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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
  • Wisconsin Capitol

    Can he do that? The law (and history) behind the governor’s emergency powers

    MADISON — Does Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers really have the power to make you stay home? The short answer: Yes. For the long answer, keep reading. “One thing to keep in mind, particularly during a crisis like this, is that state actors and governors in particular can often just act more swiftly and more nimbly than the federal government can,” University of Wisconsin Law School professor Miriam Seifter said. Seifter studies administrative law and constitutional law; much of her recent […]

  • Open Record Special Edition: We need to talk about testing

    MILWAUKEE — Typically, Open Record is a podcast that takes you behind the scenes of FOX6 Investigative reports. But we’re changing things up a bit for the time being: We’re bringing you the latest on our coverage of COVID-19 here in Wisconsin. We’ll bring you more frequent episodes over the next few weeks as we navigate this. In this special edition of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators Amanda St. Hilaire and Bryan Polcyn talk about COVID-19 testing. In talking to people […]

  • Open Record Special Edition: COVID-19 breaks into prison

    MILWAUKEE — Typically, Open Record is a podcast that takes you behind the scenes of FOX6 Investigative reports. But we’re changing things up a bit for the time being: We’re bringing you the latest on our coverage of COVID-19 here in Wisconsin. We’ll bring you more frequent episodes over the next few weeks as we navigate this. In this special edition of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators Amanda St. Hilaire and Bryan Polcyn talk about what happens when the coronavirus gets into […]

  • As Wisconsin COVID-19 cases climb, so do wait times for test results

    MILWAUKEE COUNTY — 19-year-old Annika Taylor describes it as living in a movie she never wanted to watch. “I started getting a cough a week and a half ago and I thought it was midterm stress because I always get sick right after midterms,” Taylor said in a Skype interview from her home in Milwaukee County. Just hours after arriving home from college, Taylor says she received an email saying she had been exposed to COVID-19 at work. “My mind […]

  • Open Record Special Edition: The economic impact of COVID-19

    MILWAUKEE — Typically, Open Record is a podcast that takes you behind the scenes of FOX6 Investigative reports. But we’re changing things up a bit for the time being: We’re bringing you the latest on our coverage of COVID-19 here in Wisconsin. We’ll bring you more frequent episodes over the next few weeks as we navigate this. In this special edition of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators Amanda St. Hilaire and Bryan Polcyn talk with FOX6 political reporter Jason Calvi. Together, they […]

  • Dairy farms

    Economists: WI lawmakers need to act fast for coronavirus financial relief

    MADISON – While there is no stopping the economic damage COVID-19 will leave, economists say Wisconsin state lawmakers can act now to cushion the blow. “I think the governor and the Republican leadership in the Assembly and Senate need to sit down, put their political differences aside, and say, ‘What can we do now to respond to this crisis?'” said Steven Deller, University of Wisconsin-Madison economics professor. “And my fear is that they’re going to let politics get in the […]

  • Open Record Special Edition: The COVID-19 ‘rebels’

    BROOKFIELD — Typically, Open Record is a podcast that takes you behind the scenes of FOX6 Investigative reports. But we’re changing things up a bit for the time being: We’re bringing you the latest on our coverage of COVID-19 here in Wisconsin. We’ll bring you more frequent episodes over the next few weeks as we navigate this. In this special edition of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators Bryan Polcyn and Amanda St. Hilaire talk about going undercover at Saloon on Calhoun, […]

  • What happens to the public’s right to know during a public health crisis?

    MILWAUKEE — In a time of “social distancing,” doctors don’t recommend cramming a bunch of people into a small room. So how are public meetings supposed to continue? Wisconsin’s Department of Justice released guidance on Monday, saying public agencies should continue posting notice about public meetings while holding them via phone or video; it also emphasized to need to accommodate the public when remote access is difficult. The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, a transparency advocacy group, released a statement […]

  • Getting opioids can be easier than getting treatment, but Wisconsin doctors are pushing for change

    MILWAUKEE — When Dr. TJ Harrington’s patients struggle to quit smoking, he can instantly connect them with options like the nicotene patch. But the Aurora Health Care Senior Chief Resident of Family Medicine says getting patients help for opioid addiction has been much more complicated. “He actually ended up overdosing and passing away,” Harrington said, describing a patient who struggled with addiction. “It was upsetting, it was heartbreaking, and I think frustrating knowing that maybe we could have had a […]

  • ‘We’ve heard a lot:’ Health director debunks dangerous myths surrounding coronavirus pandemic

    WEST BEND — The U.S. State Department found roughly two million false coronavirus conspiracy tweets spread in just three weeks. Misinformation can be dangerous. No, garlic water is not a cure for COVID-19, and the virus is not just a “bad flu.” However, that’s the kind of stuff floating around the internet that local public health directors, like Kirsten Johnson, are trying to fight. “We’ve heard a lot,” Johnson, Washington Ozaukee Public Health Director, said. Johnson stresses that no one […]

  • Wisconsin withholds coronavirus testing details that other states release

    MADISON — If you live in any of the states touching Wisconsin, you are only a few clicks away from knowing how many people have been tested for COVID-19 at state facilities. Getting answers in Wisconsin is much more difficult. The Evers administration says a push to expand access to novel coronavirus testing makes it difficult to provide the numbers that could give the public health crisis additional context. Who cares? As of 3:45 p.m. on March 12, 2020, Minnesota’s […]

  • Open Record: Community EMS

    MILWAUKEE — It’s a program designed to prevent emergencies instead of just responding to them. The most common term for this is Community EMS — making non-emergency visits now to prevent 911 calls later. In this episode of Open Record, Amanda St. Hilaire introduces us to one city’s fire department that actively uses Community EMS. Plus, FOX6 gets access to sit in on one man’s appointment. Why more cities aren’t using the program and other benefits of Community EMS. In […]

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