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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
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    “It was a bad morning:” South side residents wake up to nearly 15 vehicles ransacked, damaged

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are investigating a rash of thefts from vehicles on the city’s south side. Police said the suspects in this case took property from vehicles after they forced their way inside. Conquered cars, tossed trucks and mangled minivans. That was what some woke up to Wednesday, January 18th near 12th and Montana. “Everybody was here and just upset. It was a bad morning,” said Roziah Harun, whose minivan was damaged. Harun said she parked her minivan around […]

  • Germantown High School students headed to inauguration

    Group of Germantown students headed to D.C. for inauguration: “Ecstatic to be able to go!”

    GERMANTOWN — A group of students from Germantown High School will be in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 20th for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. “I’m gonna remember this like, when I’m 60 years old — looking back on this. I think it’s gonna be the best experience,” Luke Nitsche, Germantown High School senior said. “I am just so ecstatic to be able to go on this trip!” Bethany Clay, Germantown High School junior said. On Tuesday, January 17th, the Germantown High […]

  • Weather Washington County

    Washington County under Winter Weather Advisory; after-school activities canceled in West Bend

    WASHINGTON COUNTY — Washington County was one of five counties Monday, January 16th impacted by a Winter Weather ADVISORY in effect until 9:00 a.m. Tuesday. (The advisory expires for the rest of southeastern Wisconsin at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday). The FOX6 Weather Experts said rain would continue Monday night with temperatures just above freezing in most areas. Areas north and west of Milwaukee would continue to see untreated roads remaining slick through the night, with the rain tapering off on Tuesday morning. […]

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    “Gotta show Packers pride:” Green Bay fans gear up in Wisconsin ahead of big game against Dallas

    The Green Bay Packers Divisional Round playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys is still about 48 hours away, but fans all across Wisconsin are gearing up. At Spanky’s Hideaway located in Mequon, they’re already getting set for Sunday, as they expect a full house to join the legions of Lambeau lovers in showing their support for the Packers. At the Children’s Community Center in Menomonee Falls, the youngest of the Packers backers wasn’t even born when this season began! But […]

  • Jordy Nelson

    “It doesn’t prevent recurrent injury:” Sports medicine expert weighs in on idea of Jordy Nelson wearing protective vest

    MILWAUKEE — Could Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson take the field this Sunday, January 15th during the Divisional Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys? With the receiver suffering what is reported as multiple rib fractures, there are reports he may be thinking about trying to play while wearing a Kevlar vest. Nelson left in the second quarter of the 38-13 win over the New York Giants in a wild-card game Sunday, January 8th. He took a shot to the […]

  • The Packing House

    “A rare occasion:” The Packing House to close doors for 1 DAY ONLY to back the Pack

    MILWAUKEE — If you want proof that the Green Bay Packers playoff success is inspiring, you can look no further than a long-standing Milwaukee restaurant. On Sunday, January 15th, something’s happening that’s NEVER happened before! To give staff at The Packing House an opportunity to back the Pack, the restaurant is CLOSING for the day! “We’re open every day. Christmas Eve day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day. We’re open every day of the year, including every holiday,” said The […]

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    “Surprisingly expensive:” Everything’s bigger in Texas — including cost of Packers-Cowboys playoff tickets

    WHITEFISH BAY — Following the Green Bay Packers win against the New York Giants in a playoff matchup at Lambeau Field Sunday, January 8th — everything is about to get bigger in Texas — including the price of tickets. “Ticket prices for this game are surprisingly expensive,” said Mike Holzberger with Connections Ticket Service. “We are seeing unprecedented high playoff prices for a divisional round.” Holzberger is the owner of Whitefish Bay-based Connections Ticket Service. He explained the fact that the […]

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    “Cold weather got me:” Frigid temperatures can zap the life out of your car battery

    MILWAUKEE — The frigid temperatures are tough enough on our vehicles but when they last for any significant length of time, they can prompt some purchases. On Friday, the lunch rush rides into Remy Battery as customers continue to come in to cope with the cold. “In my personal vehicle, I’m replacing a new battery ’cause she wouldn’t start this morning. And I’m buying a second battery for a plow truck I do have at work,” said Ron Turner, customer. “We’re […]

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    “I want my furnace replaced!” Frigid temps keep heating repair companies busy

    GREENFIELD — As the temperatures go down, the call volumes go up — which made for a pretty busy Thursday, January 5th for heating system technicians. The winter season begins in August at Tom’s Dependable Heating & Cooling, as some people prepare for the cold weather to come. The bitter cold is sticking around in southeastern Wisconsin, and those who help with the heat are busy. “You get customers that call that say ‘I want my furnace replaced’ — at midnight. They’ll turn this […]

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    “Not looking like a great year:” 2017 may bring sticker shock for motorists at the gas pump

    MILWAUKEE — Motorists may get some sticker shock in 2017 when it comes to prices at the gas pump. The experts with GasBuddy released information on Wednesday, January 4th that indicates Americans will shell out $52 billion more over the course of the year compared to 2016 — as the national yearly average rises to $2.49 per gallon. “If prices get too high, I guess I just have to drive less and work more to compensate,” said Jesse Mergenthaler. “Right now […]

  • Kendal West

    “Remember your job:” Kenosha officer accused of threatening, punching doctor while on duty

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  • Fire at Forest Home and Muskego

    No working smoke detectors: 9 displaced by fire at barbershop, rooming house near Forest Home & Muskego

    MILWAUKEE — No one was hurt when a building housing a barbershop and rooming house caught fire early Monday, January 2nd near Forest Home and Muskego in Milwaukee. Nine people were displaced as a result of this fire. As Chuck Heinz watched FOX6 WakeUP News on Monday morning, January 2nd, he heard about a fire near Forest Home and Muskego. “I heard ‘fire,’ and I heard ‘Forest Home and Muskego’ and I was like ‘oh no! I hope it’s not […]