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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
  • When it comes to delicious pastries, North Shore Boulangerie has all sorts of options

    SHOREWOOD — When it comes to delicious pastries, North Shore Boulangerie has all sorts of options. Carl spent the morning at the Shorewood bakery, trying his hand at making chocolate Ganache.

  • “Nothing compares to actually being up there:” MATC horticulture students get valuable experience

    WAUWATOSA — For any kid who loves climbing trees, this is the job for you. “It’s the best career,” says Mike Wendt. “It’s a wonderful career.” Wendt is an instructor in the landscape horticulture program at Milwaukee Area Technical College, which trains professional arborists. “Trees just serve such a valuable ecological service,” student Johanna Smith says. “It’s kind of an honor to go into a career where you can make sure that we have trees in our cities.” On this day, they […]

  • Behind the scenes look at the longest running home improvement show in the country

    MILWAUKEE — The Realtors Home & Garden Show is the longest running home improvement show in the country — and it starts today! Carl spent the morning at State Fair Park getting plenty of tips to make your house the toast of the neighborhood. SHOW DATES & HOURS Friday, March 24:          10am – 8pm Saturday, March 25:      10am – 8pm Sunday, March 26:        10am – 5pm Monday, March 27:       Closed […]

  • “Flowers everywhere:” Visitors have spring fever as “Art in Bloom” takes over Milwaukee Art Museum

    MILWAUKEE — Throughout the hallways and galleries at the Milwaukee Art Museum, it was hard not to catch spring fever on Thursday, March 23rd, as the very popular annual “Art in Bloom” event began. “There’s flowers everywhere! Everybody is smiling a little bit bigger. It’s a lot of fun,” said Krista Renfrew, the museum’s director of special events. Thursday was opening day for the annual Art in Bloom weekend, one of the biggest events and fundraisers at the Milwaukee Art Museum each year. “It gets […]

  • Floral festivities: View stunning art-inspired floral installations, but where?

    MILWAUKEE — Spring is in the air at the Milwaukee Art Museum, where for the next four days flowers will take over the galleries. The annual Art in Bloom starts today — and Carl is getting an early peek at it for us. Art in Bloom: A Tribute to Art and Flowers (website) Art in Bloom returns this spring for its annual weekend of floral festivities! View stunning art-inspired floral installations throughout the Collection Galleries. Shop the marketplaces, with flowers, […]

  • One of the most well known plays in American theater comes to life at the Milwaukee Rep

    MILWAUKEE — One of the most well known plays in American theater comes to life at the Milwaukee Rep. The Glass Menagerie runs through April 9th — and Carl has a behind the scenes look. About The Glass Menagerie (website) Faded southern belle Amanda frets constantly over her two live-in adult children—the painfully shy Laura and her restless poet brother, Tom. After great prodding, Tom brings home a possible suitor for Laura, but an unknown truth causes shockwaves in the […]

  • “It brings everything to life in full color:” West Bend band ready for trip to Greece

    WEST BEND — The West Bend High School band is on the move and ready to march all the way across the Atlantic. “It’s always seemed so far off, but then this week it’s just like, ‘it’s here! Oh my God,'” said junior saxophonist Jake Clemetson. On Saturday, March 25th, 45 students – along with teachers and chaperones – leave for a nine-day trip to Greece. “I’m super excited to see the different culture because Greece is so different from here,” senior drum […]

  • Start of spring sparks coat donation for kids: “Hopefully by the time winter comes back, we’re ready to go”

    MILWAUKEE — The first day of spring on Monday, March 20th meant the return of warmer weather, with temperatures in the mid-50s, and while many of us may be ready to put our winter coats back in the closet, those with a Milwaukee company hope you’ll consider another option. “Hopefully people will celebrate winter being over by sending a kid a coat for next year,” said Andy Eyers. Eyers is the owner of BrightStar Care of Central Milwaukee, a network of […]

  • Maple Sugarin’ Festival will take you on a journey through the sugarbush

    SAUKVILLE — It’s the first day of spring and what better way to celebrate than with a pair of upcoming outdoor events! Carl spent the morning at Riveredge Nature Center, getting ready for their Maple Sugarin’ Festival. About Riveredge’s Maple Sugarin’ Festival (website) Riveredge’s Maple Sugarin’ Festival will take you on a journey through the sugarbush where you will experience the maple sugarin’ season like never before. Along the way, you’ll learn how to tap a maple tree, observe live demonstrations, participate in […]

  • “You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning:” St. Patrick’s Day celebrations start early for some

    MILWAUKEE — The Guinness and green beer was flowing early and often at Trinity Three Irish Pubs on Friday, March 17th. “You can’t drink all day,” Michele Kieweg explained, matter-of-factly. “If you don’t start in the morning.” When the doors opened at 6:00 a.m., the green-clad faithful were waiting. Ready to celebrate whatever Irish heritage they may have. “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day,” joked Tina Lawler, Director of Marketing for Trinity and the Harp. “No matter who you are, […]

  • St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of all things Irish — from the food to drinks to dancing

    MILWAUKEE — St. Patrick’s Day is here — and the celebrations are already underway in Milwaukee. And before a long day of celebrating, you better make sure you’ve eaten well. Carl spent the morning at Trinity Three Irish Pubs.  

  • “We want them to see themselves doing what we’re doing:” Girls’ Day at City Hall

    MILWAUKEE — The welcome echoed through the atrium of City Hall. Girls’ Day started seven years ago with just 38 young women, and has grown into a gathering of more than 260 middle and high school students. “Good morning,” said Milele Coggs, 6th District alderwoman, starting her call to action to the young women of Milwaukee. “We want them to see themselves doing what we’re doing,” Stephanie Harmon, Milwaukee Fire Department captain said. “Take my job, please.” “Maybe in the future I […]