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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.

Recent Articles
  • 11-year-old struck by gunfire goes home from hospital; 2 persons of interest in custody

    MILWAUKEE — Out of the hospital and on the mend, the 11-year-old girl shot and wounded near 44th and Locust in Milwaukee Tuesday night, April 16, is already back home recovering. This, as police announced two persons of interest have been taken into custody. Eleven-year-old Shamariona McCloud understandably wasn’t up for much talking when FOX6 News came to say hello. She did though manage a smile as her aunt called the 5th-grader a fighter. “I just, I lost it. I […]

  • Louis McKenzie

    Prosecutors: Man accused in thefts at Walmart, Meijer, Home Depot may be responsible for 23 others

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man is facing charges in connection with four retail theft incidents occurring in Franklin, Milwaukee and Wauwatosa in March — and prosecutors believe he could have been involved in 23 other incidents in Milwaukee County from December through April. Louis McKenzie, 36, faces the following charges, filed on April 10: Misdemeanor retail theft — intentionally taking less than $500 Felony bail jumping — two counts Retail theft — intentionally taking greater than $500 to $5,000 — […]

  • Joan and Peter Garton

    ‘Made for each other:’ Newlyweds killed in crash at 80th and Congress, 2 minutes from home

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police identified the victims of the crash Monday evening, April 15 near 80th and Congress as 65-year-old Peter Garton and 66-year-old Joan Garton — husband and wife. They lived in Milwaukee, but the retirees spent much of their time at the Lake Country Playhouse in Hartland — with Peter performing on stage and Joan in the audience, cheering him on. They were newlyweds, but their love story spans decades. “They knew each other, apparently, in high school, […]

  • Charles Fink

    ‘That upset me:’ Bicyclist says he was beaten after he was nearly hit by car in bike lane

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man said he was riding his bicycle home from lunch on Saturday, April 13 when two men attacked him on the road. Charles Fink said he was headed east on North Avenue in the bike lane when a vehicle headed in the opposite direction tried to take a left turn at 59th Street — nearly striking Fink on his bike. After the near-crash, tempers flared and fists flew. With a black eye and a cast around […]

  • ‘All this gun violence:’ Man shot several times near 67th and Villard in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened Friday morning, April 12 near 67th Street and Villard. Police say the victim was shot several times. Several neighbors say they heard gunfire loud and clear but 911 wasn’t called until five hours later. Those living near where the shooting took place say the shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Kenisha Brown was awake but didn’t call 911. She says the shootings have become so common in her neighborhood, they’re now […]

  • Prosecutors: Man shot, wounded by UWM police had stolen gun, machete, hatchet, ammunition

    MILWAUKEE — New details were revealed in the shooting of a man by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee police on March 19 — when charges were filed against that man on Thursday, April 11. Prosecutors said there was a similar incident involving UWM police in 2018. Irie Payne, 30, of Milwaukee faces three felonies and a misdemeanor: Second degree recklessly endangering safety Resisting an officer — substantial bodily harm/soft tissue injury Felony bail jumping Carrying a concealed weapon According to a criminal […]

  • ‘Someone’s playing a trick:’ April storm arrives, bringing wet and wintry weather to SE Wisconsin

    SHEBOYGAN — Messy wintry weather that began Wednesday, April 10, is expected to cause the biggest problems in the northern part of the FOX6 News viewing area. Crews are already out on a the roads clearing the slush in Sheboygan. “We all had lost our hats and gloves the other day because we weren’t prepared for this morning,” said Theo Lord, Sheboygan resident. The weather went from 60s and sunny to 30s and blustery — catching families in Sheboygan off-guard. […]

  • Public warned about suspicious man trying to lure kids into vehicle, videotaping them

    TOWN OF OTTAWA — Parents in rural Waukesha County said a suspicious man was caught on separate occasions watching their children from their driveways. The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the two incidents from the Town of Ottawa. In a community full of children at play and Neighborhood Watch signs, the last thing people would expect to worry about is stranger danger. “We all know everybody and we feel safe,” said one resident. “It makes you even more uneasy […]

  • ‘It actually happened:’ Crews clean up coal after 5 train cars derailed, 3 tipped over in Caledonia

    CALEDONIA — Crews repaired a portion of railroad in the Village of Caledonia following a derailment there on Monday morning, April 8. Five cars carrying coal left the tracks near Highway 32 and 5 Mile Road. Three of those rail cars tipped over. It was a first in James Perrault’s 15 years of living next to the railroad tracks. “I always wondered about it, and wow, it actually happened,” Perrault said. Around 4:30 a.m. Monday, a freight train derailed right […]

  • Parents of 5-month-old boy in desperate need of liver donor: ‘He’s fighting so we have to fight’

    WAUWATOSA — It is a race against the clock. The parents of a 5-month-old boy named Marcus are making a public plea for help. Marcus is living with liver failure — and is in desperate need of a liver donor. His parents, Whitney McLean and Tony Albers, say Marcus has just weeks to live without the donor. Marcus has been hooked up to machines at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for three weeks and counting. So far, attempts to find a […]

  • ‘No control:’ Parents worry about student safety at MPS school, demand change

    MILWAUKEE — Parents say fights are breaking out nearly ever day among students at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning (WCLL), a Milwaukee Public Schools facility near 12th and State. Parents say the fights have gotten so out of hand over the past month that the students basically run the school. In fact, when FOX6 News was outside the building on Monday, April 1, our team noticed a boarded up door, people banging on the outside of the building, and […]

  • Man found dead near MU campus: ‘How did it get undetected?’

    MILWAUKEE — A homicide investigation is underway after a man was found dead Friday morning, March 29 on the edge of the Marquette University campus — near 19th and Wisconsin. Police were called to the scene around 9:30 a.m. The victim is identified as 53-year-old Johnny Smith. However, the preliminary investigation reveals that the body appears to be that of a 45-year-old man who sustained a significant head injury. The victim is not affiliated with the university. “I’m kind of in […]

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