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My twelve years serving as a broadcast journalist includes stops in Northwest Indiana, Connecticut, and most recently Washington, D.C., where I worked as Capitol Hill Correspondent. Some highlights of my reporting include covering the 2015 visit of Pope Francis, as well as the 2016 Presidential race, debates, election and the following confirmation battle of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and the impeachment of President Trump.

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  • Mayor Barrett signs MKE Cares mask mandate

    Milwaukee mask mandate takes effect Thursday for everyone 3 and older; could be challenged in court

    MILWAUKEE — Mayor Tom Barrett on Tuesday, July 14 signed Milwaukee’s mask ordinance which takes effect Thursday, July 16. MKE Cares mandates masks for everyone ages 3 and up in indoor public places and outdoors when you’re within 6 feet of people who are not family or members of your household. The full Milwaukee Common Council voted 15-0 Monday to approve the ordinance passed by the Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Safety and Health Committee Thursday. The mandate will be enforced […]

  • Milwaukee Common Council unanimously approves mask mandate

    MILWAUKEE — The full Milwaukee Common Council voted 15-0 Monday, July 13 to approve Milwaukee’s proposed mask mandate ordinance — passed by the Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Safety and Health Committee Thursday, July 9. It now heads to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s desk for his signature. After the proposal requiring masks for everyone 3 and older inside public places and outside within 6 feet of non-family/household members is signed by the mayor, it then needs to be published before it […]

  • President Donald Trump, Joe Biden (Photos by Jim WATSON and Dominick Reuter / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON,DOMINICK REUTER/AFP via Getty Images)

    President Trump, Biden attempt to woo Wisconsin voters

    MADISON — COVID-19 devastated the economy, we have the highest unemployment rates since the Great Depression – The latest Marquette poll finds 50 percent of the state approves of the president’s handling of the economy. 46 percent disapprove. So the Biden campaign pitches Wisconsinites’ bottom line. An attempt to win back blue-collar jobs that led President Trump to the White House. Wooing Wisconsin voters. “We have a chance on November 3rd to elect a new president who is a leader, […]

  • With MU Law poll showing Biden leading by 8, 'Women for Trump' stops in WI

    ‘2020 is a big deal:’ With MU Law poll showing Biden leading by 8, ‘Women for Trump’ stops in WI

    PORT WASHINGTON — The road to the White House runs through Wisconsin, and on Thursday, July 9, the “Women for Trump” bus tour rolled through the state, with stops in Washington, Ozaukee and Waukesha counties, where Republican support has dipped in recent years. Several top Trump campaign advisers toured the state President Donald Trump won by fewer than 23,000 votes. “It was extremely important in 2016, so it’s going to be extremely important in 2020,” said Katrina Pierson, Trump 2020 […]

  • Wisconsin Republicans announce unemployment relief plan; 141K still waiting for benefits

    MADISON — 141,000 Wisconsinites are still waiting on their unemployment claims. On Wednesday, July 8, Wisconsin Republicans announced a new plan for those yet to receive benefits. There was a lot of waiting back in May when Wisconsin’s unemployment division only answered 4% of calls. Now, the state says it has tripled the number of people working on unemployment — now 1,700 people — and the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) reports answering nearly 70% of calls each day. Still, […]

  • Child wearing mask (Getty Images)

    Proposed mask mandate with ’30-foot rule’ requires coverings for everyone over age 2

    MILWAUKEE — All Dane County residents will be required to wear masks when indoors under the first order of its kind in Wisconsin, issued Tuesday, July 7, as deaths from COVID-19 surpassed 800 statewide and confirmed cases again increased, particularly among young adults. Meanwhile, Milwaukee’s proposed mask mandate hit delays Tuesday after it was introduced Monday night. A Milwaukee Common Council committee was supposed to debate the proposal Wednesday — but that’s on hold while the proposal is revised. Following […]

  • MPD investigates after photographers claim harassment by off-duty officer during march

    MPD investigates after photographers claim harassment by off-duty officer during march

    MILWAUKEE — Two Milwaukee photographers capturing a Black LGBTQ women’s march said they were harassed by an off-duty police officer — and Milwaukee police said Monday, July 6 they’re investigating. The march was headed up State Street towards MPD headquarters before a scuffle Sunday, July 5 around 5:30 p.m. between protesters and two people who had been drinking on Old World Third Street. Security cameras captured someone pushing an off-duty Milwaukee police officer — but what happened before? Photographer LaTasha […]

  • ‘We have to do more, do better:’ Mayor, community leaders come together to address violence in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — One day, two press conferences. Same, urgent message. While much of the country saw homicides drop during the COVID lockdowns – Milwaukee’s rate rose. Mayor Tom Barrett says 2020 continues to challenge in new ways, he says fundamental change is needed. “We as a community have to come together to reduce the violence in this city,” Mayor Barrett said. With Milwaukee’s homicide rate up this year by 100%. “I think a lot of this is attributed to the […]

  • Milwaukee mask mandate comments

    With vote expected, 203 express support for Milwaukee mask mandate proposal; 145 opposed

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Common Council Public Safety and Health Committee on Thursday, July 2 debated a proposed ordinance that would mandate masks in Milwaukee amid COVID-19. A vote could come Wednesday, July 8 after the proposal again goes before the committee that had a lot of questions Thursday. Milwaukee Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic of the city’s 14th District on Thursday, July 2 plans to introduce legislation to the Milwaukee Common Council that would require wearing masks in public spaces to […]

  • Open Record Special Edition: Masks and mandates

    MILWAUKEE —  Controversies are flaring back up across Wisconsin as the number of COVID-19 cases increase. Should bars be allowed to stay open? Should wearing masks in Milwaukee be mandatory? In this special edition of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators Bryan Polcyn and Amanda St. Hilaire invite FOX6 reporter Jason Calvi on the episode to talk about what’s going on in Milwaukee in regards to the coronavirus. The team also gets into the uptick in positive cases and the decision in […]

  • Health officials close indoor service at Madison bars due to ‘sustained, high number’ of COVID-19 cases

    MADISON — Public health officials are closing indoor service at bars in Madison as the Fourth of July weekend approaches and as the number of reported coronavirus cases accelerate, many involving young people in Wisconsin’s largest college community. The order from Public Health Madison & Dane County effective Thursday, July 2 allows bars that have patios to keep them open and it limits the number of people who may eat inside restaurants to 25% capacity. From June 20 through June […]

  • Election amid COVID-19 pandemic

    With hole in election leadership, Milwaukee mayor says voting restrictions rulings add more challenges

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Milwaukee’s election plans were turned upside down by an appeals court ruling Monday, June 29 changing Wisconsin’s elections — adding more challenges with a hole in Milwaukee election leadership. The court decision means less time for early voting — 12 days. “Clearly this is a voter suppression tactic, and it’s one that unfortunately has been validated by the courts,” said Neil Albrecht, executive director of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission. The 7th […]

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