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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
  • Construction concerns: What drivers can do if their car is damaged by road construction

    MILWAUKEE — A mysterious object his a woman’s car. She thinks a major construction project is to blame. It’s not unheard of, but can anything be done? Jessica Pliska doesn’t know what hit her windshield as she passed under the Ryan Road bridge on I-94 North. “It was louder than anything I have ever heard hit my car,” Pliska recalled. “I’ve been in accidents before and I`ve never heard a noise like this.” It happened in September around 5:45 in the […]

  • ‘Get a real job:’ Hair and makeup artist targeted in so-called ‘overpayment scam’

    MILWAUKEE — She claimed to be a mother of a bride. Turns out, there was no wedding. Instead, just an attempt to scam a businesswoman out of her money. For years, hair and makeup artist Mel Jekich has brushed off attempts to scam her small business. “Sometimes it’s two times in a week. Sometimes it’s once a month,” Jekich said. She said she feels obligated to warn others. “I just wanted people to know, especially if they’re starting out as […]

  • Convenience worth the cost? Contact 6 tests Amazon’s new Christmas tree delivery service

    MILWAUKEE — These days, it seems almost anything can be boxed up and shipped right to your doorstep. This year, Amazon is delivering Christmas trees for the first time. Contact 6 put the new option to the test. At Noffke Tree Farms, families can spend hours searching for the perfect tree, but in a world where convenience is king, you can also have one delivered to your doorstep. In Contact 6’s case, it was delivered to the FOX6 atrium. The […]

  • ‘I thought the paint was good:’ Rust-Oleum recalls countertop coating due to lead risk

    OAK CREEK — A simple kitchen update gone wrong. An Oak Creek woman was happy with her new countertops until she learned about the potential health hazards of the product she purchased. Sue Donovan was looking for an inexpensive way to make her old countertops look like new. “I was trying to do some updates around my kitchen,” Donovan said. She bought Rust-Oleum countertop coating in black satin from Amazon. “I thought the paint was good,” Donovan recalled. She was […]

  • ‘Pictures I would never post:’ Milwaukee woman locked out of hacked Instagram account for weeks

    MILWAUKEE — For all its flaws, social media can be inspiring. Annette Stoffel tries to inspire her Instagram followers as she documents her effort to run a half-marathon in all 50 states. “I map the runs and then post, so everyone can see how training goes and that it’s not all perfect,” Stoffel explained. But on the day of the Briggs & Al’s Run in September, Stoffel had trouble with her account. It had been hacked. “I  tried to log […]

  • ‘It feels like highway robbery:’ High-interest loan catches family off guard

    MILWAUKEE — In recent months, Contact 6 received complaints about an online lender with interest rates you may not believe. Shavonti Dorsey serves as a caretaker for her grandmother, Ada Davis.  In January, Davis asked Dorsey to help her get a loan from CashNetUSA. “I thought about it, because I had a big gas bill and I wanted to pay my gas bill,” Davis said. Dorsey had never gotten an online loan before, but said it only took 10 minutes. […]

  • Dangerous chemicals, confusing labels and privacy issues: Consumer advocates share toy concerns ahead of the holidays

    MILWAUKEE — Holiday shopping is upon us and consumer advocates are warning you about some popular kids toys. This is the information you need before you shop this holiday season. The latest kids craze is getting some tough treatment. In this year’s Trouble in Toyland report, the consumer advocates at U.S. PIRG say they found the ingredient boron in several popular slime toys. “Boron is a chemical that can cause nausea, vomiting, and even long-term reproductive issues when ingested,” Emma […]

  • ‘Spent a lot of nights praying:’ Baby with rare combo of heart defects goes home after 618 days

    MILWAUKEE — It’s a huge moment for any new parent — putting the baby in a car seat and driving home from the hospital. A Milwaukee mom thought it might never happen with her daughter. “It can be hurtful a lot of nights. It can be hurtful a lot of days, and then you got good days, but then you got more bad days than good days,” said Sherrell Rushing. From the moment she was born with heart defects, Rushing […]

  • Milwaukee woman’s frustration boils over; ‘It was so hard to prove that my daughter wasn’t dead’

    MILWAUKEE — 18-year-old Sofia Jensen leads an active and healthy life. However, on paper, she had already taken her last breath. “I didn’t understand what was going on at all,” Sofia said. When she tried to buy her first car in June, she was rejected for the loan. “At first, I was really mad because I really wanted to get a new car,” recalled Sofia. It was all for a very bizarre reason. “I guess my Social Security number came up […]

  • ‘It was a $500 bill:’ Fire departments charging crash cleanup fees after accidents

    WEST ALLIS — If you get into a car accident, you could have an unexpected bill headed your way. More cities are adopting a new fee that could affect you even if you didn’t cause the crash. On his way to take in the sights of the Wisconsin State Fair, an East Troy man became an unexpected attraction on Greenfield Avenue. A van rear-ended Edward Hinsberger’s truck. The van sustained most of the damage. “Drove right into our bumper,” Hinsberger […]

  • ‘A lot of trial and error:’ Wisconsin measures its 1st hemp growing season in 70+ years

    MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin’s first hemp growing season in more than 70 years is in the books, but whether hemp becomes the cash crop the state is hoping for depends on how farmers did. It has been a learning season for Diane Strauss. She lost 30 percent of the hemp crop outside her Mequon home that she planted in June. “We’ve had an insane amount of rain for like the last four weeks,” Strauss said. But the knowledge Strauss gained about […]

  • ‘Not sure what we’re gonna do:’ Customers frustrated after HOBO files for bankruptcy

    MILWAUKEE — A home improvement retailer has filed for bankruptcy — and stores in southeast Wisconsin will close. In the process, customers with unfinished projects they have already paid for have few options. “We knocked down some walls here. This wall and that wall,” said Samuel Serrano. “We’re hoping to have here cabinets.” Serrano thought his kitchen project was well on its way. Now, it is stalled with no end in sight. “I’m just devastated. We’re at a point where, […]