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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
  • All Aboard! A Christmas classic comes to life at The Pfister Hotel

    MILWAUKEE — It’s a magical time of year at the Pfister Hotel, which is all decked out for the holidays. And this Sunday, they’re hosting a brand new event, highlighting a Christmas classic. Unfortunately, this event is currently SOLD OUT. About The Polar Express (website) All Aboard! Join our Pfister Narrator, Nicole Mattke, as this holiday favorite comes to life in the Imperial Ballroom. Bring the kids in their pajamas and make memories during an unforgettable afternoon filled with the […]

  • “Win or lose we’re big fans:” Brewers Clubhouse sale draws hundreds of holiday shoppers

    MILWAUKEE — From shirts and hats to ugly sweaters, ‘tis the season for deals at Miller Park. “We found some t-shirts, some key chains,” said Fran Galewski of Pewaukee. “There’s a lot of jewelry.” The Brewers’ 37th annual Clubhouse Sale is in full swing. And with most items 80% off, customers felt like they were the ones getting a steal. “You really can’t ask for a better deal,” Ashley Schultz said. “For authentic Brewer merchandise.” “I thought I was done with my […]

  • This Sunday is your chance to hit the dance floor with the backing of a big band orchestra

    MILWAUKEE — The sound of a classic big band is the type of music that just makes you want to get up and dance. Carl spent the morning getting into the swing of things at Turner Hall Ballroom. About Big Band Grandstand (website) On Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m., WMSE returns to the Turner Hall Ballroom to present the fourth annual Big Band Grandstand with Dewey Gill, sponsored by Bob and Jenny Hillis in honor of Bob and Genie Friedman. This gala and […]

  • “Biggest challenge:” Moms of children with special needs advocate for adjustable-height changing tables

    MILWAUKEE — Soccer through the eyes and ears of Matthew Knowles is indeed a beautiful game. “There’s always something to watch and people going past, and he gets pretty excited,” said his mother, Sarah Knowles. Matthew and his family are regulars at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, where they cheer on the Milwaukee Wave. “I like the fact that we can go there, and we’re just a family going to a Wave game,” said Knowles. Matthew was born with a chromosomal abnormality — […]

  • Free admission: Visits with Santa Claus and Gnorman the Gnome, but where?

    MILWAUKEE — Santa Claus is a popular guy this time of year, but how familiar are you with Gnorman the Gnome. Both guys will make an appearance this Sunday at the Boerner Botanical Gardens. Carl spent the morning previewing the Holiday Gift Fair. About Holiday Gift Fair (website) Free event admission Visits with Santa Claus and Gnorman the Gnome Unique, high quality gifts for sale from area artists and businesses Musical entertainment Children’s crafts from FBBG Special holiday brunch available from Zilli […]

  • Enjoy the holidays and check out elaborate light displays in Lake Geneva

    MILWAUKEE — With Thanksgiving behind us — it’s full steam ahead into the Christmas season. Carl is exploring the many different events and activities you can check out in Lake Geneva, or in this case, on the lake. About Lake Geneva (website) Lake Geneva offers the perfect activities for visitors of any age! Whether you seek adventure, the arts, or want to connect with nature, the list of things to do in Lake Geneva are endless! On the land, visit adventure parks, festivals, fairs, […]

  • The Duluth Trading Company is opening a new store, get a sneak peek

    Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Duluth Trading Company is about open a new store in Waukesha. And they’re celebrating in a unique way. Carl is chopping it up with some lumberjacks. The story of the store (website) From shipping grain and tanning leather to brewing some of America’s best-known beers, the Milwaukee area has never been short on hard, rewarding work – or folks willing to do it. Which explains why so many folks around the city […]

  • FOX6, Salvation Army needs your help with ‘Coats for Kids’ campaign: “They walk out with smiles on” 🧥

    MILWAUKEE — As any football purist will tell you, defense wins championships, and when the opponent is cold weather, a kid’s best defense is a good coat. “Some of the kids have never had that before. Never actually had a nice, protective coat,” said Major Steven Merritt, divisional commander with the Salvation Army. 2017 marks the 33rd year of the Salvation Army and FOX6’s Coats for Kids campaign. Once again, we’re asking for donations of new or gently used coats  of all […]

  • Donate your gently used coats to FOX6’s annual Coats for Kids drive

    MILWAUKEE — With the weather getting colder, it’s a reminder that our annual FOX6 Coats for Kids drive is in full swing. You have until December 9th to donate new or gently used coats. About Coats for Kids (website)  Campaign Starts: Monday, Nov. 13 Campaign Ends: Saturday, Dec. 9 One in four Milwaukee Children are living in poverty. During cold weather months, many children arrive at school without a warm coat. The Salvation Army Coats for Kids program provides an […]

  • “Kind of a special thing:” Thousands line up to get Lakefront Brewery’s Black Friday beer

    MILWAUKEE — It’s a Black Friday tradition that’s pure Milwaukee. “Black Friday lines go everywhere, but not like this,” said a happy patron at Lakefront Brewery. “There’s not people lined up drinking beer at 3 a.m. and having a good time.” For the sixth year in a row, Lakefront Brewery hosted its Black Friday beer release. As the long lines of hundred of people waiting outside show, the event continues to grow in popularity. “It’s a really unique day,” said Paul […]

  • Black Friday done the Milwaukee way: People stood in line for Lakefront Brewery’s Black Friday beer

    MILWAUKEE — It’s a perfect way to celebrate Black Friday in Milwaukee — with beer! Lakefront Brewery is hosting its annual Black Friday beer release. And FOX6’s Carl Deffenbaugh has been there all morning as the line continues to grow! About the Black Friday brews (website) Bourboun Barrel-aged Black Friday Black Friday™ doesn’t just happen in one day: work on this rarity starts in January. The second dark-roasted malt hits the water in our mash tun, prep for Black Friday™ begins. After fermenting […]

  • “Good deal:” From TVs to groceries, shoppers took advantage of Thanksgiving Day savings at Meijer

    WAUKESHA — The deals started before dawn on Thanksgiving Day at Meijer in Waukesha. “Surprised at how many cars were out here this early,” said Penny Kennicott, shopper. Well before the turkey went into the oven, plenty of customers took advantage of the Thanksgiving Day savings. “It’s for my son, who is at home sleeping right now,” said Joe Ebel of the 48″ TV he purchased. “I normally don’t get up early, but to save 200 bucks on a TV, I […]