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Theo Keith is the political reporter for FOX6 News. He covers election campaigns, the Wisconsin Legislature, and Milwaukee city and county government.

Theo has extensively covered the leaders of both houses of Congress — Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He has covered two presidential candidates and four U.S. Senate races.

Theo’s work has twice won Emmy awards — in 2017 for his investigation of then-Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s whereabouts, and in 2016 for his breaking news coverage of a massive fire. He previously won a regional Edward R. Murrow award in 2013 for his reporting on problem panhandlers.

Prior to joining FOX6, he covered the historic recall of Gov. Scott Walker as a reporter at WISC-TV in Madison from 2011-2013. There, Theo reported on Paul Ryan’s bid for the vice presidency and several controversial pieces of legislation at the state Capitol.

From 2013-2015, Theo was the political reporter for WAVE-TV in Louisville, Kentucky. He followed Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign and Mitch McConnell’s ascent to majority leader. He investigated corruption at local governments, leading to multiple changes.

Theo is a proud defender of open records and open meetings laws, and believes in holding elected officials accountable on behalf of the voters who elected them.

Theo is from Saginaw, Michigan, and is a lifelong fan of the Michigan State Spartans. He graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in journalism and political science. In his free time, you’ll find him on the golf course or in the kitchen trying a new recipe.

Recent Articles
  • MU Law Poll: Vukmir wipes out Nicholson’s lead in U.S. Senate race, Evers widens lead over Democrats for governor

    MILWAUKEE — The two Republicans running for U.S. Senate are statistically tied as Leah Vukmir has wiped out Kevin Nicholson’s advantage, the latest Marquette University Law School Poll found. Vukmir leads Nicholson, 34-32 percent, in the poll conducted July 11-15. It’s the first time the she has led the primary race, though her lead is well within the margin of error of +/- 7 percent. “I think it’d be certainly fair to say it’s a toss-up race at this point,” […]

  • Democratic governor candidate Kelda Roys takes out $235,000 second mortgage to boost lagging campaign

    MILWAUKEE — Democratic candidate for governor Kelda Roys has taken out a second mortgage on her Madison home to boost her campaign, even as she lags way behind in the polls. Roys took out a $235,000 second mortgage on her home June 25, five days before loaning her campaign $255,000, according to Dane County property records and Roys’ campaign finance filing. The loan vaulted Roys into the lead over her Democratic rivals in the amount of cash they have on […]

  • Ex-Sheriff David Clarke’s 2015 trip expenses paid by alleged Russian agent’s group

    MILWAUKEE — When then-Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke went on a six-day trip to Russia in 2015, a group founded by an alleged Russian agent paid his expenses. Clarke and Maria Butina, who the U.S. Department of Justice charged this week with trying to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and other political groups, appeared together during the trip. Clarke was part of an NRA delegation. Butina’s group, The Right to Bear Arms, covered $6,000 of Clarke’s meal, hotel, and transportation […]

  • Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson concerned about ‘widespread tariffs’

    MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Monday he’s concerned with the Trump administration’s “widespread tariffs” and wants the White House to know “there’s some real damage being done” to companies. Johnson made the remarks after meeting with executives of Wisconsin companies to hear how the U.S.’s trade war with China and other countries is impacting them. Johnson plans to take the businesses’ concerns to President Donald Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “They need to understand some […]

  • Paul Ryan: ‘No question’ Russians meddled in 2016 U.S. election

    MILWAUKEE — Top Wisconsin Republicans took different views on Monday, July 16 after Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted that his country had not meddled in the 2016 election. House Speaker Paul Ryan said there was “no question” that the Russians had interfered. Ryan criticized President Donald Trump hours after the president met with Putin in Finland. “The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally,” Ryan said. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson shared Ryan’s opinion about Russian meddling, telling reporters […]

  • ‘A significant amount of time:’ Milwaukee Health Department acknowledges mistakes won’t be fixed quickly

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Health Department officials are acknowledging that the agency broke state law, and have outlined a plan to fix the program that’s supposed to protect kids from lead poisoning. It will be “challenging” to address hundreds of children who failed to receive appropriate services, agency staff warned in a 12-page plan of corrective action filed with the state this week. City health officials initially refused to release the document, which has numerous grammatical and punctuation errors. State officials […]

  • Democrats attack Gov. Walker during debate as many pledge to kill Foxconn deal

    MILWAUKEE — The eight Democrats running for Wisconsin governor turned down an opportunity to go after each other during their first televised debate on Thursday, July 12, trying to turn up the heat on Gov. Scott Walker instead. The eight Democratic candidates take the stage. @Tony4WI, the current front runner, is far left. @ForwardWFlynn, who has gone negative on Evers in recent days, is next to him. pic.twitter.com/oCnxOyx5bs — Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) July 12, 2018 Six of the eight raised […]

  • ‘What’s the truth here?’ Activist group wants subpoenas in Milwaukee lead program investigation

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has chosen a new commissioner for the city’s scandal-plagued health department, even as others raise new questions about the agency’s previous leader. Barrett’s pick is Jeanette Kowalik, who currently works in Washington and is a former Milwaukee Health Department staffer. Kowalik would need to win Common Council approval. Meanwhile, there are fresh concerns about former commissioner Bevan Baker and what Baker told — or didn’t tell — the mayor about troubles in the city’s […]

  • In Democratic governor race, Matt Flynn calls frontrunner Tony Evers ‘Republican-lite’

    MILWAUKEE — The Democratic primary for Wisconsin governor took a negative turn two days before the first debate as one candidate accused another of being “Republican-lite.” Matt Flynn, a former Democratic Party of Wisconsin chairman, has endorsed legalizing marijuana and pardoning people who are locked up for possessing the drug. He contrasted his plan with one from state schools superintendent Tony Evers, who has said he wants a referendum to see where voters stand. “I like Tony Evers and I […]

  • Johnson praises Kavanaugh pick, Baldwin cautious ahead of confirmation battle

    MILWAUKEE — Two people from Wisconsin get to vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, and those two people are talking different games about Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson praised the Kavanaugh pick and said he sees no issue with a vote happening before the mid-term elections this fall. Democrat Tammy Baldwin is more cautious. Kavanaugh twice visited Marquette University while a federal judge, giving a lecture at Marquette Law School in 2015 and the next […]

  • Disgraced ex-cop Dominique Heaggan-Brown files lawsuit alleging mistreatment at Milwaukee County Jail

    MILWAUKEE — Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the former Milwaukee Police officer acquitted in the 2016 shooting death that sparked unrest in the Sherman Park area, is suing the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office alleging cruel and unusual punishment while he awaited trial in a sexual assault case. Heaggan-Brown is locked up at the Waupun Correctional Institution, where he’s serving three years. Prosecutors said Heaggan-Brown had sex with an intoxicated man with whom he watched the August 2016 unrest on television. He ultimately pleaded […]

  • ‘I made a mistake:’ Randy Bryce addresses arrest record after Democratic debate

    LAKE GENEVA — Democratic congressional candidate Randy Bryce says he’s a “completely different person” than the man who’s been arrested nine times. Bryce debated his Democratic rival, Janesville school board member Cathy Myers, for the first time on Sunday, July 8 in Lake Geneva. Myers said Bryce’s past proves she’s the stronger candidate. Both are seeking House Speaker Paul Ryan’s seat. Six of Bryce’s arrests stem from a 1998 drunk driving incident in Michigan. Police arrested him three times for […]