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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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    OAK CREEK/WASHINGTON, D.C. (WITI) — Two years after the tragic shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek that killed six, Congress has recognized two heroes. Oak Creek Police Lieutenant Brian Murphy and Oak Creek Police Officer Sam Lenda were presented with Congressional Badges of Bravery. Sikhs and community members gathered at the temple on the two-year anniversary of the day a white supremacist shot and killed six worshippers. Members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin held a remembrance […]

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    Steven Zelich now facing first degree intentional homicide charge

    KENOSHA (WITI/AP) — A former West Allis police officer has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of one of two women whose bodies were found stuffed in suitcases and left along a Lake Geneva highway. 52-year-old Steven Zelich was charged Tuesday, August 5th in Kenosha County court in the death of 19-year-old Jenny Gamez, a college student from Oregon. He is also accused in the death of 37-year-old Laura Simonson of Farmington, Minnesota. Zelich […]

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    Differing opinions: Milwaukee leaders sound off on ways to curb the violence

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    “It is a hard time:” 48 hours of continuous prayer comes to an end; anniversary of Sikh Temple shooting approaches

    OAK CREEK (WITI) — The two-year anniversary is this Tuesday, August 5th. Two years ago, a gunman opened fire inside the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek. When all was said and done, six people had lost their lives, and four others were injured — including Oak Creek Police Lieutenant Brian Murphy — the first officer on scene. Members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek spent the weekend paying homage to the victims of this tragedy. On Friday, […]

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    “I’m just really tired of what’s going on:” Another shooting in Milwaukee, another innocent victim

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The gun violence in Milwaukee continues — and another innocent victim is shot. Milwaukee police are investigating after a 20-year-old woman was shot as she was standing at a bus stop on Thursday morning, July 31st. It happened shortly before 11:00 a.m., in the 4200 block of N. 27th Street. Police say the woman was shot as she stood at the bus stop — from rounds fired by a suspect likely shooting at a passing car. She […]

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    “Don’t make her out to be a monster:” Mother defends daughter, arrested for child neglect following shooting

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — She faces seven charges of child neglect, after city workers condemned her home. She had just regained custody of her children — after losing them due to child abuse. Two of her children suffered gunshot wounds — hit by bullets during a gun battle. Now, FOX6 News is speaking with the mother of 25-year-old Octavia Burton. She is now caring for many of Burton’s children — and she is defending her daughter. City workers were led to […]

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  • Kevin Hutchins

    “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 — […]

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    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

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