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I was born, and raised, in Elgin, Illinois, where I graduated from Elgin High School.

I then attended Illinois Wesleyan University, before graduate school at Southern Illinois University. During my time in undergrad, I realized the power of television news, and determined this would be a good way to reach people, and help bring change for the better. I know, it's a vague ambition, but this is my goal in every situation.

I began my career in Madison, WI, as an anchor/reporter for WMTV NBC 15, and spent six years there. Madison is about as wonderful as billed, but the reason I moved to Milwaukee is even better ... I call her "My Jen," and she's my partner for life.

So, following her law school path to "The Mil," I began working at FOX6 in November 2005. I cannot put into words how much I have enjoyed working for the FOX6 Wake Up program, and meeting thousands along the way. But, new challenges await ... stay tuned.

Personally, I consider myself a pretty boring fella, and quite the family guy. I am happiest when My Jen and I are with my son, Jaedin, my little brother, my parents, and the rest of my wonderful family. It doesn't matter what we do, we're always just so happy to be together.

Over the years, I have developed a speaking program, which I have delivered to high school and middle school students, nationwide, in the hopes that my experiences and observations will help others. I also don't miss an opportunity to encourage folks to avoiding living superficial lives. In fact, I am guided by the idea that, whatever "it" is, "it's not about me." I try to apply this to every opportunity, in order to bring about the aforementioned "change for the better." I think it helps when I report, or anchor, to keep this in mind. The story, and being on television, is never about me. It's about helping to bring about the changes, and everyone benefiting from them.

My favorite quote: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift -- that's why they call it the 'present.'"

Thanks for reading.

God Bless You.


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    Armed robbery attempt on Milwaukee’s south side leads to robber being shot

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee police say a suspect, about to commit a crime, was shot and killed by one of his intended victims. It happened early Monday morning, September 1st near 2nd and National. “I looked out my window, and my building was surrounded by police. When I went to the rooftop, I could see a — you know, the coroner had the body covered over in the corner of the parking lot,” Joshua Ebert said. Police say around 5:30 a.m., four suspects […]

  • Harley-Davidson

    Ready to rumble: Milwaukee Rally welcomes motorcycle riders for a weekend of fun

    OCONOMOWOC (WITI) — If you hear or feel the not-so-gentle rumble of motorcycles this weekend, here’s why. The annual Milwaukee Rally is back — and bigger than ever. The rally kicked off on Friday, August 29th at five Harley-Davidson dealerships in southeast Wisconsin. Among them is Wisconsin Harley-Davidson in Oconomowoc. This is the dealership’s first year in the rally and Dianne Crowley says the celebration includes four beer gardens, 16 Wisconsin bands and a comprehensive cultural experience. “We like to […]

  • museum

    Free museum offers new “hands on” exhibits!

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    “It’s very frustrating:” Woman’s stolen car, used in Innovative Optique incident, sits in impound lot

    FOX POINT (WITI) — The attempted armed robbery of a North Shore optical store continues to cause complications for those involved. This includes a victim who was nowhere near the store when the alleged crime was committed. Police say 20-year-old Tedric Sanders attempted to rob Innovative Optique in Fox Point on Thursday, August 14th with at least two others. Police say an employee at the store exchanged gunfire with 22-year-old Joshua Drake — and Drake later died at the scene. […]

  • Orlando "Pancho" Palesse

    “He cares about the people in the league:” West Allis softball diamond dedicated to ‘Pancho’

    WEST ALLIS (WITI) — His hard work has helped keep many seniors in the game in West Allis. On Monday, August 25th, dozens showed their gratitude for the efforts of a man known far and wide as… ‘Pancho.’ West Allis’ McCarty Park served as the scene for a surprise ceremony on Monday. Scores of senior softball players pay homage to Orlando “Pancho” Palesse by dedicating a field to him. The 91-year-old is widely credited for his work with the McCarty […]

  • Alpine Valley Music Theatre

    Alpine Valley, one of the biggest open-air music venues in nation, now for sale

    EAST TROY (WITI) — The Wisconsin music venue tucked away in the rolling hills of Walworth County that has hosted such musical greats as the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam and the Grateful Dead is for sale. Alpine Valley Music Theatre is also the place where guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and four others were killed in a helicopter crash following a performance on Aug. 27, 1990. Now, the amphitheater and its 198-acre property are on the market for $8.4 million. SFX, […]

  • Dr. Buck Blodgett

    “Nobody’s promised tomorrow:” Jessie Blodgett’s father focused on sharing his daughter’s legacy

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  • Daniel Bartelt

    GUILTY: Washington Co. jury convicts Daniel Bartelt of first-degree intentional homicide

    WASHINGTON CO. (WITI) — A Washington County jury convicted Daniel Bartelt on Tuesday, August 19th of first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the death of Jessie Blodgett. Bartelt faced four felony charges in the case: two counts of first degree intentional homicide, one count of first degree recklessly endangering safety and one count of false imprisonment. One count of first degree intentional homicide is related to the death of 19-year-old Jessie Blodgett. Blodgett was found dead inside her home on July […]

  • MPS

    “It`s an annual challenge:” With weeks until school starts, “help wanted” sign still up for MPS

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  • cecilia burton

    Living in “luxury?” That’s what grandmother says of seven children, living in home now condemned

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  • shorewood pipe repairs

    “Fewer basement backups:” That’s the goal of pipe repair work being done in Shorewood

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  • jewish

    “It’s gotten really scary:” Hate against Jews ramping up; Could it be because of what’s going on overseas?

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