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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
  • U.S. Open Trophy tours SE WI: “You see so much reverence in everyone’s eyes”

    MILWAUKEE — For Wisconsin native Barrett Campbell, the U.S. Open Trophy is more than a sought-after prize. It’s a companion. “This trophy does not get away from me, does not leave my sight. It stays buckled in the front of our Lexus. It comes with me in the hotel. I read it bedtime stories every night,” said Campbell. As manager for the U.S. Open Trophy Tour, he’s the caretaker for this hallowed vessel, as it crisscrosses the country in the build up […]

  • Check it out! U.S. Open trophy is on tour for you to see

    BROWN DEER — We are exactly two weeks away from the start of U.S. Open Week at Erin Hills. As the anticipation builds for the first U.S. Open in Wisconsin, the trophy is going on a tour of local golf courses. FOX6’s Carl Deffenbaugh explains from Brown Deer Golf Course. CLICK HERE to view the schedule for the U.S. Open Trophy Tour. About the U.S. Open Trophy Tour (from website) Running from April 29 to June 11, the tour includes […]

  • “We owe everything to Children’s:” Hospital hosts 20th Miracle Marathon

    MILWAUKEE — Three-year-old Eliana Reed is from Seymour, near Green Bay. But Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is her home away from home. “She’s actually spent 240 days in-patient, and she’s three years old,” says Eliana’s mother, Ashley Reed. “So it was a lot of her life that we spent here.” When Eliana was born, vital organs like her bladder and intestines were outside of her body due to a rare condition called cloacal exstrophy. “We were told we wouldn’t even have […]

  • There are all sorts of ways to enjoy your long weekend at Bradford Beach

    MILWAUKEE — Memorial Day weekend is kind of the unofficial start to summer. And there’s no better way to soak in some rays than by heading to the beach. Carl has a look at all the activities at Bradford Beach. Beach Rules (website) For everyone’s safety and enjoyment of the beach: NO dogs on the beach (exception: service dogs) Swim only in designated areas. Wear appropriate bathing attire. Bring only plastic bottles/cups and aluminum cans – NO glassware. NO carry-in […]

  • “The most innovative ride in the park:” Six Flags unveils ‘free-fly’ coaster, THE JOKER

    GURNEE, Illinois — Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Six Flags Great America unveiled its latest attraction — THE JOKER, with its blend of madness and mayhem. “It looks impressive and intimidating, and it’s every bit as fun as it looks,” said Director of Marketing John Krajnak. Located right next to his arch-enemy “Batman the Ride,” the Clown Prince of Crime headlines the 15th rollercoaster on the park grounds. “We’ve been around for over 40 years, so it’s really important that […]

  • “Massive, imposing, floating and twisting:” There’s a brand new ride at Six Flags Great America

    MILWAUKEE — If you’re looking for thrills this weekend, there’s a brand new ride at Six Flags Great America opening on Saturday. Carl has a blast trying out The Joker. Ride Information: The unique design of THE JOKER Free Fly Coaster features: Massive, imposing, floating and twisting I-box track frame in a unique two-tone design; One-of-a-kind onboard magnetic technology featuring smooth head-over-heels free-fly flips providing guests the feeling of weightlessness as they soar outside the confines of a traditional track; […]

  • “These system ramps are a major milestone:” Key pieces of Zoo Interchange opening

    MILWAUKEE — Drivers heading out for Memorial Day weekend will have a new way to navigate the Zoo Interchange. “These system ramps opening,” said Jason Roselle, Construction Supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. “Are a major milestone for the project.” On Wednesday morning, the ramp from I-94 East to I-41 North will open. By Thursday morning, the ramp from II-41 South to I-94 East will open, followed later in the day by the Wisconsin Avenue bridge over I-41. All of […]

  • There’s a new way to workout at the WAC in Menomonee Falls, it involves a paddle board

    MENOMONEE FALLS –There’s a new way to workout at the WAC in Menomonee Falls. It involves elements of yoga and interval training, but the whole class takes place on a paddle board. Carl introduces us to “Glide Fit.” About Wisconsin Athletic Club (website) Originally founded as The Racquetball Club in 1976, we are now one club with seven great locations conveniently located in your neighborhood—down the street from where you live or work. Locally owned and operated, we have a […]

  • Back at Skylight by popular demand: Latest production promises to be a bloody good time

    MILWAUKEE — Skylight Music Theatre’s latest production promises to be a bloody good time. Carl spent the morning with Sweeney Todd, The demon barber of Fleet Street. About Sweeney Todd (website) Back at Skylight by popular demand! Sweeney Todd is a broken barber whose life and family were stolen from him by an unscrupulous judge. Watch him find bloody revenge through a cutthroat alliance with the lonely and enterprising Mrs. Lovett and her unsavory pies in this collision of comedy, […]

  • “My hero:” Girl saved family members’ lives after learning at MFD’s ‘Survive Alive House’

    MILWAUKEE — The smoke, the darkness and the screams Monday, May 22nd were all part of a simulation at Milwaukee’s Survive Alive House. But Alysia Leach knows that situation can be all too real. “I heard my little sister crying, saying she heard fire in the bathroom,” Leach remembered. Leach is now a freshman at Destiny High School, but six years ago, she became something else to her mother, Michelle McGee. “She’s my hero,” McGee said. Leach was babysitting her young siblings, a […]

  • Looking to get in shape? Razor Sharp Fitness has been voted best in Racine Co. for the past 5 years

    RACINE — Going to the gym may not always feel like a party, but it will at Razor Sharp Fitness in Racine. They’re hosting a summer kick-off and open house, prizes and great deals. About Razor Sharp Fitness (website) Locally owned and operated Razor Sharp Fitness opened its doors in 2003 at its club on Washington Avenue. Since then, we’ve grown to three facilities in the Racine area, and we’ve been able to expand the original club several times ~ […]

  • Celebrate the sounds and sights of this budding season — but where?

    MILWAUKEE — It may feel more like fall than spring as you’re waking up this morning, but there’s a way to celebrate the season nonetheless this weekend. On Sunday, The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center will host its Spring Serenade, and Carl has a preview. About Spring Serenade (website) Join us in celebrating the sounds and sights of this budding season. Spring Serenade features birding hikes, raptor flight programs, performances by David Landau, onsite food vendors and so much more! Feel […]