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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.

Recent Articles
  • Private William Reed

    On Memorial Day, Civil War soldier from “the only black unit from Milwaukee that fought” was honored

    MILWAUKEE — After more than 120 years, a Civil War-era veteran has been honored. “This is unlike anything we`ve ever done before,” Cpl. Rickey Townsell, with Company F 29th Infantry, USCT said. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th, Company F, 29th Infantry, United States Colored Troops re-enactors hosted a grave-site ceremony for Private William Reed. “Not only to be a part of living history, but also, to give a fallen soldier his honor,” Cpl. Townsell said. During the Civil War, […]

  • Buddy Bench2

    “Makes me feel happy:” Benjamin Franklin School students find friendship through ‘Buddy Benches’

    MILWAUKEE — It’s a nationwide effort to foster friendships among school students using benches to create buddies. Milwaukee Public Schools is encouraging kids to take a seat on the “Buddy Bench.” “I just sit on this bench, wait for someone to go over here. I’ll talk to them, help them out, find a friend,” said Emounty Pitts. Benjamin Franklin School fourth grader. Friday, May 27th Benjamin Franklin School was among the first Milwaukee Public Schools to feature what are known as “buddy […]

  • Death investigation near 64th & Chambers

    “Too close to home:” Body found at scene of fire on Milwaukee’s northwest side

    MILWAUKEE —  Milwaukee firefighters were called to the city’s northwest side early Friday, May 27th for a small garbage fire. As they were dousing that fire with water, they found a body. Now, this case is being investigated as a homicide. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the neighborhood near 64th and Chambers around 5:00 a.m. Officials with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office says they are trying to identify the body. It was burned — and the cause of death is “suspicious.” […]

  • Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run

    “We can’t forget our vets:” Group of motorcyclists hit the road for a reason

    MILWAUKEE — There was certainly no slowing their roll, as a group of motorcyclists hit the road for a reason on Thursday, May 26th — riding to honor our nation’s veterans this Memorial Day weekend. More than 100 bikers gather near 37th and Wisconsin in Milwaukee for the annual “Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run.” “We do it to honor the veterans on the wall and to honor the POWs that never made it home,” said Kenneth Pezewski, Rolling Thunder organizer. The Rolling Thunder First […]

  • MPS My Very Own Library

    “I like to read:” Students in Milwaukee work to develop their own home libraries

    MILWAUKEE — Hundreds of Milwaukee Public Schools students are embarking on an ambitious project to develop their own home libraries. And they’re getting a good start thanks to a new literacy program — which continues to grow. On Wednesday, May 25th, students at Milwaukee’s Auer School gathered to celebrate the end of the school year with a bunch of books. “I like to read,” said Naja Lee. So too does Newberry-award winning author, Kirby Larson, who joined the group as […]

  • Suspects dump baby from vehicle after "bump and run" carjacking near 66th and Montana

    “Really scary:” Surveillance video shows suspects dumping baby from vehicle after carjacking

    MILWAUKEE — A rather brazen carjacking that happened on Monday, May 23rd has garnered a big reaction from residents in a neighborhood on Milwaukee’s south side. The suspects stole a woman’s vehicle — with her one-month-old baby sleeping inside. Police say they continue to see suspects in this case. Police said Tuesday, May 24th it is believed the vehicle that struck the woman’s vehicle in this “bump and run” carjacking has been recovered. While waiting for his grandsons to come out […]

  • Earl Blackmon, Paris Chambers

    Boys & Girls Clubs ad highlights crime spree in which teens told investigators they were “bored”

    MILWAUKEE — The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee has a new ad campaign that highlights a crime that made headlines back in late January/early February. Two teenage boys were charged, accused of breaking into vehicles parked at General Mitchell International Airport — shooting out car windows with BB guns and then stealing items inside. Prosecutors say one of the teens told investigators they committed the crimes because they were “bored.” With this ad campaign, Boys and Girls Clubs officials […]

  • Thomas Wright

    “More than just a map:” Local seventh grader to compete in National Geographic Bee

    RIVER HILLS — Instead of a map or GPS device, one southeastern Wisconsin seventh grader says his family turns to him. Thomas Wright is headed to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Geographic Bee. For Thomas Wright, it’s about both the journey and the destination. “It’s a lot more than just a map. It’s a lot about the culture,” said Wright. Wright, a seventh-grade student at University School Milwaukee, is one of the 54 finalists for the upcoming 28th […]

  • Police ambassadors

    “Taking an active role:” Milwaukee police swear in 15 new ambassadors

    MILWAUKEE — They’re trying to strengthen community partnerships in Milwaukee. A group of young people joined the ranks of the Milwaukee Police Department as ambassadors. On Thursday, May 19th, 15 young people were in their best baby blues at the Milwaukee Police Academy to take a particular pledge — and they were applauded as ambassadors. “It feels not overwhelming — but thrilling. Very thrilling,” said Milwaukee Police Ambassador Neenah Velazquez. “We’re taking an active role in leadership development at the community level […]

  • Body found at Simmons Island Park in Kenosha

    Fire investigation leads to discovery of body near 50th & Kennedy in Kenosha

    KENOSHA — Kenosha police are conducting a death investigation after a body was found at Simmons Island Park early Wednesday morning, May 18th. Kenosha police and fire officials were called out the park around 12:40 a.m. for reports of a brush fire. When the fire was extinguished, officers located a burned body believed to be that of an adult male. The medical examiner was notified and the body has yet to be identified. PHOTO GALLERY Police not believe there is a danger to […]

  • Dontre Hamilton

    Family members of Dontre Hamilton push for memorial bench in Red Arrow Park

    MILWAUKEE — In April of 2014, Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed by Christopher Manney, a former Milwaukee police officer following an altercation in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee. Manney was later fired from the Milwaukee Police Department for not following proper protocol. Now, Hamilton’s family says they don’t want to lose the opportunity to memorialize him. “A landmark that says change is coming to the city of Milwaukee. That’s what we think that this memorial would bring,” Nate Hamilton, […]

  • John Amato Hyundai, located at 8301 N. 76th Street (near 76th and Dean)

    Seven vehicles stolen from car dealership near 76th & Dean Road; two in custody

    MILWAUKEE —  Milwaukee police are investigating a burglary that happened early Monday morning, May 16th at John Amato Hyundai, located at 8301 N. 76th Street (near 76th and Dean). According to police, several suspects broke into the business and stole seven vehicles and several sets of keys. One of those vehicles, a 2012 Cadillac SRX, was involved in an accident a short time later near Fond du Lac and Silver Spring when the stolen Cadillac hit a Ford Windstar. The male driver […]


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