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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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    Drivers, get ready to see the “zipper merge” in action near Zoo Interchange

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Construction managers with the Zoo Interchange project are trying something new — something drivers may have to get used to. It’s called the “dynamic late” or “zipper merge.” It’s a creative road-sharing solution which urges drivers to continue using all available lanes until they reach what’s known as the “merge point.” “The way that a zipper merge works is you use all three lanes of active traffic up to that point. We will have signs up, reminding […]

  • Cristian Loga-Negru

    “She feared for her safety:” Woman attacked, killed by her husband, wielding a hatchet-type weapon

    MOUNT PLEASANT (WITI) — Mount Pleasant police say a woman has died after she was attacked with a hatchet-type weapon by her husband, Cristian Loga-Negru on Wednesday night, November 19th in Mount Pleasant. It began at a home on Calvin Lane. Police were dispatched to that home around 8:30 p.m. for a report of a domestic violence related incident. When police arrived,  a witness indicated they heard screaming and observed a woman being dragged across the front lawn to a vehicle. […]

  • Melvin Gordon

    Kenosha Bradford High School basks in Melvin Gordon’s success on the gridiron

    RACINE (WITI) — 408 yards in just three quarters of football. That feat has a Wisconsin native in the NCAA football record book. But Melvin Gordon’s most significant achievement could involve the impact his hard work is already having on students at his former high school, Kenosha Bradford. Kurt Sinclair is the principal at Kenosha Bradford High School — and he couldn’t be more proud. “I thought it was one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life,” […]

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    “We got lucky this year!” Snow lovers rejoice as ski hills open for the season a little earlier than usual!

    KEWASKUM (WITI) — Mother Nature has allowed snow lovers to hit the slopes at area ski hills a little earlier than normal! “It’s awesome that it’s cold. We got lucky this year. Mother Nature helped us out,” snowboarder Tyler Jevaney said. Sunburst Ski Area in Kewaskum opened at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 14th after blowing snow for much of last week. “We came out here a lot last year, and every time we had a good time, so we […]

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    A shopping experience with a “little bit o’ soul:” Rummage-A-Rama! continues in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Some southeastern Wisconsin shoppers simply cannot wait to get down with good deals! Many of them are making their way to State Fair Park this weekend for Rummage-A-Rama! “I guess it’s like a thrill of the hunt for me, it’s kind of a hobby,” said Derek Beyer, shopper. Beyer says his hunting hobby has him at State Fair Park early Saturday morning for Rummage-A-Rama! “You gotta get here early because that’s when you get all the good […]

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    Ski slopes just about groomed for first ski of the season

    KEWASKUM (WITI) — Cold temperatures are signalling a solid season on the slopes for winter sports facilities in southeast Wisconsin. The operators of Kewaskum’s Sunburst Winter Sports Park began making snow on Tuesday in anticipation of an official opening on Friday, November 14th. With more than 50 snow guns firing flakes for the past few days, the park’s main run is open along with the Northern Lights run and the terrain park. “We’ve been working hard to get snow laid […]

  • Dean Cepukenas

    CHARGED: 69-year-old man, in connection with hit-and-run involving pregnant woman

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  • Bob Bonadurer

    Planetarium director “ecstatic” over success of probe landing on comet

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Ten years into the trip, scientists say it’s a space success. On Wednesday morning, November 12th, word from the Rosetta spacecraft indicated the Philae lander was able to land successfully on an orbiting comet. After an extended hibernation, on Wednesday morning, the Philae lander was able to make an historic cosmic connection. “This spacecraft, Rosetta, was asleep for a couple years. Remember, this was launched back in 2004. This is the first time ever we landed on […]

  • James Van Bendegom

    “Holding back tears:” Soldier who lost his life in Vietnam finally laid to rest

    KENOSHA (WITI) — For nearly five decades, the family of a Kenosha serviceman has waited for the chance to give him a proper burial. On Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11th, they final got that opportunity. “I’ve been wearing his patch on my vest for several years now, never thinking this would happen,” family friend Eddie Schmitz said. “The military called about a month ago to announce they had found remains of him in Vietnam. They had them DNA analyzed to […]

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    “I’m every Marine:” Serviceman at proposed veterans memorial site stirs emotions

    GREENDALE (WITI) — He would rather not share his name and rank. But one Marine made quite the statement in the Village of Greendale on Monday, November 10th. “If they ask who I was, just say I said, ‘I’m every Marine,’” said the serviceman. “Today’s the Marine Corps’ birthday. And you know, considering this is a memorial — makeshift as it is, you know, I, I feel like I’m spending our birthday with my fallen brothers.” The Marine planned to […]

  • community

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  • Lance Sijan

    “He was a hero:” Students learning from the life of Bay View Medal of Honor recipient Lance Sijan

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — For 46 days, he survived in the jungles of North Vietnam with fractures in his head and his leg. Now, Captain Lance Sijan’s sister is hoping students in Milwaukee can learn a lesson from her brother’s short life. Students at the Burdick School on S. Griffin Avenue in Milwaukee are learning about a brave man from Bay View. “He was a hero who fought for our country and he shall never be forgotten,” Celicio Lozano said. “I don’t […]

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