and seventeen, who are part of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee’s […]

  • Celebreate Festa Italiana’s 40th anniversary July 21-23

    MILWAUKEE — One of Milwaukee’s oldest and most popular ethnic festivals is celebrating a milestone this year. Festa Italiana is celebrating its 40th anniversary as the largest Italian event of its kind in the country. About Festa Italiana (website) From its modest beginnings forty years ago, Festa Italiana has grown into the largest Italian event of its kind in America today. As the first ethnic festival in Milwaukee, Festa Italiana originated as a way to bring together an Italian community […]

  • “We love those bingo players!” Children’s programs benefit from Potawatomi’s Heart of Canal charity program

    MILWAUKEE — Nestled into Milwaukee’s northwest side, Havenwoods State Forest is one of the city’s hidden gems — and thanks to the luck of the draw last year, more and more children are getting to experience the outdoors. “It’s 237 acres here in the city of Milwaukee. It’s the only urban forest, I believe, within the state of Wisconsin. They can come here and experience nature here in the city. There are walking trails. There [are] animals on the property,” said Judy Dollhausen, president […]

  • A new place on Milwaukee’s east side is a must-try for dessert lovers

    MILWAUKEE — A new place on Milwaukee’s east side is a must-try for dessert lovers. Donut Squad features toppings and combinations you’ve probably never seen before. Carl spent the morning checking out the shop.

  • Milwaukee Polo Club provides a venue filled with people embracing thoroughbred horses

    HARTLAND — Whether you’re a spectator on the sidelines or in the middle of the action, polo is a thrilling and unique sport. Carl is climbing in the saddle with the Milwaukee Polo Club. Click here for more information on Hillside Farm.  About Milwaukee Polo Club (website) The Milwaukee Polo Club provides a venue filled with people embracing the thoroughbred horses and player horsemanship. Matches are played at the polo grounds located on Highway VV (the extension of Silver Spring Drive) […]

  • “They’re very excited:” SKECHERS, Rogan’s Shoes team up to donate 800 pairs of shoes to Milwaukee kids in need

    MILWAUKEE — A large donation is putting shoes on the feet of hundreds of children in Milwaukee, just in time for a new school year. SKECHERS, with help from Wisconsin-based Rogan’s Shoes, donated 800 pairs of new shoes to COA Youth and Family Centers on Tuesday, July 18th, with books to match. “They’re very excited about getting the new shoes and they colored at the other table over there, and they got a book, so you see some of them are […]

  • Delicious restaurant tastings: The Wisconsin Humane Society’s annual Feasting for Fido is back

    MILWAUKEE — An event coming this Thursday helps the Wisconsin Humane Society and your taste buds at the same time. Feasting for Fido is a chance to try food from about 20 restaurants, all in one place. Carl spent the morning getting a preview. About Feasting for Fido (website) We are thrilled to announce the 9th annual Feasting for Fido on Thursday, July 20 at our Milwaukee Campus. This fun evening will feature creative and delicious restaurant tastings, beer and wine, a […]

  • Looking to throw the perfect party this summer for the kids? StoneFire Pizza is the perfect place

    NEW BERLIN — Looking to throw the perfect party this summer for the kids? Carl found the perfect place — StoneFire Pizza Company in New Berlin, which is so much more than pizza. About StoneFire Pizza Company (website) The experience of StoneFire Pizza Company’s Fun Floor, just outside of Milwaukee in New Berlin, is unlike any other.  The ambient lights and sounds fill up all of your senses as you gaze at all that awaits you.  Familiar faces like Mario, Pac […]

  • The largest FREE event in the state of Wisconsin is back again this weekend

    MILWAUKEE — The largest FREE event in the state of Wisconsin is back again this weekend. The Milwaukee Air and Water Show will entertain hundreds of thousands along the lakefront. And Carl spent the morning with one of the must-see groups! The Milwaukee Air & Water Show will be held July 15-16 — and will feature the return of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The Blue Angels last performed in the Milwaukee area in 2010, as the 2014 visit was postponed […]

  • Experience all things French during 36th annual Bastille Days in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee says “bonjour” to four days of french-themed festivities. Bastille Days takes over Cathedral Square Park, and FOX6’s Carl Deffenbaugh gets an early look at the action. About Bastille Days (website)  Bastille Days, Milwaukee’s popular french festival and one of the nation’s largest french-themed celebrations, returns to downtown Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square Park, July 13 – 16. The free four-day bash attracts over 250,000 visitors annually who enjoy live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and […]

  • Emergency Operations Center activated in Kenosha County after storms, numerous roads closed

    KENOSHA COUNTY —  The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 12th activated the Kenosha County Emergency Operations Center due to the heavy rainfall and severe flooding. Road conditions were reported as poor for almost all roads within Kenosha County in at least one or more locations. A chunk of Highway K, just north of Paddock Lake was washed away due to the water. A large part of the pavement was torn up all the way across both […]

  • Severe flooding in Kenosha as seen through the tweets of FOX6’s Carl Deffenbaugh

    KENOSHA — Kenosha County had barely recovered from heavy rainfall earlier in the week when torrential downpours hit hard once again early Wednesday, July 12th. FOX6’s Carl Deffenbaugh was in Kenosha County all morning long and documented some of the mess with a series of tweets — each with its own story and interesting video. Check them out. Frank Bell swam out & tied a rope to his pier to keep it from floating away. He said this is the […]