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.
MEQUON — Do you and your team have what it takes to compete in the 5th annual Vet-Mazing Race? Even if you don’t come out on top — the event is all for a good cause. Evan Peterson joins FOX6 WakeUp from Moro Performance in Mequon with a preview of the fundraiser. About The Vet-Mazing Race (website) The Vet-Mazing Race is a fun, fitness-themed race for ALL ability levels where teams of 4 compete in various events in Mequon and the community […]
MEQUON — Do you and your team have what it takes to compete in the 5th annual Vet-Mazing Race? Even if you don’t come out on top — the event is all for a good cause. Evan Peterson joins FOX6 WakeUp from Moro Performance in Mequon with a preview of the fundraiser. About The Vet-Mazing Race (website) The Vet-Mazing Race is a fun, fitness-themed race for ALL ability levels where teams of 4 compete in various events in Mequon and […]
RACINE — A food desert is what the name implies: an area where people lack access to affordable, quality food. In Racine, Mayor Cory Mason has turned to a mobile food market for help. “There are food deserts all over Racine, city of (Racine) in particular but also in Racine County, where people have to travel great distances to get access to food,” said Sherrie Tussler, executive director of the Hunger Task Force. The mobile market brings a single-aisle grocery […]
WAUKESHA COUNTY — Charges were filed Nov. 7 against Ryan Soderberg, 33, of Wauwatosa, accused of requesting nude images from teenage boys on social media. Soderberg faces one count of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of soliciting an intimate representation from a minor. Officials said Soderberg used the Instagram name “sammyisabaddy” to assume the identity of a female. He is alleged to have targeted early-teen boys — and requested they send nude images to him. “Two concerned […]
MILWAUKEE — The corridor between Milwaukee and Chicago is known nationally for a very specific crime — sex trafficking. Selah Freedom, a national nonprofit committed to eradicating human trafficking opened its first residential safe home on Nov. 4 in Wisconsin. “It’s so important to us that the place that they come in doesn’t feel like a hospital, or a jail, or a halfway house,” said Sarah Frazer with Selah Freedom. “We want them to feel like this is a home.” […]
STURTEVANT — There are roughly 45,000 veterans in southeast Wisconsin today. But only one of them can be awarded the “Veteran of the Year” award. In a single, tiny room, numerous veterans and their supporters showed up on Thursday, Nov. 7 to see what was going to be the first-ever “Veteran of the year” winner in the 1st Congressional District. “The ‘Veteran of the Year’ award was built on service, on excellence, and on dedication,” said Congressman Bryan Steil, whose […]
WEST BEND — When the Apollo 11 astronauts took their first steps on the moon, it marked one of the most iconic moments in American history. People around the world watched video of it happening, and on Wednesday, Nov. 6, FOX6 News got a look at video showing the astronauts pulled from the sea upon their return to Earth. Tom Betka was a witness to history. As a radarman on the USS Hornet in 1969, he had front row seats […]
SOMERS — Crews on Tuesday, Nov. 5 began the demolition process at a home dangling over the edge above Lake Michigan in the Village and Town of Somers — working to beat Mother Nature to the punch, getting the demolition started with snow on the way. It was only a matter of time before erosion would consume the abandoned home — dangling over the lake for months. The home’s foundation was being pulled apart as a gap grew larger between […]
MILWAUKEE — The City of Milwaukee is making a serious pitch to hold the G-7 Summit here in 2020 — ahead of the Democratic National Convention. After sending a letter to the White House, Mayor Tom Barrett is not giving up his dream to land this huge event. “We’re swinging the bat. And I think it’s good for us as a city. I think it’s good for us as a state to swing the bat!” Barrett said. “We can be […]
MILWAUKEE — Molson Coors, the parent company of MillerCoors, announced on Wednesday, Oct. 30 that it will be restructuring and downsizing as it faces declining beer sales. But the City of Milwaukee stands to benefit from these changes. “I think as most people are aware, Milwaukee has been the home to Miller beer for well over a century, and we are a proud home,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “With the announcement today from Molson Coors, it is clearly part […]
MILWAUKEE — A measure to allow hemp to be grown in a Mitchell Park greenhouse behind the Domes was approved by a Milwaukee County Parks committee on Tuesday, Oct. 29. “This is a plant that doesn’t get people high. So, people confuse it with marijuana. This is not marijuana,” said Milwaukee County Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez. At a hearing of the county’s Parks, Energy and Environment Committee, Supervisor Ortiz-Velez said by leasing one of the county’s six greenhouses to Mitchell Park […]
RACINE — A Racine Department of Public Works employee was taken to the hospital after a crash in Racine Monday morning, Oct. 28. The worker’s truck went off the road, injuring the driver. A neighbor said he’s never seen anything like it. “Well, I was up early, and I noticed some lights flashing outside my window,” said Michael Rousar. The crash happened near Shoop Street and Layard Avenue in Racine “I go to take a look,” said Rousar. “I came […]