Evan Peterson is a general assignment multi-media journalist working the dayside shift during the week and the morning shift on the weekends. He was born in Dallas, Texas, and spent the first few years of his life there before relocating to Chicago for a little while and then ultimately settling in Elmhurst, IL.
Evan graduated from York Community High School and later Marquette University where he studied digital media and political science.
Before coming to WITI he worked as a morning reporter at WICS in Springfield, IL. During his time there he covered a lot: the state’s budget crisis, flooding of central Illinois, President Barrack Obama’s visit, the 2016 presidential race, and profiled the FBI’s central Illinois cyber security squad.
When he’s not in the newsroom you can find him exploring Milwaukee, hiking, and volunteering.
If you have a story idea, or just want to say hi, be sure to give Evan a follow on Facebook and Twitter.
MILWAUKEE — The City of Milwaukee opened its first cooling center of the year on Tuesday, July 7 at North Division High School. It will be open from 1 p.m. through 6 p.m. through Friday, July 10. “We want to provide safe shelter for people that may not have places to be in a cool environment,” said Nick Tomaro with the Milwaukee Health Department. During the summer, staying cool in Milwaukee isn’t easy. And at a time when the coronavirus […]
MILWAUKEE — With temperatures hovering near 90 during the first full week of July, cooling off can be challenging, and doing so safely amid the coronavirus pandemic even more so. First responders said it’s all about getting back to basics. It’s important to minimize outdoor activity, enjoy the shade and drink plenty of water. Amid COVID-19, it’s hard to find places that are cool and safe. “If you get there and you see that it’s just too crowded to maintain […]
GREEN BAY — The NFL preseason was cut in half for the Green Bay Packers and 31 other teams, it was announced Wednesday, July 1, as a result of safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Packers will reportedly lose two of their usual four preseason games; one at home against the Arizona Cardinals and another on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs. “I mean, it’s just so uncertain,” Mike Holzberger with Connections Ticket Service said of fans’ feelings […]
TWIN LAKES, Wis. — There is a K-9 controversy in the Village of Twin Lakes — after a handler put in his two-week notice. The village board said “fine,” but members will not let the officer keep the dog. Everyone who has been in a relationship knows, breakups are tough. “They do spend 24 hours a day with the handler. The handler takes care of them. It does go to the handler’s home,” said Twin Lakes Police Chief Adam Grosz. […]
WAUWATOSA — Construction is underway to build a new Kathy’s House on a previously announced, 3.6-acre site in Wauwatosa. The new site is located on Doyne Avenue between N. 92nd and N. 87th — near the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center. “Kathy’s House, here in this project, allows the whole family to come and stay. They travel long distances in many cases,” said Eric Conley with Froedtert Hospital. The facility acts as a temporary home […]
MILWAUKEE — Ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, Bradford Beach was packed with people Monday, June 29, but medical experts warn against big crowds at the beach amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Day at the beach has been nice,” said JP Hoffman. “Everyone is like, spread out a bit.” You wouldn’t know it from looking at the people laying out at Bradford Beach Monday there were 520 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Wisconsin Friday, representing 5.6% of all tests, […]
BLOOMFIELD — At a time when statues across the country are coming down, a handful of people in the Bloomfield area put one up — a statue developers say everyone can get behind. After months of planning and fundraising, the fruit of the group’s labor arrived Sunday, June 28. “We started getting donations from a lot of people, and we were so surprised that we raised so much money,” said Richard Olenoski, project lead. “A numbing experience,” said Myra Gallagher, […]
MILWAUKEE — Summertime bike riding in Milwaukee — feels really good. “It gives me a sense of freedom and power,” said Patricia Luevano. But if you’ve ever gone for a ride in the city, you know that’s not always the case. “It’s a beautiful city, but unfortunately, our neighborhood is very dangerous,” she said. Especially when it’s a place known for reckless drivers. “The drivers, they drive very fast, and they don’t respect — even if there is lines, signs […]
MILWAUKEE — A new Marquette Law School Poll of Wisconsin registered voters finds Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden with 49 percent support and Republican President Donald Trump with 41 percent. Ten percent say that they would vote for neither, don’t know how they would vote or declined to say. In May, Biden was supported by 46 percent of voters and President Trump by 43 percent, with 10 percent not choosing either. The poll was conducted June 14-18. The sample included […]
MILWAUKEE — With the cancellation of Summerfest 2020, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. is doing everything possible to reschedule American Family Insurance Amphitheater headliners previously scheduled during the 2020 festival for late June/early July 2021. Below is updated information for previously announced concerts. Dates for postponed shows will be forthcoming soon. Concert Original Date Status New Date Khalid June 27, 2020 Rescheduled June 24, 2021 Luke Bryan June 25, 2020 Rescheduled June 25, 2021 Blink-182 June 28, 2020 Rescheduled July 2, […]
WAUKESHA — It is almost back to business as usual for the Waukesha County Courthouse. Starting Monday, all in-person proceedings, with the exception of jury trials, resumed. “So today, everything is now opened up and available for the public,” Facilities Manager Shane Waeghe said. After having been closed since march – the Waukesha County Courthouse is re-opening their doors. “The building opened up to the public so they can also go into the administration building,” Waeghe said. But, as with […]
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County medical examiner was called to the scene of a crash near Sherman Boulevard and Nash Street around 3:45 a.m. Sunday. Two people were killed — a man and a woman police said were on their way to the hospital after a quintuple shooting near 28th Street and Ruby Avenue in Milwaukee. Family identified the man killed as LeeRance Riley, 29. His family said the sudden, tragic loss is hard to comprehend. His brother added Riley […]