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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!

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  • Latest styles and trends in clothes, makeup will be on display at Milwaukee Fashion Week

    MILWAUKEE — The latest styles and trends in clothes and makeup will be on display at Milwaukee Fashion Week. Carl spent the morning at the Athletic Club giving us a sneak peek of what you’ll see on the catwalk. About Milwaukee Fashion Week (website) Mission Statement Milwaukee Fashion Week was founded by local Fashion Industry Professionals with three missions in mind: To provide an opportunity for Fashion Industry Professionals to showcase their creative talents; To promote networking between Fashion Industry […]

  • “They’re just generous:” Firehouse Subs donates to MPD bomb squad

    WAUWATOSA — There was a suspicious package outside the Firehouse Subs on Mayfair Road Tuesday, September 19th. But lucky for all involved, this was only a demonstration, and the Milwaukee Police Department is now well-equipped to handle the threat. “Our hazardous device unit goes to over 100 calls a year, and it serves nine counties. It’s not just the City of Milwaukee or even just Milwaukee County,” said Milwaukee Chief of Police Ed Flynn. On Tuesday, Firehouse Subs donated almost $14,000 […]

  • “Sensation of weightlessness:” Cut out all outside noise and light at Float Life

    MILWAUKEE — Over the past couple of years, businesses offering floatation therapy have popped up around Milwaukee. Carl spent the morning learning about the benefits of sensory deprivation at Float Life. How it works (website) Floatation Therapy combines the sensation of weightlessness with an experience known as Restricted Environment Stimulation Therapy (REST). Our float pods contain approximately 200 gallons of water kept at skin temperature and 1000 pounds of dissolved Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate). This super saturated Epsom salt solution creates […]

  • “It’s kind of fun to be the talk of the town:” Magic of China Lights returns to Boerner Botanical Gardens

    HALES CORNERS — There was a buzz in the air at the Boerner Botanical Gardens Monday, September 18th, as the popular China Lights Wisconsin is set to open for a second year on Friday, September 22nd. “It’s kind of fun to be the talk of the town. Everybody is talking about China Lights wherever you go,” said Shirley Walczak, executive director. Last year, more than 100,000 people visited China Lights, the first lantern festival of its kind to come to the […]

  • China Lights: 1 of the most popular events for 2016 is back for an encore

    HALES CORNERS — One of the most popular events for 2016 is back for an encore. China Lights: The Magic Returns opens this weekend, and Carl got an early look at the lantern festival. About China Lights (website) China Lights is an event that celebrates the art, skill, and beauty of traditional Chinese lantern festivals that have been celebrated for the last 400 years. This has been accomplished through an almost two month long building process where about 50 exhibits, […]

  • The 17th Annual Milwaukee River Challenge will splash into town on Saturday

    MILWAUKEE — On Saturday, hundreds of boats will take over the waterways of downtown for the Milwaukee River Challenge. Carl tells us all about this great spectator event, featuring some of the best rowing teams around. About Milwaukee River Challenge (website) The 17th Annual Milwaukee River Challenge will splash into town on Saturday, September 16, 2017 with racing along the Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers with more than 900 participants. The 3-mile Challenge will start at 25th and Canal Streets on the Menomonee River and […]

  • Mr. B’s steakhouse opens in old Joey Gerard’s supper club in Mequon

    MEQUON –Things are heating up in Mequon, where a new name is welcoming guests to a familiar space. The Bartolotta Restaurant Group closed its Joey Gerard’s supper club in Mequon three weeks ago, to renovate and reopen as Mr. B’s – A Bartolotta Steakhouse. “Most of the people who came to Joey’s ordered steak anyway, so we felt it was a great opportunity to give them a better quality product,” said Bartolotta Restaurant Group President and Owner, Joe Bartolotta. While Joey’s […]

  • “Get the exercise you need:” It’s a full body workout that makes you feel like a kid again

    MILWAUKEE — It’s a full body workout that makes you feel like a kid again — and adds a little bounce to your step. Carl is giving trampoline fitness a try at Rockin’ Jump. About Rockin’ Jump (website) We’re actually pretty easy to understand. We’re people like you who want to exercise, but also like to have fun. Lots of fun. So instead of stairclimbers and weight machines, we decided to create a place where you can soar in open jump […]

  • Shh! MAM After Dark quiet clubbing night returns

    MILWAUKEE — One of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s most popular events, MAM After Dark, returns to the wings Friday, September 15th. The event is from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. About MAM After Dark (website) You asked. We answered . . . quietly. Quiet Clubbing—everyone’s favorite MAM After Dark—returns, featuring local DJs Bizzon and Why B. It’s the artiest dance club, as quiet as you want it to be. Experience the Museum’s third installment of Quiet Clubbing under the wings—all guests will […]

  • “Blue and yellow are the colors of Sweden:” IKEA Oak Creek marks construction milestone

    OAK CREEK — It’s beginning to look a lot like Sweden in Oak Creek. “Being a Swedish company, we are very proud of our heritage, and blue and yellow are the colors of Sweden,” said IKEA Public Affairs Manager Joseph Roth. Construction on the massive IKEA site just west of I-94 reached a milestone Tuesday, September 12th as the first exterior panels were put into place – giving the store its iconic blue look. “The blue panels are actually a composite […]

  • “Meet live cockroaches:” Get up close and personal with creepy, crawly creatures — but where?

    MILWAUKEE — This weekend is your chance to get up close and personal with all sorts of creepy, crawly creatures. Perhaps too close. Carl spent the morning at the Wehr Nature Center with a preview of Bug Day. About Bug Day (website) Do you enjoy seeing monarch butterflies? Do your grandchildren count the spots on ladybugs? Are your kids curious about the natural world around them? Explore the wonderful world of invertebrates at Wehr Nature Center’s Bug Day celebration! Show, […]

  • “It’s an epidemic:” Motorcyclists ride to raise awareness about veteran suicides

    MILWAUKEE — It was never supposed to be J.R. Matzner riding his motorcycle across the country. It was supposed to be his friend, Marine Corps Cpl. Keith Miller. “I think Miller gave his heart to everybody else,” Matzner said on Monday. “And he forgot to keep some for himself.” Two years ago, Cpl. Miller – like thousands of veterans and active duty military members around the country – committed suicide. “They came up with a number in 2012, the Department of Defense,” said […]