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Derica Williams is a New York native raised in New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a B.A. in Communication Studies. After college, Derica returned home and started her career in television broadcasting at WNYW-TV, the FOX 5 station in New York, where she was an Associate Field Producer.

A few years later Derica began reporting at WALA FOX 10 in Mobile/Pensacola. While there she covered a wide range of stories involving everything from hurricanes, to murder trials, to the Gulf Oil spill. In addition to her reporting duties Derica hosted a segment on the station's 'Studio 10' morning show that focused on Consumer News. She occasionally anchored the morning, evening and weekend newscasts as well.

Derica most recently joined the FOX6 team in June 2012. She is a family-oriented individual who, in her leisure time, enjoys playing and watching sports, going to the beach and writing poetry. She likes to travel and enjoys exploring new restaurants and different cuisine.
Derica is excited about being in Milwaukee. She is embracing the city and is looking forward to all it has to offer. Derica really has a passion for news and loves meeting new people every day.

Recent Articles
  • Thanksgiving1

    “You got to give back:” Hundreds served at Thanksgiving giveaway

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Thanksgiving is a time for food, fun and family. To help ensure everyone has a fruitful holiday, Milwaukee Health Services is helping feed people who may otherwise go without food for the holiday. It was a gloomy Saturday morning, but the Thanksgiving giveaway at Martin Luther King Jr. Heritage Health Center surely brightened people’s spirits. “I can come down here get some food and have a nice Thanksgiving,” said Dorothy Blackshire, picking up a meal. Groups were […]

  • CIT training

    “This training has given us more tools:” Milwaukee Police members complete CIT class

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — All too often Milwaukee Police officers respond to volatile situations, dealing with them can be hard — but it’s even more challenging when they come across someone through a mental health crisis. Since 2006, Milwaukee officers have been going through the Crisis Intervention Team, or CIT training class. But ever since Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed by an officer recently, there has been heightened awareness in the community and even for some officers about this training. […]

  • Jenna Schumacher's 14-month-old boy

    “This is a sadistic act:” Sheriff Clarke, close friend speak out against mother accused of child abuse

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Tortured — allegedly by his own mother, a 14-month-old boy is in the hospital. Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputies say his mother abused him by forcing Q-tips into his ear. FOX6 News has learned this isn’t the first time the child has had ear trauma. Milwaukee County Sheriff’s detectives on Friday, November 14th responded to a call from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to investigate suspicious and unexplained injuries to a 14-month-old child who had been admitted to the hospital […]

  • furnace theft

    Police: Thieves target vacant homes; busted for stealing furnace

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Maybe it was the cold…or perhaps, the need for some cold, hard cash! Milwaukee police say they busted two suspects and are seeking a third — accused of trying to run away from the scene of a burglary while carrying a stolen furnace. It happened in the 3300 block of N. 4th Street just before noon on Friday, November 14th. It is a burglary that has police warning other homeowners. This burglary involved two vacant homes — […]

  • snow in racine

    “Too much snow too early!” First snowfall of the season drops three to four inches on Racine

    RACINE (WITI) — Winter has arrived in southeastern Wisconsin. We saw the first measurable snowfall on Saturday, November 15th into Sunday — to the delight of some and the dismay of others. With single-digit wind chills in the forecast for the early part of this week, it appears winter may be here to stay. On Sunday morning, November 16th, Racine residents woke up to snow-covered streets, and for some, it was time to get out the shovel. “Too much snow […]

  • housing resource fair

    Building a stronger Milwaukee: Housing Resource Fair is making dreams a reality

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — With the level of foreclosures in Milwaukee at an all-time high, several city leaders are stepping up trying to make a difference. With information at their fingertips, some city residents dreams are now tangible. “I’m really looking to own my own home one day,” said Cynthia Baker, fair attendee. Baker just may have her own home, thanks to the 4th annual Housing Resource Fair. The event provided key information on home financing, home repair, and foreclosure prevention. […]

  • “We’ve seen it all:” Man trying to repossess car, ends up getting shot

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A repo man was shot after things got heated during an altercation on the city’s south side. The car owner defends the suspect’s actions. She claims her son was defending himself on their property and believes the incident could have been avoided if the repo man answered one simple question. It was about 10 a.m. on Thursday morning, November 13th, when Kathy Cruz says she and her son were blindsided at her home on S. 5th Place. […]

  • Laylah Petersen

    “Somebody knows something:” Five days later, still no leads in shooting of Laylah Petersen

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It has been five days since five-year-old Laylah Petersen was gunned down while seated on her grandfather’s lap in a home near 58th and Fairmount — and police still don’t have anyone in custody. Milwaukee Alderman Willie Wade is taking action — knocking on doors in the hopes of getting information that could help police in this case. This, as a family spokesman urges anyone with information to come forward. Alderman Wade serves District 7, which includes […]

  • Laylah Petersen

    “Laylah is looking over them now:” Petersen’s classmates return to school with heavy hearts

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The search continues for the individual who shot and killed five-year-old Laylah Petersen as she sat on her grandfather’s lap inside a home near 58th and Fairmount last Thursday evening, November 6th. As police are seeking tips as to the suspect in this case, the little girl’s family members are asking for prayers. Laylah Petersen was a K-4 student at Northwest Catholic School. Laylah’s eight-year-old sister Destiny is in second grade at the school. Destiny’s school family […]

  • Governor Scott Walker

    Governor Scott Walker on possible 2016 presidential bid: “We’ll see what the future holds”

    MADISON (WITI) — Governor Scott Walker last Tuesday night, November 4th celebrated a General Election victory, and now, he’s gearing up for a second term. Meanwhile, some are talking about the possibility Governor Walker could become a presidential candidate in 2016. Last Tuesday, Governor Walker defeated Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke, and the win marks his third victory in four years. But could this victory lead Governor Walker to a bid for president in 2016? “I don’t position him […]

  • Ernie von Schledorn

    “He was a great guy:” Remembering beloved car salesman, Ernie von Schledorn

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — You may know his face — and you more likely know his dealership’s jingle. FOX6 News learned late Friday, November 7th that car salesman and business owner Ernie von Schledorn has died. He was 88 years old. Officials say von Schledorn passed away at his home. Ernie von Schledorn’s known for his saying, “Who do you know… wants to buy a car?” And of course, the jingle which indicates his main dealership is on Main St. in Menomonee […]

  • “She was the sweetest little girl:” Loved ones remember the life of Laylah Petersen

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Hearts are heavy all over Milwaukee today. Many are mourning the death of Laylah Petersen, many who never even knew her. But of course, the pain is no more severe than for her family. Flowers, teddy bears, balloons and pictures lay on the steps of the little girl’s home. What’s happened there is a nightmare no parent ever wants to experience, and loved ones are inconsolable. Through tears and sorrow, Robert Petersen finds the fortitude to share […]


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