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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
  • “Take a look at her name tag:” Yes, Erin Hills is a volunteer at… Erin Hills

    ERIN HILLS — A steady stream of fans visit the merchandise pavilion at Erin Hills, all in search of a piece of history from the very first U.S. Open here in Wisconsin. But in their hurry to find a shirt, a flag or a mug, they don’t realize what’s right in front of their eyes. While Erin Hills, the golf course, is on the national stage, Erin Hills,  the nurse practitioner from Fond du Lac, is enjoying her own moment in […]

  • The 117th U.S. Open Championship is underway at Erin Hills

    ERIN — The 117th U.S. Open Championship is being held in Wisconsin for the first time. Erin Hills Golf Course is the location — a unique location set in the Kettle Moraine. The U.S. Open runs from June 12th-June 18th. Much of the action will be broadcast live on FOX6. Also, watch for special coverage from FOX6 News throughout the week. Meanwhile, Erin Hills will be set up at 7,693 yards and will play to a par of 36-36-72. The yardage […]

  • “Ultimate test of golf:” Practice rounds for the 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills set to begin

    ERIN HILLS — The practice rounds of the 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills begins on Monday, June 12th — and the excitement is building. “This is the ultimate test of golf for the best players in the world. They are competing for this moment. It is a major championship,” Janeen Driscoll, director of public relations for the USGA said. The U.S. Open runs from June 12th-June 18th. Much of the action will be broadcast live on FOX6. “Tickets are […]

  • “This is flying:” Take flight aboard a 1920s-era biplane at EAA Aviation Museum

    OSHKOSH — At the end of July, the skies above Oshkosh will be full of action during the annual EAA AirVenture, but there are other ways to experience the joy of flight all summer long. A visit to Pioneer Airport is a trip back in time, to the early days of aviation. “That’s what flying is about. That’s the joy, that’s the excitement of it,” Dick Knapinski, EAA director of communications said. At the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, there’s […]

  • The summer of festivals gets started in Milwaukee this weekend with a milestone

    MILWAUKEE — The summer of festivals gets started in Milwaukee this weekend with a milestone. PrideFest is celebrating 30 years. Carl spent the morning at Henry Maier Festival Park to get a preview. About PrideFest (website) At PrideFest Milwaukee, your paid admission includes access to all shows on all stages (including headliners) at one ticket price! Say “Plus One” during your ticket purchase — online or at the gates — to add a charitable donation of $1 (or any amount) to support GSAFE, […]

  • The U.S. Open is almost here, and a local company is taking the lead in feeding fans

    ERIN HILLS — With 35,000 fans expected to attend each day of the U.S. Open, they’re going to need a lot of food. And a Milwaukee stable is helping feed the masses. Carl spent the morning a Troubadour Bakery. About Troubadour Bakery (website) Since 1993, we have been sourcing coffees from origin and roasting every batch by hand. By developing farmer and co-op partnerships, we can be involved in every step of creating a great coffee experience. We are proud […]

  • “You’re wasting your money:” Aldermen warn of dangers, penalties of using fireworks

    MILWAUKEE — Fireworks may be pretty to look at and fun to enjoy, but they’re also potentially damaging to your health and your wallet. Milwaukee aldermen on Wednesday, June 7th issued a warning ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. With the Fourth of July right around the corner, the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air will soon fill the night sky. “We want you to enjoy the Fourth of July. We want you to enjoy summer, so you […]

  • What is a BioBlitz? It’s a 24-hour event where scientists work together

    WAUKESHA COUNTY — This weekend in Waukesha County if your chance to become a naturalist or researcher. The Milwaukee Public Musuem’s third annual BioBlitz takes place at Waukesha County’s Fox River Park. That’s where Carl spent the morning. MPM’s third annual BioBlitz (website) What is a BioBlitz? It’s a 24-hour event where scientists work together to see how many species of plants and animals they can find in one area. On Friday, June 9th, some of Wisconsin’s best science minds from […]

  • “Positive impact:” Brewers’ Braun and Garza help build for Habitat for Humanity

    MILWAUKEE — A couple of Milwaukee Brewers players traded in their baseball caps for hard hats for a good cause on Tuesday, June 6th. The Brew Crew All-Stars picked up some hammers to help out Habitat for Humanity. “For Habitat, it’s kind of like our Opening Day. No tailgating on the build site, but lots of excitement. Lots of energy,” said Brian Sonderman, executive director of Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. What better way to kick it off than with the […]

  • Lawn bowling is a leisurely sport that takes some serious skill, but anyone can pick it up

    MILWAUKEE —  Lawn bowling is a leisurely sport that takes some serious skill. But anyone can pick it up with help from the Lake Park Bowling Association. Carl has the details. About Lake Park Lawn Bowling (website) We play the modern sport of Bowls. Our season runs from May through October. We are a private club and offer league and tournament play to our members. The public is always welcome to watch us play and may try out the game […]

  • “It’s going to be a vibrant area:” Construction underway on new Muskego middle school

    MUSKEGO — With bulldozers working in the background, the Muskego-Norway School District held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, June 5th for its new middle school. “It’s about 138,000 square feet, and will serve about 750 kids,” said Superintendent Kelly Thompson. “Eighteen months from now, it’s going to be a vibrant area with kids and families coming and going, and lots of activity going on,” said Rick Petfalski, school board president. It’s all part of a larger $43 million project that involves the […]

  • Downtown Dining Week: Sample the city’s top steakhouses, bistros and ethnic eateries

    MILWAUKEE — It’s that time of the year again — Milwaukee’s Downtown Dining Week kicks off today! Anthony Trester, head chef of The Brass Alley, and Erica Chang, events and marketing coordinator for Milwaukee Downtown, join FOX6 WakeUp with a taste of what’s on the menu. About Downtown Dining Week (website) Get a flavor for downtown Milwaukee by sampling the city’s top steakhouses, bistros and ethnic eateries. For eight days, you’ll enjoy three-course meals at $12.50 for lunch and $25 […]