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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
  • “Super creative:” Tripoli Shrine Center hosts inaugural FEZtival of Trees

    MILWAUKEE — The Tripoli Shrine Center is one of the most eye-catching sights in Milwaukee. “Architecturally, there’s no building like this around in the city,” said Bob Capen, a member of Milwaukee’s Shriners. “We think it’s a hidden little jewel.” For the next week, it’s become even more dazzling. A twinkling forest has taken over for the inaugural FEZtival of Trees. “I was pretty excited to kind of sink my teeth into it,” said Branden Apitz, a Prototype Supervisor at Discovery […]

  • Travel around the world at the 74th Annual Holiday Folk Fair International

    MILWAUKEE — It’s a way to travel all the way around the world without ever leaving Milwaukee. Holiday Folk Fair International returns to State Fair Park this weekend, and Carl is getting a preview. About Holiday Folk Fair International (website) Holiday Folk Fair International, America’s premier multicultural festival and a program of the International Institute of Wisconsin, celebrates the cultural heritage of the people living in southeastern Wisconsin. With this year’s theme, “Celebrate the Culture of Welcome,” you can explore the […]

  • “More than 500,000 lights:” The stage is set for the city’s biggest, brightest holiday party

    MILWAUKEE — A full slate of performances will get you in the holiday spirit tonight in downtown Milwaukee. It all leads up to the fireworks show over the river. Carl gives us a preview of the 19th annual Holiday Lights Festival. About the 19th Annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza (website) 19th Annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza Thursday, November 16 Pre-Show Entertainment: 5:30 p.m. | Program: 6:30 p.m. | Lighting & Fireworks: 7 p.m. Pere Marquette Park The stage […]

  • This event aims to combat cancer 1 punch at a time

    MILWAUKEE — IN The U.S., Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths each year. A special event on Wednesday, November 15th aims to combat the disease one punch at a time. Carl spent the morning at one of 17 participating 9Round gyms in Wisconsin. About 9Round Fitness (website) 9Round is a specialized fitness center for people who want a unique, fun, and proven workout that guarantees results. 9Round offers a kickboxing themed fitness program that incorporates a functional, interval, […]

  • “A big deal for a lot of families:” Milwaukee firefighters donate coats to kids in need

    MILWAUKEE — A group of Milwaukee firefighters are helping children stay warm this winter. Students at Penfield Montessori Academy welcomed the group Tuesday, November 14th. “Well anytime you stick a firefighter, and then the mascot, in front of kids like that, I mean, it’s amazing,” said Jason Parry, VP of development and communications for Penfield Children’s Center. Members of the Milwaukee Fire Department – including the mascot, Sparky – were on hand to give out coats as part of the Warm […]

  • “4 generations strong:” Get your turkey from a family-owned, operated meat market

    MILWAUKEE — If you’re looking for that perfect bird this Thanksgiving, how about getting it from a family-owned market going on four generations of experience. And turkeys are only the beginning at Bunzel’s Meat Market. That’s where Carl spent the morning, checking out all they have to offer. About Bunzel’s Meat Market (website) Bunzel’s is a family-owned and operated old-fashioned Milwaukee meat market – four generations strong. Our goal is to deliver quality in everything we do — from our expansive array […]

  • “Trying to see the brain better:” Partnership between GE and the NFL results in powerful MRI machine

    WAUKESHA — As the saying goes, knowledge is power, and thanks to engineers at GE Healthcare, scientists are about to know more about the human brain than ever before. “That’s the work of hundreds of engineers that’s taken four, almost five years to develop. It’s all designed right here in Waukesha, Wisconsin,” said Bryan Mock, GM of GE Healthcare’s Magnetic Resonance Facility in Waukesha. In 2013, GE and the NFL teamed up to create the $60 million Head Health Initiative, trying […]

  • “Wisconsin dairy products:” Grate Modern Mac and Cheese puts a twist on the ultimate comfort food

    MENOMONEE FALLS  — Here in America’s dairyland, we know a thing or two about cheese. One local restaurant is putting a modern twist on a classic, and it may make the perfect side for you Thanksgiving feast. About Grate Modern Mac and Cheese (website) Using only the best in Wisconsin dairy products, we’re putting our own twist on the ultimate comfort food, macaroni and cheese – a first for Milwaukee. Featuring an open, casual atmosphere, it’s a place where the whole family […]

  • “The main driver of this project:” Army vet on the front lines of cancer research

    MILWAUKEE — Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11th, in honor of all who have served in the U.S. Military. FOX6 sat down with a Milwaukee vet who is marching down a new path in the medical field, and doing remarkable work in the battle against cancer. A research lab at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center is a long way from any battlefield. And yet, in a way, Janae Lampkins is still on the front lines. “It really is amazing,” Lampkins said. […]

  • “Fun and endless discovery:” Trainfest is “America’s largest operating model railroad show”

    MILWAUKEE — This weekend you can get your ticket and climb aboard the largest model railroad show in the country. Trainfest returns to State Fair Park – and that’s where Carl spent the morning getting a preview. About Trainfest 2017 (website) Join 18,000 families and model train hobbyists for enormous fun and endless discovery at Trainfest, America’s largest operating model railroad show. Spend hours entertained by 70 intricately-detailed running railroads. Kids’ highlights include the Betty Brinn Let’s Play Railway, train […]

  • “It’s a tremendous ‘wow’ moment:” MPS students get tested and fitted for free glasses

    MILWAUKEE — For a group of students at Milwaukee’s Albert E. Kagel Elementary School, Thursday, November 9th was the day their world came into focus. “I never had glasses,” said Joshua, a K-5 student. “I saw better when I had the lenses on,” said Xiomara, a fourth grader. Clear Days Ahead is a partnership between Wisconsin Vision, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association and Milwaukee Public Schools. The program provides free screenings and glasses for kids at two different […]

  • This Saturday, a fun shop in Pewaukee will help celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day

    MILWAUKEE — This Saturday, there’s a great way to start your holiday shopping and buy local at the same time. Carl helps us get ready for Neighborhood Toy Store Day at Silly Willyz. About Silly Willyz (website) Silly Willyz toy store is located in Pewaukee WI, right across from the beach in the Old Main St. Shops.  We are thrilled to be part of the Lake Country area!  We offer the perfect mix of educational toys, novelty items, puzzles, games, books, […]