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  • Open Record: Prepared for anything

    MILWAUKEE — In this episode of Open Record, Jenna Sachs and Bryan Polcyn are joined by chief photojournalist Andrew Konkle to discuss the unique places being a journalist takes you. Konkle reveals why he always has a shovel and a lunch box full of stickers. Polcyn explains why he spent a day in jail. And, Sachs shares her brief brush with superstar Sir Paul McCartney. Related show links: ‘Everyone is exhausted:’ Staffing ‘crisis’ at House of Correction drives surge in overtime […]

  • Deff-initely Milwaukee: Pat Connaughton

    MILWAUKEE — In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh chats with Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Pat Connaughton. It’s the off season for the NBA, but Milwaukee is still riding high after one of the best season’s in Bucks’ history.  Connaughton and Carl Deffenbaugh have known each other since his time at Notre Dame, when Deffenbaugh was a sports anchor in South Bend covering Connaughton’s run to the Elite Eight as number 24 with the Irish. He’s one of the rare […]

  • Open Record: Inside the explosion

    MILWAUKEE — In this episode of Open Record, Chief Photojournalist Andrew Konkle joins as guest host to talk about a story that hit very close to home. Konkle gives the team an inside perspective of covering the devastating explosion that rocked his hometown of Sun Prairie. Plus, the Open Record team reveals the people who helped shape them as journalists. Related show links: ‘Our whole house shook:’ 2 firefighters, officer taken to hospital after explosion in Sun Prairie ‘Not going to […]

  • Open Record: Recognizing the issue

    MILWAUKEE — In this episode of Open Record, “Producer Pete” returns as guest host. He joins Jenna Sachs and Bryan Polcyn to talk about a new dangerous trend among teens and why the story made the team feel old. Plus, they reveals the challenges they face as investigative journalists. Subscribe to “Open Record” via RSS | iTunes | Spotify | Google Play | Stitcher|iHeartRadio Follow Bryan on social media: Facebook | Twitter Follow Jenna on social media: Facebook | Twitter Follow Amanda on social media: Facebook | Twitter About the Podcast: “Open Record”

  • Deff-initely Milwaukee: Don Smiley and Bob Babisch

    MILWAUKEE — In this episode of Deff-initely Milwaukee, Carl Deffenbaugh talks with the two people leading  Summerfest, Don Smiley and Bob Babisch. The pair are defining the music scene with the Big Gig. Don Smiley helped bring Major League Baseball to South Florida and owns a World Series ring from his time as Team President of the Florida Marlins. He took over as President and CEO of Summerfest in 2004 and has built a winner here as well – leading […]

  • Deff-initely Milwaukee: Conversations with the movers and shakers of Wisconsin

    MILWAUKEE — It’s conversations with the movers and shakers that put our slice of Wisconsin on the map. Hear the stories in a brand new podcast —  Deff-initely Milwaukee. In this bi-weekly podcast, FOX6 WakeUp’s Carl Deffenbaugh sits down with the people influencing the landscape of southeastern Wisconsin  in the worlds of entertainment, business, sports and more. Subscribe to “Deff-initely Milwaukee”: via RSS | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | Stitcher  Follow Carl on social media: Facebook | Twitter| Instagram About this podcast: Deff-initely Milwaukee

  • Open Record: The art of surveillance

    MILWAUKEE — In this episode of Open Record, Jenna Sachs and Bryan Polcyn are joined by guest host Producer Pete. Pete gives the team an inside perspective of what his job as an investigative producer entails, and why the investigative team does surveillance. Plus, Bryan pulls a recorded call out of the vault that’s been a secret — until now. Subscribe to “Open Record” via RSS | iTunes | Spotify | Google Play | Stitcher|iHeartRadio Follow Bryan on social media: Facebook | Twitter Follow Jenna on social media: Facebook | Twitter Follow Amanda on social media: Facebook | Twitter […]

  • Open Record: The big picture

    MILWAUKEE — In this episode of Open Record, Jenna Sachs and Bryan Polcyn are joined by guest host Executive Producer LeeAnn Watson. Bryan reveals how a challenge presented by a city leader led the investigative team to a mountain of data work. Jenna takes an in-depth look at a crisis for the special needs community. Plus, the Open Record team reveals how their jobs have changed over the years. Related show links: “There’s no disincentive to carry:” Felons with guns […]

  • Open Record: What is the cost of safety?

    MILWAUKEE — In this episode of Open Record, Amanda St. Hilaire shows you how she used public data to discover an emerging prescription drug epidemic. Jenna Sachs explains how leaders and influencers have to weigh the cost of safety. Plus, what makes working in news different from other occupations? Bryan Polcyn reveals some of it has to do with ego. Related show links: ‘Down to my lowest point:’ As opioid prescriptions fall, investigation shows new drug spikes ‘You don’t know what […]

  • Open Record: Balanced lens

    MILWAUKEE — In this episode of Open Record, Amanda St. Hilaire takes an in-depth look at a school district with a history of harassment and the larger impact on educational and workplace culture. Jenna Sachs weighs the arguments over a hotel reservation policy that restricts certain guests. Bryan Polcyn reveals what he’s willing to share on social media. Related show links: Touching students, sex with staff: Records show complaints, concerns about school response “I’m just standing there crying:” Families turned away […]

  • Yoga for Cancer Survivors at Aurora Women's Pavilion in West Allis

    ‘They find strength in each other:’ Yoga class focuses on helping cancer survivors

    WEST ALLIS — Sunday, June 2 marked National Cancer Survivor Day — a day to celebrate and honor individuals diagnosed with the disease. However, there’s a program through Aurora Health Care connecting survivors every week. As patients hustled in and out of the Aurora Women’s Pavilion in West Allis, a small group inside took time to rejuvenate and relax in a yoga class. “We always say, ‘As long as you can breathe, you can do yoga,'” said Jaime Wooten, a […]

  • Open Record: Something doesn’t match up

    MILWAUKEE — In this episode of Open Record, Amanda St. Hilaire explains how some child care centers can avoid oversight. Jenna Sachs takes an in-depth look at the right to carry a gun inside a ride sharing vehicle. Plus, the Open Record team reveals where they think they’d be working if it wasn’t in news. Related show links: ‘You cannot tell me what I can do in my car:’ Uber driver fired for carrying concealed weapon ‘Day care loophole’ allows operation […]

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