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
  • Open Record: The $4 Test

    MILWAUKEE — It’s one of the most frightening thoughts for any expecting parent: What if my child is born with a serious health problem? A Wisconsin Rapids couple says they prayed for a healthy baby. When their son was born, he appeared perfectly healthy. But after 9 months, everything changed. In this episode of Open Record, Bryan Polcyn explores Krabbe Disease and why a $4 test that could save a child’s life isn’t being done in Wisconsin. In this episode’s […]

  • Open Record: Off the Grid

    MILWAUKEE — Customers wanted to make solar energy, investing in solar panels on their homes. But they found themselves off the grid instead. With no solar power and looming loan payments, customers reached out to Contact 6. In this episode of Open Record, Jenna Sachs reveals how she found many people who took out massive loans to have these panels installed by a company called Altaray, out of Utah. Plus, local experts explain why the panels didn’t work and what […]

  • Their kids’ fundraiser money disappeared; now, parents question school district’s oversight

    MILWAUKEE — To everyone else, it looks like a Saturday afternoon middle school basketball game. But to the Milwaukee Public Schools parents watching their children play, it might as well be the NBA finals. “Right there, right there!” Grantosa Drive parent Justin Crawford yells as his son passes the ball. But over the last few weeks, Crawford and other MPS parents have been forced to shift their focus from the game to something more serious. “It’s just sad that someone […]

  • Open Record: Prescription Denied

    MILWAUKEE — Chances are, you’ve taken prescribed medication at some point. Most of us don’t think twice about showing up at the pharmacy to pick up that prescription. But doctors, counselors, pharmacists, and patients told FOX6 Investigators that this “quick errand” has morphed into something far more stressful. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators look at the delicate balance of treatment and potential oversight when it comes to Suboxone prescriptions. Related show links: Doctors, patients: Efforts to block […]

  • ‘The difference between life and death:’ The tool that could keep you out of the emergency room

    WEST ALLIS – When West Allis firefighter Chris Williams shows up at your house, it probably won’t be with lights and sirens. “Something a little more discreet comes in front of your house, you feel a little less apprehensive,” Williams said as he drove up to a patient’s home. Williams is part of West Allis’ Mobile Integrated Healthcare program; his role is often referred to as “community EMS.” Williams says his goal is to prevent 911 calls later by doing […]

  • Open Record: More than meets the eye

    MILWAUKEE — If you need to find a licensed optometrist in Wisconsin, you can do so by checking out the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services website. But the truth is, most people don’t take the time to check out those kinds of things before they get an eye exam. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn goes in-depth about a story he did with a local woman who wishes she had. Her story leads us […]

  • Open Record: Death & Dying

    MILWAUKEE — It’s something we encounter repeatedly as journalists: Death and dying. But how often do we actually talk about how it affects our jobs? In this episode of Open Record, something we’ve never done. A live recording of a brutally honest conversation about one of the toughest parts of the job. Jenna Sachs, Amanda St. Hilaire, and Bryan Polcyn were recently asked by Assistant Professor of Psychology, Lauren Beverung at the Milwaukee School of Engineering to come talk with […]

  • FOX6 sues governor’s office for public records; minutes later staff turns over (some) emails

    MADISON — FOX6 is suing Governor Tony Evers’ office for access to public records. The station filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in Dane County Circuit Court, asking a judge to force the governor’s office to release Evers’ emails and award “reasonable attorney fees.” Ten minutes after providing the governor’s attorney with a copy of the lawsuit, Evers’ staff sent FOX6 his emails from June 14, 2019. “The governor would save a lot of taxpayer money just by turning over these […]

  • Open Record: It’s all perfectly legal

    MILWAUKEE — Building a home can be a rewarding, but tedious process. A lot of people who have done it will say they’ve experienced some sort of delay or unforeseen cost. In this episode of Open Record, Jenna Sachs takes an in-depth look at one man who filed a complaint with Contact 6 after he had an unusual cost pop-up that he didn’t think he should have to pay. In the Dinner Party Question, the Open Record team reveals their […]

  • Students describe confusion, uncertainty in launch of new Foxconn program

    MOUNT PLEASANT — A love of numbers and puzzles drew Tammy Hoffman to her accounting major at Gateway Technical College. But her biggest – and most frustrating – puzzle of the semester wasn’t in any textbook. “I would just like an opportunity for information,” Hoffman said. “Just don’t leave me hanging.” Hoffman and three other students who spoke to the FOX6 Investigators say Foxconn hired them at Gateway events; weeks later, after their tentative start dates passed, they still could […]

  • Teacher accused of hurting students with disabilities will likely avoid jail time

    MILWAUKEE — A substitute teacher charged with child abuse pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on Thursday as part of a deal with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. Glen Fink, who used to work for Wauwatosa School District, was charged with felony physical abuse of a child after another teacher saw him put a 12-year-old student with a disability in a choke hold, twist his arm, and say, “There is no one here to see it.” “He admits that […]

  • Doctors, patients: Efforts to block opioid addiction are also blocking treatment

    MILWAUKEE — Just walking up to a pharmacy window is enough to send Tina Kasten’s brain into overdrive. “You freak out,” Kasten said, using words like “anxiety” and “stress” to describe how she feels when she tries to pick up her prescription. Kasten, who lives in Manitowoc, takes Suboxone as part of her treatment for heroin addiction. She said she has experienced delays in filling her prescription a half-dozen times over the last year. Thirteen other patients described similar experiences […]

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