Download the new, improved FOX6 Storm Center app for iOS, Android
  • Follow me on:

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.

Recent Articles
  • patient-770

    Identified! Officials at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare say thank you, as male patient ID’d

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Officials with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis are saying thank you to those who helped to identify a previously unidentified patient. Hospital officials asked for help on Thursday, May 21st — two weeks after the man was taken to the hospital. The man apparently fell and hit his head at 20th and Burnham on Milwaukee’s south side on the evening of Tuesday, May 5th. Someone must have called 911 on his behalf, and he arrived at St. Francis […]

  • hearing over crash of MPD's video recording system

    “There is frustration:” Questions, but few answers over MPD video recording system failure

    MADISON (WITI) — A legitimate investigation — or a stage for politics to play out? Sparks flew Wednesday, May 20th during a fact-finding hearing to dig into the crash of the Milwaukee Police Department’s video recording system through which interviews with suspects are recorded. “We did invite Mayor Tom Barrett, Chief Ed Flynn, Sheriff David Clarke and District Attorney John Chisholm,” said State Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine). At this invitation-only event, none of the listed showed up. At issue — the […]

  • Stanley Van Wagner

    Man found shot to death inside Oconomowoc home; no one in custody

    OCONOMOWOC (WITI) — Authorities are investigating a homicide in Oconomowoc — a crime that hasn’t happened in the city in at least six years. Oconomowoc police were called out to a home on Elm Street on Sunday evening, May 17th, shortly before 7:00 p.m. Police say 50-year-old Stanley Van Wagner was found dead in the basement of his home. His death has been ruled a homicide. Officials say Van Wagner’s wife found her husband’s body and contacted a neighbor, who […]

  • Jones Decorah

    Man arrested for his 10th OWI, “odor of intoxicants emanating from the vehicle”

    STURTEVANT (WITI) — Charges have been filed against a man arrested for his 10th OWI offense. 56-year-old Jones Decorah from Wisconsin Dells was arrested Wednesday, May 13th in Sturtevant. Decorah has been charged with operating while intoxicated (10th and subsequent offense), operating a motor vehicle while revoked, resisting an officer and misdemeanor bail jumping. According to the criminal complaint, officers were called to Village Food and Liquor located on Durand Avenue around 5:40 a.m. for reports of a hit-and-run accident. Witnesses […]

  • Elizabeth Tripp. passenger on Amtrak train that caught fire in Milwaukee

    Many on train that caught fire in Milwaukee were thinking of disaster in Philly: “I was pretty shaken up”

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Another crisis for Amtrak: Just days after a train derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people, a train en route to Milwaukee from Chicago caught fire as it neared the Milwaukee Intermodal Station. No one was killed or even injured in Milwaukee. All passengers were able to be safely evacuated from the train. But many on board say they were thinking about what happened in Philadelphia as they departed the train. The call came in just after noon on […]

  • Milwaukee Police Department

    Milwaukee Police Department: Seven criminal cases impacted by failure of video recording system

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee Police Department has provided some new information as it relates to a “catastrophic failure” of MPD’s video recording system that occurred back in January. We have now learned seven criminal cases have been impacted. In those seven cases, MPD says evidentiary interviews are stored on failed disks, and recorded interviews haven’t been able to be retrieved. In each of these cases, MPD says the suspects have been charged based on investigators’ reports and evidence that met […]

  • Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny and Tony Robinson

    Dane County District Attorney: No charges for Officer Matt Kenny in death of Tony Robinson

    MADISON (WITI) — Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne on Tuesday, May 12th announced NO criminal charges would be filed against Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny in the officer-involved shooting that killed 19-year-old Tony Robinson. 19-year-old Robinson was shot and killed by Officer Kenny on March 6th. In making his decision NOT to charge Officer Kenny in the shooting that killed Robinson, Ozanne said he met with several people, including Robinson’s mother, Andrea Irwin, high school students whom he said […]

  • Felton Shands

    Caught on camera: “Well-dressed” man accused of panhandling, taking multiple victims

    SHOREWOOD (WITI) — He’s accused of panhandling in and around Milwaukee — and police say he’s taken multiple victims. One man who nearly fell victim recently caught his arrest on video. He’s the kind of guy you’d expect to see near Capitol and Oakland in Shorewood. “A very well dressed, gentleman-looking guy,” Keith Johnson said. When Johnson saw him, he took out his cell phone and hit ‘record.’ Then, Johnson realized the man was being arrested. “Within seconds he was […]

  • Kelly Dwyer case

    One mystery solved, another begins: Quest for answers in the Kelly Dwyer case

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — One mystery solved, another begins. On Thursday, May 7th, it was confirmed that skeletal remains found in Jefferson County were those of Kelly Dwyer. Now, experts must next find the cause of her death. The skeletal remains took days to identify. Kelly Dwyer’s dental records had to be used to do it. Now, to put together a possible criminal case, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office tells FOX6 News officials are in discussions to get more analysis — […]

  • Kelly Dwyer

    Human remains found in rural Jefferson County are those of Kelly Dwyer, so how did she die?

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The human remains found along a road in rural Jefferson County this past weekend have been positively identified as those of Kelly Dwyer. A forensic odontologist made the identification. Now, a new chapter begins: How did she die, and where? Will the evidence point to the man police have suspected since the beginning? The remains were found by a citizen along Inlynd Rd. in the Town of Concord on Friday evening, May 1st. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office guarded the remains throughout […]

  • Tony Dwyer

    Father of Kelly Dwyer speaks out after human remains found: “Until we have closure, it’s not over”

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Experts this week have been analyzing human remains discovered this past weekend in Jefferson County. An autopsy was performed on Monday, May 4th, and officials were then making comparisons using dental records. Officials in Jefferson County said Wednesday, May 6th no positive identification has yet been made. This, as the father of Kelly Dwyer, missing since October 2013 talked with FOX6 News about the hope his family could get closure and his plans for the future — […]

  • Dr. Fred Anapol

    Could remains found be Kelly Dwyer? How do investigators solve these cases with so little to go on?

    JEFFERSON COUNTY (WITI) — Work is still being done in an effort to identify human remains found this weekend in Jefferson County. Part of the process includes comparing the remains to the Kelly Dwyer’s dental records. Dwyer has been missing since October of 2013. So how do investigators solve these cases with so little to go on? Fred Anapol is a professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He often works with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office to identify […]


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,803 other followers