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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
  • Hope House

    Hope House in need of help from the community: “Had to tear up the floor”

    MILWAUKEE — A facility that is always helping others get back on their feet is now in need of help. We’re talking about Milwaukee’s Hope House on the city’s south side. On Friday, Jim Farrell, the Development Director at Milwaukee’s Hope House emergency housing facility, showed FOX6 News the results of a February 2nd soaking. It destroyed portions of the building including the food pantry and a youth education room. “Usually, its just, this is all lined up, like a […]

  • Attempted carjacking suspect beaten & stripped near 33rd and Scott

    Woman who helped teen beaten after attempted carjacking says so-called ‘street justice’ “not right”

    MILWAUKEE — A photo of a young attempted carjacking suspect laying in the snow after he was apparently beaten following the alleged crime has gone viral — and it was continuing to draw a response on Thursday, February 11th, from both citizens and city leaders. Some have said the teen deserved what happened to him, while others say in this case, the suspect became a victim. We are hearing for the first time from a woman who said she came upon […]

  • Wrecks on I-41

    Six hurt when slowdown in traffic, sun glare contributed to multiple wrecks on I-41: “Just chaos”

    MENOMONEE FALLS — Menomonee Falls police responded to several traffic crashes on southbound Interstate 41 near Pilgrim Road and Main Street Tuesday morning, February 9th. Officials believe a slowdown in traffic and sun glare, including the glare off wet pavement, may have been contributing factors in those wrecks. “It was just totally chaos,” Jeff Roskopf with Menomonee Falls-based Roskopf Service and Towing said. The MFPD partnered with the Menomonee Falls Fire Department, Germantown Fire Department, City of Brookfield Fire Deptartment and […]

  • Shannan Hayden, Nik Kovac

    Sign situation: Political season heats up in race for Milwaukee’s 3rd Aldermanic District

    MILWAUKEE — Cold temperatures and snowfall cannot stop the political season from heating up in Milwaukee. We expect those vying for office to have different positions on the issues. But for a couple of Milwaukee Common Council candidates, the differences come all the way down to the positioning of their signs. While Shannan Hayden and incumbent Nik Kovac, two of the candidates vying for the 3rd Aldermanic District seat agree about the importance of campaign signs, they definitely disagree about […]

  • Rob Binter

    “I have two fractured jaws:” Milwaukee contractor hospitalized after attempting to confront thieves

    MILWAUKEE — His tools were stolen when he tried to confront the bad guys — one Milwaukee contractor was then hit by the suspects car. Now, he is taking a break from his recovery to share his story exclusively with FOX6 News. “I came to in the hospital,” said Rob Binter. Monday morning, February 1st while working at a job site near 2nd and National, someone stole roughly $700 worth of tools from contractor Rob Binter’s work van. After pursuing the […]

  • Air Force Capt. Lance Sijan

    Story of survival: New book shares remarkable life of Air Force Capt. Lance Sijan

    ST. FRANCIS — It’s a sensational survival story but one which is familiar to far too few people particularly here in southeastern Wisconsin. Even those who know about Air Force Captain Lance Sijan’s incredible ordeal, may not know what the war hero was like prior to becoming a legend. “If I had submitted this to a fiction publisher they would kick me out of the room and say, “No. It can’t be. It cannot be,” said Stephen Miller, co-author. But the story […]

  • IRS scam

    “We’re sending the cops to come get you:” Don’t be fooled; the ‘IRS scam’ is back

    MILWAUKEE — It’s the kind of call that has netted scam artists more than $250,000 in Wisconsin alone — and more than $26.5 million nationwide. All of this has taken place during the past two-and-a-half years! The red flags started flying as soon as Maurice Bryant answered the phone. On Thursday morning, February 4th the Milwaukee man received some concerning communication. “To get this call was kind of strange, and it kind of caught me off-guard to the point where I […]

  • Contractor run over near 9th and National

    Robbed and run over: New video shows contractor confronting thieve(s) who stole his tools

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police have released new surveillance video after a contractor was run over by a vehicle he was pursuing after tools were stolen from his truck while he was at a job site. Police say the theft happened on Monday, February 1st around 8:45 a.m. near 2nd and Bruce. Suspect(s) entered Rob Binter’s vehicle and removed his tools — before fleeing in a black Nissan Altima. Rob Binter then pursued the suspect vehicle — confronting the suspect(s) near […]

  • Salting/plowing

    “We’re ready:” Plow, salt truck drivers on standby in Milwaukee as DPW officials monitor storm

    MILWAUKEE — The Groundhog Day winter storm dropped a little snow in the Milwaukee area on Tuesday, February 2nd — but it was mostly rain. Despite that, City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works officials were prepared for whatever Mother Nature had in store. Snow and rain made its way into southeastern Wisconsin beginning around midday Tuesday — snow to the north and west, and rain just about everywhere else. “We’re ready for the storm, if it’s gonna hit us. It […]

  • Maki Family (GoFundMe page)

    “Our hearts are broken:” Hundreds gather for funeral for three children who died after fire

    SHEBOYGAN — Hundreds gathered in Sheboygan on Monday, February 1st to remember three young lives lost after a fire last Tuesday night, January 26th in Sheboygan Falls. As horribly tragic as this story is, there are some who said their grief is tempered somewhat by the knowledge that these three young siblings are together, in a better place. “To know that they are in heaven with Jesus right now — they have it ‘made in the shade,'” Michael Buehler said. Eleven-year-old Natalie […]

  • ben

    “Amazing act of kindness:” Ben Martin’s organs will help save five lives

    SHEBOYGAN FALLS — The Go Fund Me account set up to benefit the Maki family of Sheboygan Falls posted an uplifting new message on Friday morning, January 29th. It reads as follows: “In an amazing act of kindness, Ben will be saving 5 lives by donating himself in the next few hours.” Ben Martin is the 10-year-old son of Chris and Kristi Maki that died a couple of days after fire swept through their family home near 5th and Western in Sheboygan […]

  • ben

    Third child, Benjamin Martin, passes away after house fire in Sheboygan Falls

    SHEBOYGAN FALLS — FOX6 News learned on Thursday, January 28th a third child has died following a house fire in Sheboygan Falls that happened on Tuesday night, January 26th. Ten-year-old Benjamin Martin was in critical condition following the fire. FOX6 News learned from family that he passed away on Thursday, and that was confirmed by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. Benjamin Martin passed away at Children’s Hospital. Officials said on Wednesday two children had died following the fire — 11-year-old […]

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