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People ask me what it’s like to be a TV reporter. There’s no private office. There’s no one who does my hair and makeup.

But I can tell you it’s one of the best jobs in the world. That’s why I consider myself lucky to have been doing it for more than thirty years in Wisconsin.

Every day, reporters get to go places they might never see otherwise. I’ve had the opportunity to interview presidents, movie stars, and every day people doing extraordinary things. Then I get to write about it and share it.

I started learning to write in Sherman grade school in Milwaukee. Then I continued writing for the Nicolet High School Knight’s Page. I later went to UW-Madison. While in college I worked at the Wisconsin State Capitol, as a legislative page and aide to a State Senator. After graduating the journalism program, I worked for WISM radio in Madison and WKOW-TV in Madison. Then I got the chance to come back home to Milwaukee to work for WITI-TV6.

Through the years I’ve been honored with numerous reporting awards from the Wisconsin Press Club, Associated Press, Wisconsin Broadcasters’ Award and even an Emmy for a documentary on domestic violence. There was also a Citizen Award from the Milwaukee Police Department for helping to catch a couple of robbers. But the true reward is realizing that somehow I might have helped someone.

An unbelievable opportunity for that realization was when I traveled to Romania three times to report on orphans that were available for adoption. 200 abandoned children were adopted by Wisconsin families after my reports.

Back in Milwaukee, there will probably never be a fancy office or someone to do my hair and makeup, but I think I get something a lot more important.

Thanks for watching and caring.

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    ROCK COUNTY — He is accused of stealing 18 guns, mailing a manifesto to the president, and being the focus of a 10-day manhunt. Now, we are learning more about the mindset of Joseph Jakubowski. He appeared in federal and state court on Tuesday, April 25th. In federal court, Jakubowski pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he stole 18 firearms and two silencers from Armageddon Supplies in Janesville on April 4th, and for being a felon in possession of firearms. A federal […]

  • “What in the world is going on?!” Anger, concern after shots fired at Milwaukee fire station

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan and others reacted with anger and concern after a Milwaukee Fire Department station near Teutonia and Locust was shot at on Sunday, April 23rd. A bullet penetrated the window of Station 30 during the shots fired incident. It happened around 6:45 p.m. as the firefighters at Station 30 were getting dispatched to a car fire. “A very loud noise was heard on the north end of the station,” Aaron Lipski, MFD deputy chief said. Firefighters […]

  • Jurors find Patrick Fowler guilty of fatally stabbing woman, her daughter

    MILWAUKEE — Jurors found 33-year-old Patrick Fowler guilty of two counts of first degree intentional homicide in the deaths of a young mother and her child. That verdict was read in court shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21st. “We the jury find the defendant Patrick Fowler guilty of first degree intentional homicide of Jessica Ellenberger. We the jury find the defendant Patrick Fowler guilty of first degree intentional homicide of Madyson Marshel,” the judge said as he read the […]

  • “Someone else did it:” Man accused of fatally stabbing woman, her daughter, takes the stand in his own defense

    MILWAUKEE — 33-year-old Patrick Fowler took the stand in his own defense on Thursday, April 20th and said, “Someone else did it.” Fowler faces two counts of first degree intentional homicide in the deaths of a young mother and her child. The bodies of 28-year-old Jessica Ellenberger and her daughter, four-year-old Madyson Marshel were discovered inside their home near 68th and Stevenson in Milwaukee on March 19th, 2016. Fowler told the jury on Thursday, April 20th that he was in the bathroom when […]

  • Jury to decide fate of man accused of killing young mother, daughter, setting their bodies on fire

    MILWAUKEE — A young mother and her child were murdered not long before Easter in 2016, and Wednesday, April 19th was the third day of the jury trial for the man accused in this case. 33-year-old Patrick Fowler faces two counts of first degree intentional homicide in this case. The bodies of 28-year-old Jessica Ellenberger and her daughter, four-year-old Madyson Marshel were discovered inside their home near 68th and Stevenson in Milwaukee on March 19th, 2016. Prosecutors say Fowler admitted he […]

  • Medical examiner: 2 more recent deaths related to carfentanil, known as elephant tranquilizer

    MILWAUKEE — The problems keep growing, changing and seemingly getting worse. On Monday, April 17th FOX6 News told you about the first death in Milwaukee County involving carfentanil — a potent compound found in large animal tranquilizers. Officials fear it’s being mixed with heroin and other drugs. On Tuesday morning, we learned of two more deaths in Milwaukee County linked to the drug. Carfentanil has been ID'd in 2 more recent deaths in City of Milwaukee. Milwaukee on track to log […]

  • $30K cash bond set as Jakubowski makes initial court appearance in Rock Co. after capture

    ROCK COUNTY — 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski on Monday, April 17th appeared in court in Rock County for the first time after his capture Friday, April 15th in Vernon County. This, after a 10-day, nationwide manhunt for the wanted fugitive — accused of burglarizing a gun store in Janesville, torching his own vehicle, and mailing a manifesto to President Donald Trump apparently threatening public officials, schools and churches — before vanishing. Cash bond was set at $30,000 — $10,000 on each of […]

  • Group calls for hate crime investigation after Muslim woman says she was attacked

    MILWAUKEE — Standing together against hate. Those from various religious groups and civil rights organizations gathered Friday, April 14th to show support after an incident on Monday, April 10th. It’s an incident they want investigated as a hate crime. The Muslim woman told police on Monday, a man ran up to her as she was leaving early morning prayer at the mosque near South 13th and Layton. She says he wanted to grab her hijab, or Islamic scarf, from her […]

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    MILWAUKEE — It’s being considered a legal victory for the family of Dontre Hamilton. Hamilton’s mother and brother spoke with FOX6 News Thursday, April 13th about a federal judge’s ruling that Hamilton’s constitutional rights were violated when former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney illegally patted him down for weapons before shooting and killing him in Red Arrow Park in April of 2014. There are four issues that need to be decided as part of the family’s civil lawsuit. This was the first. […]

  • “He knew:” Prosecutors say motorcyclist who hit, killed elderly pedestrian had no license, insurance

    KENOSHA — 29-year-old Nathan Hubbard of Kenosha now faces one count of hit-and-run involving death — accused in connection with a fatal crash involving a pedestrian that happened Sunday, April 9th near 61st Street and 22nd Avenue. Prosecutors say after striking an elderly pedestrian with his motorcycle — he fled the scene and went to work — later hiding his motorcycle. Police searched for the hit-and-run driver for more than 24 hours after the crash — even releasing surveillance photos of […]

  • “Beat me like an animal:” Muslim woman says attacker ripped off her hijab, cut her with knife

    MILWAUKEE — A Muslim woman was attacked as she walked home from prayer. Milwaukee police tell FOX6 News they are investigating the crime that occurred near South 13th and Layton. The incident happened Monday morning, April 10th around 6:00 a.m. — and the victim was just released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon. The details of the crime have some in the Islamic community saying it was a hate crime. “I said to myself, ‘I am going to die today for […]

  • “Revolution. It’s time for change:” Where is Joseph Jakubowski? NEW PHOTOS released

    ROCK COUNTY — Before setting off a massive manhunt triggered by a gun shop break-in, authorities said Joseph Jakubowski first wanted to document the start of his self-proclaimed revolution against the government and law enforcement. As of Monday, April 10th, Jakubowski remained at large, as additional federal resources have been brought in from across the nation to aid in this investigation. Rock County Sheriff’s officials on Monday evening said they received 150 additional tips, bringing the total amount of tips […]