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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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    “I’m just completely sorry:” Kevin Hutchins sentenced to 9 1/2 years after chase, crash

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Dramatic video tells part of the story. On Monday, July 28th — a Milwaukee County judge told the rest. 41-year-old Kevin Hutchins was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison — plus another five years of extended supervision. This, after he pleaded guilty in June to leading Sheriff’s deputies on a dramatic high-speed chase in Milwaukee County in October 2013. Hutchins faced a long list of charges in the case. He pleaded guilty to three of them — […]

  • Milwaukee Police

    More children injured in gunfire prompts extended police presence in hot spot neighborhoods

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Friday, July 25th in the area of 36th and Hadley there is lots of police activity. Tonight we learn more about a couple, now in jail, after a shooting in which two children were injured. It’s a common site Friday. Milwaukee Police are targeting the area near 36th and Hadley, calling it a hot spot for violence. Police say so far, their efforts paid off, arresting a 23-year-old man wanted for questioning in a homicide case. Police […]

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    Stradivarius violin theft: Universal Allah sentenced, Salah Salahadyn requests a new lawyer

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It was to be the final note played out in the story of a stolen Stradivarius violin. The valuable violin was stolen from concertmaster Frank Almond following a concert in Wauwatosa nearly six months ago. A judge on Thursday, July 24th sentenced 37-year-old Universal Allah to three-and-a-half years in prison, and three-and-a-half years of extended supervision for his role in the theft. Allah pleaded guilty to a felony count of robbery as party to a crime. Prosecutors say […]

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    Shoot…or don’t shoot? New rules, training proposed for police officers for when they come in contact with dogs

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Aggressive and vicious – or just being friendly? New rules are being proposed, and Milwaukee police officers are being trained on what they should do when they come across dogs in the field. Quite often, when police officers go to homes — they are confronted by a dog. Often, the dog will bark or run towards them. Sometimes, the officer shoots. Sometimes he or she ends up killing a family pet. Milwaukee police officers will soon have […]

  • jennifer garcia

    West Allis woman accused of beating, torturing 3-year-old, and this isn’t her first brush with the law

    MILWAUKEE CO. (WITI) — A West Allis woman faces 13 felony charges — accused of abusing and torturing her boyfriend’s three-year-old son. The boy can no longer walk or talk — and a criminal complaint issued against Garcia said doctors determined it was unknown whether the boy would even survive — or what his long-term prognosis would be. Now, we’ve learned of another victim — a man who claims 32-year-old Jennifer Garcia tried robbing him at gunpoint. That man still […]

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    Cleanup underway: Evacuees return to homes following train derailment in Slinger

    SLINGER (WITI/AP) — A collision of two trains and a resulting diesel fuel spill in Slinger are being investigated, and cleaned up. Dozens of residents evacuated following the collision and derailment of three engines and 10 train cars on Sunday night, July 20th have been allowed to return to their homes — as crews work to clean up the 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled. On Monday afternoon, a 911 call that alerted officials to this incident was released. Fire officials […]

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    Attack against violent gangs: FBI, Milwaukee police team up for early morning raid

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It was another attack against violent gangs — and the crime they bring to Milwaukee’s streets. The FBI joined forces with Milwaukee police on Friday, July 18th to raid several houses and arrest suspected gang members — and FOX6 News was with them for an exclusive look at what happened. Armed with search warrants and months of investigation, officials believe they are rounding up some big fish drowning city neighborhoods in violence. “These gangs are involved in […]

  • Steven Zelich

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    WALWORTH COUNTY (WITI) — Not guilty. That’s the plea 52-year-old Steven Zelich entered in Walworth County Court on Thursday, July 17th. Zelich faces two charges of hiding a corpse after suitcases containing the bodies of two women were discovered on the side of the road in the Town of Geneva in early June. The big question still unanswered: Did Steven Zelich, a former West Allis police officer, kill Laura Simonson of Farmington, Minnesota and Jenny Gamez of Cottage Grove, Oregon […]

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    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The wife of a veteran wants her husband, who died this month, to be buried in his military blues. But that can’t happen because his body isn’t even in this country! Mark Lasher went to the Philippines a few months ago, and this month, he died there. His widow fears she will never get to bring his body back to American soil. Mark Lasher was proud of his service in the Air Force in the mid-70s. He then spent […]

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    Children crossing into the U.S. by the thousands; Could Milwaukee be called upon to help shelter some?

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Children are crossing the border into the United States by the thousands to escape violence in South America. It has been happening since October, and Wisconsin is being called on to help shelter some of them. If and when that will happen is still up in the air, but a move to bring some of those children to Arizona on Tuesday, July 15th is causing conflict. On Tuesday, reaction was quick as dozens of protesters on both […]

  • Sierra Guyton

    “Just put the guns down:” Sierra Guyton’s mother calls for end to violence after daughter passes away

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Nearly two months after she was shot in the head while playing on a playground near 28th and Clarke — just feet from her home, 10-year-old Sierra Guyton passed away this weekend. She was pronounced dead at Children’s Hospital at 1:35 a.m. Sunday, July 13th. A vigil was held for Monday evening in Sierra’s honor. “She was a very happy child and I am going to miss her very much,” Lois Sneed said. The kids in Room 26 […]

  • Paul Weiser

    Back in jail: Years ago, a sex offender wrote “Dear Abby” about his fantasies, so what now?

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — 40-year-old Paul Weiser, a registered sex offender, has been out of jail on supervision living on the Milwaukee’s south side. New charges came down on Friday, July 11th, and Weiser is back serving time. Brandie Chidester knows what it’s like to live across the street from a registered child sex offender, having two children herself. “We had to live with this for the last eight, twelve years,” says Chidester. “Kids always had to stay in the back. They’re […]