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I am an investigative reporter with a passion for public records and open meetings. I’ve been part of the FOX6 team since July 2018.

My love for journalism started when I was 12. My parents took me to school board meetings, which they attended to advocate for students with disabilities. I took notes, asked the board members questions after the meetings, and wrote stories about what happened.

Just a few years later, I did my first investigative report at the age of 15. My parents announced they were moving our family of eight from New Hampshire to Pennsylvania. I promptly dug up every fact I could find about the area, made arrangements to live with a friend’s family, and presented my findings to my parents. They congratulated me on my efforts, informed me that I was still required to move with them and my five brothers, and suggested I channel my energy into journalism.

Pennsylvania turned out to be lovely. After I graduated high school, I attended Syracuse University, where I graduated one semester early with a dual B.A. in broadcast & digital journalism and international relations.

A few weeks after graduation, I started my first television news job at WTOL11 in Toledo, Ohio. Toledo will always have a special place in my heart because it’s where I met my now-husband, Steve. It’s also where I officially started my investigative career. Through public records, I was able to expose flaws in the state’s school vaccination tracking system and uncover City of Toledo fraudulent food expenses.

I eventually returned to Pennsylvania to work at ABC27 in Harrisburg, where I was a founding member of the station’s first investigative team. I also started a weekly “Restaurant Report” segment, along with the market’s first television station podcast, called On Deadline. I continued to hold local leaders accountable through reporting on public expenses, nursing home violations, costly towing practices, efforts to skirt laws governing transparency, and gaps in the Capitol’s system for reporting sexual harassment.

I am a recipient of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accounts “Truth in Finances Award, along with regional honors from the Associated Press and the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, reading, hiking, and exploring our new home of Wisconsin!

Recent Articles
  • DMV fees are going up (again), so where is that money going?

    MILWAUKEE — You can’t get far in Wisconsin without hearing complaints about rundown roads; paying to fix the problem is a more complicated conversation. “I don’t think anything has helped to improve any of the roads for as long as I can remember,” Richard Liebert said as he walked out of the DMV on Teutonia Avenue in Milwaukee. “And I’m not young.” As drivers prepare for a hike in DMV fees beginning October 1, several are asking: Where’s this money […]

  • ‘Exposure to risk:’ Audit finds problems in Milwaukee voter registration process

    MILWAUKEE — A recent audit found inconsistencies and documentation errors in Milwaukee’s voter registration process. The June 2019 report says the voter registration system is “adequately designed and operating effectively.” However, it goes on to say that Milwaukee election workers were not consistently documenting voters’ proof of residence. Wisconsin law requires voters to show “proof of residence” during the registration process. The audit says election workers were consistently collecting the required information, but some were not correctly recording it. Improper […]

  • Bus

    ‘We’re not going to hide behind that:’ School bus company addresses late, no-show buses

    RACINE — After a first week of school filled with complaints of late and no-show school buses, Racine Unified School District and its contracted bus company say students and parents should see relief over the next few weeks. “We are the bus waiters,” one student in a Caledonia neighborhood declared. On Friday, his morning bus was nearly one hour late. On Thursday, it never showed up. “I didn’t have anyone to drive me [to school,]” he said. “My parents were […]

  • Child care

    Need child care? Investigation shows Wisconsin families struggle with shrinking options, higher cost

    MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin parents are struggling with long wait lists, high costs, and shrinking options as they try to find day care for their children, a FOX6 investigation found. Public records detail the growth of “child care deserts” and other factors putting a strain on families; state leaders say solutions will require creativity. “Everywhere we called had a two-year wait list” The Smith family didn’t originally plan on spending so much time in the car. When Theresa found out she […]

  • ‘Down to my lowest point:’ As opioid prescriptions fall, investigation shows new drug spikes

    MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin doctors are prescribing fewer opioids, but state data reveals a spike in a different category of addictive drugs that medical professionals warn has become an emerging epidemic. “They’re not just  a tablet that you’re going to take, study for a test, and do well,” CEO of Hayat Pharmacy Dr. Hashim Zaibak said, referring to stimulant medications like Adderall and Vyvanse, which are used to treat ADHD. “They’re very, very addictive medications.” “It’s just too easy” “I was […]

  • ‘Hundreds of complaints:’ Avoid a Bucks playoffs rip-off with tips from the Better Business Bureau

    MILWAUKEE — It’s an exciting time for Milwaukee Bucks fans — but that means it’s also an exciting time for scammers. Avoid a playoffs rip-off with tips from the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau. “You look around downtown, and everything is Bucks right now,” said Jim Temmer, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau. “Emotions are very high. Your team makes it to the playoffs, and maybe wins the first championship since what, 1971? You really want to be […]

  • School bus safety: Are you getting your money’s worth?

    MILWAUKEE – What’s the price of student safety? Public records show multi-million dollar contracts with school bus companies that have histories of complaints and safety violations. The FOX6 Investigators dug into how Milwaukee Public Schools and Racine Unified School District make decisions about school bus contracts and hold companies accountable. “The cream rises to the top” Public records show Milwaukee Public Schools spent nearly $60 million on busing in 2017, contracting with ten different companies. “It drives down prices, and […]

  • ‘Every child needs to be protected:’ Lawmakers renew push to close so-called ‘day care loophole’

    MADISON — Wisconsin state lawmakers are renewing a push to close the state’s so-called “day care loophole.” A recent FOX6 investigation shows child care centers can get around state safety inspections and licensing requirements by filling out a few short forms and calling themselves “private schools,” with no one checking to ensure they meet Wisconsin’s private school requirements. “There might be a lot of parents that don’t even realize that their daycare or their school is not licensed and is […]

  • ‘Day care loophole’ allows operation of unlicensed, unchecked child care centers

    WISCONSIN — Lawmakers call it the “day care loophole.” State workers call it a “problem,” and parents call it “outrageous.” A FOX6 investigation reveals child care centers in Wisconsin are easily able to avoid state rules and inspections, while parents have difficulties getting answers. “There’s no rules, it seems like,” mom Becky Jeske said. “I mean, that’s my child.” “They weren’t licensed.” Wisconsin law says, with a few exceptions, anyone caring for four or more children younger than seven for […]

  • Touching students, sex with staff: Records show complaints, concerns about school response

    KENOSHA — Public records show a history of harassment complaints against Kenosha Unified School District administrators and coaches, with documented concerns about how the school district responds to accusations. In addition to the controversy over Tremper High School cheerleading coaches handing out “big booty,” “big boobie,” and “string bean” awards to students at a banquet last year, FOX6 discovered complaints about a vice principal repeatedly touching staff and students, details about a principal who resigned after accusations he had inappropriate […]

  • Man says police response to his seizure put him in the hospital, then in jail

    RACINE — A man says Racine police beat him while he was having a seizure, then charged him with assaulting an officer. Racine police say the officer made a split-second decision to protect himself. Advocates for seizure patients are pushing to reform how the criminal justice system treats people who have medical conditions. “Times when I wanted to give up” Tyran Pinkins says he still has no memory of the situation that put him in the hospital on Oct. 6, […]

  • ‘We don’t live in that day and age anymore:’ Behavior that sent you to detention now likely to send your children to court

    MILWAUKEE — Cedarburg Police cited a high school student for swearing at teachers. Waukesha School District students who show “defiance” or “disrespect” are met with police response and tickets. A Wauwatosa West High School student who set off a stink bomb was ordered to appear in court for a disorderly conduct citation. Public records show student behavior that used to result solely in school and home discipline is increasingly leading to potentially-lifelong legal consequences, while several local school districts and […]

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