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As a recovering sports addict, I’m excited to broaden my horizons — and explore Milwaukee — as the Roving Reporter for FOX6 WakeUp.

I took a circuitous route to this city. After growing up in suburban Maryland, I first landed in the Midwest as an undergrad at Northwestern — majoring in journalism but specializing in Ultimate Frisbee (and meeting my wonderful wife, Kim, along the way).

From there, it was off on a six-year journey as a sports anchor and reporter. I covered minor league baseball, including the debuts of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, at Blue Ridge Cable-11 (deep in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country). Then I immersed myself in the ACC, following Virginia Tech and UVa with the great team at WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia (with a healthy dose of NASCAR on the side). And finally, I spent three years under the shadow of the Golden Dome, reporting on all things Notre Dame as the weekend sports anchor at WSBT.

And despite some solid work at those various stops, it was the one time I dressed up as the Cat in the Hat to read to kids (okay, second time — the first was a starring role in Seussical the Musical back in high school) that caught the eye of the folks here at FOX6.

All of which is to say: I’m up for whatever this area has to offer. With interests in the arts, the outdoors and food — definitely food — let me know what I should check out around town. If you know of a cool event, a fun activity or a way for me to make a fool of myself on live TV, I’m all ears!

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  • Cream puff giveaway winners line up to get their sweet treat at State Fair Park

    MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin State Fair has been offering cream puffs since 1924! On Tuesday morning, July 31 FOX6’s cream puff winners lined up to pick up their free cream puffs. Carl spent the morning at State Fair Park to get a look at the fun. About Wisconsin State Fair (website) The 167th Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, is quickly approaching! This year’s fair will take place Thursday, August 2 – Sunday, August 12. The State Fair will once […]

  • ‘A real health issue:’ New rule protects 18K Wisconsin residents from secondhand smoke

    MILWAUKEE –Wisconsin public housing residents will be protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke through a new smoke-free housing rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) implemented Monday, July 30. “Secondhand smoke is a real health issue, and it causes lung cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” said Harold Wimmer, American Lung Association president and CEO. In November of 2016, HUD announced a rule requiring all federally-owned public housing to become smoke-free by July 30, 2018. This rule […]

  • If you’re looking for some of the fittest athletes in the world, you’ll find them in WI this week

    WAUKESHA — A collection of the best all-around athletes in the world will compete this week for the title of Fittest on Earth. The annual Crossfit Games start Wednesdsay in Madison. Carl spent the morning learning all about the games and the sport in general at CrossFit 262 in Waukesha. About CrossFit 262 (website) There are a lot of choices for gyms around Wisconsin now, why should I come to you? CrossFit gyms are individually owned and operated. We are […]

  • One of the largest celebrations of German culture takes over Henry Maier Festival Park

    MILWAUKEE — As your summer festival season rolls on, it’s time to get your Deutsch on! One of the largest celebrations of German culture in the U.S. takes over Henry Maier Festival Park. Carl spent the morning previewing German Fest. About Germanfest (website) Welcome to German Fest, a Milwaukee tradition held annually on the Summerfest grounds, along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan. One of the largest German festivals in North America, German Fest Milwaukee is known for its authentic […]

  • Improve your athletic skills, learn techniques for preventing injury and reach optimal performance

    MILWAUKEE — It’s not quite personal training and it’s not physical therapy — it’s something in between. Carl spent the morning checking out the Performance Enhancement Program (PEP) at Froedtert’s Sports Medicine Center. About Performance Enhancement Program (website) We help athletes of all levels (age 12 and up) improve their athletic skills, learn techniques for preventing injury and, ultimately, reach their optimal athletic performance. Athletes participating in PEP receive the benefit of training with exercise specialists focused on your fitness and health. […]

  • The Racine Zoo has about 100 different animal species from around the world

    RACINE — The Racine Zoo has about 100 different animal species from around the world. Experienced staff is responsible for keeping those animals healthy and happy. Carl spent the morning learning what it takes to be a zookeeper for a day. About The Racine Zoo (website) The Racine Zoo, located in Racine, Wisconsin, was established in March 1923 by Jacob Stoffel, Jr. That winter, the Racine Zoological Society was formed to work with the park board and to increase interest […]

  • ‘We can tweak it a little bit:’ Aurora hosts ‘Pitch Perfect’ pitching clinic at Miller Park

    MILWAUKEE — Plenty of young fans in Wisconsin dream of one day pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers, and a partnership between the team and Aurora Sports Health aims to give those kids a leg up — or in this case, an arm up. “We’re looking for ways to improve a pitcher’s mechanics that’ll hopefully decrease their chance of getting hurt in the future,” said Jackie Kerkman, a senior physical therapist with Aurora.   Pitch Perfect is available for free at select home […]

  • As Carl prepares to be a father, he ‘experiences’ a tiny bit of what his wife is going through

    MILWAUKEE — For many people, childbirth can be both the most rewarding and daunting experience they’ll ever have. Carl spent the morning at Aurora West Allis Medical Center— sharing the many classes and resources available that help families through the process.

  • Milwaukee Air & Water Show to draw thousands to lakefront, but will weather comply?

    MILWAUKEE — Thousands of spectators hope to be dazzled this weekend at the Milwaukee Air & Water Show. But will the weather comply? With the potential for scattered thunderstorms, especially on Saturday, officials want to let people know that the show will indeed go on. On Saturday morning, July 21, the Milwaukee Air and Water Show twitter page posted the following: Due to wind and water conditions, the water show will not be happening this morning, however, the air show […]

  • Navy SEALs parachute team, ‘Leap Frogs,’ are ready to dazzle spectators on Milwaukee’s lakefront

    MILWAUKEE — Aerial acts are the stars of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show. But some groups ditch the planes altogether. “Guys keep a little bit of nerves whether you have 10 jumps or 25,000 jumps, like one member of our team,” said Lt. Bennett Geyer, a U.S. Navy SEAL. The Navy SEALs Parachute Team, known as the Leap Frogs, is ready to put on a show. “What we can do is a variety of what we call “CRW” — Canopy […]

  • One of the top air shows in the Midwest: Milwaukee Air and Water Show is July 21-22

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Air and Water Show is this weekend along the lakefront. Hundreds of thousands of people are ready to watch the performances — but no one got a better taste of the adrenaline-packed action than Carl. The Milwaukee Air & Water Show is July 21-22 along the lakefront. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform at 3 p.m. both days. That’s an estimated time depending on weather and other factors. The Air & Water Show’s mission is to […]