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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.

Recent Articles
  • ‘God has blessed me:’ Veteran grateful for donation of new furnace for his home

    GREENDALE — On Veterans Day, thanking a veteran for their service takes many forms. For some, it is as simple as just saying it. But for others, it comes in the form of a gift. If you ask Richard Kerhin if he needs anything, he will tell you he’s got it all. “I find it really hard to complain,” Kerhin said. “God has blessed me and my family over the years so many times it’s countless.” Kerhin had everything — […]

  • Fox Company reunion brings Marines together for Veterans Day: ‘It’s always bittersweet’

    MILWAUKEE — In honor of the 243rd anniversary of the Marine Corps’ founding and Veterans Day, a battalion of Marines gathered for a “Combat Reunion/KIA Memorial” at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, near Old World 3rd and Wells Street in downtown Milwaukee and the Milwaukee County War Memorial on near Mason and Lincoln Memorial on Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10. Deployed from Milwaukee and serving in Iraq twice, these men and women have seen it all. The group  was […]

  • Trainfest brings the excitement of the railroad to State Fair Park

    Trainfest is an event that appeals to every generation of train enthusiast. Evan Peterson stopped by State Fair Park with more. About Trainfest (website) Trainfest, a celebration of model railroading, happens only once a year on the second weekend of November at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Although it might sound like it’s just for train experts, Trainfest is for everyone. Thousands of model railroad buffs, families, and all other types of railroad fans meet at Trainfest to marvel at more […]

  • FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition is a challenging source of fun for middle school students

    MILWAUKEE — As kids, many of us probably built simple things while playing with Legos. A nostalgic toy for many, the blocks are cranked up a few notches and used as a teaching tool for pre-teens, who become master builders with practice and patience. “Most of us started doing this because we just like Legos, and then we found out that we can actually figure out the code really well,” said Matthew Siler, an eighth grade competitor. Nearly 400 kids […]

  • FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition is “the hardest fun you’ll ever have”

    MILWAUKEE — 400 elementary and middle school-aged students are getting ready to compete in the FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition on Saturday, Nov. 10. Evan Peterson stopped at Marquette University High School where the competition is taking place. About FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition (website)  We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise […]

  • Light snow falls across southeast Wisconsin, 1-2 inches expected

    MILWAUKEE — The first measurable snowfall of the season is here — and officials are urging all drivers to slow down and be patient — especially in the Friday morning rush. So far, the streets appear to be clear. The National Weather Service says there may be a few slick spots on untreated bridges and roads. Snowfall will be in a 1-2″ range for most areas and will accumulate mostly on grassy surfaces. Light accumulating snow with a few slick spots […]

  • ‘We’re very thankful:’ Veterans enjoy free lunch, great conversation at Concordia University

    MEQUON — Lured in with a free lunch, dozens of veterans from across the area showed up at Concordia University on Thursday, Nov. 8 — invited for a pre-Veterans Day celebration. “Who can pass up free food? I mean really,” said Kadee Knapper, Navy veteran. “The least we can do for them is this,” said Lucy Jacobson, student organizer. Veterans were treated to a free lunch, a meal fashioned after a summer barbecue. “In the end, we did it because […]

  • Planning to vote? Make sure you have what is needed to cast that ballot

    MILWAUKEE — The polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The entire House of Representatives and a third of the U.S. Senate is on the ballot — not to mention statewide and local elections. City of Milwaukee officials on Monday advised potential voters about what they will need to know before casting a ballot. “Know what you need to have with you. Know your polling site. If you need to register, make sure you have that proof of […]

  • Poll: Before or after Thanksgiving? How early is too early to decorate for the holidays? 🎄

    MILWAUKEE — Just as soon as the Halloween decorations were packed away, it seems some were digging out the Christmas decorations, weeks before Thanksgiving. It begs the question: How early is too early to decorate for the holidays? “I think it’s a personal preference. It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas. Spread out their budget a little over a couple months, opposed to all at one time,” said Tami Bailey, Milwaukee Holiday Boutique. It seems there are two […]

  • Get all your holiday shopping done in 1 place at the Milwaukee Holiday Boutique

    MILWAUKEE — It’s THE holiday shopping destination and it’s right here in Milwaukee. The brand new “Milwaukee Holiday Boutique” made it’s debut this weekend. The Milwaukee Holiday Boutique is the holiday shopping destination of the season! Debuting at Wisconsin State Fair Park, Nov. 2 – 4, 2018, the event is expected to draw more than 15,000 guests from across the Midwest and will feature a variety of vendors showcasing the latest in apparel, décor, jewelry and much more. Along with […]

  • ‘It’s tradition:’ We Energies 90th Anniversary Cookie Book filled with recipes from years past

    MILWAUKEE — Another year and another cookie book. If you haven’t opened one before, you’ll be surprised to know that this year’s addition of the We Energies Cookie Book is unlike any that have come before it. Folks lined up outside Miller Park Saturday morning, Nov. 3 — committed to getting their hands on the latest cookie book. It’s a major event that comes once a year. “It’s fun. It’s tradition,” said Antonino Cossentino, lives in Brookfield. It’s the 90th […]

  • Christmas cookie season has arrived: 90th edition of We Energies Cookie Book now available

    MILWAUKEE — A holiday favorite has returned! The We Energies Cookie Book will soon make its way into thousands of homes across the Milwaukee area. Evan Peterson was out at Miller Park where the cookie books were handed out Saturday, Nov. 3. About the We Energies Cookie Books (website) Our Cookie Book is a holiday tradition dating back to 1928 when it promoted use of electric appliances for baking. The books were produced every year until 1974 when rising energy costs led […]