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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
  • ‘We’ve made it for you:’ Officials can’t wait to open doors at WI’s 1st IKEA in Oak Creek May 16

    OAK CREEK — After months of anticipation, the grand opening celebration for the new IKEA store in Oak Creek is only one week away. The store opens Wednesday, May 16. “We’ve hired over 300 people locally and they are busting at the seams to let people in, so we’re really looking forward to opening day,” said Samantha Gravina, store manager. IKEA Oak Creek is the Swedish home furnishing company’s first Wisconsin location, and 48th in the U.S. After breaking ground last […]

  • Wisconsin’s 1st IKEA store opens on May 16 — take a look inside

    OAK CREEK — IKEA Oak Creek, Wisconsin’s first IKEA store, is set to open on May 16 — and on Wednesday, May 9 Carl got a unique sneak peek. IKEA Oak Creek will be the Swedish company’s first store in Wisconsin — and the 48th in the United States. Previously, customers had to travel to the Bolingbrook or Schaumburg stores in Illinois, or to the Bloomington store in Minnesota.

  • Racine students celebrate uniqueness, wrap up ‘Wonders’ program: ‘Everybody is different in some way’

    RACINE — Months and months of learning and emotional growth culminated in a celebration for Racine area students on Tuesday, May 8. “Ever since we did the ‘Wonder’ essay, we’re all starting to become kinder, more together and starting to become more compassionate with empathy,” said Amelia Flones, St. John’s Lutheran eighth-grader. It was the grand finale for “Racine Wonders,” a partnership between SC Johnson, Racine schools and the nonprofit myFace to promote literacy and empathy. “We need to accept our […]

  • City-wide game: Imagine an escape room, combined with the hit show The Amazing Race

    RACINE — Almost $2,000 in cash prizes will be on the line at a city-wide event in Racine in a couple of week.s All you have to do is assemble your team and solve the puzzles. Carl is tackling a taste of “Escape Racine.” About Escape Racine (website) WHAT IS AN ESCAPE ROOM? Escape rooms are a type of live adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve […]

  • Joseph Project: Job training program offers hope despite person’s faults or failures

    MILWAUKEE — U.S. Senator Ron Johnson went back to his manufacturing roots on Monday, May 7. “The number one attribute I was always looking [for] in people who applied for work was, ‘does this person have a good attitude?'” Johnson said. Johnson spoke to the 49th and 50th classes to go through the Joseph Project, a job training program that he’s endorsed since it started in 2015 at Greater Praise Church of God in Christ in Milwaukee. “If they’ve got a great attitude, […]

  • Delicately Delicious ‘is a cake cupcake and dessert bakery located in Cedarburg’

    CEDARBURG —  Mother’s Day is coming up Sunday, and there’s still time to treat that special mom in your life. Carl spent the morning at Delicately Delicious in Cedarburg. About Delicately Delicious (website) Delicately Delicious is a cake cupcake and dessert bakery located in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.  We offer a wide variety of cake and cupcake flavors and fillings as well as individual desserts for all occassions!  We have a retail store selling cupcakes, cakes to go, cookies, bars, and other treats and […]

  • ‘The best day of the year:’ Milwaukee’s Big Boat Day signals the return of spring

    MILWAUKEE — It’s a nautical rite of spring on Lake Michigan. Milwaukee’s Big Boat Day took place on Friday, April 27. “Today is the best day of the year,” said sailboat owner Paul Baldino. “It’s Big Boat Day.”  “I mean, just the idea of watching your boat hit the water,” added Sean Campbell. “There’s nothing like it.” Big Boat Day is an annual event at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, when a 20-ton crane is brought in get the largest vessels […]

  • 20-ton crane helps get more than 20 large sailboats back in the water

    MILWAUKEE — A 20-ton crane will help get more than 20 large sailboats back in the water on Friday, April 27. It’s all part of Big Boat Day at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center. Carl is getting a glimpse at the action. About the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center (website) The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center is a private, not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 agency located just north of downtown in the heart of Veterans Park at McKinley Marina. MCSC provides educational and recreational […]

  • get bEHIND the aRTS Studio Tour offers three days filled with art

    RACINE — Get Behind the Arts is an annual event highlighting the work of talented artists in Racine and Kenosha. The studio tour takes place this weekend, and Carl is showing off some of the things you’ll get to see. About get bEHIND the aRTS Studio Tour (website) The last full weekend in April, the get bEHIND the aRTS Studio Tour offers three days filled with art––inviting guests to explore an entire weekend of creativity in Southeastern Wisconsin. Now in its eighth year, the […]

  • Bucks return home for Game 6 of NBA playoffs

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks return home Thursday night, April 26 for Game 6 of the NBA playoffs. It’s a must win game if they want ot keep their post season push alive. Carl spent the morning at the BMO Harris Bradley Center with the team president and entertainers.

  • 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 […]