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
  • ‘Unfortunately, it’s very widespread:’ Woman sent unnecessary medical equipment in possible Medicare scam

    MILWAUKEE — Medicare fraud is a multi-billion dollar industry, and many of the scammers want people to buy unnecessary at-home medical equipment. Ramona Schwan said she was getting five or six calls day from a person claiming to be from Medicare. “He would say, ‘This is Steve from Medicare. Would you like — would you need a back brace?'” Schwan recalled. “I felt like I was being harassed with all these phone calls.” Schwan had her share of medical issues […]

  • ‘I was floored; no pun intended:’ Local companies donate new flooring to paralyzed Hubertus man

    HUBERTUS — For a Hubertus man paralyzed a few years ago, his goal was always to go home again. However, his big homecoming turned to disappointment when his new floor turned out to be a bust. Three years after a spinal cord injury left Gregory Schurmann paralyzed, he is back in the lake house his heart never left. “I’ve been getting a little bit stronger and wanting to come back home,” Schurmann said. “Been in and out of a nursing […]

  • Big refund or big disappointment? Impact of law changes on tax refunds

    MILWAUKEE — In the midst of tax season, preparers are working around the clock ahead of this year’s deadline.  With the new tax law changes, Americans can expect a difference in their returns this year. In a tax season up-ended by change, how people fare depends on many factors. Initial statistics from the Internal Revenue Service from early February revealed the average refund was $2,640. The refund amount was down 17% from 2018. However, over the last month, IRS data […]

  • Tollway troubles: Tips to avoid Illinois Tollway violations

    OAK CREEK — In Wisconsin, it’s common to complain about Illinois drivers, but Contact 6 has been seeing frustrations with the Illinois Tollway. Multiple people have reached out to Contact 6 about violation notices they didn’t think they should have to pay. Mark Schuster from Oak Creek got an unexpected letter from the Illinois Tollway. “Stating that my tag went through a couple of tolls without paying the fee,” Schuster said. “You know, you’re innocent and you’re being told you’re […]

  • ‘I was at my wits’ end:’ Parking ticket error leads to surprise collections bill for Sheboygan man

    SHEBOYGAN — A parking ticket mix-up led to a headache for a Sheboygan man. The trouble began for Tim Cunningham after his mother moved from Florida into a Wisconsin care facility. She brought with her a blue Kia van. It doesn’t get driven much. “Maybe one every month to keep the battery up and running,” Cunningham said about how often the vehicle was driven. The car is permanently parked outside Cunningham’s home, so it came as surprise when Cunningham received […]

  • ‘Everyone’s against me:’ Homeless veteran with PTSD scammed while trying to buy a vehicle

    WEST ALLIS — He served his country, and while trying to get back on his feet, what he thought was a step in the right direction turned out to be a big setback. “I’m trying to get my life back together,” said Spirit Padilla. Padilla is a United States Air Force veteran. “I was deployed to Panama as well as to Desert Storm,” said Padilla. FOX6’s Contact 6 agreed to meet him at the Urban Joe Cafe in West Allis […]

  • ‘It’s really terrible:’ Mom, daughter learn concert tickets they bought were no good

    BROWN DEER — A big night out hit a sour note when a mom and daughter from Brown Deer were told their concert tickets were no good. They have been struggling to get a refund ever since. Meanwhile, the seller of those tickets is not facing any consequences. On Dec. 1, 2018, the harmonies of the all-male A capella group Straight No Chaser filled the Riverside Theater.  Lisa Zimmer wanted to be there. “They’re just amazing,” Zimmer said. Zimmer and […]

  • ‘Not receiving adequate care:’ Dog death prompts Contact 6 to investigate Janesville breeder

    JANESVILLE — A Port Washington family opened their hearts when they welcomed two new puppies into their home, but within days came heartbreak. Jay Belke admitted to following his heart when he bought his German Shepherd, Yadi, from a woman he found on Craigslist. Belke also took into his home Yadi’s sister Ellie. “She seemed a little more subdued than the rest, but we thought that she was OK,” Belke recalled. The family’s joy lasted less than 24 hours. “I […]

  • Warranty confusion: Homeowners turn to Contact 6 after troubles with Choice Home Warranty

    MILWAUKEE — A pair of homeowners purchased home warranties for protection, but said they ended up fighting for coverage. The company in question has thousands of complaints. Dorothy Hopkins lived without hot water for a month. Hopkins said the hold up was that she couldn’t get Choice Home Warranty to confirm it would cover a new water heater. “You’d wait sometimes a half an hour, and when you did get ’em, you were always referred to somebody,” Hopkins said. When […]

  • Is it the cold or flu?

    While the flu season is well underway, the CDC says it’s still not too late to get vaccinated. But there are medicines to treat the flu if you do get it. But how do you really know if you have it or just a nasty cold? Consumer Reports breaks down the differences. There’s one telltale sign to look out for. Nasty colds are never fun, but the flu can be much more serious. So how do you tell the difference? […]

  • ‘The bravest people:’ Admirals salute officers, firefighters in Battle of the Badges photo shoot

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Admirals dressed in police and firefighter gear Thursday, Feb. 7 to promote the annual “Battle of the Badges” charity game. This, in the wake of the death of Officer Matthew Rittner, who died after he was shot Wednesday morning near 12th and Manitoba while serving a search warrant for the illegal sale of drugs and firearms. Jordan Fricke, 26, was arrested. Admirals players dressed in SWAT jackets and fire helmets for a photo shoot promoting the […]

  • Disconnect over wireless bill: Contact 6 navigates common cellphone billing concerns

    MILWAUKEE — It’s an industry founded on people talking to each other. Yet, Contact 6 gets complaints every year from people struggling to communicate with their wireless provider. One of them was a 95-year-old man with a cellphone older than a high school student. Nancy Schmitz has lost her sight and can no longer make out words on a page. Her husband, Art, is always happy to read aloud. In fact, Art has taken over most of Nancy’s reading, including […]

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