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I’m thrilled to be working in Wisconsin’s largest city! I joined the FOX6 news team as a reporter in June 2016.

Milwaukee is just a short 1.5 hours from home for me. I was born and raised in Madison, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in journalism and gender and women’s studies.

Before coming to Milwaukee, I reported at TV stations in Wausau, Madison and as far away as Wichita, Kan. Some of the most memorable stories I’ve covered so far in my career include a mass shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kan., the first-ever child sex trafficking case prosecuted in Marathon County, Wis. and the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker.

When I’m not chasing down the big story of the day, I’m likely playing with my two dogs: Raleigh, a chihuahua, and Juneau, a Siberian husky. They’re quite the duo! I’m also passionate about women’s issues and am an activist for survivors of domestic violence.

I enjoy covering viewers’ compelling stories most. If you have a story idea or just want to say “hi,” feel free to email me: madanderson@nexstar.tv


Recent Articles
  • UWM Foundation

    Coronavirus test results pending: UWM suspends in-person instruction until at least April 10

    MILWAUKEE — At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Tuesday, March 10, officials announced an employee of the UWM Foundation was tested Monday, March 9 for coronavirus at a Milwaukee-area hospital. The results of that test would not be available until the end of the week, officials said. On Wednesday, the UWM Foundation building was closed, along with an adjoining convenience store. A news release from UWM said the employee became ill after contact with someone who went to a country […]

  • UWM prepares to move ‘majority of classes’ online after spring break; employee tested for coronavirus

    MILWAUKEE — Both Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee suspended all university-sponsored programs and travel to Level 3 travel warning countries amid coronavirus concerns, and officials urged anyone who travels to such places for personal reasons to follow CDC guidelines upon returning. At UWM on Tuesday, March 10, officials announced an employee of the UWM Foundation was tested Monday, March 9 for coronavirus at a Milwaukee-area hospital. The results of that test would not be available until the end […]

  • Dow Jones plummets after opening bell, coronavirus fears to blame

    MILWAUKEE — Coronavirus fears hit the stock market for another week as the Dow and the S&P plummeted after the opening bell Monday, March 9. Taking the biggest hit — oil prices — which plunged 30% amid growing concerns over a dispute between oil-producing countries like Russia and Saudi Arabia. “A lot of people are panicking,” Financial Advisor Brad Allen said. “Because nobody knows how it’s going to affect the global markets at this point.” Allen says 401Ks will fluctuate […]

  • Milwaukee reckless driving task force finalizes list of proposed solutions: ‘No one single answer’

    MILWAUKEE — After almost a year of discussion, city and county leaders met March 6 to finalize a list of proposed solutions to curb reckless driving throughout the Milwaukee community. Falling under three main categories — engineering solutions; accountability and enforcement; and prevention and education — recommendations came from both task force members and the public following two community input sessions over the past several months. Since forming the Milwaukee City-County Carjacking and Reckless Driving Task Force in April 2019, […]

  • Devin Harris, Shannon Lilly, and children

    ‘Infecting the area:’ Biracial Cedarburg family ‘stunned’ by hate mail telling them to ‘get out’

    CEDARBURG — A Cedarburg family on Thursday, March 5 spoke out in the wake of hate mail they received regarding the color of their skin. The biracial family said they received an anonymous letter in the mail on Wednesday — telling them to leave. A day later, they said the support from the community already far outweighed the intolerance. Devin Harris said his heart dropped when he read a letter in an envelope addressed to, “The Scums.” “I actually sat […]

  • Miller Brewery shooting: Dale Hudson, Gene Levshetz, Jesse Valle Jr., Dana Walk, Trevor Wetselaar

    MPD on Miller Brewery shooting: ‘Neither race nor racism has been identified as a factor’

    MILWAUKEE — One week after a Molson Coors employee gunned down five of his co-workers, an investigation continued Wednesday, March 4 into a possible motive behind the shooting rampage, but company officials confirmed Tuesday the shooter was the target of racial harassment during his time with the company. Milwaukee police on Wednesday afternoon said a preliminary investigation revealed “neither race nor racism has been identified as a factor.” Employees had the option to return to work if ready on Monday, […]

  • ‘It’s just tragic:’ Man killed, firefighter injured, 3 displaced by fire in Sheboygan

    SHEBOYGAN — A man died after being pulled from a fire Monday night, March 2 in Sheboygan. One firefighter was treated on scene for injuries. Three people were displaced. Officials identified the victim as Russell Doxtator III, 44. He was found on the second floor of a three-unit home on Michigan Avenue near 4th Street, where firefighters responded just before 10 p.m. Monday. The fire started on the second floor, officials said and left $70,000 in its wake. “There are […]

  • ‘Keep the Faith:’ Musician uses power of music to help those grieving in wake of Miller Brewery shooting

    MILWAUKEE — Keith Pulvermacher of Milwaukee had already been working on a song about healing when Wednesday’s Miller Brewery shooting unfolded. He said as soon as he learned about the tragedy, he realized what the song’s purpose would be. Describing the often indescribable, the Milwaukee musician uses the power of music to help those who have lost loved ones find the will to move forward. “The purpose of this song was for healing,” Pulvermacher said. He recorded “Keep the Faith” […]

  • Miller Brewery shooting

    Warning signs of workplace violence: ‘Never any absolutes’

    MILWAUKEE — According to the FBI, more than one-third of active shooter incidents occur at workplaces that are more-or-less closed to the public. Experts say that’s because the majority of perpetrators of mass shootings target places that they’re familiar with — like their workplace. According to the most recent numbers from OSHA, in 2017, more than 450 people were killed at work at the hands of another person. In the wake of the mass shooting that unfolded on the Miller […]

  • Miller Brewery shooting

    ‘Pretty intense:’ Employees, family members try to understand gravity of Miller Brewery shooting

    MILWAUKEE — With more than 1,000 people working at the Miller Brewery at the time of the shooting incident on Wednesday, Feb. 26, the impact of the mass shooting was widespread. Employees of the brewery were the first to understand the gravity of the situation confronting them. They received multiple text messages indicating there was a critical incident involving an active shooter on the brewery campus — and to get to a safe place. After hearing what played out in […]

  • Matthew Wilks, Tracey Smith

    Matthew Wilks found guilty by a jury in road rage shooting that killed Tracey Smith

    MILWAUKEE COUNTY — A jury convicted Matthew Wilks, 35, of Whitefish Bay, Tuesday, Feb. 25 on one count of first-degree intentional homicide, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the fatal shooting of Tracey Smith, which happened Aug. 30, 2019 near 51st Street and Capitol Drive. Prosecutors said road rage led to the gunfire as Smith taught her son how to drive. Wilks said it was self-defense. With the trial expected to move […]

  • Caleb Smith, Matthew Wilks, Tracey Smith

    As trial begins, defense claims shooting of DOC sergeant teaching son to drive was self-defense

    MILWAUKEE COUNTY — A jury trial began Monday, Feb. 24 for Matthew Wilks, 35, of Whitefish Bay, charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Tracey Smith, which happened Aug. 30, 2019 near 51st Street and Capitol Drive. Prosecutors said road rage led to the gunfire as Smith taught her son how to drive. Wilks said it was self-defense. With the trial expected to move quickly, on Monday, jurors were selected, opening statements wrapped up, and several people testified for […]

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