Complete coverage of Summerfest 2017, the festival’s 50th edition
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Hello, my name is Jonathon Gregg, a multi-media journalist for WITI-TV. I am very excited to join the FOX6 news team and have the opportunity to explore Southeast, Wisconsin. However, my TV reporting career did not begin in the Badger State.

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I am an Iowan by trade, growing up near the Quad Cities along the rolling Mississippi River Valley. My boyhood summers were spent on the ball diamonds of small towns and in the towering cornfields, Iowa is known for. High school was filled with football, wrestling, theatre and band. From Northeast Community Schools I sojourned to Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. At Wartburg I began working in television news, graduating with degrees in Communication Arts and Theatre. My time in Iowa continue with years spent in Cedar Rapids and Oskaloosa.

In 2012 I heroically crossed the Mississippi on my way to Green Bay. I do believe the experience helped prepare me for my next step, Milwaukee! I have arrived with ambition and the hope to do well by WITI’s viewers. If you have a story idea, I’d love to hear it,


Recent Articles
  • Summerfest’s 50th celebrates much more than music; “Hard-core people watching”

    MILWAUKEE — Summerfest’s 50th edition is celebrating much more than music — and Aaron Nikodem is in the middle of it all. “It’s kind of a lot of work getting ready for it. But once you’re ready, you get into the groove. The music starts, it puts you in the right mindset,” Nikodem said. Nikodem has been working at Summerfest since 1993 — that’s 24 years or about the time “Ultimate Confections” of Wauwatosa started renting a table. So when […]

  • ‘No parking’ hoods pepper the streets of Milwaukee ahead of Summerfest

    MILWAUKEE — The 50th edition of Summerfest kicks off on Wednesday, June 28th. But before you can party, you have to park — and construction in and around downtown Milwaukee will definitely impact your experience. It may look worse that what it really is. But ‘no parking’ hoods pepper the streets of the downtown area ahead of the start to the Big Gig. “We have taken into account the different festivals,” said Jeff Polenske, city engineer. The work on projects […]

  • Driving, ride-sharing, bicycling and more: There are many options that’ll get you to Summerfest

    MILWAUKEE — Summerfest’s 50th edition begins Wednesday, June 28th, and organizers say there are a lot of easy ways to get there — and each is easy enough to navigate, as long as you plan ahead. The Summerfest lineup changes every year, and sometimes, how you get there changes a little too. “South Gate, Mid Gate is where our new plaza is, and North Gate you’ll see just off of Discovery World and the Art Museum,” Sarah Smith Pancheri, VP […]

  • “Owe (my sister) everything:” Fundraiser held after MKE musician released from Abu Dhabi prison

    MILWAUKEE — He was trapped in an Abu Dhabi prison for weeks. He arrived home in Milwaukee on Friday, June 23rd, and said he owes it all to his big sister. Loved ones and strangers gathered Sunday to raise money to pay his legal fees. Gonzales, 37, was locked up for not having the proper paperwork for a prescription medication. With his freedom comes a lot of expenses. Nomad World Pub on Brady Street played host Sunday to a fundraiser […]

  • Both wanted men now in custody after woman abducted from Milwaukee, raped in Kenosha Co.

    LOUISVILLE — 28-year-old Jose Arevalo-Viera — one of two suspects wanted in connection with the June 16th abduction from Milwaukee, and subsequent sexual assault in Kenosha County — appeared in a Kentucky courtroom on Thursday morning, June 22nd. This, as FOX6 News learned the second suspect wanted in this case has been arrested. Arevalo-Viera waived extradition to Milwaukee — and cash bond was increased to $500,000. The court then set his next court date for July 3rd — if he has not […]

  • “Teamwork mentality:” Brewers help Milwaukee kids build their very first bikes

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers players arrived extra early to Miller Park on Wednesday, June 21st, to help 100 Milwaukee children build their very first bike! It’s all part of an event organized by Impact 4 Good, a company that helps connect corporations to the community. Before the Brewers took the field, they spent their morning with kids — building bikes. “We’re moving pretty fast, but trying to take our time though,” said Milwaukee Brewers’ Lewis Brinson. “Today’s event shows how […]

  • Construction project to improve South Shore Park will impact summer events

    MILWAUKEE — South Shore Park’s latest project will impact one of the oldest boat races. The county is rebuilding a parking lot at the park in an effort to reduce bacteria levels on the beach, but the construction zone is also limiting where people can park. The Milwaukee County Parks Department is nearing the end of the $3 million project. “We are on the second floor of the upper deck and the South Shore Yacht Club,” said Jerry Kedziora, South […]

  • “Very Wisconsin:” Giant, steel clover crafted by Milwaukee Blacksmith centerpiece of U.S. Open

    ERIN — Attending the U.S. Open at Erin Hills is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. This is the first time the tournament has ever come to Wisconsin. There’s one spot in particular that’s probably the most photogenic for fans at Erin Hills Golf Course. It’s the centerpiece of “Fan Central” at Erin Hills Golf Course — a 2,500 pound steel clover, created by Milwaukee Blacksmith. “Very cool! Very Wisconsin,” a fan said. On Saturday, June 17th, the clover was once […]

  • “All kinds of autographs:” Golf fans excited to get up-close-personal with the pros at the U.S. Open

    ERIN — On one side of the ropes, the world’s best golfers are learning the finer points of Erin Hills. On the other side, fans are hoping to get the autograph of their favorite player. From the top of the golf course the views are great but the ground level is where all the action is and the autographs. “Great day, getting all kinds of autographs,” said Kylah Eckes, Hayward, Wisconsin. Kylah Eckes is keeping her eyes peeled for the […]

  • On Day 1 of U.S. Open, visitors impressed with Erin Hills: “Course looks just beautiful”

    ERIN — It’s here! The 117th U.S. Open got underway Monday, June 12th at Erin Hills Golf Course, marking the very first time Wisconsin has hosted this tournament. More than 35,000 fans are expected to attend the U.S. Open and watch golfers from around the world. Because this is the first time Wisconsin has hosted the U.S. Open, Monday marked the first time some have experienced Erin Hills Golf Course. FOX6 News spoke with some who said they were so […]

  • ⛳Get your golf swag! U.S. Open merchandise tent opens for business

    ERIN — The merchandise tent at the U.S. Open is open for business! It offers the public’s first look inside Erin Hills since the course closed for preparations last fall. The merchandise tent is open to the general public without a ticket, but only for a limited time! Before FOX6 News could even make it in the door, people couldn’t help but show off their new golf swag on Thursday, June 8th. Mary Spaeth and her West Bend friends made […]

  • Law enforcement: Security will be tight in and around Erin Hills Golf Course during U.S. Open

    ERIN — Security will be tight at the U.S. Open. Thursday, June 8th is the first day Erin Hills opens to the general public. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have been planning for years to keep fans safe. “There are a number of pieces to this,” said Washington County Sheriff Dale Schmidt said. Fans will be driving into Erin Hills beginning Thursday, when the merchandise tent opens to the public. “I call it security, but really it’s the […]