After two years of fun and adventures in the field, I am beyond thrilled to join the FOX6 WakeUp anchor team. It’s a special show, and promises to be the most entertaining and informative way to get your morning started.

I joined FOX6 in 2016 as the Roving Reporter for WakeUp. This role included jumping off trampolines, dancing as the Nutcracker, eating all kinds of food at 7 a.m. and any other activity that would help show off the wonderful festivals, businesses and events around southeast Wisconsin.

I checked off bucket list items by going skydiving and flying with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and was awarded an Emmy for our series of reports with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Before all that, I took a circuitous route to Milwaukee. 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!

Recent Articles
  • Deff-initely Milwaukee: Conversations with the movers and shakers of Wisconsin

    MILWAUKEE — It’s conversations with the movers and shakers that put our slice of Wisconsin on the map. Hear the stories in a brand new podcast —  Deff-initely Milwaukee. In this bi-weekly podcast, FOX6 WakeUp’s Carl Deffenbaugh sits down with the people influencing the landscape of southeastern Wisconsin  in the worlds of entertainment, business, sports and more. Subscribe to “Deff-initely Milwaukee”: via RSS | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | Stitcher  Follow Carl on social media: Facebook | Twitter| Instagram About this podcast: Deff-initely Milwaukee

  • Feast of Crispian

    ‘Life-changing:’ Nonprofit Feast of Crispian brings together actors, veterans to help them overcome trauma

    MILWAUKEE — For members of the United States military, the hardest battles fought often come when they return home. Through the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, one group of vets has found an unlikely form of therapy — putting their issues on stage. William Shakespeare wrote, “A man can die but once.” Raymond Hubbard would beg to differ. The way Hubbard sees it, he’s died twice already. “I was one of two casualties during our unit’s tour,” said Hubbard. Flashback to […]

  • ‘Things That Go Ding’ is part concert, part variety act, and a way to show off an impressive collection

    MILWAUKEE — In a city with a thriving arts scene — theaters, museums and the world’s largest music festival — one show and one man are truly one-of-a-kind. Michael Lorenz is better known by a sound than a name.  “My nickname is ‘Ding,'” he explained.  Ding is a man who moves to the beat of his own drums — hundreds of them.  “Think of a pinball machine,” said Lorenz. “And I’m the ball.”  Lorenz is the staff percussionist at Skylight Music Theatre.  “Well, […]

  • Boy who gave ‘Godzilla powers’ to his Brewers friends gets sneak peek at new movie in LA

    LOS ANGELES — In the city of angels, Nigel Ayala was in his version of heaven, a place where one being rules supreme. FOX6 News first met the 10-year-old boy in August, when, by giving tiny figurines to his new friends, Ayala endowed each of the Milwaukee Brewers with “Godzilla power,” something that helped fuel their first trip to the postseason in seven years. “If there’s anyone who is going to give any team a winning chance, it’s the King […]

  • Ryan Braun’s younger brother: ‘He’s always had the ability to rise to the occasion’

    LOS ANGELES — They say blood is thicker than water. That holds true, even in a city that bleeds Dodgers’ blue. “I definitely want to see the Brewers win. I want to see them dominate and I’m excited for the series to continue on here,” said Steve Braun. If you didn’t guess from the likeness, the name will give it away. Steve Braun spent his entire childhood competing with and against his older brother, Ryan. “Ping pong, for sure. I’ve always […]

  • Christian Yelich’s alma mater is in heart of Dodger nation; ‘Wish him nothing but the best’

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Game 3 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) was actually something of a homecoming for three members of the Milwaukee Brewers. All grew up in the Los Angeles area — Ryan Braun, Mike Moustakas and Christian Yelich. FOX6 News headed out to Yelich’s hometown to find out how they were dealing with split allegiances between their beloved Dodgers and a native son. Nestled in the southern California hills, 40 miles west of Dodger Stadium, lies […]

  • Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich excited to be back in hometown of LA for NLCS

    LOS ANGELES — For three Milwaukee Brewers, this visit in Los Angeles is a lot like going home. Outfielders Ryan Braun, Christian Yelich and third baseman Mike Moustakas were born and raised in the Los Angeles area — growing up as Dodgers fans. FOX6 was able to dig up some of Christian Yelich’s past. He wore a classy suit and tie combo during his high school’s yearbook photo day. We also have him pictured  in his baseball team photo. Number 22 was number […]

  • Months after Hurricane Maria tore apart Dominica, a visit of thanks from an island leader

    MILWAUKEE — With the recent focus on Hurricane Michael, some people cannot help but reflect back to the damage from another hurricane — and to he generosity of Milwaukee area residents in helping a tiny island get back on its feet. A little more than a year ago, the hurricane we were talking about was Maria. The first casualty of the hurricane was the island of Dominica. lives were lost and homes were destroyed. Stevenson Bellot of Wauwatosa was talking […]

  • ‘Rather not jinx it:’ Why Mequon couple in Denver chose not to attend Sunday’s Brewers’ game

    DENVER — Fans of the Milwaukee Brewers made their presence known on Sunday, Oct. 7 at Coors Field during the third game of the NLDS vs. the Colorado Rockies. Denver is very much a transplant city, and FOX6 News tracked down plenty of Milwaukee fans in the Mile High City — including one couple that actively chose not to attend Sunday’s game. Wally’s Wisconsin Tavern in Denver serves as a safe haven for the green and gold. “We’re from Milwaukee,” […]

  • Milwaukee Brewers players, fans arrive in Colorado for Game 3 of NLDS against the Rockies

    DENVER, Colo. — The Milwaukee Brewers postseason push continues as they head to Colorado to take on the Rockies Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7. The Brewers are looking to stay red-hot and make a little piece of team history in the process. They’ve won 10 games in a row, including the first two of the National League Division Series. A 11th straight win Sunday afternoon would give them the first sweep in the Brewers’ limited postseason history. While they will be […]

  • It’s a place where flavor experts develop the perfect blends to spice up your food

    OAK CREEK — It’s a place where flavor experts develop the perfect blends to spice up your food. Carl spent the morning grilling up some tasty options at Asenzya in Oak Creek. About Asenzya (website) At Asenzya our culinary approach to projects is important to us. We understand that a seasoning and functional ingredient company is also a food company at heart. We employ trained culinary professionals that also have restaurant, product development and manufacturing experience. Asenzya™ encourages our partners […]

  • ‘The smile is coming back:’ Eye-catching roadside attraction returns to its former glory

    DELAFIELD — After 16 years, the Smiley Barn is back! “Today the smile is coming back, hence the name, the Smiley Barn,” said Diane Nold, store manager. The iconic Smiley Barn greeted drivers along I-94 in Delafield for decades, until new owners took down the display in 2002. “I grew up in Oconomowoc, so I remember the old smile,” said Nold. The barn has changed hands once more. It’s now the Smiley Barn Toy & Candy Store. Installation of the […]

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