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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
  • ‘That was a low blow:’ Leah Vukmir, Kevin Nicholson trade buzzer-beating salvos in debate

    PEWAUKEE — The first Republican U.S. Senate debate between candidates Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir turned on its head in the final minutes when Nicholson said some politicians didn’t respect his military service and Vukmir demanded an apology. “That was a very, very low blow to say that I don’t respect you. I want to make sure everyone in this room knows that,” Vukmir said during the third overtime for what was supposed to be a single round of closing […]

  • Authorities: Fire out after explosion at refinery in Superior; at least 11 hurt

    SUPERIOR — A massive refinery fire in northwestern Wisconsin is out — but police say evacuations will remain in place overnight. The explosion and fire Thursday, April 26 happened in Superior, Wisconsin which borders Minnesota to the north and the tip of Lake Superior. Officials made the decision to leave evacuations in place as they make sure everything is cooling down at the refinery. This, after a tank containing asphalt exploded at the refinery around 10:30 a.m., injuring several people. Two hours […]

  • Vice President Mike Pence touts GOP tax overhaul, rips Democrats in Milwaukee speech

    MILWAUKEE — With an eye toward the 2018 midterm elections, Vice President Mike Pence told supporters in Milwaukee on Wednesday, April 25 that Republicans had kept their campaign promises. Pence said the newly enacted Republican tax overhaul has contributed to a booming economy. He spoke at an event promoting the tax cuts organized by America First Policies, a group that supports President Donald Trump. “Jobs are back, confidence is back, and under the president of the United States, America is […]

  • Foxconn executive: Construction on Racine County campus will begin soon

    MILWAUKEE — The start of construction on Foxconn Technology Group’s massive technology campus in Mount Pleasant is imminent, Foxconn executive Louis Woo said on Wednesday, April 25. “In the next two or three days, you will hear the news that the actual construction at the site that we’ve picked in Racine County will begin,” Woo said during an appearance in downtown Milwaukee. Woo said Foxconn has chosen its construction contractors and that 90 percent of them are from Wisconsin. He […]

  • Sen. Lena Taylor will be prosecuted for disorderly conduct citation involving alleged racial slurs

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee City Attorney’s office will prosecute state Sen. Lena Taylor for a disorderly conduct citation over her alleged use of racial slurs at a downtown bank branch. Taylor’s attorney, Vince Bobot, said he will enter a not guilty plea on Taylor’s behalf Tuesday. The incident in question happened April 6 at a Wells Fargo bank branch in downtown Milwaukee. In a copy of the citation obtained by FOX6, Milwaukee Police referred to Taylor as a “known actor” […]

  • Vice President Mike Pence to attend 3 events in Wisconsin on Wednesday

    MILWAUKEE — Vice President Mike Pence will attend three events in Wisconsin during a visit Wednesday, April 25, a White House official said. The vice president will give a speech promoting recently enacted tax cuts during an event sponsored by America First Policies, a pro-President Donald Trump group. He will then attend a roundtable organized by affiliated super PAC America First Action before raising money for Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election campaign at a dinner. The vice president is scheduled to […]

  • Crowded field: 16 Democrats running for Wisconsin governor, Mayor Barrett undecided

    MILWAUKEE — The field of Democrats running for Wisconsin governor is growing again. Two new candidates entered the race in the past week, bringing the field to 16 candidates. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he has not decided whether to join them by launching a fourth bid for the governor’s office. The situation is far different than in 2014, when businesswoman Mary Burke was the early frontrunner to win the Democratic nomination. This year, the field is tightly packed with […]

  • VP Pence to take part in April 25 town hall in Milwaukee ahead of Gov. Walker fundraiser

    MILWAUKEE — Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to participate in a tax cut town hall event at the Wisconsin Center on April 25. It’s organized by America First Policies, a group that supports President Donald Trump. The event is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. A spokeswoman said there will be a panel discussion involving elected and business leaders. She declined to name who else will participate, but said she doesn’t expect former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke — who works for […]

  • Republican Bryan Steil announces he’s running for Congress to replace Speaker Ryan

    JANESVILLE — Republican Bryan Steil announced on Sunday, April 22 that he’s running to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan in Congress, becoming the frontrunner in the GOP primary. “I want to take our Wisconsin work ethic and my problem-solving experience to Washington’s nonstop crisis factory,” Steil told several dozen supporters gathered at Performance Micro Tool in Janesville. Steil has been a member of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents since 2016. He is a lawyer. Steil has been a […]

  • Chunk of snow and ice from I-794 is likely culprit for Milwaukee streetcar support arm collapse

    MILWAUKEE — Part of The Hop Milwaukee’s overhead wire system was likely taken down by a chunk of snow and ice from a highway overpass Wednesday night, the streetcar’s operator said. Photos from a FOX6 News viewer show a support arm for the streetcar’s electric wire left dangling over North Broadway at East Clybourn Street. Darryll Simpson, GM for streetcar operator Transdev, says a witness told them he saw snow and ice come off the Interstate 794 overpass and hit […]

  • Paul Nehlen’s wife collects $37,000 from Nehlen’s congressional campaign

    MILWAUKEE — Paul Nehlen, the candidate for House Speaker Paul Ryan’s seat in Congress who was booted from Twitter this year, knows his best-paid campaign staffer well. It’s his wife. Since July 2017, Nehlen’s campaign has made 26 payments to his wife, Gabriela Lira, totaling $37,870. She collected more money from the campaign than anyone else over the nine-month period, according to campaign finance reports. Most payments show Nehlen’s wife was simply on the payroll, though several from late 2017 […]

  • Tom Barrett for governor? Milwaukee’s mayor isn’t ruling out another bid

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett isn’t ruling out running for Wisconsin governor in 2018 for a fourth time, having lost his three previous bids. “I’ve had people approach me saying, ‘we would like you to be mayor. We’d like you to stay mayor.’ I’ve had people approach me and say, ‘we’d like you to run for governor.’ And I’ve had people approach me and say, ‘we’d like you to move to Tahiti,” Barrett said in an interview at City […]