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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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    “Time to take action:” New billboards an effort to save lives amid opioid abuse epidemic

    MILWAUKEE — There are some new weapons being utilized in the battle against the opioid abuse epidemic. This effort has folks looking up. “We just hope that we’re helping save lives. We also want to make sure we’re communicating with the public so they can help protect themselves. We can reduce and prevent addiction before it even starts,” said Robert J. Bell with the DEA. On Tuesday, December 6th, folks throughout southeastern Wisconsin witnessed the next move in a continuing […]

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    Struck by gunfire while lying in bed, she now wants to move her family out of the neighborhood

    MILWAUKEE — Seven weeks after a shooting, a Milwaukee woman hasn’t been able to return to work. But she said she’s determined to gather the money she needs in order to move her family from a neighborhood she says she no longer knows. Milwaukee police said Monday, December 5th they continue to search for the shooter or shooters in this case. There are bullet holes in Millie Tucker’s house. “Remembering it always makes me upset — a little teary, so…I […]

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    “We need to keep counting:” Presidential recount in Wisconsin enters day 2

    MILWAUKEE COUNTY — The presidential recount in Wisconsin enters day two on Friday, December 2nd. Franklin, Oak Creek and St. Francis are among the newcomers as day two begets more bickering over ballots during the continuing recount effort in Milwaukee County. “There’s no way to determine that their, the voter’s intent was to vote for Clinton… when this voter wrote in ‘Bernie Sanders’,” said a Milwaukee County Election Commissioner. Volunteers take a tally of Milwaukee County’s contribution to the 2016 presidential […]

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    Judge sentences Carl Barrett to 65 years in prison for role in Laylah Petersen shooting

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee County judge sentenced 21-year-old Carl Barrett Jr. on Thursday, December 1st to 65 years in prison and another 35 years of extended supervision for his role in the shooting death of five-year-old Laylah Petersen. Barrett was found guilty by a jury on September 29th of the following charges: First degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, as party to a crime First degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon, as party to a crime (three […]

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    GERMANTOWN — Roughly 60 employees from Gehl’s Foods were evacuated from their Germantown facility on Wednesday morning, November 30th — after an employee was alerted to a threat. Police got the call shortly after 9:30 a.m. from a Gehl’s employee who reported someone may have entered their warehouse with a possible explosive device. The Germantown Police Department requested the assistance of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit to assist with determining if in fact an explosive device was […]

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    WEST ALLIS — West Allis police say a bomb threat (written on a bathroom tile) was discovered at Lincoln Intermediate School around 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29th. Administrators followed the emergency protocol plans and contacted the West Allis Police Department. Police assessed the credibility of the threat and a decision was made to move the students to Jordan Evangelical Lutheran Church. All students were safe — and under staff supervision. Classes were canceled for the remainder of the day. Students were […]

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    WAUKESHA — For many, the scenes in Columbus, Ohio on Monday, November 28th — where in less than two minutes, an attack on the Ohio State University campus ended with the person responsible dead (an OSU student who was a permanent resident of the United States, originally from Somalia) and 11 people injured — serve to grab our attention and our sympathies. But beyond the concern, for some, the situation has offered the potential to improve protection. On Monday, students at […]

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    Racine County Sheriff: 19th life saved using opioid antidote Narcan in just 3 years time

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    Bound over for trial: Kenosha man accused of secretly recording people in women’s restroom

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    Caught on camera: Police release surveillance photos of suspect in Cricket Wireless robbery

    WEST ALLIS — West Allis police released surveillance photos on Thursday, November 17th of the person they believe robbed the Cricket Wireless store near Highway 100 and Cleveland Wednesday night. A customer was shot during this incident. PHOTO GALLERY The key to cracking this case, say officials, is you. “We’re hoping that somebody driving along or walking along or working in one of the businesses that was open might have seen something,” said Bob Fletcher, West Allis deputy chief of […]