I’m proud and grateful to be a member of the FOX6 News team. I arrived in January 2011 and spent my first weeks at FOX6 covering the union protests in Madison. I guess you could say I hit the ground running!

I spent my first five years at FOX6 as a general assignment reporter. I had the responsibility of covering breaking news events that included the Sikh Temple shooting and the shooting at the Azana Salon and Spa.

For two years at FOX6, I worked with the U.S. Marshals on a weekly ‘Wisconsin’s Most Wanted’ segment, which assisted in the arrests of dozens of fugitives.

I am honored to currently be FOX6’s Contact 6 consumer reporter. My job is to help you save money! If you have a problem with a company or organization and can’t get a resolution, turn to us! Contact 6 has been going to bat for the little guy since 1972.

To file a complaint with Contact 6, click the CONTACT 6 tab. You’ll find the CONSUMER COMPLAINT? button on the right side of the page.

Some of my favorite stories prior to Contact 6 are the in-depth reports I generated with Milwaukee’s medical community. One of those reports received an Emmy Award and others received Emmy Award nominations.

I came to Milwaukee from Green Bay, where I reported for WFRV from 2008 to 2011. There, I reported on record flooding, a decades old murder investigation, and, of course, the Green Bay Packers! Prior to that, I spent one year at WKBT in La Crosse.

I became interested in TV news while a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After internships at WCCO in Minneapolis and NBC-15 in Madison, I landed a full-time on-air internship at WISC, where I worked throughout my senior year.

I grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota and graduated from Eastview High School. Growing up, I wanted to become a writer, but found I lack the patience to sit down and write a book. The fast-paced business of TV journalism is much better fit for my personality!

In my free time, I like to run outside on southeast Wisconsin’s beautiful trails, read, and spend as much time as possible with my husband and daughter.

If you see me out on a story, please come over and say hello!

Recent Articles
  • ‘I think if it wasn’t for you guys, this would not be resolved:’ Contact 6 helps man get new car

    MILWAUKEE — Many 19-year-olds don’t take care of their cars. However, there is one who wants to keep his in top shape. When Cody McDonald had concerns about his Jetta that he couldn’t get resolved, he turned to Contact 6. He started hearing a noise coming from his car that was so loud, McDonald said he could hear it over the radio. “The transmission is making grinding, scraping, and scuffing noises,” he said. McDonald bought the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta 14 […]

  • Off the grid: Solar power company, Altaray, leaves customers in the dark

    MERTON — Customers wanted to make solar electricity, but found themselves off the grid. With no solar power and looming loan payments, they reached out to Contact 6. John Kaiser thought he was making an investment with a bright future. Instead, it left him feeling as dismal as the early winter weather. “So, you can see ’em. They are covered with snow,” Kaiser said as he pointed to solar panels on his roof. “It makes me not happy.” Altaray Solar […]

  • Serving up CBD: Is it worth the upcharge?

    MILWAUKEE — It’s one of the biggest trends out there — CBD-infused drinks and food, but are these products worth the extra money people are paying for them? Sometimes, the answer is no. At the Milwaukee Brat House, they’re serving up something extra. For $3 more, you can get a sausage infused with CBD. Plus, your mustard and kraut comes with a drop of CBD oil stirred in. “People do order it from time to time,” explained Drew Retherford, Brat […]

  • ‘It doesn’t even belong to me:’ Cudahy landowner surprised by $7,400 bill

    CUDAHY — A big surprise before breaking ground on his new home left a man feeling powerless in more ways than one. An empty lot in Cudahy was purchased with big plans in mind. “We bought this property last year,” explained Ken Jankowski. “We wanted to build a new house. We’re from the south side, wanted to stay on the south side.” Jankowski knew he’d pay for the foundation, the framing, and siding. However, one expense came as a surprise […]

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    ‘You keep putting on a Band-aid:’ Pros and cons of a popular roofing fix

