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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.

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Recent Articles
  • Woman who shot M&M Motors owner found not guilty by reason of mental health defect

    WEST ALLIS — Melissa Sandrone, 45, was found not guilty by reason of mental health defect on Thursday, Jan. 17. Sandrone was accused of shooting the owner of M&M Motors in West Allis on March 10, 2018. She was charged with two counts of attempted first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon. She pleaded no contest on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The judge said he poured through numerous documents and testimony from doctors who worked with Sandrone over the years. Due […]

  • ‘1st step is healing:’ Michelle Knight, Cleveland kidnapping survivor, shares message for Jayme Closs

    MILWAUKEE — After missing for 88 days, 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found alive in Gordon in northern Wisconsin on Jan. 10. Another kidnapping victim who may understand what Closs went through is speaking out. On May 6, 2013, three women escaped from a home in Cleveland, Ohio where some were held for more than a decade. One of those women, Michelle Knight — now known as “Lily Rose Lee” — said she knows what Closs is dealing with and wants to […]

  • ‘You made a noose:’ New Berlin employee involved in alleged racist incident speaks out

    NEW BERLIN — On Monday, Jan. 14, the Original Black Panthers held a press conference outside of Denco Manufacturing in New Berlin, voicing their disapproval of a purported racist incident. Back in December, an employee who is white allegedly altered a work strap to look like a noose, and then handed it to a co-worker who is black. “Once again, racism has reared its ugly head in the city of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee suburbs,” said King Rick of the […]

  • Worker at New Berlin company accused of racist comment; ‘Made a hanging noose’

    NEW BERLIN — In December, one employee at Denco Manufacturing in New Berlin allegedly made a strap look like a noose — and then asked another employee to put their head into it. The alleged incident prompted the Original Black Panthers to speak out on Monday, Jan. 14. “Once again, racism has reared its ugly head in the city of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee suburbs,” said King Rick of the Original Black Panthers. Was it a joke taken the wrong […]

  • Outgoing pastor and friend offers advice to new Sheriff Earnell Lucas: ‘Serve with integrity’

    MILWAUKEE — New Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas on Sunday, Jan. 13 supported a friend and pastor as he delivered his final sermon. Inside the Tabernacle Community Baptist Church near 25th Street and Medford Avenue in Milwaukee, Pastor Don Darius Butler on Sunday, Jan. 13 said goodbye. “It’s a bittersweet moment. When you’ve shared nine-and-a-quarter years with a congregation, they become family,” said Pastor Butler. In the pews were Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, members of the Milwaukee Common Council and new […]

  • ‘Fits the mold:’ Packers fans optimistic after Coach LaFleur introduced in Green Bay

    MILWAUKEE — Fans of the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday, Jan. 9, many said they’re optimistic about the team’s future after Green Bay’s new head coach was introduced in Titletown. “He’s a quality coach and I’m glad we got him,” said Bill Schmid, 105.7 The Fan. Just after the Packers announced that LaFleur, formerly the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator, would be taking the reins in Green Bay, people had a lot to say. “He played with a really depleted team in […]

  • Architects hope to modernize Kletzsch Park dam, seek public’s feedback

    GLENDALE — A new proposal is aimed at renovating a popular sightseeing and fishing spot in Glendale. The Kletzsch Park dam has been around since the 1930s, and architects hope to modernize it. Neighbors of the Kletzsch Park dam said the area is best enjoyed on or near the water’s edge. “Not a day goes by without a number of people being in Kletzsch Park,” Scott Kuesel, president of Friends of Kletzsch Park. “It’s a tranquil spot and it’s attended […]

  • ‘I am humbled by this opportunity:’ Earnell Lucas takes office as Milwaukee County sheriff

    MILWAUKEE — Earnell Lucas officially took office on Monday, Jan. 7 after winning the primary election against Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt. He was sworn in as the 65th sheriff of Milwaukee County  in a private ceremony on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. “I am humbled by this opportunity to be Milwaukee County’s next sheriff,” Lucas said. Lucas told reporters he is dedicated to working with all of the members at the sheriff’s office, as well as other partners in law enforcement, in government, […]

  • Highbury Pub hosts Chicago Bears fans for wild-card game: ‘2nd largest fan base in Milwaukee’

    MILWAUKEE — The Highbury Pub near Lincoln Avenue and S. Howell Avenue hosted Chicago Bears fans on Sunday, Jan. 6, as the Chicago Bears faced the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFL wild-card game. Some said the only place they’d want to watch a Bears game is in Green Bay Packers territory. “I think it’s brilliant, to be honest. The second largest fan base in Milwaukee has to be the Bears,” said Jordan Aberman. “We’re not bad folk. Everyone has a good […]

  • ‘Can’t keep this up:’ 2019’s violent start has medical examiner’s office at double volume

    MILWAUKEE COUNTY — 2019 got off to a violent start, with more than two dozen deaths in Milwaukee County as of Jan. 3. Staff at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office were working through a backlog of autopsies. “Well, the new year started out really, really busy,” said Dr. Brian Peterson, medical examiner. “For the last three to four days, we have been running at twice our normal volume.” NYE holiday death investigations: 6 probable OD's, 3 homicides, 3 vehicle […]

  • Police seek suspect who stole purse from 79-year-old after helping her clear snow

    WAUWATOSA — Police are seeking a suspect accused of stealing a 79-year-old woman’s purse after helping her clear snow from her vehicle. It happened on New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31 shortly before 6 p.m. on Glencoe Circle near Bluemound Road in Wauwatosa. Police said the suspect followed the woman home after helping her clear the snow from her vehicle at the Walmart Market near 70th and Main Street in Milwaukee. When the 79-year-old woman got home, she was removing […]

  • ‘It happens all the time:’ 1 killed, 2 in critical condition in shooting near 5th and Keefe

    MILWAUKEE — The first homicide of the year happened less than three hours into 2019 in Milwaukee. Police said one person was killed and two others were seriously injured after gunfire erupted near 5th and Keefe early Tuesday morning, Jan. 1. “It happens all the time. I’m sad for the family,” said Big Bernie, neighbor.   Neighbors said shootings are so common, instead of being woken up by gunfire, they fell asleep to it. “When I got to the corner, […]