Lakeshore flood advisory until 10 p.m. for 3 counties

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
  • 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 […]

  • ‘It was really frustrating:’ Contact 6 helps homeowner get refund for unfinished pool project

    MUSKEGO — A Muskego family’s pool project went off the deep end. The problem began with what wasn’t in their contract. Jennie Draper pictured her kids spending the summer in her new pool. Instead, she was left with a mess. “It was just this giant puddle of mud in the backyard, and we couldn’t use the backyard,” Draper said. “It was just really frustrating.” In May, Draper signed a contract with Zimmers Landscaping. “He said, ‘Oh I can do the […]

  • Radium

    ‘I think a lot of people are concerned about it:’ Local communities taking steps to keep radium out of water

    ELKHORN — A water sample taken at a utility sink in Elkhorn prompted the city to immediately take its Lakeland Water Treatment plant offline. In June, Elkhorn sent out a notice to residents explaining a quarterly test found excessive amounts of radium in Elkhorn’s water supply — more than five times the state limit. “I think a lot of people are concerned about it, really,” said local resident Nancy Hinson. “I know a lot of people have gone out and […]

  • Carl in Oconomowoc

    ‘I trusted him:’ Oconomowoc man pestered by contract he signed in a door-to-door sale

    OCONOMOWOC — He wanted to get rid of bugs around his house, but what pestered him most was the fine print of his contract with the pest control company. Carl in Oconomowoc would rather kill his own mosquitoes than rely on the Hawx Services pest control company. In June, Carl said a salesman for the company showed up at his home and said he could help with mosquitoes and other bugs around the property. “So I said, ‘Fine. Sounds good,'” […]

  • Ticket troubles: Contact 6 helps woman fix Big3 ticket purchase confusion

    MILWAUKEE — At every big event at Fiserv Forum are people who find out their tickets aren’t as good as they thought or learn they were outright scammed. One woman learned this lesson the hard way when the all stars of Ice Cube’s Big3 Basketball league came to Fiserv Forum. In the crowd was a Milwaukee man and his sons who got tickets from a friend, Jane Munoz. She spent $370 buying her friend the tickets. “He’s a single father. […]

  • ‘I didn’t even know a scam like this existed:’ Homes for sale targeted in real estate scam

    RACINE — An apartment hunt took a disappointing turn when a Racine woman discovered it was all one big con. Rosanne Abraham loved a yellow brick home the moment she saw it on Craigslist. “Large rooms, it looked like,” she recalled. “All the appliances were updated. The price was incredible.” Abraham, also, was excited to see the price was reasonable, at just $600 a month. She said the owner had changed his mind about selling the property. “I think he […]

  • ‘This is a life-saving need for my child:’ Milwaukee County families seeing delays in respite care

    MILWAUKEE COUNTY — Amy Van Sistine will do whatever it takes to keep her son, Lucas, in her home. He is 7 and has intellectual disabilities. “He, himself, probably functions, in his mind, about the level of a 9-month-old,” Van Sistine explained. His disabilities qualify him for a respite care worker. “Without respite care, our home is not functional,” Van Sistine said. Respite care is temporary care provided to those who care for a child or adult that is sick […]

  • Homeowners surprised by new property assessments

    ‘It really was time for a revaluation:’ Homeowners surprised by new property assessments

    WAUWATOSA — There has been some shocking news for homeowners in places like Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay, and Wauwatosa recently as they headed to the mailbox. Property values are going up, and in some cases, way up. Wauwatosa homeowner Kelley Ruzicka knew a property assessment was on the way. “I opened the envelope thinking, ‘It’s going to go up,'” Ruzicka said. Ruzicka had no idea how much. “The surprise was $116,000,” she said. The average home assessment in Wauwatosa is up […]

  • ‘I think they were on the news:’ Wedding photographer with history of complaints stands up couple

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee couple was stood up on their wedding day by their photographer. It happened just a couple of weeks after Contact 6 warned viewers about the business. Thirty minutes before Bo Hickman walked down the aisle, she learned her wedding photographer and DJ wasn’t coming. “You can’t get that back. I was very upset,” she said. “Distraught, I guess, is the best word.” Family and friends scrambled to find backups. The couple put on smiles for their […]

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