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Evan Peterson is a general assignment multi-media journalist working the dayside shift during the week and the morning shift on the weekends. He was born in Dallas, Texas, and spent the first few years of his life there before relocating to Chicago for a little while and then ultimately settling in Elmhurst, IL.

Evan graduated from York Community High School and later Marquette University where he studied digital media and political science.

Before coming to WITI he worked as a morning reporter at WICS in Springfield, IL. During his time there he covered a lot: the state’s budget crisis, flooding of central Illinois, President Barrack Obama’s visit, the 2016 presidential race, and profiled the FBI’s central Illinois cyber security squad.

When he’s not in the newsroom you can find him exploring Milwaukee, hiking, and volunteering.

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Recent Articles
  • “Giving a baby a chance:” Milwaukee tries to educate parents how to prevent infant, child deaths

    MILWAUKEE — The City of Milwaukee is working to educate parents on how to prevent the deaths of infants and children. This comes in the wake of the deaths of two infants, allegedly as a result of unsafe sleeping practices. Milwaukee city leaders, health officials and community advocates came together on Tuesday, June 27th to discuss a challenging topic — infant mortality rates. Tonda Thompson lost her child due to labor complications back in 2013. “As a mom, you always […]

  • “You train a whole year:” Wounded warriors compete in Paratriathlon National Championships

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Eighteen service members from the “Semper Fi Fund’s Team Semper Fi Program” on Sunday, June 25th competed in the 2017 USA Paratriathlon National Championships at Prairie Springs Park in Pleasant Prairie — in conjunction with the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon. It was an effort to help them recover through sport. A triathlon is a daunting challenge in its own right. Athletes must swim 750 meters, bike 20 kilometers and run five kilometers. If that doesn’t sound intimidating, imagine […]

  • “Recovery through sport:” Disabled service members take part in paratriathlon in Pleasant Prairie

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Eighteen service members from the “Semper Fi Fund’s Team Semper Fi Program” on Sunday, June 25th competed in the 2017 USA Paratriathlon National Championships at Prairie Springs Park in Pleasant Prairie — in conjunction with the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon. It was an effort to help them recover through sport. Athletes competed in a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and five-kilometer run. According to organizers, the paratriathlon “is currently the fastest-growing disabled sport and offers unique benefits to recovering […]

  • “Know where their kids are:” We Got This ‘MPD’ event encourages parent-child interaction

    MILWAUKEE — A popular community garden in Milwaukee changed things up for its volunteers on Saturday, June 24th. If they wanted to get paid for their work, they had to bring a parent. It’s an urban setting with a rural feel. “In this garden you can always expect big things to come out of this garden,” said Nathaniel Collins, volunteer. On the corner of 9th and Ring Streets in Milwaukee, sits the “We Got This” garden. Nathaniel and his brother, […]

  • “It’s unfortunate:” 24-year-old man dies after explosion, fire in maintenance shed

    GREENFIELD — A 24-year-old Greenfield man died after an explosion and fire in a maintenance shed at an apartment complex on Thursday morning, June 22nd. Officials identified the victim Friday, June 23rd as 24-year-old Andrew Knutson. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at the Willowick Apartments just before 10:00 a.m. When they arrived on the scene, they found the maintenance shed fully engulfed in flames — and Knutson lying outside the shed with extensive burns. Knutson was removed from the scene […]

  • “It’s just awesome:” Port Washington celebrates completed Breakwater Gateway Project

    PORT WASHINGTON — Residents in Port Washington are getting a new look at Lake Michigan thanks to a brand new North Breakwater Gateway Project that just finished construction Friday, June 23rd. Many people have been waiting years to explore this area of Port Washington, but for one family they’ve been waiting a lifetime. Moments after the ribbon cutting at the north breakwater gateway grand reopening, dozens of people swarmed the pathway. “We have six miles of publicly accessible waterfront here […]

  • “Rough weekend:” 6 people shot, 1 fatally, in less than 24 hours in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are investigating six separate shooting incidents in less than 24 hours during the Father’s Day holiday weekend — taking place between 11:00 a.m. Sunday, June 18th and 3:30 a.m. Monday, June 19th. One person died and five others were injured as a result of the shootings. The first shooting incident happened Sunday, June 18th around 11:00 a.m. It happened in the area of 19th and Congo. When officers arrived on scene, they found a 23-year-old man  suffering […]

  • “He’s the king:” Milwaukee Co. Parks offer plenty of ways to have fun with dad on Father’s Day

    MILWAUKEE — On Father’s Day in Milwaukee, dads were invited to come out to Milwaukee County parks to kick back and celebrate. Sunday was a day to honor the fathers and father-figures in our lives. “Have fun, appreciate dad. He’s the king today,” Shirley Walczak said at Boerner Botanical Gardens. At Boerner Botanical Gardens, the Midwest Military Vehicle Association brought out old military cars for families to explore. “They can come around, talk to the people who’ve restored these vehicles, […]

  • “We both love the game:” Fathers, sons enjoy golf together during U.S. Open at Erin Hills

    ERIN — Father’s Day marks what could be the final day of the 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills, and from the merchandise tent to the actual tournament itself, some worked to make it a weekend devoted to dad. Zachary Perschke took his father to the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. “We both love the game and we love to do it together, so we thought it would be a great experience together,” Perschke said. It was an opportunity to […]

  • Friend of suspect shot by Kenosha police: “He would’ve stopped if the police turned on his siren”

    KENOSHA — The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Sunday, June 11th near 50th Street and 38th Avenue, and we’re hearing from a man who was with the suspect at the time. It happened around 6:30 p.m. Police said officers responded to the area for a report of a man making threats with a firearm. As officers arrived, a suspect fled on foot — with one officer in pursuit. During the foot pursuit, the officer […]

  • “Tickets are still available:” U.S. Open practice rounds begin Monday at Erin Hills

    ERIN — Sunday, June 11th was the final day members of the public were allowed to walk the grounds of the Erin Hills Golf Course ahead of the 117th U.S. Open. Practice rounds begin Monday, June 12th. “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. Sunday was the final day people were able […]

  • June 11th the last day for fans to check out merchandise tent at U.S. Open without ticket

    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 […]