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Theo Keith is the political reporter for FOX6 News. He covers election campaigns, the Wisconsin Legislature, and Milwaukee city and county government.

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.

Theo’s work has twice won Emmy awards — in 2017 for his investigation of then-Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s whereabouts, and in 2016 for his breaking news coverage of a massive fire. He previously won a regional Edward R. Murrow award in 2013 for his reporting on problem panhandlers.

Prior to joining FOX6, he covered the historic recall of Gov. Scott Walker as a reporter at WISC-TV in Madison from 2011-2013. There, Theo reported on Paul Ryan’s bid for the vice presidency and several controversial pieces of legislation at the state Capitol.

From 2013-2015, Theo was the political reporter for WAVE-TV in Louisville, Kentucky. He followed Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign and Mitch 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 on behalf of the voters who elected them.

Theo is from Saginaw, Michigan, and is a lifelong fan of the Michigan State Spartans. 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 or in the kitchen trying a new recipe.

Recent Articles
  • ‘All-out assault:’ Barrett blasts bill that would require pay for officers, firefighters being disciplined

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Sunday, Feb. 18 slammed a plan to shake up Milwaukee’s Fire and Police Commission as an “all-out assault” on the city. Barrett spoke out during a rare news conference Sunday afternoon, two days before the state Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill Tuesday. The legislation would give the police and fire unions some control over who gets on the FPC, and it would force the city to pay police officers and […]

  • ‘Bring it back:’ Picasso print worth up to $50K reported stolen from Milwaukee art appraiser

    MILWAUKEE — A valuable, signed, original Pablo Picasso print was stolen from the DeLind Fine Art Appraisals on Friday, Feb. 16. The piece is worth an estimated $35,000 to $50,000. The 1949 print was in the downtown Milwaukee art gallery at the corner of Mason and Jefferson. Appraiser, Bill DeLind, said his business partner noticed it was missing around 2 p.m. Friday. “Some of what went through my mind couldn’t be repeated on television,” DeLind said. “But it was shock and […]

  • Senate pushes ahead with ‘alcohol czar’ bill as breweries fight it

    MADISON— The Wisconsin Senate is pushing ahead with a bill creating a powerful new “alcohol czar” position to enforce liquor laws in the state, even though Gov. Scott Walker and Assembly Republican leaders appear cool to the idea. Wisconsin breweries are fighting against it. “This is something that came to our attention on Wednesday night — so yesterday,” Henry Schwartz president of MobCraft Beer said Thursday, Feb. 15. A Senate committee scheduled a public hearing on the bill Thursday, just two […]

  • Lawmakers forge ahead with juvenile prison plan; hearing and vote on same day

    MADISON — A hastily-conceived plan to close the Lincoln Hills juvenile prison and reorganize how young offenders are imprisoned in Wisconsin was moving ahead Thursday, Feb. 15 at a lightning-fast pace in the Wisconsin Legislature, with a highly-unusual hearing and vote on the same day. The bipartisan backers of the bill that Republican Gov. Scott Walker is urging them to pass before the session ends next month admit that many details still need to be worked out, but the pressure […]

  • No love between Abele, County Board during Valentine’s Day hearing on power structure bill

    MADISON — It may have been Valentine’s Day, but there was no love between Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and members of the Board of Supervisors as they made appeals to lawmakers about the power structure in county government. Abele and board Chairman Theo Lipscomb sat on opposite sides of a small, crowded hearing room at the state Capitol and did not interact. Abele is seeking new powers to set compensation for his top appointees and shield his department heads […]

  • State lawmakers reveal plan to close Lincoln Hills, Copper Lake by July 2020

    MADISON — Wisconsin’s only youth prison would close as soon as 2020 and many of the offenders would move to Milwaukee County under a plan announced Tuesday, Feb. 13 by state lawmakers from both parties. The group includes four Milwaukee Democrats and the Republican Assembly speaker, meaning the plan will likely pass the Assembly. But its future is unclear from there; Gov. Scott Walker has offered a different plan, and the Senate’s top lawmaker doubted whether a juvenile justice bill […]

  • “No place in the Republican Party:” Wisconsin GOP distances itself from Paul Ryan foe Paul Nehlen after Twitter posts

    MADISON — Wisconsin Republicans are distancing themselves from Paul Nehlen, a Republican challenger to House Speaker Paul Ryan who has been suspended from Twitter after a series of posts criticized as being racist or anti-Semitic. Wisconsin Republican Party spokesman Alec Zimmerman said Tuesday that membership dues Nehlen paid to county parties in Kenosha, Walworth and Racine counties in 2016 and 2017 have been refunded to Nehlen or donated to charity. “Paul Nehlen is not a member of the Republican Party […]

  • ‘(Expletive) the police:’ Milwaukee County supervisor candidate apologizes after encouraging officer suicide

    MILWAUKEE — A candidate for Milwaukee County supervisor says she regrets a series of Facebook posts in which she wrote “(expletive) the police” and encouraged police officers to commit suicide. Sparkle Ashley, who’s running for a seat on Milwaukee’s northwest side, made the comments in posts in 2013 and 2014. “Every day that I am alive my hatred grows for the Milwaukee Police Department!” she wrote on Jan. 5, 2014. “I have never had a good experience no matter the […]

  • Abele seeks new powers from state lawmakers amid disputes over parking meters, appointee pay

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is asking state lawmakers to give him broad powers and settle recent disputes over paid parking meters and appointee pay, a move one of his top critics calls “shameful.” Four lawmakers — two Democrats from Milwaukee and two Republicans — have introduced the bill Abele is pushing for in the waning days of the legislative session. Abele said the legislation represents the wishes of the 11 county executives across Wisconsin, though some of them […]

  • Abele’s control of lakefront parking meters stripped out of Assembly, Senate bills

    MILWAUKEE — Days after they introduced a bill giving broad new powers to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, four state lawmakers are seeking to strip out one portion of it. The lawmakers have filed amendments eliminating a provision that would’ve given Abele the ability to install parking meters in county parks and along the lakefront. The original bill would’ve settled a recent dispute between Abele and the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors over paid parking. Abele has said the parking […]

  • Milwaukee alderman wants to fast-track Hiawatha service expansion to get workers to Foxconn plant

    MOUNT PLEASANT — A Milwaukee alderman says the state should put an Amtrak expansion on the fast-track to get workers to Foxconn’s new site, but not everyone shares the sense of urgency. Foxconn officials have pledged up to 13,000 jobs at a TV screen manufacturing plant in Mount Pleasant. The state’s plan to get workers there is to rebuild and expand Interstate 94, plus some access roads in Racine County. Ald. Bob Bauman accuses Gov. Scott Walker of fast-tracking that […]

  • Republicans, Milwaukee police officers look to shake up city’s Fire and Police Commission

    MADISON — Milwaukee police officers are asking state lawmakers to shake up the city’s Fire and Police Commission, arguing the current commissioners do the bidding of Mayor Tom Barrett and aren’t fair to officers. The FPC, which is currently in the middle of choosing a police chief to replace the retiring Ed Flynn, would be dramatically reshaped under legislation from two Republicans, state Sen. Van Wanggaard and state Rep. Janel Brandtjen. Barrett is opposed to the proposal. “I’m here because […]