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I’m proud and grateful to be a member of the FOX6 News team. I arrived in January 2011 and spent my first weeks at FOX6 covering the union protests in Madison. I guess you could say I hit the ground running!

I spent my first five years at FOX6 as a general assignment reporter. I had the responsibility of covering breaking news events that included the Sikh Temple shooting and the shooting at the Azana Salon and Spa.

For two years at FOX6, I worked with the U.S. Marshals on a weekly ‘Wisconsin’s Most Wanted’ segment, which assisted in the arrests of dozens of fugitives.

I am honored to currently be FOX6’s Contact 6 consumer reporter. My job is to help you save money! If you have a problem with a company or organization and can’t get a resolution, turn to us! Contact 6 has been going to bat for the little guy since 1972.

To file a complaint with Contact 6, click the CONTACT 6 tab. You’ll find the CONSUMER COMPLAINT? button on the right side of the page.

Some of my favorite stories prior to Contact 6 are the in-depth reports I generated with Milwaukee’s medical community. One of those reports received an Emmy Award and others received Emmy Award nominations.

I came to Milwaukee from Green Bay, where I reported for WFRV from 2008 to 2011. There, I reported on record flooding, a decades old murder investigation, and, of course, the Green Bay Packers! Prior to that, I spent one year at WKBT in La Crosse.

I became interested in TV news while a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After internships at WCCO in Minneapolis and NBC-15 in Madison, I landed a full-time on-air internship at WISC, where I worked throughout my senior year.

I grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota and graduated from Eastview High School. Growing up, I wanted to become a writer, but found I lack the patience to sit down and write a book. The fast-paced business of TV journalism is much better fit for my personality!

In my free time, I like to run outside on southeast Wisconsin’s beautiful trails, read, and spend as much time as possible with my husband and daughter.

If you see me out on a story, please come over and say hello!

Recent Articles
  • Wisconsin’s top consumer complaints in 2017

    The Wisconsin Department of Consumer Protection just released their top ten consumer complaints list Thursday morning, February 1st. Michelle Reinen with the Wisconsin Department of Consumer Protection sat down with Contact 6’s Jenna Sachs with a look at the biggest complaints of 2017. Here’s a look at the list: Telemarketing Landlord/Tenant Telecommunications Identity Theft Home Improvement

  • ‘There is a duty to protect people from fraud:’ Scam victims who used Western Union eligible for refunds

    SHEBOYGAN — The faceless thieves behind today’s scams —  online and on the phone —  often never face any consequences. Now, the middleman is being held responsible. It means hundreds of people in Wisconsin could be getting their money back. Among those is Barbara Bushek-Greve of Sheboygan. Her troubles began two years ago when she wanted to add two birds to her family. Bushek-Greve tried to buy two South American Sun Conures from a man online. “He had pictures of these […]

  • Best TV settings for the big game

    Whether you’re buying a new TV for the big game or planning to watch the Olympics on your current set, you want the best picture possible. Consumer Reports offers some expert tips and tricks to help you get there. With some major sporting events like the Super Bowl and the Olympics right around the corner, you’ll want to get your TV in picture-perfect shape. And, believe it or not, Consumer Reports says that means avoiding the  “sports mode” setting. It […]

  • ‘I was like, really?’ People wising up to IRS scam calls

    MILWAUKEE — Scam phone calls are annoying and, right now, a lot of them are impersonating the IRS. The scam isn’t original but it’s working. Since the IRS began tracking this scam, nearly 150 Wisconsinites have lost about $650,000. In January, these scam calls can be unrelenting and they don’t vary much. “She was pretty much saying that I was in violation of my taxes,” Nicole Grzeskiewicz who received one of the calls. “I could be arrested, cops could be at my […]

  • The truth about sugar in fruit

    Trying to eat healthier this new year by adding fruits and vegetables, but not sure if the sugar in fruit helps or hurts your diet? Consumer Reports explains the truth behind sugar in fruit and how it affects your health and your weight. The sugars in a piece of fruit and a candy bar are essentially the same. But your body processes the sugars in fruit differently—partly because of the fiber in fruit. It helps slow the release of sugars […]

  • Consumer Reports: Spicy not salty

    90% of Americans consume way more than the recommended maximum of 2,300 milligrams of salt per day. If that includes you, cutting down on your salt intake is an important change to make in this new year. As the Health Team at Consumer Reports tells us, one recent study found eating spicy foods could make that change easier. Turns out spicy foods may not only add some oomph to your meals, but may be giving your health a boost too. A […]

  • ‘You can’t see it, smell it, taste it,’ but it can cause cancer: How to protect your family from radon

    WAUKESHA COUNTY — The leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers isn’t second-hand smoke — it is radon. The invisible gas is common in homes throughout our area, but many people are completely unaware. “You can’t see it. You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it,” explained Steve Todd, hazardous waste coordinator for Waukesha County. Lurking in the soil beneath many Wisconsin homes is radon — a radioactive, naturally occurring gas. “North and Western Waukesha County has some of the very […]

  • Dirty devices: How to keep your cellphone clean during flu season

    MILWAUKEE — Cases of the flu are spiking across the country. This hopefully means you’re washing your hands more often — but there’s something else you should probably be cleaning, too. “There’s a lot that’s going around right now,” said Joe Hafermann, area sales manager with U.S. Cellular. With the flu season nearing its peak, you want to protect yourself from harmful germs. But the reality is, the item most often in our hands can be downright filthy. “The average […]

  • “I’m just standing there crying:” Families turned away from hotels for living too close

    MILWAUKEE — They booked reservations at local hotels. When they arrived, they were turned away. The reason is where they live. Mary Schwabe of Racine was planning a staycation for her family. “We decided to take our grandkids during the Christmas holiday to a hotel,” Schwabe recalled. “I found this Comfort Suites, which had a splash pad, which for a one, three and four-year-old, that is like, perfect.” Less than a week after booking, she got a call from the […]

  • Update: Romaine lettuce safety

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are seven new E. coli cases in the U.S. in an ongoing outbreak. Across Canada and 15 U.S. states, dozens have been infected and two people have died. Canada pointed to romaine lettuce as the source of its outbreak. The CDC says the likely source of the U.S. outbreak appears to be leafy greens but it is not recommending Americans avoid any particular food at this time. Consumer Reports still warns against […]

  • Testing the best frozen pizza

    Your family might have a favorite frozen pizza that you eat as-is or even add some toppings to. But maybe there’s a pizza in the store that’s even healthier and tastier than your go-to. Consumer Reports food experts evaluated 26 different frozen pizzas for taste, nutrition and price. “We consider the nutrition profile and also evaluate for taste. Ideally, a store-bought frozen pizza should taste like it was just put together with fresh ingredients. And it’s a high bar but […]

  • Close before you doze: The reason closing your bedroom door can help in a fire

    MILWAUKEE — When the fire alarm sounds, split-second decisions can save lives. Fires spread faster in today’s homes due to all of the synthetic materials and open floor plans. However, there is an easy step you can take every night to get ahead of a fire — closing the bedroom door. “It is a considerable difference. It buys you time,” explained Steve Woynerowski of Underwriters Laboratories. Underwriters Laboratories in Illinois built a home to light it on fire. The researchers left […]