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
  • ‘Who would have thought?’ Police use GPS to find stolen Milwaukee construction equipment in Walworth County

    MILWAUKEE — Thieves were caught on camera driving off in construction equipment in West Milwaukee — and police were able to track down the stolen vehicles using GPS trackers. The suspects snuck onto the property through a wooded area, bypassing a now-broken barbed wire fence to get two skid steers parked in the back of a truck yard. Surveillance cameras along Burnham Street in West Milwaukee captured two people stealing skid steers in the middle of the night — driving […]

  • ‘Discouraging:’ Former Racine County register of deeds charged in illegal sex ring

    RACINE COUNTY — The former Racine County register of deeds is among more than two dozen people facing prostitution charges out of Illinois. Rockford police discovered the illegal sex ring. Facing two counts each of patronizing a prostitute and soliciting a sex act, Tyson Fettes is one of the 27 accused johns linked to a months-long sex trafficking investigation by the Rockford Police Department. “We will work as many hours as we need to take over an arrest the johns […]

  • 8 crimes in 3 hours: ‘Very concerning’ string of violent armed robberies reported across Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — A sudden string of armed robberies early Wednesday, Aug. 21 in Milwaukee left residents across the city afraid to leave their homes after dark. Police were investigating how many of the crimes were connected, but in many cases, the victims were held at gunpoint in residential neighborhoods while walking from their cars to their front doors. Milwaukee police responded to eight reports of armed robberies over a three-hour period early Wednesday. “I was sleeping,” said Zak Zdanczewizc. “I […]

  • ‘An immigrant can be anybody:’ Artwork on MCTS bus focused on immigration stirs debate

    MILWAUKEE — Artwork on the outside of a Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus is fueling controversy. It depicts immigration officers detaining migrant families — and reads, “Stop ICE.” Each year, students choose a topic they feel strongly about, but some critics said how they expressed that viewpoint is disrespectful, and the artwork has no place on a county bus. The bus wrap was created by a group of Milwaukee-area high school students and sponsored by the Milwaukee Art Museum […]

  • Craig Mertes

    Prosecutors: Cudahy gym teacher admitted to drinking before driving; drugs found in vehicle

    FRANKLIN — A Franklin man who is a gym teacher at Cudahy High School is facing criminal charges after drugs were located inside his vehicle during a traffic stop. The following charges were filed Aug. 6 against Craig Mertes, 32: Possession of methamphetamine Possession of THC Possession of amphetamine/LSD/Psilocin According to the criminal complaint, on Monday, Aug. 5, officers initiated a traffic stop in the area of Renaissance and Enterprise in the Village of Sturtevant for a traffic violation. Upon […]

  • Local faith leaders advocate for gun control, condemn racism following mass shootings

    MILWAUKEE — In response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, California and other areas in recent weeks, local faith leaders are urging community members to take action. At the Cathedral of Saint John in Milwaukee, a public prayer service took place on Friday, August 9. The message from that prayer service, ironically, was all about how prayer alone is not enough when it comes to reacting and responding to mass shootings. Faith leaders in Milwaukee offered words of […]

  • Sex offender convicted of incest cut off GPS monitor, could be on the run in Milwaukee area

    WASHINGTON COUNTY — A search continued Thursday, Aug. 8 for a convicted sex offender just released from prison and already on the run from law enforcement in Washington County. Officials said Brandon King, 31, cut off his GPS monitoring device on Tuesday, Aug. 6, the day he was released. Even more concerning, officials said even though he served his entire 14-year prison sentence, King was classified as someone who has the potential to commit another crime. “It makes you think […]

  • ‘It’s really sad:’ 2 dead following single-vehicle crash on I-41 in Washington County

    WASHINGTON COUNTY — Two people died following a single-vehicle crash in Washington County Tuesday night, Aug. 6. Officials with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the driver and passenger were not wearing their seat belts when the driver lost control of a Ford Mustang lost control on I-41 between Highway 60 and Highway 144 in the Town of Polk. Washington County sheriff’s officials on Thursday identified the driver as James Debny, 66, of Fox Lake, and Daniel Luedke, 55, of […]

  • Veteran upset, says West Milwaukee police aren’t taking home break-ins seriously

    WEST MILWAUKEE — Thieves have repeatedly targeted an Army veteran in West Milwaukee. The victim said nearly $8,000 worth of property has been stolen from his house since fall 2018. He said police aren’t taking the crimes seriously. Now living with friends in Brown Deer, Paul Hawver said Tuesday, Aug. 6 he was relieved to have moved out of his home off 51st and National, where he said intruders broke in six times since November 2018 through a busted window. […]

  • Racine woman arrested for OWI after crashing her BMW into Petro truck stop

    Racine woman arrested for OWI after crashing her BMW into Petro truck stop

    VILLAGE OF YORKVILLE — A Racine woman, 47, was arrested for OWI, second offense after sheriff’s officials said she crashed her vehicle into a truck stop on Sunday evening, Aug. 4. According to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, around 5 p.m., a deputy on routine patrol was passing the Petro parking lot on Sylvania Avenue (off of I-94 and Highway 20) and spotted a BMW sedan parked over the sidewalk and through the exterior wall, into the commercial drivers’ lounge […]

  • Semi fire on I-43 SB at Keefe Avenue

    ‘Driver did an excellent job:’ No injuries after semi hauling food caught fire on I-43 SB near Keefe

    MILWAUKEE — Officials are investigating a semi fire that caused major delays on I-43 Friday morning, August 2. It happened around 11:15 a.m. The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said the southbound I-43 off-ramp at Keefe Avenue would remain closed for several hours for cleanup. Thankfully, there were no injuries, and the contents of the semi were not hazardous. However, the fire did cause big traffic backups in the area, and concern among neighbors. “I heard a ‘boom, boom,'” said Lawrence […]

  • Wisconsin State Fair kicks off 11-day run with big crowds and perfect weather

    WEST ALLIS — The Wisconsin State Fair is officially in full swing. The 11-day event kicked off Thursday, Aug. 1 with big crowds and perfect weather. “We always come the first day of the season,” said Tad Hemp, fairgoer. Old and new fair-goers gave their opening day experience two thumbs up. “For my first time, this is awesome. I can’t wait to come back here every year,” said Jared Christy, fairgoer. For many, the food is the main attraction. “They […]

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