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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
  • ‘A lot of pride:’ Vandals tag Pewaukee park; neighbors replace hate with love

    PEWAUKEE — Vandals with spray paint caused a lot of damage at Liberty Park in Pewaukee on Sunday, Sept. 16, but by Monday morning, neighbors had come together to clean it up. The vandals hit a playground, basketball court and adjacent tennis court. Some of the language was offensive, relating to hate and white supremacy. Neighbors discovered the vandalism on Sunday afternoon. “What we found was a lot of vulgar language, things like that, tagged all over the tennis court […]

  • Amy’s Candy Kitchen visitors get taste of fall at Cedarburg’s Wine and Harvest Festival

    CEDARBURG — Visitors celebrated the unofficial start to fall in Cedarburg Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16 during the two-day Wine and Harvest Festival. “Wine and Harvest Festival is great — it’s energizing,” said Paula Heupel, Amy’s Candy Kitchen. The event featured artists, craft vendors and of course, plenty of delicious food. “We’re really known for our jumbo caramel apples,” said Heupel. We found plenty of customers looking to sample the truffles, chocolates and candy apples. “The smell of our […]

  • Celebrate fall at the Wine and Harvest Festival in historic downtown Cedarburg

    CEDARBURG — The Cedarburg Wine and Harvest Festival is celebrating the change of seasons in a big way this weekend. Evan spent the morning getting a look at all there is to do. About Cedarburg Wine and Harvest Festival (website) As the leaves begin to change and the fresh air turns brisk, the splendor of autumn is soon to be upon us! To kick-off this beautiful season, come and celebrate a sweet and savory weekend at the 46th Annual Wine & […]

  • Nefertari African Dance Company celebrating 50th anniversary with festival

    MILWAUKEE — The Nefertari African Dance Company is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a festival this weekend. Evan spent the morning at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society with a look at the company’s history. About Nefertari African Dance Company (website) The Nefertari African Dance Company was founded as a performing group in 1968. It would provide for young people of african descent, an avenue of expression and pride in the culture of their ancestors. From the beginning the group has received […]

  • Generac sends help to Carolina coast; ‘We’re the backup power experts’

    WAUKESHA — In anticipation of power outages, nearly a dozen people left from Waukesha early Friday morning, Sept. 14 headed to Hurricane Florence. The crew of volunteers from Generac Power Systems wants to help keep the lights on for those who stayed behind. “We’ve done this since all the way back to [hurricane]Hugo back in 1989,” said Aaron Jagdfeld, Gererac Power Systems. Hurricane Florence made landfall Thursday morning, and people are in need of help. The Miami-based center says the center of the eye […]

  • ‘Why did you run?’ Memorial Day weekend homicide suspect turns himself in

    MILWAUKEE — Cortney Huley, 43, was shot six times near 19th and Hadley over the Memorial Day weekend. Police say they’ve caught their lead suspect: 37-year-old Thomas Sanders. Authorities said Sanders turned himself in near Indianapolis on Sept. 2. The victim’s daughter told FOX6 News that while the family is closer to justice, they also feel like they have to reopen an old wound. “I feel like I be in a coma. I’m just stuck, sad, emotional, I don’t want […]

  • Delegates from Asia in Milwaukee to share ideas on how to stop human trafficking

    MILWAUKEE — Leaders from around the world were in Milwaukee Monday, Sept. 10 to discuss human trafficking, and figure out ways to crack down on it globally. In downtown Milwaukee, a portion of the Milwaukee Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse was transformed into a classroom of sorts. “Some of that activity stays here in Wisconsin, but it’s not uncommon, unfortunately, for these offenders to travel with these victims,” said Matthew Krueger, United States attorney. Delegates from countries like Cambodia, Malaysia and […]

  • ‘A kid to us:’ After losing dog, family wants you to make sure your dehumidifier isn’t on this recall list

    CEDARBURG — If you’ve been concerned about water or humidity in your home, you’re probably running a dehumidifier night and day. A Cedarburg family who almost lost it all has a warning: Do so at your own risk. “Having something like this was just unbelievable,” said James Erlauer. On Aug. 31, Erlauer was walking into his home, and as he stepped inside, “the smoke just bellowed out towards me.” While away at work, a fire started in the basement. “Started […]

  • Zoom past the animals as you ride through the Milwaukee County Zoo in their ‘Ride on the Wild Side’ event

    MILWAUKEE — Sunday, Sept. 9 is the only time of the year you get to ride your bike inside the Milwaukee County Zoo as part of the “Ride on the Wild Side” event. About Ride on the Wild Side (website) With its hills, winding paths and beautiful setting, the Milwaukee County Zoo is a great place to ride your bike. At the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s annual bike ride fundraiser, you can do just that. Kids of all ages can cruise in […]

  • City of Jefferson staying optimistic while bracing for Rock and Crawfish Rivers to crest

    JEFFERSON — It’s bittersweet news for the residents of Jefferson. The rivers that divide the town are no longer forecasted to crest this weekend, but later next week. For city officials, it just means more time to prepare and worry. In Jefferson, things move pretty slowly — everything but the water. “We started filling sandbags earlier in the week,” said Timothy Freitag, city administrator. Roughly 1,500 bags to be specific. This, as the city deals with a river basin that […]

  • Learn what it takes to become a first responder at MATC’s Fire, Police, EMS Expo

    OAK CREEK — Celebrating the men and women who protect us and encouraging others to join the profession. Milwaukee Area Technical College hosted the Fire, Police, and EMS Expo in Oak Creek Saturday, Sept. 8. About MATC Fire, Police, EMS Expo (website) The Fire/Police/EMS Expo is a FREE event sponsored by Milwaukee Area Technical College and the Milwaukee Fire Historical Society! Events include: – FREE EXPO T-shirts to first 1,000 visitors – Emergency Vehicle Parade – 9:00 a.m. – September […]

  • A sweet approach to philanthropy: Jen’s Sweet Treats hold fundraiser to help Cudahy youth football team

    CUDAHY — A bakery in Cudahy saw a problem for a local football program and didn’t want to wait around for someone else to fix it — so they’re doing something about it. A small but powerful device. A portable defibrillator is a must have for a youth football team in Cudahy, but there’s just one small problem — they can’t afford it. “Because if I don’t, who’s going to?” said Jennifer Clark with Jen’s Sweet Treats. “Somebody needs to […]