Important resources to help you navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Wisconsin
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Politics is about our lives and things we hold dear: our families, our schools, our communities, our state, our world; it’s also about our worries, hopes and dreams. I will be looking for you to help me tell these stories, from city hall deciding how to pay for fixing our roads, to the statehouse debating how best to keep our drinking water safe, to you choosing who should lead the country. I want to show the personal stories of how political debates impact real lives. I also feel honored to ask lawmakers your questions. Politics is about you, so, please shoot me an e-mail and let me know what’s happening in your town:

My journey to FOX6 is a homecoming, of sorts, back to the Midwest. I grew up on Lake Michigan’s southern border. OK, way south of it, in Chicago’s southwest suburbs. My wonderful wife grew up in Michigan. I graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa (go Duhawks!), where I anchored and reported for the campus television station. I also interned at Chicago’s former 24/7 cable channel.

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.

My family and I are excited to explore our new state. Please say “hi” when you see us chasing our kids at the park, checking out books from the library, or enjoying local food and brews.

Recent Articles
  • ‘Concerned about the future:’ FOX6 News talks with Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Jill Karofsky

    MADISON — On April 7, 2020, Wisconsin voters will pick a state Supreme Court justice. The winner will earn a 10-year term on the bench — and help judge some of the biggest controversies in the state. Right now, conservatives have a 5 to 2 majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Jill Karofsky is trying to change that. “I’m concerned about the future in the State of Wisconsin,” said Karofsky. Karofsky grew up in Middleton, where her mother was mayor. […]

  • $2.2T rescue package signed into law; what does it mean for you?

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed a $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, March 27. The package will rush resources to businesses, health care providers and struggling families during the coronavirus pandemic. Wisconsin Republican Rep. Bryan Steil drove from the Badger State to the Capitol to back the bill which, he says, isn’t perfect. “It spends too much money, it has things that are unrelated to coronavirus, including $25 million for a theater in Washington D.C.,” Steil said. […]

  • Open Record Special Edition: The COVID-19 Relief Bill

    MILWAUKEE — It’s the largest relief bill of its kind in U.S. history. Following days of intense negotiations, a $2 trillion economic stimulus package is headed to President Trump’s desk. In this special edition of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators Amanda St. Hilaire and Bryan Polcyn break down the important questions with the help of FOX6 political reporter Jason Calvi: What’s in the CARES Act? What does it mean for your family? Who is getting what and when? Typically, Open Record […]

  • Cities pressure federal judge to postpone April election; Milwaukee adds absentee ballot drop-off sites

    GREEN BAY — A federal judge will soon rule if Wisconsin should scrap its April 7 election. The City of Green Bay says it can’t keep poll workers safe and they don’t have enough to run the election during the coronavirus pandemic. “This is a constantly changing scenario. The only thing we know is that people have to stay home for the infection to die out and bring it back down to normal numbers,” Vanessa Chavez, Green Bay city attorney, […]

  • White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill

    WASHINGTON — The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early Wednesday on an unprecedented $2 trillion emergency bill to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently needed measure is the largest economic rescue bill in history. It is intended as a weekslong or monthslong patch for an economy spiraling into recession — or worse — and a nation facing a potentially ghastly toll. The package […]

  • Drive-through voting in Richfield

    ‘1st time I’ve been out of the house:’ Voters cast ballots in drive-through in Richfield amid COVID-19

    RICHFIELD — Voting advocacy groups and the mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest city, on Tuesday, March 24 urged Gov. Tony Evers to close polling sites and conduct the state’s spring election entirely by mail to protect voters and a dwindling pool of election workers from the coronavirus. Evers has refused calls to postpone the April 7 election in the face of the crisis. Meanwhile, election officials in Pleasant Prairie and Richfield detoured their normal plans — opting for drive-through early […]

  • Gov. Evers ‘evaluating’ making April 7 election mail-only as some call for ‘dramatic change’

    MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers said Monday, March 23 that he’s considering allowing people to vote in Wisconsin’s spring election only by mail in order to protect voters and poll workers from the coronavirus. The April 7 election includes the state’s presidential primary, a state Supreme Court race, and hundreds of races for local office. Several states have postponed their presidential primaries to prevent people from congregating at the polls and spreading the virus, but Evers has thus far insisted […]

  • ‘We’ll get through this:’ Milwaukee mayor in self-quarantine, exposed to person with coronavirus

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he feels fine and his office at City Hall is closed. Now, he’s leading Milwaukee from his home, in self-quarantine after learning Thursday, March 19 that he came in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. Barrett said he’s “feeling great” and does not have a fever or any other symptoms. He was exposed to the person on Friday, March 13 and will remain in self-quarantine for 14 days following the […]

  • DWD: 29,300 unemployment applications submitted in Wisconsin in 4 days

    MADISON — Unemployment claims by workers displaced due to the coronavirus pandemic skyrocketed since Sunday, March 15. Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman said Thursday, March 19 preliminary numbers showed there were 1,500 claims on Sunday, 4,300 on Monday, 8,500 on Tuesday, and 15,000 on Wednesday. Gov. Tony Evers ordered all bars and restaurants closed on Tuesday. Last week, Forstman said claims averaged about 700 a day. Similar spikes were seen in states across the country with businesses […]

  • Open Record Special Edition: The economic impact of COVID-19

    MILWAUKEE — Typically, Open Record is a podcast that takes you behind the scenes of FOX6 Investigative reports. But we’re changing things up a bit for the time being: We’re bringing you the latest on our coverage of COVID-19 here in Wisconsin. We’ll bring you more frequent episodes over the next few weeks as we navigate this. In this special edition of Open Record, FOX6 Investigators Amanda St. Hilaire and Bryan Polcyn talk with FOX6 political reporter Jason Calvi. Together, they […]

  • Gov. Tony Evers

    Gov. Evers waives work search, modifies unemployment availability due to COVID-19

    MADISON — Governor Tony Evers on Wednesday, March 18 issued Emergency Order #7 waiving work search requirements and modifying the availability requirements for unemployment insurance benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19. A news release from Gov. Evers’ office said Emergency Order #7 waives the requirement that UI claimants conduct at least four weekly work search actions during the COVID-19 emergency, retroactively effective as of March 12. This order also ensures that claimants who are otherwise eligible but out of work […]

  • Voting

    ‘It’s easy:’ How to cast early, absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s spring primary

    MILWAUKEE — The coronavirus pandemic led Ohio to postpone its primary on Tuesday, March 17.  Voter turnout was down in Lake County, Illinois the same day. “Four years ago, it was pretty crowded here for the last election,” said Sharon Clarke, a Gurnee, Illinois voter. “I remember there was nowhere to park. You had to kind of fair and circle, but this time, it seemed to be smooth as silk.” At Clarke’s polling place in Gurnee, officials had to call […]

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