    MILWAUKEE — A new roof is a big purchase for any homeowner, and there is a cheaper alternative. Instead of tearing it off, some just add another layer of shingles. However, there are downsides to going that route. Most roofs last 20 years or so. Stance Williamson said his family has had the one on their home for at least 40 years. The leaking was extreme. “The front part of it was leaking,” Williamson said. “That’s where the rain would […]

  • ‘I couldn’t pay that off:’ Contact 6 helps 99-year-old with balloon loan payment

    MONTELLO — A decade-old loan packed one last surprise for a Montello woman. She thought she’d paid it off. Turns out, she had a long way to go. A deck at the home of 99-year-old Iva Olson is nearing the end of its useful life. Olson thought she’d have it paid off by now. In 2006, Olson and her husband, Chuck, got a loan from M&I Bank. “To build a garage and to build a deck,” Olson explained. A decade […]

  • ‘We just want people to be planning ahead:’ Everything you need for a Real ID

    MILWAUKEE — A big change is coming to airport checkpoints. Starting in October 2020, passengers will need a Real ID or an active passport to clear an airport’s TSA checkpoint and board a flight. At Mitchell International, there are warnings the change is coming. Frank Pipia of Homeland security says Wisconsin has offered Real ID since 2013. “There shouldn’t be any surprises I hope,” Pipia said. “If you already have one, there will be a star in the upper right […]

  • ‘Don’t share your Medicare number:’ Watch out for Medicare scams during Open Enrollment

    MILWAUKEE — If you get an unexpected call from Medicare — hang up! State officials are warning people about potential scams now that Medicare Open Enrollment is underway. As part of the Wisconsin Senior Medicare Patrol, Ingrid Kundinger hears about Medicare-related scams everyday. At a meeting of The Wisconsin Alliance of Retired Americans, there’s no shortage of first-hand experiences. “They asked for my ID or my ID number,” a retiree named Doug said. “I hung up! That’s what I did,” […]

  • Taking a shot at bartending? Contact 6 investigates complaints against Bartending Academy

    WEST ALLIS — They took a shot at a West Allis bartending school, but didn’t get what was promised. Gary Kalkopf wanted to pursue his hobby of mixing drinks as a part-time job. “Get me out of the house and be social with people,” Kalkopf said. He paid the Bartending Academy in West Allis $400 for a two-week course. When he showed up for class in January, it wasn’t in session. “He looked at me and asked, ‘What are you […]

  • ‘I’m pretty much out of options:’ Local paving company fails to complete driveway projects

    CALEDONIA — It’s a bumpy drive with Daryl Lotharius to the base of his Caledonia driveway. In late spring, a contractor laid gravel for Lotharius’ new asphalt driveway, and then never returned to finish the job. “I don’t believe there was ever a signed contract or anything like that,” Lotharius said. “So that might be shame on me a little bit.” Tommy Stevens of Metro Paving and Roofing laid it all out in emails, which explained the project would cost […]

  • ‘It’s just what people want nowadays:’ Hard seltzer tops local alcohol sales, but will the trend last?

    MILWAUKEE — It’s the best-selling drink in your grocery store’s liquor department. Until a few years ago, it didn’t exist. When it comes to hard seltzer, new competitors are crowding the field every month, but is it a fad or here to stay? When Amy Walberg launched PRESS Premium Alcohol Seltzer in 2015, there was nothing like it on the market. “I really created this because I wanted to drink it,” Walberg said. “Customers weren’t aware at all with what […]

  • Cash or credit? A growing trend doesn’t give consumers a choice

    MILWAUKEE — Cash, credit, or debit? At a handful of Milwaukee area businesses, you don’t get to choose. Now, there’s an effort to crackdown on an emerging trend of going cashless. Every day we move closer to a cashless society. Fiserv Forum officials experimented with six cashless food vendors last basketball season. Earlier in September, the BMO Harris Pavilion hosted a cashless concert. Goddess and The Baker in Brookfield does not take cash, and neither does Basse’s Taste of Country […]

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