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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
  • “Create fabulous memories:” Helium is much more than your ordinary trampoline park

    NEW BERLIN — The popular party destination Helium Trampoline & Indoor Adventure Park is now much more than a trampoline park. After a month of renovations, they’re reopening as an indoor adventure park with all sorts of new attractions. About  Helium Trampoline & Indoor Adventure Park (website) Voted Best of Milwaukee & One of the 50 Best Trampoline Parks in the World. Helium is much more than your ordinary trampoline park, we offer the best of trampoline park experience with a host of […]

  • Savory bites: It’s a sweet story of a local pasty chef making good in her home town

    MILWAUKEE — It’s a sweet story of a local pasty chef making good in her home town. Carl spent the morning checking out Miss Molly’s Cafe & Pasty. About Miss Molly’s Cafe & Pasty (website) Miss Molly’s began as the someday dream of a neighborhood girl. After years of honing her skills as a pastry chef and revising drafts of business plans this Wauwatosa native made her dream a reality. Miss Molly’s is a cozy cafe that serves seasonal, healthy and […]

  • “That’s what it’s all about:” Students set sail in boats built by hand during week-long summer camp

    MILWAUKEE — With a splash of water for an age-appropriate christening, a new fleet of ships set sail on the Menomonee River Tuesday, October 3rd. “We started with a pile of lumber and nails and glue,” Bill Nimke, president and founder of All Hands Boatworks, said to the assembled crowd. “And now look at what you’ve done.” The young captains, all middle or high school students, were products of Building2Learn’s week-long summer camp, held in late July in partnership with All […]

  • Nestled into a couple hundred acres of land in Franklin is a place that helps feed the hungry in Milwaukee

    FRANKLIN — Nestled into a couple hundred acres of land in Franklin is a place that helps feed the hungry in Milwaukee. Carl is checking out the Hunger Task Force Farm — and helping with their worthwhile work. About the Hunger Task Force Farm (website) Dig in with us at the Hunger Task Force Farm where we grow fresh fruits and vegetables to feed hungry people in our community. The Farm is located at 9000 S. 68th Street in Franklin […]

  • Official: Las Vegas attack represents a frightening shift for law enforcement

    PEWAUKEE — Shots rang out from above as music turned to mayhem on the streets of Las Vegas Sunday night, October 1st. At least 58 were killed, and more than 500 hurt. “This represents a major difference, in some of the mass shootings that we’ve seen over the last five years or so” said Brian Dorow, associate dean at Waukesha County Technical College. Dorow is a criminal justice and homeland security expert. He studies mass shootings and said this latest, deadly […]

  • “They can lead independent and fulfilling lives:” Self-defense classes offered to those who are blind

    MILWAUKEE — There was a time when Jim Turk didn’t need the cane or the glasses. “I have Type-1 diabetes,” Turk said. “I was actually fully-sighted until I was 28 years old.” Before the world around him faded into a dark and frightening place. “When I started losing my sight,” Turk, who now has prosthetic eyes, said. “I kind of started getting nervous and leery just about going outside.” But Turk chose to fight those fears by learning how to defend […]

  • Only two more weekends to soak in one of Milwaukee’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations

    MILWAUKEE — You only have two more weekends to soak in one of Milwaukee’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations. Carl spent the morning at the Bavarian Bierhaus, where the party is well underway. About Oktoberfest 2017 (website) Bavarian Bierhaus Famous Oktoberfest is BACK! September 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 & October 6-7 FRIDAYS: $25 per table of eight SATURDAYS: $35 per table of 8 GENERAL ADMISSION: $10 Those who have downloaded our mobile app receive free admission to Oktoberfest on Friday nights […]

  • “Trying to change lives:” Teacher turned hip-hop star gives student’s college advice by rapping

    MILWAUKEE — Amidst the cars, the girls and the money, it’s hard to find a hip-hop artist who raps about student loans. One man is changing lives in Milwaukee because he did just that, and his hit has gone viral. A presentation about financial planning and saving for college may not sound like the most scintillating experience, but things are a little different when David Augustine has the microphone. “I’m going to be honest,” said Destiny High School senior Calvin […]

  • Experience Guys and Dolls as you never have before, but where?

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Rep has started its new season with a Broadway classic — one of the greatest musical of all time. Carl is rolling the dice with the case of Guys and Dolls. About Guys and Dolls (website) Experience Guys and Dolls as you never have before, up close and personal in the intimate Quadracci Powerhouse. After sold-out productions of Ragtime and Dreamgirls, Mark Clements reunites with Olivier Award-winning choreographer Stephen Mear for a dazzling new production of Guys and Dolls. This celebrated musical comedy follows two small-time […]

  • Start your fall with a Friends of Wehr tradition, Cider Sunday fundraiser

    MILWAUKEE — Now that it finally feels like fall, there’s a great way to celebrate the season. Wehr Nature Center hosts it’s annual Cider Sunday event this weekend, and Carl is getting an early taste test for us. About Cider Sunday (website) Start your fall with a Friends of Wehr tradition, Cider Sunday fundraiser.  Held the first Sunday in October every year. Enjoy an afternoon filled with live music, great food, family activities, and fresh-made apple cider.  Take a guided walk along […]

  • “I don’t want to have any limitations:” Fit Body Forever designed for older adults

    WAUKESHA — The last week of September is Active Aging Week in the U.S. and other countries all around the world. A fitness boot camp for seniors in Waukesha is giving participants a new outlook on life. On the artificial turf inside Waukesha Fit Body Boot Camp, a workout group is seeing real results. “We didn’t have as much energy as we have now,” says Pam Runnells, who takes classes with her husband. “So when we work out in the […]

  • It’s not too late to sign your kids up for before or after school programs

    WAUKESHA COUNTY — Even with the school year in full swing, it’s not too late to sign your kids up for before or after school programs. FOX6’s Carl Defenbaugh spent the morning checking out some entertaining and enriching options at the YMCA of Greater Waukesha County. About YMCA (website) With a focus on safety, health, social growth, and academic enhancement, our Y BASE (Before & After School Engagement) programs allow children to explore and develop their interests and talents. The […]