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Theo Keith is the political reporter for FOX6 News. He covers election campaigns, the Wisconsin Legislature, and local politics.

Theo has extensively covered the leaders of both houses of Congress — Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He has covered two presidential candidates and four U.S. Senate races.

He previously covered the fallout from Act 10 as a reporter at WISC-TV in Madison from 2011-2013. Theo followed the historic recall of Gov. Scott Walker, Ryan’s bid for the vice presidency, and several other controversial pieces of legislation at the state Capitol.

Sandwiched between his work in Wisconsin, Theo was the political reporter for WAVE-TV in Louisville, Kentucky. He followed Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign and Sen. McConnell’s ascent to majority leader. He investigated corruption at local governments, leading to multiple changes.

Theo is a proud defender of open records and open meetings laws, and believes in holding elected officials accountable.

Theo is from Saginaw, Michigan, and is a big fan of the Michigan State Spartans — though he graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in journalism and political science. In his free time, you’ll find him on the golf course looking for his long-lost putting stroke, or in the kitchen trying a new recipe.

Recent Articles
  • Sheriff David Clarke flies the country, avoids questions, redacts records in his official schedule

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke flew into Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport in January 2015, returning from a sport shooting show in Las Vegas. He wouldn’t remain in the county for long. The next day, Clarke was on another flight to start an eight-day, taxpayer-funded trip to Washington, D.C. so he could meet law enforcement officers, testify before a Congressional committee, and do several media interviews. Clarke has made himself a regular at airports across the country, according […]

  • “The state needs to deliver for us:” Local officials, businesses say outdated I-94 slows Racine Co. development

    CALEDONIA — When officials in the Village of Caledonia spent $20 million to extend utility service to a new industrial park near Interstate 94, the village administrator expected to have more than one company in place by now. As Racine County tries to catch up to the development boom taking place to the south in Kenosha County, local leaders and business owners point to two things: a lack of infrastructure, and the deteriorating state of I-94. Caledonia has solved one […]

  • “We’re just not ready:” Wisconsin lawmakers delay vote on UW System tuition cut

    MADISON — Cut tuition within the University of Wisconsin System, or simply freeze it? On Tuesday, May 23rd, Wisconsin lawmakers delayed a key budget vote because they weren’t on the same page. “We’re just not ready to make a decision,” said state Sen. Alberta Darling, the Republican co-chair of the Legislature’s budget-writing committee. Instead of voting on the UW System’s budget, lawmakers put it off for at least a week. The Assembly’s budget committee co-chair blamed a few Republicans in […]

  • Walker, GOP leadership announce new UW center to honor former Gov. Tommy Thompson

    MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker and Republican leaders in the Wisconsin Legislature on Tuesday, May 23rd announced plans to create a new public policy center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in honor of former Gov. Tommy Thompson. The GOP proposal, which the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee will consider later in the day, would cost taxpayers $3 million over two years, including $500,000 that would be available to other UW System schools to bring speakers to their respective campuses. Assembly Speaker […]

  • “It’s a real problem:” Pres. Trump pledged to “drain the swamp,” but is it instead draining him?

    MILWAUKEE — President Donald Trump campaigned on a pledge to “drain the swamp.” Now, some Wisconsin Republicans say the swamp is draining the president. In the final weeks of the 2016 campaign, the line became a rallying cry in Wisconsin — one candidate Trump first used in Wisconsin. “And we are going to drain the swamp of corruption in Washington, D.C.,” said candidate Trump. “Drain the swamp” meant ethics reform and tougher rules on executive branch employees-turned lobbyists in an effort to […]

  • Sheriff Clarke’s 2013 thesis faces academic review after plagiarism accusations

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke faces a new investigation after accusations that the controversial sheriff plagiarized portions of his 2013 master’s thesis. The Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, removed Clarke’s thesis on homeland security from its website on Saturday and is now conducting an investigation. CNN reported Saturday that Clarke plagiarized significant portions of his 2013 thesis on homeland security, failing to properly cite his sources 47 times. Clarke announced last week that he’s resigning to take […]

  • Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to resign, says he’s joining Trump administration

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said Wednesday, May 17th that he will resign in June so he can accept a position in President Donald Trump’s administration. Clarke, who has been one of President Trump’s strongest supporters, will leave behind multiple investigations into deaths at the Milwaukee County Jail and a harassment complaint filed against him. The sheriff has become a conservative star nationally as the controversy swirled locally. Clarke told WISN 1130/AM host Vicki McKenna that he would […]

  • Speaker Ryan: “It is appropriate for House Oversight Committee to request (Comey) memo”

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Speaker Paul Ryan is supporting a powerful fellow Republican lawmaker’s request for former FBI Director James Comey’s memo regarding President Donald Trump’s efforts to have a federal investigation shut down. “We need to have all the facts, and it is appropriate for the House Oversight Committee to request this memo,” said AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan. Several national news outlets have reported on the memo, which allegedly shows President Donald Trump asking Comey to quash […]

  • “Crews are moving:” First steel rails in place for Milwaukee streetcar; construction earns mixed reviews

    MILWAUKEE — Crews have set the first steel rails in place for the downtown Milwaukee streetcar on West St. Paul Avenue, with construction scheduled to expand to a second part of the streetcar route this week. Traffic is down to a single eastbound lane on St. Paul Avenue so crews can tear up the middle part of the road and lay streetcar track. The work is happening near the southwest terminus of the 2.5-mile route, which extends to the Lower […]

  • Potential GOP U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson faces questions about his past as a Democrat

    WISCONSIN DELLS – Republican Kevin Nicholson, a potential 2018 candidate for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, is questioning the accuracy of documents that contradict his previous statements about his voting record as a Democrat. Nicholson voted as a Democrat in North Carolina’s 2008 presidential primary, and has said he voted “no preference.” Yet North Carolina voting records show that, among people who voted in-person in Nicholson’s precinct — as Nicholson did — no one voted that way. Nicholson is fighting to […]

  • Gov. Walker tells state GOP convention: “I’m ready” for third term

    WISCONSIN DELLS — Gov. Scott Walker told supporters at the annual Republican Party of Wisconsin convention that he’s ready to run for a third term. “I’m ready to move Wisconsin forward for four more years,” Walker said, after walking onto the convention stage to John Fogerty’s “Centerfield.” His comments – along with the naming of Joe Fadness as campaign manager this week – are setting up an official campaign launch this summer. Walker has said he won’t formally begin a […]

  • Sen. Ron Johnson says it would be “troubling” if Pres. Trump taped conversations

    WISCONSIN DELLS — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says it would be concerning if President Donald Trump recorded conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, but says he doesn’t think the president did. “It’d be troubling, sure,” Johnson told reporters at the annual Republican Party of Wisconsin convention. The issue gained attention when President Trump appeared to threaten in a Friday tweet that Comey “better hope” there are no tapes of their conversations before Comey leaked information to the press. Johnson […]