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I’m thrilled to be working in Wisconsin’s largest city! I joined the FOX6 news team as a reporter in June 2016.

Milwaukee is just a short 1.5 hours from home for me. I was born and raised in Madison, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in journalism and gender and women’s studies.

Before coming to Milwaukee, I reported at TV stations in Wausau, Madison and as far away as Wichita, Kan. Some of the most memorable stories I’ve covered so far in my career include a mass shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kan., the first-ever child sex trafficking case prosecuted in Marathon County, Wis. and the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker.

When I’m not chasing down the big story of the day, I’m likely playing with my two dogs: Raleigh, a chihuahua, and Juneau, a Siberian husky. They’re quite the duo! I’m also passionate about women’s issues and am an activist for survivors of domestic violence.

I enjoy covering viewers’ compelling stories most. If you have a story idea or just want to say “hi,” feel free to email me.

Recent Articles
  • At least 9 threats involving schools in SE WI in week since Florida school shooting

    MILWAUKEE — FOX6 News has counted at least 9 threats involving schools in SE Wisconsin in the six days since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. that took the lives of 17 on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14. Below is the list of incidents (as of Tuesday, Feb. 20): Hartford Union High School in Hartford Tuesday, Feb. 20 Student, 14, arrested on disorderly conduct charges after police say another student overheard him say, “I’m going to shoot up the school.” […]

  • ‘It’d be neat to see:’ Cougar caught on camera in Colgate has some on the lookout

    COLGATE — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources confirmed a cougar — generally found in western states — was in the Colgate area last week. Biologists say the cougar likely traveled all the way from South Dakota, the home of the closest known cougar population, and is likely already out of the area. It was a brief visit by the big cat early on Feb. 7 — but one that’s likely going to have lasting impact in the tiny town of […]

  • ‘Look at it as a pause:’ HUD official says main lead abatement concern in Milwaukee involves paint

    MILWAUKEE — Federal officials said Tuesday, Feb. 13 they are confident the Milwaukee Health Department will get its embattled lead abatement program back on track. This, one day after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a stop work order on the city’s lead removal efforts. “Like to look at it as a pause,” said Joseph Galvan, HUD Midwest regional administrator. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett asked HUD for input on the city’s lead crisis after an internal […]

  • DPW opens some MPS lots to ease parking headache in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — Local officials have opened up Milwaukee Public Schools parking lots this weekend across the city, for drivers in need of off-street parking. This, as the Department of Public Works (DPW) performs overnight snow removal efforts. Ahead of a night out on Brady Street, Sara Klein and Ryan Anderson’s date got off to a less-than-romantic star. The couple spent nearly 20 minutes first looking for parking. “We had to drive around, circle around a couple times just to find […]

  • Father awarded rights of Milwaukee girl’s remains after 2-month legal battle with mother

    MILWAUKEE — A two-month long fight over a 14-year-old Milwaukee girl’s remains finally comes to an end. During that time, the girl’s body has been at the city morgue. The victim’s mother, Aziyza Ababneh, is charged in her daughter’s death with child neglect. But under state la, she doesn’t forfeit her parental rights unless she is charged with homicide. The girl’s father wants their child cremated — the mother says that goes against her religious beliefs. In court Friday, February 9th, […]

  • Senior centers taking extra steps to protect the elderly as flu spreads

    MILWAUKEE — As the influenza outbreak continues to spread, the elderly are at greater risk of getting the virus — which is why community centers and nursing homes are taking extra steps to keep seniors healthy. A computer lab is often a prime place to find a whole lot of germs, but the Washington Park Senior Center in Milwaukee is squeaky clean, thanks to Maria Patterson. “We have a daily disinfectant that I use to clean all the equipment in […]

  • ‘Feels good:’ As man critically hurt in Festival Foods hit-and-run heads home; an update on his wife

    MOUNT PLEASANT — Jeff Coopman and his wife, Cheryl were critically hurt in a hit-and-run crash outside Festival Foods in Mount Pleasant on  Jan. 14, and on Wednesday, Feb. 7, Jeffrey headed home from the hospital, as we received an update on his wife’s condition. The Coopmans have been receiving care from a very skilled team at Froedtert Hospital since the crash. Prosecutors say Isaiah Degroot, 17, of Racine plowed a stolen SUV into them as they walked out of Festival Foods […]

  • Parents fight over remains of girl, 14, who died as a result of extreme neglect; mother facing charges

    MILWAUKEE — The parents of a 14-year-old girl who died in December as a result of extreme child neglect are fighting over what happens to her remains — as her mother faces charges in connection with her death. According to the law, despite the charges, she doesn’t forfeit her parental rights. Aziyza Ababneh, 37, of Milwaukee faces five charges: Child neglect (great bodily harm) Physical abuse of a child (intentional causation of bodily harm) Child neglect (misdemeanor) — three counts […]

  • “It’s really not bad:” Folks embrace fresh snowfall blanketing Wisconsin

    OZAUKEE COUNTY — Snowy weather has made its way back into our area — and people are embracing the winter wonderland. “Oh yes, the grandkids and I are enjoying the snow while we have it. We go sledding. And they just started ice skating this year,” said Alan Victor, lives in Port Washington. Port Washington residents woke up Saturday morning, to a light dusting. “I cleared off what came in in intervals with snow so that I’m not shoveling six […]

  • Common Council urges citizens, workers to report abuses in city; “If you see something, please say something”

    MILWAUKEE — If you see something, say something. That is the message from the Milwaukee Common Council after it was revealed this week the Milwaukee Health Department prohibited employees from communicating with officials about mismanagement of the lead prevention program and other concerns. Milwaukee Common Council members are reminding both city employees and the public about the protections in place for people who wish to report city issues without the risk of retaliation. “If there’s abuses going on, we want […]

  • Mayor Barrett rescinds MHD policy preventing employees from coming forward with lead concerns

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Thursday, Feb. 1 rescinded a policy at the Milwaukee Health Department that prohibited employees from communicating with elected officials — a day after Common Council members learned such policy existed. The mayor’s move came after Alderman Tony Zielinski Thursday said in a statement he plans to introduce a resolution to prohibit departments from enacting policies restricting employees from communicating with elected city officials, to prohibit any policy which aims to stifle whistle-blowers. It […]

  • FOX6 obtains copy of policy preventing MHD employees from going to Council, mayor with concerns

    MILWAUKEE — Members of Milwaukee Common Council’s Steering and Rules Committee and Milwaukee Health Department leaders on Wednesday, Jan. 31 poured over a 51-page report released late Monday into the city’s mismanagement of the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Former Health Commissioner Bevan Baker resigned amid the scandal. Health department leaders told the Common Council committee Wednesday there is a department policy that prevents them from going to the Council or mayor with concerns. FOX6 News has learned then-Commissioner Bevan Baker […]