Where I’m from, you’ve got to tell it like it is.

I don’t back down. I expose the bad, fight for change, and champion the good.

Theo questions Sen. Mitch McConnell during the 2014 U.S. Senate campaign.

Theo questions Sen. Mitch McConnell during the 2014 U.S. Senate campaign.

“Is Theo still here?”

With TV cameras pointed at him, that’s what Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer wanted to know.

Fischer knew I was leaving for a job in Milwaukee, and he was asking a colleague of mine if the day had come. I had just blistered the mayor with a series of stories on his questionable hire for sewer department director, his mishandling of an internal investigation at the city’s animal shelter, and the embarrassing state of Louisville’s roads.

It wasn’t only the mayor, a Democrat, who didn’t enjoy my work. Matt Bevin, the Republican candidate for Kentucky governor, refused to talk with me after I did two stories revealing Bevin’s multiple property tax delinquencies. He then accused me of working for his opponent.

Nope. Just doing my job.

I’m from Saginaw, Michigan, a blue-collar city linked to Detroit’s automaking glory, its well-documented decline and its future comeback. My hometown has had a hard time dealing with issues of economic hardship, race and crime. But where I’m from, people respect a hard day’s work in any profession or trade. One of my favorite quotes is, “Whatever you are, be a good one.” I believe everyone is important. It’s the reason I cover politics — to hold the people’s representatives accountable.

Right now, I’m the political reporter at FOX6 Milwaukee. The viewing area includes most of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s district and is home to Gov. Scott Walker, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke — who calls me a “purveyor of fake news” because of a series of stories I’ve done on the sheriff’s controversial actions.

Theo interviews House Speaker Paul Ryan in February 2016.

Since arriving in Milwaukee, I’ve been to Washington as Ryan became speaker, Iowa (for the presidential caucuses), Cleveland (Republican convention), Philadelphia (Democratic convention) and back to Washington for President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Previously, I was the political reporter at WAVE-TV, the NBC station in Louisville, Ky. There, I broke the news that half of a local police department had either been fired or resigned from previous jobs. With the help of my news director, I established WAVE’s political coverage by launching a state Capitol bureau to cover the legislative session and a “Reality Check” franchise to fact-check TV ads. In 2015, I went to Washington to get one of the first one-on-one interviews with new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

I’ve also worked at WISC-TV in Madison, Wis., and as state Capitol bureau reporter for KMOX-AM in St. Louis. As Paul Ryan ran for vice president in 2012, I revealed how his hometown was recovering from the recession with federal stimulus dollars Ryan railed against. Months of my stories on a questionable officer-involved shooting in Madison led state lawmakers to pass legislation requiring external reviews of future incidents. In Missouri, my work included two investigations into Gov. Jay Nixon’s travel records, leading the state legislature to limit Nixon’s power.

I’m here to serve my viewers, because everyone deserves a watchdog. To connect with me, please use the links below.



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