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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
  • Greek Fest

    “We like to have fun:” Greek Fest is underway at State Fair Park

    MILWAUKEE — Opa! Greek Fest 2016 kicked off Friday, June 24th and will run until June 26th at Wisconsin State Fair Park. “It’s a celebration of the Greek culture,” said Michael Stavropoulos, Greek Fest chairman. Michael Stavropoulos is in his second year as Greek Fest chairman. “We’re a lively bunch. We like to have fun. We like to cook. We like to dance. We love family. We love our faith. So, that’s what it’s all about,” said Stavropoulos. Stavropoulos manages a […]

  • MPD leaders before Public Safety Committee

    “A huge concern:” MPD response times the focus of special meeting before Public Safety Committee

    MILWAUKEE — Concerns about Milwaukee police response times prompted a passionate discussion during a meeting involving MPD leaders and members of the Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Safety Committee Thursday, June 23rd. “Response times are a huge concern,” Alderman Bob Donovan said. “We are prepared to talk about our call volume, our response times, and our staffing issues,” Inspector Terrence Gordon with the Milwaukee Police Department said. Gordon said call volumes were up in 2015, and that’s expected to continue this […]

  • Playground Park

    “He was a good friend:” Students at Boys & Girls Club begin effort to honor life lost

    MILWAUKEE — Gone, but not forgotten. On Wednesday, June 22nd, students at a Boys & Girls Club location in Milwaukee began their effort to honor a life lost, by naming a city park. “Let’s go for it. Let’s not make mistakes. Let’s not hesitate. Let’s make it happen,” said Dion Young, Boys & Girls Club member. Dozens of students from the James Madison Academic Campus’ Boys & Girls Club gathered Wednesday near 84th and Florist to announce their plans to procure a new name for […]

  • Body pulled from Lake Michigan in Kenosha Harbor on June 20th

    “What’s happening?” Bodies of four men recovered in Kenosha in a month’s time

    KENOSHA — The bodies of four men have been recovered in Kenosha County in just over a month’s time. Below is a timeline of these incidents: June 20th: Man’s body pulled from Lake Michigan in Kenosha Harbor. He has not yet been positively identified. June 19th: Body of 45-year-old Muhammed Bell found in vehicle near 18th Avenue and 62nd Street in Kenosha by We Energies workers. May 30th: Body of 51-year-old Brian Jurkowski of Kenosha recovered from Pike Creek near […]

  • Lake Michigan in Racine

    “It’s gonna affect everything:” Some in Racine concerned over proposal to divert water from lake for Waukesha

    WAUKESHA — The city of Waukesha needs water — and the effort to get it is involving eight states that border the Great Lakes. A critical vote is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st — and not everyone is on board with the plan. “I rent canoes down here,” Joseph Pirk said. Pirk lives and works in Racine — near where the Root River flows into Lake Michigan. “There’s so much garbage that floats down this river. It’s pathetic,” Pirk said. Pirk was […]

  • Milwaukee PrideFest

    “Planning for PrideFest Milwaukee 2017 starts immediately,” and security will be top of mind

    MILWAUKEE — PrideFest Milwaukee 2016 closed at midnight Monday, June 13th — and the rest of the day was devoted to cleanup. This, as the event’s executive director told FOX6 News attendance at this year’s three-day event was the largest in history. “We had an amazing year,” Eric Heinritz said of the 30th annual PrideFest Milwaukee. This, despite the horrific mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday, June 12th, which prompted security concerns. Pridefest Milwaukee officials brought out metal detectors […]

  • PrideFest

    “Everyone is welcome:” Putting on the finishing touches at PrideFest for the 30th annual celebration

    MILWAUKEE — The celebration might be a bit bigger this year, as PrideFest 2016 marks a milestone in the annual festival’s history. This marks the 30th year Milwaukee has hosted PrideFest, and the 20th year the event has been held at Henry Maier Festival Park. “Everyone is welcome. Everyone is accepted,” said Divine Trash, PrideFest performer. On Friday morning, June 10th the finishing touches were being put into place at Milwaukee’s Henry Maier Festival Park, as the city’s PrideFest 2016 […]

  • Homicide at 15th Place and Grant

    53-year-old man shot, killed near 15th and Grant: “I tried to warn him; the area is just not safe”

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Milwaukee’s south side early Tuesday morning, June 7th. Police say the body of 53-year-old Daniel Cabrices was found outside a home around 5:45 a.m. with an apparent gunshot wound. “MFD was first to arrive. They discovered an adult male, who appeared to be bleeding from the abdomen, and was an apparent shooting victim,” Lt. Eric Donaldson with the Milwaukee Police Department said. Cabrices was pronounced dead at the scene. […]

  • Valdimer Perez-Medina

    “I’m still alive!” Missing nine-year-old boy found safe, reunited with family

    MILWAUKEE — There was a happy ending after hours of concern over a nine-year-old boy who went missing on Sunday night, June 5th. That boy was reunited with his family on Monday morning, June 6th after he was found at a home near 16th and Mitchell. Police said Monday morning Vladimer Perez-Medina was found safe after he was last seen around 8:30 p.m. Sunday near 5th and Mitchell. He had been attending the “Sun Fair” on the city’s south side. “I’m […]

  • Cirque Italia

    “It’s a big tent, but it feels like a theater:” Cirque Italia makes its way to Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — The Aquatic Spectacular is in town! Better known as Cirque Italia — the Italian-style circus makes its way to Milwaukee this weekend. “It’s a big tent, but it feels like a theater,” said Alex Acero, Cirque Italia performer. Alex Acero is a fourth generation circus performer. “We have no animals, so animal-free. We have 35,000 gallons of water, so you will see this stage open and close every 15, 10 minutes of the show. And, it’s different, you […]

  • Make-A-Wish Wisconsin

    “Everything is for kids:” Make-A-Wish hosts ribbon cutting ceremony at new office in Wauwatosa

    MILWAUKEE — More room means more wishes for Wisconsin children. On Thursday, June 2nd, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin celebrated its move to Wauwatosa with a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony. The new office space is located along Wauwatosa’s Plank Court. “It’s just so cool to explore something new,” said Mia Giera, Make-A-Wish recipient. Make-A-Wish’s Forrest Doolen says the new area measures some 9,000 square feet — roughly twice the space of the old digs, which is important, as the number of wishes continues to […]

  • Frederick Coleman

    “It’s still about the food:” Firefighter Freddy Coleman represents Milwaukee in MasterChef, season 7

    MILWAUKEE — Fans of FOX’s hit show MasterChef may be encouraged to know that season 7 starts Wednesday night, June 1st — and it will include some local flavor. A Milwaukee firefighter is among those competing for one of the coveted white aprons. Frederick “Freddy” Coleman is making good use of his time, by making great food. “It’s still about the food, no doubt about that. You still got to put that love in the food,” said Coleman. On Wednesday morning, Coleman […]

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