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.
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee’s Fire and Police Commission is currently made up of one executive director, six commissioners and support staff, which is operating with 50% vacancies. Some Milwaukee Common Council members say that’s because they’ve learned the commission’s management team is running a toxic and incompetent workplace environment. Members of the Common Council’s steering and rules committee met Dec. 5 with Griselda Aldrete, the executive director of the Fire and Police Commission, for an update on her first three months […]
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police arrested three boys — ages 12, 13, and 14 — for making terror threats via social media to Wedgewood Park International School near 68th Street and Morgan Avenue. It marked the third straight day of violence or threats of violence at schools in southeast Wisconsin. Authorities were made aware of a shooting threat just before noon on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The three boys were arrested on Wednesday, and classes went on as scheduled. A Milwaukee Public […]
OSHKOSH — Wisconsin high school resource officers have found themselves on the front lines in two student shootings in the past two days, underscoring how police in schools can face life-or-death situations and likely adding to the debate over the best ways to respond to school threats. An Oshkosh Police Department resource officer shot a 16-year-old student Tuesday after the boy stabbed him in the officer’s office at Oshkosh West High School. A day earlier, a resource officer at Waukesha […]
WEST BEND — One day after Thanksgiving, Christmas is in full swing at Jackie Fechter’s tree farm in West Bend. “Everybody’s so joyful to be here. So it’s like the coolest business to have,” says Fechter, co-owner of Christmas on Indian Lore. For decades, families have been flocking to Christmas on Indian Lore to pick out the perfect tree. And for the second year in a row, Fechter is asking her customers for something as well — to donate to […]
RACINE — Multiple vehicles were damaged in a hit-and-run crash in Racine early on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 28. It made for a rude awakening on the holiday for residents living near DeKoven Avenue and Grand Avenue, but thankfully, no one was hurt. FOX6 News found car parts and broken glass on the road and grass as a result of the crash. Neighbors estimated the driver who caused the crash was going up to three times the speed limit of […]
MILWAUKEE — Surveillance cameras capture a brazen robbery inside a parking garage off N. Humboldt Avenue in Milwaukee. The suspects’ plans ultimately did not go their way. The victim was walking through the parking garage which leads to several businesses. That is when two men tried to steal her car. Security cameras captured the two men approach the woman and force her to turn over her purse. The crime is shocking to people who live in the area. “That’s scary […]
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee leaders hosted a second public listening session on reckless driving Monday night, Nov. 25 at Rufus King High School — to discuss the preliminary report and recommendations of the City-County Carjacking and Reckless Driving Task Force. More than 200 people took part. The 15-member City-County Carjacking and Reckless Driving Task Force began meeting in April in an attempt to tackle the growing public safety issue of reckless driving in Milwaukee. In late October, the task force released […]
SHOREWOOD — Crews with Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) cleared brush away along the Milwaukee River, Thursday morning, exposing two underground shelters where authorities say someone had been living. The site remains littered with random items like bicycle tires, propane tanks and coolers — one day after law enforcement recovered guns and ammunition in one of the holes. Multiple agencies responded to the area near Capitol and Humbolt just before 8 a.m. on Nov. 20. Officers took a 41-year-old man […]
WASHINGTON COUNTY — More than $400,000 worth of illegal drugs and $250,000 cash were seized in a major drug bust in Washington County, part of a 20-month investigation into an alleged Germantown drug dealer. The Washington County Drug Task Force arrested Jeremy Erdman, 38, from the Village of Germantown on various drug-dealing charges on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Law enforcement had been conducting surveillance on the suspect since March 2018, finally taking him into custody after the Washington County sheriff said […]
HARTLAND — News is spreading of an 8-year-old Hartland girl’s death. Emma Mertens passed away Sunday, Nov. 17 from a rare brain tumor. Her impact is reaching strangers all over the world. HAWS (Humane Animal Welfare Society) in Waukesha was one of Emma’s favorite places. She loved visiting the dogs — and encouraging the community to donate to their cause. Her passion earned her the HAWS Youth Community Kindness Award earlier this year. In the wake of grief, there is […]
CAMDEN, N.J. — A New Jersey man faces allegations he conspired to carry out spray paint vandalism attacks in September against synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin. Federal prosecutors said 18-year-old Richard Tobin recruited people on a neo-Nazi social network. According to prosecutors, he directed fellow white supremacists, members of a self-described “White Protection League” to “tag the (expletive)” out of synagogues around the country as part of a plan he named, “Operation Kristallnacht,” referencing the ransacking of Jewish homes, businesses, […]
MILWAUKEE — A double shooting on Friday, Nov. 15 on Milwaukee’s north side left one man dead and another injured. A day later, a crowd gathered to pray for the victims. Upon arrival at the scene, officers located two shooting victims. A 31-year-old Milwaukee man died at the scene. A 27-year-old Milwaukee man sustained a gunshot wound and was transported to Froedert Hospital with serious injuries — expected to survive. Sirena Hicks, a friend of the victims, identified them as […]