Derica Williams is a New York native raised in New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a B.A. in Communication Studies. After college, Derica returned home and started her career in television broadcasting at WNYW-TV, the FOX 5 station in New York, where she was an Associate Field Producer.
A few years later Derica began reporting at WALA FOX 10 in Mobile/Pensacola. While there she covered a wide range of stories involving everything from hurricanes, to murder trials, to the Gulf Oil spill. In addition to her reporting duties Derica hosted a segment on the station’s ‘Studio 10’ morning show that focused on Consumer News. She occasionally anchored the morning, evening and weekend newscasts as well.
Derica most recently joined the FOX6 team in June 2012. She is a family-oriented individual who, in her leisure time, enjoys playing and watching sports, going to the beach and writing poetry. She likes to travel and enjoys exploring new restaurants and different cuisine.
Derica is excited about being in Milwaukee. She is embracing the city and is looking forward to all it has to offer. Derica really has a passion for news and loves meeting new people every day.
MILWAUKEE — With doors at Milwaukee Public Schools locked, families who would normally come to the district building to enroll their children are now registering for classes curbside due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With no physical contact and being confined to their own personal space, social distancing for MPS staff and families has already begun. The drive-thru enrollment process may very well be the last time families see staff in person for a while. MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith Posley released […]
MILWAUKEE — An arrest was made following a deadly assault on Bradford Beach Sunday night, July 12 — an attack the Milwaukee County sheriff said “appears to be random.” Milwaukee County sheriff’s officials said the victim was physically assaulted on the beach around 9 p.m. The victim was found unresponsive — not breathing with no pulse. Life-saving measures were unsuccessful, and the victim was later pronounced dead. The attacker, who initially fled, was arrested upon returning to the scene on […]
WAUKESHA — Anxiously waiting, Laurie Sharp and her family gripped balloons and signs, eager to hold her father, Daniel Sharp — released from the hospital Sunday, July 12 after a long battle with COVID-19. “I’m ecstatic, I’m nervous, I’m excited,” said Laurie Sharp. “This is the longest we’ve been away from him for so long.” Daniel Sharp spent more than 90 days in medical facilities after being infected with COVID-19. “He ended up, while he was on the ventilator, had […]
MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee faith community took part in a reflective and powerful demonstration on Saturday, July 11 — stood in solidarity with African-Americans suffering racial injustice. A cornerstone of the community is speaking up against racial inequality. At St. Francis Assisi church — where the first events in the Milwaukee’s civil rights demonstrations decades ago — the community gathered. The group hopes to change the future. “To work with greater resolve in the need for justice, the right to […]
MILWAUKEE — The “defund the police” street mural along Water Street in downtown Milwaukee was removed Friday, July 10 due to “serious traffic safety concerns,” according to officials with the Milwaukee Department of Public Works. DPW officials noted the street mural “takes up an entire block of the southbound lanes of Water Street and the display covers the street’s traffic control pavement markings,” which “provide guidance and information to motorists and are essential for a safe flow of traffic.” Officials […]
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is debating what its reopening plan will look like for the fall — and time is ticking for parents to share their thoughts on the matter. Parents and guardians have until Wednesday, July 8 to fill out the online survey — and share their thoughts on which are vital for the next steps at MPS. “It’s super critical because when you have a district in an urban environment, MPS or other urban districts, there […]
GLENDALE — As the number of positive cases climbs, the amount of testing sites in southeast Wisconsin is increasing, as well. On Monday, July 6, Nicolet High School in Glendale opened as a coronavirus testing site. Allison Hong got tested for COVID-19 just as a precaution. “A little sore throat and allergy season is confusing,” Hong said. While Hong said she stays at home and is not socializing, others like Sophia Grass feels getting tested is the responsible thing to do. […]
MILWAUKEE — As parents, teachers and students look to possibly adjust to hybrid learning in the fall, FOX6 spoke to the head of a school that has experience with both in-person and virtual education, and got some insight into the resources needed to help make it work. “We have been getting a significant increase number of calls just really wondering about our model,” said Fadia Afaneh. As head of the Wisconsin Virtual Academy, Destinations Career Academy and Insight School of […]
MILWAUKEE — The uncertainty of the coronavirus has many students concerned about their classes, but teachers are the ones with even more questions. Families passed the test of making it through the of a school year during a pandemic. Meanwhile, preparations for the next one are underway. “What is really important is for schools and districts to make decisions quickly,” said Amanda DoAmaral, founder and CEO of the social learning network Fiveable. “Everything is going to take a lot of […]
MILWAUKEE — For months, the COVID-19 pandemic and loss of jobs has left many people trying to figure out where their next meal was going to come from; a Milwaukee restaurant became a resource to help them make it through. Funding may be coming to an end for The Tandem restaurant’s mission, but it’s not stopping them from meeting the needs of their neighbors. As the line snakes down Fond du Lac Avenue, staff worked feverishly to prepare for a […]
GLENDALE — Bayshore announced on Tuesday, June 30 that it has entered into a lease agreement with national retailer, Target. The exact opening date of the 128,512 square-foot, two-story retail space is not yet determined. Construction is already underway on the new Target store. It will be located on the east side of the property on Fountainview Drive adjacent to the Lydell Avenue parking garage, in the former Boston Store. “What we are doing as a whole is trying to […]
MILWAUKEE — The coronavirus has caused summer to look a little different for families, as we are still trying to practice social distancing, but parents shouldn’t shy away from continued education for their kids, and with the in-person school year cut short, it’s even more important to stay up to speed during the summer. “We are trying to figure out, how do we keep learning and engaging over the summer?” said Rebecca Michelsen with Penfield Children’s Center. Michelsen said July […]