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 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 […]

  • ‘I’m just very thankful:’ Mukwonago Village Board approves special permit for adult disabilities program

    MUKWONAGO — There was controversy in Mukwonago over the pending arrival of a new neighbor. The village board heard from both sides before casting a vote months in the making. One by one, people stood before the Mukwonago Village Board to voice their support or concern over Haase House. The daytime business teaches young adults with disabilities independent living skills. “It’s not conducive to the neighborhood,” one resident said. “I’m asking you to be brave and kind,” another said. Haase […]

  • ‘You have to file a claim:’ Millions eligible for credit monitoring following Equifax data breach

    MILWAUKEE — As part of a major settlement, people affected by the Equifax data breach are now entitled to a few things. The breach in 2017 impacted 147 million people. If you are among that group, you need to file a claim to get what is rightfully yours. Anyone affected by the breach is eligible for 10 years of free credit monitoring. If you were a minor in May 2017, you’re eligible for 18 years of free credit monitoring. “I […]

  • ‘It’s a matter of principle:’ Costly bills following horrific break-in by dog divides neighbors

    GREENDALE — On June 8, Ann Hackbarth returned home to find a neighbor’s dog inside her home. “It had my little Bella in his clutches, and was just shaking her,” Hackbarth recalled. She found her other dog, Finn, hiding. “His head was all bit up,” she said. The neighbor’s dog entered through a window left open a few inches. It’s owner, Linda Lutz, came over in the aftermath to help. At the vet, Bella got 59 stitches and had surgery. Both […]

  • ‘Every farm is different:’ New inspections on Wisconsin farms to help protect public health

    MADISON — Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 48 million people in the United States fall ill from foodborne illness. New farm inspections in Wisconsin are aimed at protecting public health. Starting in summer 2019 in Wisconsin, farmers are submitting their crops for new food safety inspections. “Every farm is different, and they’re so diverse,” said Shawn Bartholomew, DATCP food safety supervisor. The inspections are part of the FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act’s […]

  • Lynn

    ‘It was a false sense of trust:’ Woman loses thousands in online romance scam

    GREENFIELD — The relationship started with romantic conversation, letters, and poems. “Kind of like an unwritten fairy tale, the way we would talk to each other,” recalled a woman named Lynn. Over time, it evolved into mind games, emotional blackmail, manipulation, and coercion. “Obviously, it was a false sense of trust,” Lynn said. Lynn of Greenfield met Russell of Oshkosh on Facebook. “We had lots of conversations. Twice a day on the phone,” she said. The two never met in […]

  • Eliza Ellis

    ‘I’m in someone else’s body:’ Insurance isn’t covering potential cure for woman with rare disorder

    OCONOMOWOC —  Eliza Ellis should be taking her first steps into adulthood. Instead, the 19-year-old requires around-the-clock care in her Oconomowoc home. “Always thought that right after high school, I would go to college,” Ellis said. “I feel like everyone else around me is moving forward, while I’m just not.” She says she’s being held captive by a rare disorder that began two years ago. It was the first time she had involuntary and repetitive movements of her body. “Out […]

  • James and Diane Linn

    ‘Very nerve wracking:’ Insurance claim complication leads to billing confusion for Waukesha widow

    WAUKESHA — The Linn family garage has become a tribute of sorts to its patriarch, James Linn. “They always called him J.R. — J.R. Linn,” said Diane Linn, his wife. In the garage, J.R. worked on cars with his kids’ friends. Family members said he was generous with his time, and quick with a one-liner. “When I met him, I asked him what the ‘R’ stood for and he said, ‘Repulsive,'” Linn recalled. In July 2017, after several days at […]

  • ‘We’re just left with nothing:’ Furniture Depot fire leaves customers waiting for refunds

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee woman waiting on a furniture delivery turned on the news one morning and learned she’d be waiting a long time. In April, Felecia (whose identity is not being revealed due to safety concerns not related to this story) said she paid in full and up front for a new table to replace the one that’s chipping in her kitchen. “I paid in cash,” Felecia said. While Felecia waited for her table’s delivery, the store she purchased […]

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