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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
  • ‘Close to 3,000 masks:’ Wauwatosa flag business revitalized after transition to mask making

    WAUWATOSA — A Wauwatosa business is getting national attention for its creative flags with a positive message. Now, thanks to another project, it has been able to hire all its employees back. In March, FOX6 News first introduced you to Flag Center — the small, local business that took a positive COVID-19 message on high. Business at that time was daunting for Flag Center. The company, typically brought to life by a dozen employees, was being run by the owner […]

  • MMSD: Deep tunnel filled to nearly 97% after Sunday’s storm

    MILWAUKEE — For many of us Sunday, May 17, staying dry was tough, and making sure our basements didn’t flood — even tougher as Mother Nature brought heavy rain to southeast Wisconsin — prompting flooding. “I think we got over 4 inches in some areas, but I think close to an average of 4 inches of rain throughout Milwaukee County,” said Kevin Shafer, executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. The systems moving water around Milwaukee were at, or […]

  • HEAR Wisconsin

    ‘They can lip read:’ HEAR Wisconsin offers special masks to assist with communication amid COVID-19

    WEST ALLIS — Staying informed and safe during the coronavirus pandemic is challenging for everyone, but especially those who have lost their ability to hear. Thankfully though, HEAR Wisconsin is giving them the tools to ensure they don’t miss a word. COVID-19 concerns have complicated everyday tasks like going to the grocery store, or simply having a close conversation with someone. For those who have lost the ability to hear, the masks that keep us safe have prevented them from […]

  • ‘We’re doing our very best:’ City of Racine to support ‘Safer at Home’ until May 26

    RACINE — In the City of Racine, a small, local business opened its doors Thursday, May 14 after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the state’s “Safer at Home” order Wednesday. This, despite the fact that a “Safer at Home – Racine” order was issued the evening of May 13 by the City of Racine’s public health administrator following the SCOWIS ruling. The Racine order adopts Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” order for the City of Racine and Villages of Wind […]

  • Tribute on 2 wheels: Bicycle riders honor law enforcement’s fallen heroes

    MILWAUKEE — Every year, a bicycle ride of more than 300 miles takes place from New Jersey to our nation’s capital. It is done mainly by law enforcement who have had their colleagues die in the line of duty. But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed that. You could not ask for better weather or a better reason for a bike ride to remember those who are no longer with us. “My brother told me last July, he’s like, […]

  • ‘It’s unthinkable:’ Neighbors shocked by word that 5 died by gunfire in Milwaukee home

    MILWAUKEE — Hundreds of neighbors came out to watch what was going on near N. 12th Street and Hadley on Monday morning, April 27. As news broke that there were five victims of a shooting inside a home in the area, family members and friends of the deceased were clearly and understandably upset. One neighbor spoke with FOX6 News and said, right not there is a lot of pain out there. “It’s unthinkable, like, how are you going to kill […]

  • JBS Packerland in Green Bay (PHOTO: WLUK)

    JBS USA announces temporary closure of Green Bay meat plant ‘given the continued spread of coronavirus’

    GREEN BAY — Officials with JBS USA on Sunday, April 26 announced the temporary closure of the company’s Green Bay beef production facility to “slow the spread of COVID-19.” It’s the fourth JBS USA plant to temporarily close, and comes amid 776 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Brown County, along with two deaths (as of Sunday), according to officials with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. According to a news release from JBS USA, the Green Bay facility employs more […]

  • ‘Some spiritual uplift:’ FOX6 News televising Sunday religious services until ‘Safer at Home’ ends

    MILWAUKEE — Starting Sunday, April 26 until the “Safer at Home” order is lifted, FOX6 News will be dedicating several hours each Sunday to religious services. “We feel trapped, and we feel that we’re not doing the normal routine that we’re called to do,” said Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. When the Safer at Home order was put into place, it not only put an end to social gathering as we know it, but also impacted […]

  • ‘Passing it forward:’ Greenfield Fire Department donates ‘thank you’ meals to those in need

    GREENFIELD — McDonald’s is looking to provide first responders with free meals as a way to say thank you during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s an already king gesture that the Greenfield Fire Department is taking a step further. “We certainly appreciate what McDonald’s and other restaurants and corporations are doing,” Greenfield Fire Chief Jon Cohn. “We believe in paying this forward and passing it forward.” Announced on the department’s social media Wednesday, Cohn said the department will take the meals, […]

  • ‘Think differently:’ Public employees redeployed to keep Racine County Food Bank running

    RACINE — The City of Racine has had a few food pantries close due to a lack of volunteers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the city’s mayor has come up with a creative way to address the problem. “We’ve seen a real decline in volunteers as people are exercising the ‘Safer at home’ order,” said Racine Mayor Cory Mason. Sights like the one found at the Racine County Food Bank on Tuesday are rare — people moving food who aren’t […]

  • ‘Badger Bounce Back Plan:’ 14-day decrease in COVID-19 cases required before state can reopen

    MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers issued an order Monday spelling out the criteria that must be met before schools and businesses can reopen in the state amid the coronavirus pandemic. The plan envisions a phased reopening, triggered by a 14-day decline in positive COVID-19 cases, along with progress in bolstering testing, tracing and tracking of the pandemic, and acquiring more protective equipment for those on the front lines of fighting the virus. There is no timeline for when businesses will […]

  • West Allis Police Officer Charles Clark

    ‘Somebody else needs it more:’ West Allis officer pays it forward, donating stimulus check

    WEST ALLIS — A West Allis police officer, having received his coronavirus stimulus check, has decided to pay it forward — donating the money to someone in need. “This community has given the police department, and officers, so much throughout the years, and now, it’s my turn,” said Officer Charles Clark. Officer Clark said when he received his stimulus check, deciding what to do with the money was a no-brainer. “I was actually cleaning up a crash scene with a […]

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