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.
RACINE — Racine Police Officer John Hetland left behind two children and countless relatives and friends. Police said Officer Hetland, while off-duty, witnessed an armed robbery in progress at Teezers near 20th Street and Lathrop Avenue Monday night, June 17. Investigators said Officer Hetland jumped over the bar and tried to take the man down, but the 24-year veteran of the Racine Police Department was shot once and killed in the process. At Hetland’s home in Sturtevant Tuesday, June 18, […]
MAYVILLE — A former Mayville police officer is accused of having sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl while he was on the job. The allegations stem from summer 2016. Police conducted an internal investigation then, but determined no criminal activity occurred. Mark Forster, 30, faces six charges: Child enticement — exposing genitals, pubic area, intimate parts Intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child Misconduct in office, acting/excess authority — four counts A 16-page criminal complaint said in 2016, two […]
APPLETON — Prosecutors say the officer-involved shooting that happened at the Valley Transit Center on May 15 was ruled justified — and the officers involved will not face any criminal charges. The gunfire killed a Wausau man identified as Ruben Houston, firefighter Mitchell Lundgaard, and also injured a police officer and bystander. FOX6 is getting a closer look at the deadly shooting. Police and emergency responders were called to the Appleton Transit Center on May 15 for a man on […]
MILWAUKEE — Two Milwaukee police officers were out of the hospital Wednesday, June 12 after suffering minor injuries when their squad was struck by another vehicle Tuesday night, June 11. The striking driver was been taken into custody in connection to the crash after police said he tried to hide in a tree. Surveillance cameras at 22nd and Greenfield captured the moment the driver of a truck tried to make a left turn in front of the MPD squad — […]
MILWAUKEE — Isaac Barnes changed his plea on Tuesday, June 11 — pleading guilty in the shooting death of Sandra Parks, 13, on Nov. 19, 2018. Parks was struck by a bullet that entered her home near 13th and Hopkins, and died from her injuries. The change of plea came on the second day of Barnes’ trial — the first full day of testimony. On Monday, Barnes told the court he wanted a court trial instead of a jury trial. […]
MILWAUKEE — A jury trial began Monday, June 10 for one of two men charged in connection with the shooting death of Sandra Parks, 13, on Nov. 19, 2018 near 13th and Hopkins. Parks died when a stray bullet went into her home. In a last-minute decision Monday afternoon, Isaac Barnes, 27, said he wanted a court trial instead of a jury trial — meaning the judge assigned to the case would hear the evidence and reach a verdict, rather […]
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Police Department revealed on Friday, June 7 a plaque to honor the life and legacy of fallen Officer Charles Irvine Jr. Irvine died on June 7, 2018 while involved in a high-speed police pursuit. The squad he was in crashed near 76th and Silver Spring on the city’s northwest side. “Charles Irvine is going to be remembered as a person dedicated to public service. A young 23 years of his life — and as I said […]
MILWAUKEE — Desperate for answers, the family of a young Milwaukee mother whose body was found burned in a garage on May 1 said the case remains unsolved. FOX6 News on Thursday, June 6 spoke with the brother of Natalya Nicholson, 25 — on a search for justice. Thursday marked one month since Micah Nicholson learned it was his sister, Natalya Nicholson, whose body was discovered burned beyond recognition inside a vacant garage near 15th and Burleigh. Milwaukee police ruled […]
MILWAUKEE — Friday, June 7, marks one year since Milwaukee Police Officer Charles “Chucky” Irvine was killed in the line of duty. On Wednesday, June 5, District 4 — where Irvine worked — held a community cookout in his honor. “There’s no better way to bring a family or the community together than having a cookout,” said Morgan Taylor, Milwaukee resident. “It’s a duty as part of the community to help our police officers out.” Milwaukee residents like Morgan Taylor, […]
MILWAUKEE — Rain in the forecast Tuesday night, June 4 could not have come at a worse time for some business owners along the Milwaukee River. All of the rain this spring has caused the river to crest — overflowing into the basements of businesses. Some restaurants have even closed temporarily as a result. During the typically busy noon hour, tables Brunch were empty Tuesday. The doors were locked and a sign in the window read: “Closed.” “It’s extremely frustrating. For […]
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office was busy Monday, June 3 investigating seven probable overdose deaths since Friday, May 31. The victims ranged in age from their early 20s to mid-50s. None were found together. Toxicology test results were pending Monday, but investigators prepared to analyze the data to determine whether any of the victims used the same drug. The start of a new month marked the end of seven lives across Milwaukee. “These are cases that don’t […]
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police recovered 12 illegally possessed firearms after executing a search warrant on the city’s north side on Friday, May 24. Many of the guns are high-powered firearms. The morning of the raid, people living near 42nd and Fiebrantz woke up to what sounded like gunfire. “I opened up the door, police had kicked in the door and shot a flash bang up in there. It’s a shock to people that’s up in there. It’s a real loud […]