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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
  • INVIVO is a wellness center that offers yoga, fitness classes, massage therapy and more

    MILWAUKEE — INVIVO is a wellness center in Milwaukee that offers yoga and fitness classes, massage therapy and much more. They also host special workshops, like one  this weekend that’s all about hula hoop. Carl is checking out all the fun. About INVIVO (website) INVIVO is a resource where the community can access skilled complimentary, alternative and medical wellness services under one roof. From fitness and yoga, to physical therapy and chiropractic care, to acupuncture and massage, at INVIVO you […]

  • Bucks looking to bounce back in a big way in front of their home fans

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to bounce back in a big way Friday night, April 20 in front of their home fans. Down 0-2 in their series against the Celtics, but expecting a sellout crowd to cheer them on at the Bradley Center. Carl spent the morning at the Bradley Center with what you can expect tonight in Game 3. While the Bucks vs. Celtics game is the main attraction tonight in Milwaukee, it’s not the only athletic showcase […]

  • Horizon Home Care & Hospice honors Meals on Wheels program volunteers

    MILWAUKEE — During National Volunteer Appreciation week in the United States, a Milwaukee organization honored the life-changing work volunteers do throughout the area. Judy and Bill Laste are a dynamic volunteer duo. “He’s my driver. I’m his co-pilot. I like it a lot,” said Judy Laste. For almost 20 years, they have helped deliver food for Horizon Home Care and Hospice’s Meals on Wheels program. “We both had our own individual activities that we did in retirement, and then I […]

  • Axe throwing: One of the newest waves in entertainment has reached Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — One of the newest waves in entertainment has reached Milwaukee. Throwing darts at your local bar is fun and all — but how about flinging an ax instead. Carl spent the morning checking out Lumber Axe. About Lumber Axe (website) Axe Throwing Axe throwing is a totally new, cool, memorable way to release stress and have a great time. Think darts with muscles. Our axeperts will teach you the basics of axe throwing and then guide you and […]

  • ‘Artists, events and demonstrations:’ Explore, experience art in Racine during the Downtown Racine Art Walk

    RACINE –The vibrant arts scene in Racine will be on display Saturday, April 21. Carl got a sneak peek look at the Downtown Racine Art Walk. About the Downtown Racine Art Walk (website) Explore and experience art in Downtown Racine.  DRAW (Downtown Racine Art Walk) features artists, events and demonstrations at 11 locations along Main Street. Along the way, you’ll enjoy pop-up wine bars from Uncorkt and hors d’ouerves from Asiana, Out of the Pan and Butcher & Barrel. Art […]

  • ‘Money goes like that:’ On Reality Check Day, every Racine Unified junior learns how to manage finances

    RACINE — Reality Check is the official name for the program. Financial Smack in the Face might be just as appropriate. “No — I didn’t think about any of this stuff in my life,” said Alaya Mayfield, Park High School junior. “Some of the best [responses] are, ‘I had no idea day care was that much, and some of the others are, ‘now I know why Mom and Dad are kind of grumpy towards the end of the month,'” said Victor Frasher, director […]

  • Plant Nite: Design and create a floral project, all over a glass or 2 at your favorite spot

    MILWAUKEE — Looking for a fun night out with a group of friends? Carl spent the morning checking out Plant Nite — where you design and create a floral project, all over a glass or two at your favorite spot. About Plant Nite (website) Armed with entrepreneurial spirits and the vision for a new kind of nite out, Dan Hermann and Sean McGrail created Paint Nite, and Plant Nite followed soon after. Their mission was to encourage creativity, empower communities, […]

  • Kenosha receives $250K state grant to support development of downtown hotel

    KENOSHA — What’s old is new again in downtown Kenosha. The City of Kenosha received a $250,000 state grant to support the redevelopment of the Heritage House building into an 80-room downtown hotel. Construction on the hotel is expected to begin in August and be completed by December 2019. “This is a part of Wisconsin’s history. We’re proud of it. We’re going to help preserve it,” Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch said at a press conference on Monday, April 16. The Community […]

  • Bergersen Boat Co. is a family-owned company that builds, restores designed boats

    SPRINGFIELD, Wis. — Before a wooden boat is ready to carve up the water, it requires hours and hours of work and care. Carl is checking out a family-owned company that builds and restores beautifully designed boats. About Bergersen Boat Co. (website) We are Geneva Lakes ‘go to’ for high quality wooden boats.  Owning a wood boat should be fun!  Let us take care of the details and make sure it is.  Restoring, upgrading, buying, selling or storing, we’ve got you […]

  • ‘A fresh food desert:’ Mo’s Food Market has grand opening in Milwaukee’s near west side

    MILWAUKEE — The term “food desert” refers to an urban area where fresh and affordable food is hard to find. Milwaukee’s near west side has fit that description for years. “We’ve been a fresh food desert for close to 40 years,” said Keith Stanley, Executive Director of the Near West Side Partners. The owners of Mo’s Food Market (2404 W. Clybourn St., Milwaukee) had a smaller grocery store in West Allis for almost a decade. On Friday, April 13 they held […]

  • 100,000+ square feet: The largest gaming convention in the Midwest has gotten even bigger

    MILWAUKEE — The largest gaming convention in the Midwest has gotten even bigger. Carl spent the morning checking out the Midwest Gaming Classic — which starts Friday night, April 13 at the Wisconsin Center. About Midwest Gaming Classic (website) The Midwest Gaming Classic is a trade show featuring 100,000+ square feet of retro and modern home video game consoles, pinball machines, arcade video games, computers, table top gaming, crane games, collectible card games and air hockey, and that’s just the […]

  • ‘Smells like happiness:’ Spring has sprung at MAM’s Art in Bloom

    MILWAUKEE — It’s a sign of the changing seasons at the Milwaukee Art Museum. “Art in Bloom” is taking place April 12 through 15 — it’s one of the museum’s most popular events. “We are welcoming spring wholeheartedly here at the Art Museum,” said Director of Special Events Krista Renfrew. Fresh flowers now fill Windhover Hall and every level of the galleries. “You walk inside and this place smells like happiness,” Renfrew said. “There is just beautiful colors and floral arrangements, […]