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.
SAUKVILLE — You wouldn’t expect a company that has the word “rebel” in its name to go out of its way to help the masses, but as we all know, first impressions can be misleading. “Well, we’ve always been a little different here. It’s a different culture,” said Mike Kryshak, owner of Rebel Converting in Saukville. “This is the very least we can do to help people out.” With safety masks in high demand, making them — a whole lot […]
MILWAUKEE — To try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, people are told to stay at home. And spending a lot of time at home, many find themselves getting a little stir crazy, anxious or stressed. When it comes to the coronavirus, there’s a lot we already know. “We know that it’s primarily a respiratory virus so people are getting fevers, coughs, shortness of breath,” said Dr. Nicole Brady with UnitedHealthcare. But there are some things we didn’t expect. […]
WAUWATOSA — Officials with the Flag Center in Wauwatosa have taken to the skies to share an inspirational message with you amid the coronavirus pandemic. Through human history, flags have been used to convey a variety of messages. “If you go back as far as maritime days, it’s going to be what country are you with, and who are you representing?” said Krisin Boyle with the Flag Center. “It’s a symbol of camaraderie. It’s togetherness.” In the year 2020, that […]
MILWAUKEE — With 663 positive cases of the coronavirus in Milwaukee County as of Monday, March 30, FOX6 News spoke with a group working to keep south side residents from being hit hard by the virus. “COVID-19 is in all communities in Milwaukee County, and while the blue dots on the map may be more concentrated, currently, in certain parts of our community, it has already, and will continue to, affect us all,” said Dr. Ben Weston with the Milwaukee […]
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — A beautiful, but heartbreaking moment was caught on camera — a meeting that was nearly a century in the making. “It was beautiful,” said Ross Oberschlake, father of Emma. Oberschlake spoke of the moment his daughter was introduced to her great-grandmother — through a car window and face mask in the McDonald’s parking lot in Pleasant Prairie. “It was a beautiful thing to have Emma meet her great-grandmother, but at the same time, it was heartbreaking,” said […]
MILWAUKEE — It’s been a rough week for Wisconsin’s workforce. With many businesses and people unable to work due to the state’s “Safer at Home” orders as a result of the coronavirus. Last week, more than 69,000 people in Wisconsin had filed for unemployment through the state’s Department of Workforce Development — a snapshot of the record national number. The biggest day of filing was Friday, March 20 when more than 17,000 filed. At that same time last year, there […]
MILWAUKEE — Doctors on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus want to reassure the public they are doing everything they can to keep you healthy — including offering advice on how you can help yourself. “I think one of the most important things is determining where a person is from a risk standpoint,” said Dr. Patricia Golden with Ascension Wisconsin. With the number of positive cases of the coronavirus growing by the day in Wisconsin, it’s important […]
FRANKLIN — What started off as a small gesture of thanks has gone viral within communities across southeastern Wisconsin. Maybe you’ve seen them, small signs or big banners with little messages of tremendous. “I cannot imagine the stress of leaving my family and wondering what I’m going to encounter,” said Julia Westphal. “Those on the frontline don’t have that option.” Posted outside of hospitals and fire departments, police stations and post offices, food pantries and more, the signs are the […]
MILWAUKEE — With masks, ventilators, and political goodwill in desperately short supply, more than one-fifth of the world’s population was ordered or urged to stay in their homes Monday, March 23 at the start of what could be a pivotal week in the battle to contain the coronavirus in the U.S. and Europe. Warning that the outbreak continues to accelerate, the head of the World Health Organization called on countries to take strong, coordinated action. This, with parents finding themselves […]
KENOSHA — One person was unaccounted for after a home exploded in Kenosha early Sunday, March 22. It happened around 12:30 a.m. in the area near 30th Avenue and 78th Street on the city’s southwest side. “We woke up to the big blast, and all I saw was flames coming out of the house,” said Susan Stephenson, neighbor. She then saw her neighbor. “Arms were just burned, ugh, and he was just a mess, and all he kept saying was […]
MILWAUKEE — It is easy to get caught up in all the negativity, and feel anxious about, coronavirus developments. However, experts of both medicine and faith tell FOX6 News that, during this time, it’s important to look for the silver lining — because it’s there. “There’s a lot of unknown, so anxiety is a pretty natural response to unknown,” said Dr. Jerry Halverson of Rogers Behavioral Health. While many continue to acclimate to quarantine and isolation as a result of […]
RANDOM LAKE — As schools across the country move their classrooms online, the Random Lake School District hopes to become an example of what e-learning looks like when done correctly. At eight o’clock in the morning, class is in session — the students all at home, and the teachers nowhere near their class. For the district, it’s all part of the syllabus. “Last year, we kind of put this in place when the weather was bad,” Michael Trimberger, Random Lake […]