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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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    “Let’s go Badgers!” As Bucky makes second trip to Final Four, fans are looking to do the same!

    INDIANAPOLIS (WITI) — For the first time in school history, the Wisconsin Badgers are back in the Final Four — for the second straight year! This means fans are also getting ready for a return trip! Even though Jeff Willms says his Club Paragon Sports Bar in Milwaukee is a great place to “back Bucky,” on Monday, March 30th, Willms suggested folks go to Indianapolis for the Final Four if they can. “‘Let’s go Badgers, and you’ve got 200 people […]

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    Slam dunk for Badger bars as Wisconsin secures spot in Elite 8

    PORT WASHINGTON/THIENSVILLE (WITI) — The Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s successful run through the NCAA Tournament has Badger fans seeing red, but it’s also helping put businesses in the black. These days they’re serving up a few more March Madness meals inside Skippy’s Sports Pub. Since the big dance began the Badgers have been boosting business at bars throughout southeastern Wisconsin. In Port Washington the patrons at the Patio Bar & Grill join the bartenders and the bar owner in banding […]

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    Predicament for police: Officers “arresting car thieves at a record rate”

    WAUWATOSA (WITI) — Drivers in southeast Wisconsin beware. The rash of auto thefts and police pursuits is spreading rapidly. “Eventually, these kids are gonna get caught one way or another. We just don’t want anyone to get hurt,” said Brown Deer Police Lieutenant Lisa Kumbier. These are the results as auto theft and dangerous driving appear to be all the rage on area roads. “It’s not a Wauwatosa problem. It’s not a Milwaukee problem. It’s occurring all throughout the area,” said Police […]

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    Police look for clues in two hit-and-run incidents; one fatal, one involving serious injuries

    WEST MILWAUKEE/MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Investigators in two Milwaukee-area jurisdictions are investigating separate hit-and-run incidents. One occurred late Tuesday night, March 24th, and the other occurred early Wednesday morning. There is now an ongoing search for suspects and witnesses. Both Milwaukee police and West Milwaukee police are asking for help in two separate hit-and-run investigations. One involves a victim with serious injuries. In the other incident, a man lost his life. The first incident occurred in West Milwaukee just after 10:00 […]

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    City of Racine named as defendant in another lawsuit alleging discrimination

    RACINE (WITI) — The city of Racine has found itself named as a defendant in another lawsuit alleging discrimination. What was at one time the Women’s Club of Racine is now the subject of a lawsuit. James Hall Jr. says in 2012, his client, J.C. Frazier and Northwest Funeral Chapel wanted to obtain a conditional use permit to purchase the property at 740 Lake Avenue in Racine and operate a funeral home. “You got your architect, your traffic engineer. You […]

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    WASHINGTON (WITI/AP) — After years of legal wrangling, it appears Wisconsin’s Voter ID law will soon be in effect — but Attorney General Brad Schimel says that won’t happen in time for the April 7th election. Schimel said Monday, March 23rd that because absentee voting has already begun, it is too late to implement the law for this election. But he says it will be in effect after that. This, after the United States Supreme Court announced earlier Monday it […]

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    “To live better:” Shooting death of his nephew inspired man to work towards better inner-city neighborhoods

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    “It can be an expectation of participation:” Oconomowoc School District plans for student drug testing

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  • Eric Haywood

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    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The season finale of FOX’s hit drama “Empire” promises to have millions glued to their televisions Wednesday, March 18th. And for this, a Milwaukee native says he’s grateful, since he has more than a little something to do with the show’s success! Eric Haywood is a former UW-Milwaukee film student, and he’s now a writer for “Empire.” “We started writing the show over the summer — back in June,” Haywood said. Here in southeastern Wisconsin, Haywood’s face […]

  • Chris Borland

    Chris Borland retires from football due to concerns over head trauma; Do others share his concern?

    CALIFORNIA (WITI/AP) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, who starred with the Wisconsin Badgers has announced he is retiring from football at the age of 24. Borland says he’s concerned about the long-term effects of head trauma. Borland told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” Monday, March 16th that he is retiring following his standout rookie season. Borland had a team-leading 108 tackles in his stellar rookie season, emerging as a punishing defender. He also had a sack and two interceptions. […]

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    Planning for a safe ride home before St. Patrick’s Day weekend

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  • detours

    Zoo Interchange construction detours drivers to new destinations

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