Open Record

Open Record

FOX6 Investigative reporters Bryan Polcyn, Jenna Sachs and Amanda St. Hilaire break down the big stories and what it took to get them. "Open Record" takes you behind the scenes of the investigative reporting unit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It's the details the reporters couldn't tell you on T.V.

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May 6, 2021 30 min

More flights are in the air and more passengers are on planes. That's what experts say we can expect this summer. What do you need to know before booking? Plus, a COVID-19 test you administer at home with results in just 15 minutes? In this episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators invite Contact 6's Jenna Sachs on to talk about two of the biggest consumer issues happening now. Jenna breaks down the summer travel outlo...

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A group of parents recently fought to get information about their children's schools, and discovered the power of public records. But are public records truly public if the public can't afford them? In this episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators look at an issue hitting home for a lot of parents: School data and learning loss during the pandemic. Amanda St. Hilaire explains how open records work, who can file them, ...

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April 23, 2021 44 min

When it comes to pandemic learning, we know many students, families, and school staff are struggling. But in a recent FOX6 investigation, our Amanda St. Hilaire found that some school districts really don't want to talk about the data. 'Learning Loss' was a week of special reports on FOX6 showing how students in the ten largest school districts in our area are doing during the pandemic. In this episode of Open Record, y...

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April 15, 2021 32 min

A highly-regarded university dean is killed by a car as he crossed a Milwaukee street. What police say the driver did and why he's accused of doing it started raising questions about a tiny used car lot of the city's south side. In this episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators dig into a recent investigation to explain the Wisconsin law that allows individuals to buy and sell used cars for a living even if they're...

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Local school boards see waves of change, Wisconsin's mask mandate gets overturned, and budget season is off to a contentious start. In this episode of Open Record, Amanda St. Hilaire talks to FOX6 political reporter Jason Calvi about how Wisconsin's big political issues affect you.


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April 1, 2021 22 min

Baseball fans, it's finally here! Thursday marks Brewers Opening Day 2021. Plans are in place at American Family Field to ensure fans, staff, and players are safe. It's been 18 months since Brewers fans have watched their team play in person. In this episode of Open Record, Bryan Polcyn and Amanda St. Hilaire invite FOX6 Sports Director Tim Van Vooren and FOX6 reporter Christina Van Zelst on to talk about the excitement sur...

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March 25, 2021 32 min

As of Thursday, more than 15% of people living in Wisconsin are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The number of people who have received at least one dose are also growing. Even as more people get the shots, we know there's still a long way to go before we hit herd immunity. In today's episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators dig into a group getting more attention these days: Those who are reluctant to get the vacci...

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It was a little more than a year ago when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In the days that followed March 11, 2020, a national emergency was declared, Wisconsin's governor issued his first emergency order and banned mass gatherings of 50 people or more. We've all experienced a lot in the last year. In this episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators take a look back on the year that changed ev...

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March 11, 2021 33 min

A $1.9 trillion dollar COVID-19 relief bill now has President Biden's signature. It's a bill aimed at jump-starting the economy and ending the pandemic. What's in the bill and what does it mean for the country, Wisconsin, and your family? In this episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators invite FOX6 political reporter Jason Calvi on to talk about the aid that'll soon come to Americans. The team talks about past...

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March 4, 2021 26 min

Over the next two years, more than 120,000 babies will be born in Wisconsin. Odds are one of them will have a rare, but fatal genetic disorder. There's a new legislation aimed at protecting newborns in Wisconsin from Krabbe disease and in today's episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators dig into life-saving treatment for the disease. Bryan Polcyn's recent investigation explains the one thing standing in the way of...

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February 25, 2021 31 min

Controversial police officer Joseph Mensah has a new job. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department hired the now-former Wauwatosa officer. Following the news, public records revealed the public's reaction, including a text from a local judge that raised some eyebrows. In the meantime, public records showing people who protested Mensah are finding their names on arrest records with booking numbers. The problem? Those people ...

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February 18, 2021 24 min

The push to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine is on and while Wisconsin continues to hit positive milestones, there is a bit of a battle. Health officials across the state are working on equitable distribution and so far, the majority of vaccines in Milwaukee County have gone to white people. However, part of making sure there's equity in distribution is convincing people to get the vaccine in the first place. In this episode of ...

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February 11, 2021 27 min

The vaccine rollout in Wisconsin is accelerating. This, as the state inches its way toward the top of the national rankings in number of vaccines administered each day, after adjusting for population size. That's a dramatic shift from just a few weeks ago, when Wisconsin ranked nearly last. In this episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators look into how the numbers made such a dramatic swing in a matter of days. You'll...

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February 4, 2021 32 min

A lot of area restaurants have deals with delivery services to help get orders to customers. But does no deal mean no delivery? Plus, the pandemic prompting an eviction moratorium, but many renters say they're still in trouble and are having a hard time paying their landlord. Also, how many of you spend a lot of time sanitizing surfaces in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus? In this episode of Open Record, the FOX6...

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February 2, 2021 26 min

Nearly one year into the COVID-19 pandemic and Wisconsin's legislature is still at odds over whether you should be required to wear a mask in public places. The mask mandate is just one of many issues up for debate in Madison. In this episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators invite FOX6 political reporter Jason Calvi on to talk about the politics of the pandemic. Jason explains how the legislature could end the mask manda...

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January 28, 2021 28 min

A registered nurse is caught stealing pain medications meant for patients not once, but twice. So, why did the FOX6 Investigators find her still licensed and still working nearly four year later? In this episode of Open Record, Bryan Polcyn shares what he found in a recent investigation. Together, Bryan and Amanda St. Hilaire explain how a breakdown in the state agency responsible for monitoring health care professionals put patien...

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January 26, 2021 24 min

This week, those 65 and older living in Wisconsin became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. However, being eligible doesn't necessarily mean they're getting the shot. Many in that age group may have to wait weeks or even months to get the vaccine. In this episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators dig into the latest COVID-19 vaccine news including the explanation into why there's a hold-up in distribution in our ar...

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January 21, 2021 18 min

We now have a new presidential administration following an historic Inauguration Day. In addition to the swearing-in ceremonies for President Biden and Vice President Harris, there were performances, speakers, events, and plenty of security. From D.C. to right here in Wisconsin, the National Guard, law enforcement, and elected officials took extra steps to make sure everyone stayed safe. In this episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Inv...

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January 19, 2021 32 min

Researchers around the world produced COVID-19 vaccines faster than anyone thought possible. However, getting that vaccine into human arms is proving to be a monumental challenge. More than 11 million Americans have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, but tracking data shows Wisconsin is lagging behind. In this edition of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators dig into how Wisconsin's vaccine rollout compares to other s...

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January 14, 2021 39 min

When you're pregnant, there's plenty of decision-making happening: Will I get an epidural during labor? How will I pay for day care? Will we find out if the baby is a boy or a girl? Pregnant health care workers on the front lines of COVID-19 are now the first in line to make a big decision with limited data: Should they get the COVID-19 vaccine? In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Amanda St. Hilaire explains h...

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