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Mike Lowe is an 8-time Emmy winner, a 30-time Emmy nominee, an Edward R. Murrow award winner, and National Mark of Excellence (SPJ) award winner.

He joined FOX6 in March of 2008 as a general assignment reporter.

Lowe has covered politics and government issues at FOX6, including 2010 gubernatorial campaign, all of the major developments in the 2011 "Budget Battle," the 2011 state senate recall races, and the historic 2012 recall of Governor Scott Walker, the selection of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential nominee, both the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, the Vice Presidential Debate in Danville, Kentucky, and the 2012 presidential campaign in the battleground of Wisconsin-- including and "on the road" assignment for the final week of President Obama's campaign for re-election and his election night speech at McCormick Place in Chicago.

He currently hosts the FOX 6 political segment called "The Political Lowedown."

Before he came to Milwaukee, Lowe was a bureau chief for WFMZ-TV (ind.) in Allentown, Pa., where he covered eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey, including then NJ attorney general Chris Christie.

Before joining WFMZ, Lowe lived in Berlin, Germany, and worked for Deutsche Welle TV and Radio, reporting on Europe's response to United States foreign policy and the European view of the presidential election, among other topics.

Before that, he worked as a general assignment reporter for WLNS-TV ( CBS) in Lansing, Michigan, covering local politics and the auto industry -- especially labor and management issues.

While Lowe's career has focused mainly on public affairs journalism, including stints at WTTW-TV (PBS) in Chicago and as public affairs director and host of the live call-in radio program "Feedback" on WNUR-FM in Chicago, his background also includes some sports reporting experience. He has served as a sports reporter and fill-in weekend anchor at KTKA-TV (ABC) in Topeka, Kansas; on the production side for ESPN, FOX Sports, and WGN-TV; and as sports director of WNUR-FM, where he did play-by-play announcing for the Northwestern University Wildcats football and basketball teams.

Lowe's reporting has been honored and acclaimed. In 2013, Lowe won six Emmy awards (investigative, arts, religion, general assignment reporter, human interest reporter, and writing).

In 2012, Lowe won an Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news. He also won several awards from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, three Milwaukee Press Club gold awards (breaking news, feature, best overall report for television).
In 2012, he was also nominated for six Chicago-Midwest Emmys (politics, writing, health, arts, religion and specialty reporting).
Lowe was nominated for eight Chicago-Midwest Emmys in 2011, and won two awards (one for reporting on youth issues and the other for reporting on education).
He was also nominated for Chicago-Midwest Emmys in 2009 and 2010 and Mid-Atlantic Emmys in 2006 and 2007.

He won a 2010 award from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and a 2006 AP award for feature reporting.

In college, he won a national first place Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth radio reporting. He also won several regional and state awards, while he was a student.

Lowe is also the winner of the prestigious Newton Minow fellowship, named for the nation's first FCC chairman, and he is the winner of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship.

In 2008, he was chosen to attend a one-week Fulbright Commission seminar on Turkey and its relationship with the European Union.

Lowe graduated from Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. He was a running back on the varsity football team. He then graduated from Northwestern University. As an undergraduate, he was a double-major in political science and journalism. He also earned a master's degree from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, where he won the Harrington Award, the school's top student honor.

Recent Articles
  • Laborfest

    “We are extraordinarily thrilled:” Laborfest prepares for Presidential visit

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The state of labor union workers will welcome a big name guest to Laborfest, The President of the United States. The visit will serve to energize a labor movement already mobilized to try for a 3rd time in four years, to unseat Governor Scott Walker. The President will speak at Henry Maier Festival Park on Monday afternoon, September 1st. This is an official White House visit, but many Wisconsin political observers see this as a high-profile kickoff […]

  • Gov. Scott Walker, Mary Burke

    Presidential visit to Milwaukee: What it means to the race for governor

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The biggest name in American politics will make a key stop in Milwaukee on Monday, September 1st — against the backdrop of a contentious campaign. Pres. Barack Obama will be the headline speaker at this year’s Laborfest. The president’s job performance is low in Wisconsin. In fact, 50 percent of registered voters disapprove of it, according to the latest Marquette University Law School poll. Still, the president’s visit is intended to bolster a labor movement in this […]

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    Federal appeals court hears arguments on same-sex marriage ban in Wisconsin, Indiana

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    Battling the same-sex marriage ban — by the busload! Same-sex couples headed for Chicago

