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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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    Carl Barrett Jr. found GUILTY on 4 charges in connection with shooting death of 5-year-old Laylah Petersen

    MILWAUKEE — The jury on Thursday, September 29th reached a verdict in the case of Carl Barrett Jr., one of three men charged in connection with the death of five-year-old Laylah Petersen. Petersen was shot while inside a home near 58th and Fairmount on November 6, 2014. 21-year-old Carl Barrett Jr. was found guilty of the following charges: First degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, as party to a crime First degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon, as party to a crime (three […]

  • Closure planned for Zoo Interchange

    “It’s a big deal:” Major Zoo Interchange ramp closes September 30th, and won’t reopen until 2017

    MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will close the Zoo Interchange ramp from I-41 south to I-94 east long-term beginning on Saturday, October 1st. Drivers are urged to start planning alternate routes now — and understand that it’ll take longer to reach your destination until drivers get used to this change. “It’s not a small thing. It’s a big deal. If you’re traveling through the Zoo Interchange — definitely take note of this,” Mark Klipstein with the Wisconsin Department of […]

  • In-person absentee voting for Nov. election now underway in Milwaukee

    “Been waiting for this since ’06!” In-person absentee voting for Nov. election now underway in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — Early in-person voting has begun in Wisconsin’s two biggest cities — Milwaukee and Madison — ahead of the November general election. The first early in-person voting location opened in Madison at 7:00 a.m. Monday, September 26th. The first two locations in Milwaukee opened later Monday morning. Early voting will continue in Madison through November 4th and in Milwaukee through November 5th. The election is November 8th. At the Zeidler Building in downtown Milwaukee, some lined up an hour before in-person absentee […]

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    “It only makes sense:” Protecting your money with the Cooperate Disability Investigations Unit

    MILWAUKEE — Protecting your money. A new team in Wisconsin is joining the effort to eliminate Social Security disability fraud. FOX6 is learning more about what’s known as the Cooperate Disability Investigations Unit (CDI). The group wants Wisconsin’s criminals to know something, there’s a new unit in town. “The public’s trust in social security programs is critical. We are committed to ongoing efforts geared towards preventing, investigating and prosecuting fraud involving our programs,” said Erik Jones, Social Security Administration (SSA). It’s […]

  • Milwaukee leaders announce details of Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) grant

    Milwaukee leaders announce details of Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) grant

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and members of the City of Milwaukee’s Health Department were joined by Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton and other community leaders on Thursday, September 22nd to announce the details of the Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) grant. The City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention was one of eight cities nationwide to be awarded this grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The City of Milwaukee Health Department applied for […]

  • Beans & Barley

    Man accused of throwing bricks through windows at Beans & Barley; some say he’s an aggressive pandhandler

    MILWAUKEE — Some on Milwaukee’s East Side say aggressive panhandlers may be behind a burglary attempt at a popular restaurant on North Avenue. The owners of Beans & Barley were cleaning up Wednesday, September 21st after someone threw bricks through three windows at the restaurant just before 6:00 a.m. “He smashed the door, got inside, made his way over into our store section, started loading up (six) bags with items,” Jim Neumeyer, Beans & Barley co-owner said. The owners told FOX6 News […]

  • Vehicle involved in hit-and-run in Mount Pleasant

    2 injured following hit-and-run on Sheridan Road in Mount Pleasant; police seek striking driver

    RACINE COUNTY — Mount Pleasant police are investigating a hit-and-run that occurred early Tuesday morning, September 20th near Sheridan Road and 1st Street. The call came in around 4:45 a.m. Police were initially called out to the area for reports of a gunshot victim. “I heard the sirens. I live in the area, and I thought ‘wow! That`s a lot of squads, going to that call,'” Mount Pleasant Police Captain Brian Smith said. “I just heard it was a shooting and […]

  • Pothole in Waukesha County

    “At least 3 cars after mine got a flat:” Driver warns others about pothole problem in Waukesha County

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  • One dead following vehicle fire in Kenosha County

    “Why here? What happened?” One dead following vehicle fire in Kenosha County

    KENOSHA COUNTY  — Kenosha County investigators continue their investigation after employees of a wholesale grocery store in the Town of Wheatland, found a burning car with a body inside Friday morning, September 16th.  “We get a lot of our cheeses here because the prices are pretty good,” said Bill Spencer. While Bill Spencer says he’s very familiar with the Town of Wheatland’s Best Bargains store. “I think the secret’s out because it does get pretty busy here sometimes,” said Spencer. […]

  • Mount Pleasant police squad struck

    “Took out the door:” Mount Pleasant police seek driver after hit-and-run crash involving squad

    MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant police are searching for the driver who rammed a squad car and then drove off on Wednesday night, September 14th. It happened around 10:30 p.m. on 16th Street near Ostergard Avenue. A Mount Pleasant police captain says the officer is lucky to have escaped injury, or worse, after the close call. After 20-some odd years, Leroy Petersen says he’s aware of dangers on a stretch of 16th Street. “I got a license, and I don’t even […]

  • Consumer Alert: Card skimmers found in fuel dispensers at Wisconsin stations

    Consumer alert: Card skimmers found in fuel dispensers at Wisconsin gas stations

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    Cited for multiple code violations, Kenosha hotel once again open for business

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