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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
  • HUD Secretary Ben Carson decries ‘purveyors of hatred’ during Milwaukee visit

    MILWAUKEE — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson lit into what he described as “purveyors of hatred and division” during a visit to Milwaukee on Thursday, June 14. Carson toured The Guest House, a homeless shelter just west of downtown, and held a discussion with local officials about the importance of partnering with private groups to address homelessness. He later spoke at the annual convention of Gospel Rescue Missions. Carson would not say who the “purveyors” were, but said […]

  • 20 more districts to receive School Safety Grants from Wisconsin DOJ

    WISCONSIN DELLS — At least 700 schools applied for school safety grants under a $100 million program created this year, though the number is less than one out of every four Wisconsin schools. Attorney General Brad Schimel announced in Wisconsin Dells on Wednesday, June 13 that the state will award more than $1.3 million in school safety grants to 20 school districts (those shown in bold are within the FOX6 viewing area): Barneveld School District, $38,949 Benton School District, $57,975 […]

  • ‘It’s mind-boggling:’ Suspect in deadly Milwaukee police chase was out on signature bond

    MILWAUKEE — Prosecutors filed 11 felony counts and one misdemeanor charge on Tuesday, June 12 against Ladell Harrison, the man accused of leading Milwaukee Police on a chase that killed an officer last week. Harrison admitted to fleeing police June 7 because he knew his license was revoked and he had a gun and his 5-year-old son in the car, according to a criminal complaint. Nine days before the crash, a Milwaukee County court commissioner released Harrison on a $500 […]

  • Assembly candidate Charisse Daniels fails to respond to challenge of her nomination signatures

    MILWAUKEE — Charisse Daniels may have just blown whatever chance she had at winning a seat in the state Assembly. The Democrat missed Thursday’s deadline to respond to a challenge seeking to invalidate many of her nomination signatures after 22 people said their names were forged on Daniels’ paperwork. Daniels and her lawyer, Mike Maistelman, still will have the opportunity to argue their case before the Wisconsin Elections Commission at a meeting on Monday, June 11 in Madison. The commission […]

  • Elections Commission boots Democratic Assembly candidate from ballot over faked signatures

    MADISON — Democratic Assembly candidate Charisse Daniels’ campaign officially lasted just 11 days. The Wisconsin Elections Commission, a panel made up of Democratic and Republican members, voted 6-0 to remove Daniels from the fall ballot after finding she had 27 fraudulent signatures and three duplicate signatures on her nomination papers. That left her seven valid signatures short of the 200 she needed. Daniels may be facing much more serious trouble. Watertown Police have opened an investigation into potential election fraud, […]

  • Summertime specials: Wisconsin Democrats hope to flip two more legislative seats Tuesday

    LODI — The winner’s of Tuesday’s special elections in Wisconsin may never take a vote at the state Capitol, but both parties are all-in as they seek momentum heading into the fall. The races are in Wisconsin’s 42nd Assembly District northeast of Madison and the 1st Senate District east of Green Bay. Both are traditionally Republican seats that have been vacant since December. In the 42nd, Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd and Republican Jon Plumer are battling each other and the […]

  • ‘They said it’ll never happen:” People board Milwaukee streetcar for first time at open house

    MILWAUKEE — As construction nears completion, dozens of people boarded The Hop MKE streetcar for the first time on Friday, June 8 during an open house. Members of the public got several different views of the two vehicles that have been delivered to Milwaukee. Many ventured onto a platform above one of the vehicles as it sat in the maintenance facility under Interstate 794 between 4th and 5th streets. Mayor Tom Barrett and other longtime streetcar supporters greeted attendees, many […]

  • As Sterling Brown lawsuit nears, aldermen stunned that Milwaukee’s police chief didn’t watch arrest videos

    MILWAUKEE –As Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Sterling Brown’s lawsuit against the city nears, aldermen are stunned by the Milwaukee police chief’s admission that he punished officers before watching all videos of Brown’s tasing and arrest. Brown’s lawyer, Mark Thomsen, says he will file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city next week, over the January incident. Thomsen was planning to hold a news conference on Friday, June 8 to announce the filing of the lawsuit but pushed it back following […]

  • As candidates threaten boycott, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association shifts course on Democratic debate

    MADISON — The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association is reconsidering its decision to limit an upcoming Democratic gubernatorial debate to just four of the 10 candidates after some contenders threatened to boycott the event. “The WBA Foundation has heard the concerns raised about the primary debates planned for July and is considering its options. Expect a statement in the coming days,” the group tweeted on Wednesday, June 6. Earlier this week, the WBA announced that it would only invite the top four […]

  • Watertown Police investigate after voters say an Assembly candidate forged their names on nomination papers

    WATERTOWN — Watertown Police have opened an investigation after at least 15 people said Charisse Daniels, a Democrat running for a state Assembly seat here, faked their names on her nomination papers. Watertown resident Carolyn Demetropoulos said she would have voted for Daniels as a fellow Democratic woman, but not anymore. Demetropoulos was among those who who signed affidavits that they never signed Daniels’ papers. “As a woman, I would’ve definitely supported her. Now, I’m kind of at a loss […]

  • Barrett denies responsibility for not knowing about years-long Milwaukee lead scandal

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Monday, June 4 denied responsibility for not knowing sooner about a scandal in the Milwaukee Health Department’s lead abatement program. Barrett spoke publicly for the first time since a state report released last Thursday found the health department repeatedly broke the law when it was supposed to be protecting kids who had high levels of lead in their blood. “I acted within four days of learning there were serious problems,” Barrett said. When […]

  • ’31 flavors:’ Packed Democratic field for governor wrestles for attention at party’s convention

    MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin Democrats say having 10 candidates running for governor shows they’re fired up to take on Gov. Scott Walker, but some delegates raised concerns at the annual state convention this weekend about the size of the field. “Boy, I’m telling you, we’ve got so many candidates for governor,” said U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, during her speech in Oshkosh on Friday night. “It’s a good problem, because any generic Democrat can beat sorry Scott Walker.” None of the […]