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
  • ‘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 […]

  • FOX6 Investigation: Defective school buses continue to transport students, despite warnings

    MILWAUKEE— Wisconsin State Patrol warned school bus companies about safety violations like defective braking systems in 2018, but several of those school buses continued to transport students without correcting the issues, a FOX6 investigation revealed. Now, there is a push to create tougher penalties for school bus companies that violate safety standards. Driving with defects  Companies that operate school buses in Wisconsin are supposed to ensure each vehicle receives a scheduled annual inspection from State Patrol. In addition to the […]

  • Foxconn reconsiders Wisconsin plan to manufacture LCD screens

    MOUNT PLEASANT — Electronics giant Foxconn reversed course and announced Wednesday that the huge Wisconsin plant that was supposed to bring a bounty of blue-collar factory jobs back to the Midwest — and was lured with billions in tax incentives — will instead be primarily a research and development center staffed by scientists and engineers. The move was decried in some quarters as a case of bait-and-switch by the Taiwan-based company, which originally planned to build high-tech liquid crystal display screens […]

  • ‘It’s just too vital to the functioning of our democracy:’ Transparency advocates push email changes for public leaders

    MADISON — A widespread email practice at the Wisconsin State Capitol could make it more difficult for the public to see what state lawmakers are really up to, transparency advocates warn. “It’s just too vital to the functioning of our democracy to allow public officials to operate in secret,” Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council President Bill Lueders said. Public information on private accounts After going through thousands of pages of emails for 43 current and recent state lawmakers, the FOX6 […]

  • Security experts: Wisconsin state lawmaker email practices can put your personal information at risk

    MADISON — Security consultants warn that Wisconsin state lawmaker email practices uncovered in a FOX6 investigation can expose your personal information to cyber attacks. The FOX6 Investigators went through thousands of pages of emails for 43 current and recent state senators and representatives as part of a public records request. 33 percent had government emails on their personal Gmail, AOL, Yahoo, and Hotmail email accounts. The group was evenly-split between two parties. Democrats Peter Barca, Gordon Hintz, Josh Zepnick, Mark […]

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