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 Milwaukee Office of Veterans Affairs is rolling out a new tool to help veterans connect with their doctors. Late Wednesday morning, Jan. 22 on a quiet street in Slinger, a veteran is having a health check-up. The doctor working with him is more than 30 miles away. “At first, I didn’t think I could do it. Going, meeting, someone face-to-face in their office, shaking their hand — it’s a lot to be said about that,” said Scott […]
MILWAUKEE — The American Red Cross always helps those in need. Right now, the lack of blood the organization has on hand is raising concern about its readiness to respond to an emergency. “It’s always constantly needed, and it needs to be on the hospital shelves,” said Lizzie Gill, spokesperson for Red Cross of Wisconsin. “Blood is needed every two seconds. Right now, the supply for blood is significantly diminished. “It’s a lot of winter weather that can cause blood […]
MILWAUKEE — The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was honored Monday, Jan. 20 in a unique way at Milwaukee’s Sherman Phoenix — which rose from the ashes after the former BMO Harris Bank building was damaged during the unrest in Milwaukee in August 2016. The event was inspired by MLK’s, “I Have a Dream” speech — with participants encouraged to share their own dreams publicly. The idea was simple: Write down a dream, and then post […]
MILWAUKEE — Mother Nature created a new beach at South Shore Park in Milwaukee — the result of shoreline erosion made worse by the winter storm Saturday, Jan. 11 and Sunday, Jan. 12, one of two strong storms in two weeks. “Gale force winds really romped the lakeshore,” said Jason Haas, Milwaukee County supervisor. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a storm like that one. There’s a lot of erosion on the shoreline here, as well as some pretty significant […]
MILWAUKEE — Viking Cruises announced Milwaukee will be a permanent stop on its newly-launched Great Lakes tours — with cruises beginning in 2022. A news release says the Viking Expeditions itineraries on the Great Lakes are planned from April through September with approximately 20 voyages that start or conclude at Port Milwaukee. More than 8,000 passengers from around the world are expected to board or disembark annually. Viking is building the Great Lakes’ largest cruise ship for its Expeditions itineraries. […]
MILWAUKEE — We all have at least one teacher who made a huge impact on our lives. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, a group of people took the time to recognize one of those special educators. Inside Milwaukee’s Samuel Clemens Elementary School, Ms. Aruna Halala-Vishudh is going about her Tuesday. But this day is anything but ordinary. “So today was kind of the accumulation of all she has done for our students,” said Garry Lawson, Principal at Samuel Clemens Elementary School. […]
RICHFIELD — As much as four inches of snow blanketed southeastern Wisconsin, Saturday. FOX6 News was out Sunday morning with a look around the area to see how the roads are looking. FOX6’s Evan Peterson was in Richfield Sunday morning with a look at just how much came down — and how it’ll affect Sunday travel. FOX6’s Christina Van Zelst toured Kenosha — where the highest snowfall totals in southeastern Wisconsin were recorded — as snow removal efforts continue.
UNION GROVE — It happens far too often. A veteran passes away — and there is no next of kin or friends to come to the funeral. On Thursday, Jan. 9, a group of veterans stepped in for a local soldier — as he was laid to rest. A room full of strangers attended the funeral of a man they never knew. “This veteran has aged out of family,” said Chaplain Rickard Oberst. The group does not know much about […]
RICHFIELD — If you were looking in the northwest sky around 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, you probably saw an amazing flash of light. It wasn’t your eyes playing tricks on you — it was a really big meteor. For Jeremy Ferch, traveling Holy Hill road in Richfield is part of his normal drive home. But on Tuesday, Jan. 7, he saw something he has never seen before. “Flash of bright white coming out of the night sky. It was turning […]
MILWAUKEE COUNTY — What could’ve been a misdemeanor theft case instead involved a police pursuit that ended in a bad crash, and on Tuesday, Jan. 7, Takorey Phillips, the man responsible, was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison. Phillips, 27, told the judge he turned to stealing out of desperation to help his family. Phillips reached a plea deal in the case filed April 15, 2019 in November — entering no contest pleas to two of the six counts against […]
MILWAUKEE — Mike McCarthy won a Super Bowl and went to the playoffs eight straight years while coaching two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Dallas Cowboys are hoping for similar results from McCarthy with Dak Prescott. McCarthy, who won the title as Green Bay’s coach at the home of the Cowboys nine years ago, has agreed to become the ninth coach in Dallas team history, a person with direct knowledge of the deal said Monday, Jan. 6. The announcement had […]
RACINE — In 2019, roughly 75% of the 911 calls received by the Racine Fire Department were for medical emergencies, and firefighters expect that to grow. An emerging program within the department is aimed at combating this problem at home. FOX6 News on Sunday, Jan. 5 caught up with Braiden Moriarity, Racine firefighter/paramedic, as he made home medical visits. “The 911 side of things is vastly different than the MIH,” said Moriarity. Moriarity is a member of the Racine Fire […]