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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
  • Tony Evers says Wisconsin’s priorities are ‘out of whack,’ floats tax hikes

    MADISON — Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers says he’s considering tax hikes on the wealthy and on gasoline to realign the state’s spending toward the working class, roads and K-12 education. Evers has also proposed a 10 percent increase to school funding, and Republicans say his plans will lead to massive tax increases. But the GOP’s criticism of Evers so far hasn’t worked as he’s moved ahead of Republican Gov. Scott Walker in public polling. Evers gave his annual […]

  • Democrat Randy Bryce’s mother jumps to his defense in family feud over political ad

    MILWAUKEE — Attack ads and political campaigns go together like Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers, but rarely are the attacks as personal as a new one against Democratic congressional candidate Randy Bryce. Bryce’s mother, Nancy, is jumping to his defense in a family feud over an ad that features Bryce’s brother. James Bryce, a police officer, says in the ad that he’s been to three cops’ funerals in two years, blaming the violence on “cop-hating rhetoric.” James Bryce never […]

  • MU Law poll: Evers edges Walker, Baldwin takes big lead over Vukmir

    MILWAUKEE — Gov. Scott Walker has never trailed by as much or as late into the fall as he does in the Marquette University Law School Poll results released Tuesday, Sept. 18. Democratic challenger Tony Evers leads Walker, 49-44, among likely voters. The two were tied in August. Walker has never faced a deficit of more than two points since the poll began in 2012. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir also faces an uphill climb, trailing Democratic U.S. Sen. […]

  • Cancer survivors spar in Wisconsin governor’s race over protections for pre-existing conditions

    MILWAUKEE — Two cancer survivors in the Wisconsin governor’s race battled Monday over who will protect people with pre-existing medical conditions. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, a colon cancer survivor, said Walker will not take away the protections despite his support for repealing the national health law known as Obamacare. “His lieutenant governor — that’s me — has a pre-existing condition,” Kleefisch told reporters at a news conference. “I’m the poster child for pre-existing conditions.” Kleefisch stepped into the controversy after […]

  • ‘Rebecca, for real?’ Mandela Barnes calls Kleefisch’s claims he knelt during anthem ‘crazy’

    MILWAUKEE — The Democratic candidate for Wisconsin lieutenant governor said Monday that it was “crazy” for his Republican opponent to claim, with no evidence, that he knelt during the national anthem at the opening of the Wisconsin State Fair this summer. Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who was also at the ceremony, told reporters at a Milwaukee news conference that she was focused on the flag during the anthem and didn’t see what her challenger, Mandela Barnes, did. But she […]

  • Debate over Wisconsin’s roads features high-altitude attack ad over Lambeau Field

    GREEN BAY — The debate over bad roads in Wisconsin has hit new heights, with an airplane flying around Lambeau Field with a banner that says there are too many “Scott holes.” Union groups are calling on the state to spend more money on roads and bridges, and among those who have noticed their message is Gov. Scott Walker, who says that airplane banner is distorting the facts. “We’re not giving political opinions. It’s all about roads,” said Terry McGowan, […]

  • Supervisors give ultimatum to developer of 44-story Couture on Milwaukee’s lakefront

    MILWAUKEE — Two Milwaukee County supervisors have an ultimatum for the developer of the 44-story Couture on Milwaukee’s lakefront: Get it built or we’ll find someone else who can. But the supervisors’ comments put them at odds with County Executive Chris Abele, whose office this week expressed confidence in the long-delayed project. Rick Barrett of Barrett Lo Visionary Development has been plagued by delays since announcing the Couture in 2012. A lawsuit halted progress but was resolved in Barrett’s favor. […]

  • Bus fare enforcement stirs up controversy between MCTS, county supervisor

    MILWAUKEE — Don’t have the money? Get off the bus, says one Milwaukee County supervisor. Supervisor Dan Sebring is proposed to end a policy that allows Milwaukee County Transit System passengers to ride the bus even if they don’t pay the fare. His idea has drawn opposition from MCTS, the bus drivers’ union, and other supervisors. The head of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 said drivers already get punched or spit on, and confronting passengers over fare collection will only […]

  • Baldwin, Vukmir attack each other over care for veterans and cancer patients

    MILWAUKEE — In a close race, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican rival Leah Vukmir are attacking each other over their care for military veterans and cancer patients. During a roundtable with Vukmir on Monday, Sept. 10, several Wisconsin veterans shared war stories and horror stories about trying to get medical care at VA hospitals. Meanwhile, Baldwin’s campaign launched a TV ad criticizing Vukmir for voting against legislation requiring insurance companies to cover a cancer treatment. At Vukmir’s event, […]

  • ‘I apologize:’ Tommy Thompson says state locks people up for too long; wants to turn prisons into vocational schools

    MILWAUKEE — Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is doing something you rarely see politicians do: apologize. Thompson, the governor from 1987 to 2001, says he regrets his role in building prisons while in office. His solution: turn some prisons into vocational schools to train inmates for jobs and an early release from incarceration. Thompson, who is promoting a new memoir, says he got caught up in the “hysteria” that tougher prison sentences for more offenders was the right approach. “We […]

  • Governor’s race: Scott Walker, Tony Evers blame each other over school budget cuts

    MILWAUKEE — With voters saying Wisconsin’s schools are getting worse, Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers are trying to blame one another for past budget cuts. Walker made historically deep cuts to schools in 2011, his first budget as governor. But he says Evers, the state schools superintendent, didn’t do enough to prevent cuts when Democrats were in charge of state government. “We’re going for it,” Evers told reporters during an event kicking off the first day of […]

  • Milwaukee health commissioner appointee pledges to end ‘the days of operating in the dark’

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee’s top health official had one last parting shot for Mayor Tom Barrett on Tuesday, accusing him of trying to stop her from making changes at the city’s scandal-plagued Health Department. “He said he didn’t want anything to change, that he didn’t want me to do anything,” interim Health Commissioner Patricia McManus told a Common Council committee. “He didn’t want anything to change. I said to him, ‘I’m not a placeholder.'” McManus replaced former commissioner Bevan Baker, who […]