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Battling the same-sex marriage ban…by the busload! Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters are headed to Chicago to take part in a key hearing in the legal fight over same-sex marriages in Indiana and Wisconsin. “We’re in it for the long haul,” Katy Heyning said. The long road to marriage equality in Wisconsin will wind through Chicago. “Now we’re on yet another journey — to Chicago, to seek out justice for all of us again,” Judi Trampf said. […]

  • Gov. Scott Walker, Mary Burke

    Walker vs. Burke: Jobs remains a key issue, and the candidates don’t agree at all on the numbers

    MADISON (WITI) — Wisconsin’s economy remains a key issue in the gubernatorial race, and both candidates are arguing they would be better at boosting the Badger State’s business climate and helping to create more jobs. Governor Scott Walker and his challenger, Mary Burke agree jobs is the top issue in this race, but they don’t agree at all on the numbers. Voters are being inundated with conflicting numbers and narratives on Wisconsin’s employment situation. On one hand, Burke is saying Walker’s […]

  • Paul Ryan

    Does Paul Ryan’s own “way forward” include a run for the White House?

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — “The Way Forward.” That’s the title of Congressman Paul Ryan’s new book. It outlines his vision for the country. But on Thursday, August 21st, FOX6 News asked Ryan about his own “way forward” — and if that includes a run for the White House. Ryan’s new book blends his personal story with his policy ideas. He offers ideas on erasing poverty. “We are 50 years into the war on poverty, trillions spent, we got the highest poverty […]

  • Proposed Hard Rock casino in Kenosha

    Bi-partisan group of lawmakers wants to know: Why no decision on Kenosha casino?

    KENOSHA (WITI) — This week marks a full year since the federal government gave the “green light” to a casino project in Kenosha. But the project needs approval from Gov. Scott Walker. On this one-year anniversary, a bi-partisan group of state lawmakers is pushing for action. The Dairyland Greyhound Track is a possible site for a Kenosha casino. It sits vacant a year after the federal government approved a proposal that could bring an $800 million Hard Rock Hotel and […]

  • Gov. Scott Walker

    “Very concerning for me:” Gov. Walker speaks about threats made to his son via Twitter

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Gov. Scott Walker’s son has been the target of a number of disturbing threats. Now, for the first time, the governor is talking about those threats with FOX6 News. 31-year-old Robert Peffer has been charged with four misdemeanors for threatening Matt Walker. Peffer, who signed the Scott Walker recall petition, allegedly sent 36 separate Twitter messages that included sexually aggressive language, racial slurs and even promises of physical activity. “Obviously, any time someone in your family deals […]

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    Federal funds rejected to expand BadgerCare, so how much did it cost Wisconsin?

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — How much did Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to reject federal funds to expand BadgerCare cost Wisconsin? A new government report says the number is much higher than initially thought. When he made the decision, Gov. Walker argued he was protecting Wisconsin taxpayers — because the state could not count on promises from the federal government. But a new report from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau shows if Gov. Walker had accepted the money, Wisconsin taxpayers would have […]

  • Police presence near 17th and Lapham

    Neighborhood near 17th and Lapham blocked off for hours, no suspect located

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — There was a significant police presence in the southside Milwaukee neighborhood near 17th and Lapham for several hours on Sunday evening, August 17th. Police tell FOX6 News a criminal suspect was thought to be holed up inside a home. After a search was eventually conducted, the suspect was determined to not be in the home. Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

  • Glenn Grothman and Joe Leibham

    “I don’t know who my opponent is:” Uncertainty as no winner declared in 6th Congressional District race

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The heated contest for Congress north of the Milwaukee area is still up in the air. Just over 200 votes separate the two Republican candidates — Joe Leibham and Glenn Grothman. On Tuesday night, August 12th, it appeared Glenn Grothman was the winner in the 6th Congressional District race. The race was even called in his favor, but late results from Leibham’s home county of Sheboygan increased his total significantly. As it stands, Grothman has 23,241 votes […]

  • Gov. Scott Walker, Mary Burke

    A positive ad? Gov. Walker sets a new tone as candidates for governor look to November

    MADISON (WITI) — Mary Burke has officially been named Governor Scott Walker’s Democratic challenger in the governor’s race — easily defeating Brett Hulsey in Tuesday night’s primary. Now, the focus is on the November general election — and both candidates are back on the campaign trail. After weeks of negative attack ads, Governor Walker is attempting to set a new tone for the race in its final 12 weeks. The race for governor in Wisconsin is one of the closest […]


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