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People ask me what it’s like to be a TV reporter. There’s no private office. There’s no one who does my hair and makeup.

But I can tell you it’s one of the best jobs in the world. That’s why I consider myself lucky to have been doing it for more than thirty years in Wisconsin.

Every day, reporters get to go places they might never see otherwise. I’ve had the opportunity to interview presidents, movie stars, and every day people doing extraordinary things. Then I get to write about it and share it.

I started learning to write in Sherman grade school in Milwaukee. Then I continued writing for the Nicolet High School Knight’s Page. I later went to UW-Madison. While in college I worked at the Wisconsin State Capitol, as a legislative page and aide to a State Senator. After graduating the journalism program, I worked for WISM radio in Madison and WKOW-TV in Madison. Then I got the chance to come back home to Milwaukee to work for WITI-TV6.

Through the years I’ve been honored with numerous reporting awards from the Wisconsin Press Club, Associated Press, Wisconsin Broadcasters’ Award and even an Emmy for a documentary on domestic violence. There was also a Citizen Award from the Milwaukee Police Department for helping to catch a couple of robbers. But the true reward is realizing that somehow I might have helped someone.

An unbelievable opportunity for that realization was when I traveled to Romania three times to report on orphans that were available for adoption. 200 abandoned children were adopted by Wisconsin families after my reports.

Back in Milwaukee, there will probably never be a fancy office or someone to do my hair and makeup, but I think I get something a lot more important.

Thanks for watching and caring.

Recent Articles
  • MPD: Man who threatened kill himself and shoot at officers taken into custody

    MILWAUKEE — A standoff tied up several blocks on Milwaukee’s east side on Tuesday morning, Dec. 11. The situation put a school under lockdown. Police said it was around 6 a.m. when residents in a 20-unit apartment building woke up to find another tenant acting erratically and making threats, even to officers. “They were defensive threats, like, ‘if you try to arrest me, I’m going to shoot you,'” said Lieutenant Eric Donaldson, Milwaukee Police Department. “I was going to take […]

  • Convicted sex offender to live in Waukesha home his parents bought for him

    WAUKESHA — The Waukesha Police Department has alerted the public about the release of a convicted sex offender set for Tuesday, Dec. 11. He’s luckier than most, because his parents were able to buy him a home, police said. Daniel Schmidt, now 27, was convicted in 2012 of possession of child pornography, fleeing an officer and third degree sexual assault. Police said Schmidt’s victim was a 13-year-old boy. Police said Schmidt will be living in a residence on Ramona Drive […]

  • ‘No one deserves it:’ Police credit change in pursuit policy for dramatic decrease in carjackings

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Police Department announced on Thursday, Dec. 6 a decrease in carjackings within the city. Police credited a change in the pursuit policy — with officers going after stolen cars and reckless drivers more often. In 2017, there were 386 pursuits. As of Dec. 6, 2018, there had been more than 800. “Some people thought they were just joyriding. Like, I could just ride around,” said Bianca Williams, Stop the Stollies. Williams said there are carjackers in her family. […]

  • ‘Wisconsin should be embarrassed:’ Gov-elect Evers will ask Walker to veto lame-duck legislation

    MADISON — The incoming Democratic governor of Wisconsin said Wednesday that he plans to make a personal appeal to his defeated rival, Gov. Scott Walker, to veto far-reaching GOP legislation that would restrict the new administration’s powers. Wisconsin Republicans pushed through protests, internal disagreement and Democratic opposition to pass the bills after an all-night session. The measures would shift power to the GOP-controlled Legislature and weaken the authority of the office Republicans will lose in January.“The will of the people […]

  • Democrats say ‘they’re sore losers’ as Republicans indicate 3 lame-duck bills expected to pass

    MADISON — Emotions were high as Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature on Tuesday, Dec. 4 pushed forward with a plan to limit the powers of the incoming governor and attorney general. Republicans control the Assembly and Senate and much of the plan was expected to pass, but Democrats said they still have the courts. Protesters flanked the hallways of the Capitol as lawmakers debated the proposals during the lame-duck session. “We are actually making history here tonight for all the […]

  • Battle brews in Madison over power-stripping bills proposed by GOP

    MADISON — A power-play at the Capitol in Madison went into the night on Monday, Dec. 3, as Republican leaders took up proposals they said will limit the powers of the incoming Democratic administration. Public testimony and protests filled the day and night. So many people came to the Capitol that several overflow rooms needed to be opened. In more than 140 pages of proposals was a plan to shift more power to the Wisconsin Legislature, and a plan to […]

  • ‘I’m truly sorry:’ Pewaukee woman sentenced to 6 years in prison in fatal, wrong-way crash

    WAUKESHA — 24-year-old Abby Dominski of Pewaukee was sentenced on Friday, Nov. 30 to six years in prison and another eight years of extended supervision in connection with a fatal, wrong-way crash on Highway 164 in September 2017. Dominski was charged with one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one count of OWI, causing injury (first offense). But on Friday, Dominski pleaded no contest to the homicide charge — and the OWI causing injury charge was […]

  • Jury convicts Emmanuel Sanchez in fatal stabbing of Crystal Leopold, faces life sentence

    MILWAUKEE — There was a court order to stay away. But a domestic abuse injunction did not stop a Milwaukee man from killing his ex-girlfriend. On Thursday, Nov. 29, it did not take long for a jury to come back with a verdict.That jury found Emmanuel Sanchez guilty in the fatal stabbing of Crystal Leopold. Sanchez of West Allis faced one count of first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, and one count of knowingly violating a domestic abuse […]

  • Homelessness solutions: Ideas range from more shelter funding to opening Tommy Thompson Center

    MILWAUKEE — Advocates for the homeless in Milwaukee packed a City Hall hearing room on Wednesday, Nov. 28 as the Public Safety and Health Committee met to brainstorm solutions. There is a homeless encampment under the bridge near 6th and Clybourn, and tents given out to the homeless make the situation more visible. “You’d see them huddled up near a building or under a bridge. Now that they’re provided tents, which provides shelter and warmth, you can see a tent […]

  • Repairs underway at MU’s Al McGuire Center after suspected drunk driving crash

    MILWAUKEE — Marquette University officials on Tuesday, Nov. 27 were working on repairs at the Al McGuire Center after a suspected drunk driver crashed into the building on Saturday, Nov. 24. The mess left behind could impact the women’s volleyball NCAA Tournament. “When you wake up at five in the morning, and you have a car in your building, you’re a little bit worried about that,” said Mike Broeker, Marquette University’s deputy athletic director. Broeker said he knew the last […]

  • ‘Enough!’ Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office investigates report of shots fired on I-43

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office temporarily shut down the southbound lanes of I-43 starting at the Marquette Interchange after reports of shots being fired on the freeway Monday afternoon, Nov. 26. The ramps from eastbound I-94 to southbound I-43 as well as westbound I-794 to southbound I-43 were also closed as part of this operation. This was the second such incident in nine days. “Here we go again!” said Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt. Traffic was being diverted to westbound I-94. All […]

  • Marquette ‘not in a position’ to use recently purchased Ramada Inn as shelter for homeless

    MILWAUKEE — Alderman Bob Donovan and Alderman Mark Borkowski on Tuesday, Nov. 20 held a news conference to address homelessness in Milwaukee — asking that Marquette University open their doors to the homeless this winter. Alderman Donovan, chair of the Public Safety and Health Committee, said homelessness is “a complex and multifaceted problem but one that cannot and should not be ignored.” “Here we are just a few days before Thanksgiving and unfortunately we are dealing with a homeless crisis that seems bigger than […]