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 19, 2022 45 min

A recent FOX6 investigation uncovered the Wauwatosa School Board discussed public records in private. Why is that a big deal? In today's episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators explain what you should expect from your government's public meetings. Bryan Polcyn and Amanda St. Hilaire walk listeners through a crash course in Open Meetings 101. Amanda breaks down a recent investigation involving the Wauwatosa School Boa...

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Rejected by rideshare, two members of Milwaukee blind community spoke out to Contact 6. Plus, a twist on a classic scam entangles a small local business. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites Contact 6's Jenna Sachs on to talk about two major consumer issues hitting the FOX6 inbox. One focuses on Uber and Lyft drivers denying rides to some disabled customers. The other on a scam that involved an...

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May 5, 2022 26 min

Wisconsin nurses are stressed out and some are turning to drugs and alcohol to cope. But where do they turn when they're ready to get help? In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn explains why most health care workers struggling with addiction do not seek treatment until they're caught stealing drugs meant for you. He also shares what prompted a new non-profit and the backstory of the woman who starte...

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April 28, 2022 33 min

Starting May 1, 2022, Milwaukee police will be able to do something new to deal with the city's most dangerous drivers. For the first time, they'll be able to impound cars -- at least, temporarily. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn shares how this plan is something community leaders have wanted for some time. Polcyn also details his latest investigation that profiles one driver who is emblematic...

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April 21, 2022 26 min

Lawyers who represent the poorest in Milwaukee are pushing to have most eviction cases dropped from record after one year. Opponents say it's not fair to landlords. Plus, a window installer in Menomonee Falls is under investigation and facing mounting complaints. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites Contact 6's Jenna Sachs on the episode to talk about two big consumer issues to hit the FOX...

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April 14, 2022 33 min

A Milwaukee man says he rushed his friend to the hospital to save his life and ended up with five police officers piled on top of him. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn explains why it's what officers left out of their reports that prompted that man to reach out to FOX6. Bryan walks through the timeline of that night in 2021. You'll also hear why Milwaukee police opened up an internal investigat...

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April 7, 2022 38 min

From a new Milwaukee mayor to big projects that went bust, the winds of change are blowing the spring following the April 2022 election. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator invites FOX6 political reporter Jason Calvi on to talk about results and the impact of those results. Jason digs into culture wars affecting school boards as well as the dozens of mayor's races across Southeast Wisconsin. Bryan and Jason also t...

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March 31, 2022 30 min

A Milwaukee therapist is accused of sexually exploiting his clients. Now, a FOX6 investigation raises serious questions about how he got a counseling license in the first place. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn explains how he uncovered a disturbing series of arrests and the legal obstacles that may have kept the state's licensing agency in the dark. Plus, hear what advocates for victims of sexual ...

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March 17, 2022 31 min

A fight breaks out at a high school basketball game and the referees suspend everyone. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites FOX6 reporter Sam Kraemer on to talk about both what happened on the court AND in court. A judge's ruling changed the course of the 2022 WIAA basketball playoffs. Sam, who has been covering this story, explains what it could mean for the future of high school sports.

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March 10, 2022 24 min

The war in Ukraine is prompting prices at the gas pumps to skyrocket. President Biden blames Russia, but also warns American oil companies they shouldn't cash in by price gouging. The president's critics say he should take the blame. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn and Contact 6's Jenna Sachs explore what is really driving gas prices. They welcome Patrick Dehaan of GasBuddy on the episode....

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March 3, 2022 48 min

It's been more than three months since the Waukesha parade tragedy. Since late November, millions of dollars have been raised for victims and their families. But since then, we've learned not all the money will go to the victims. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn explains why local non-profits want a cut and how one survivor feels about the motivation behind these donations.

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February 24, 2022 30 min

Not all surprises are good ones, and for many who recently filed complaints with Contact 6, they know that all too well. In this episode of Open Record, Contact 6's Jenna Sachs joins FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn to talk about two recent consumer issues that hit the FOX6 inbox. People living in Waukesha's Horizon West condos were recently forced to leave their homes due to an unstable structure. But despite a raze order fo...

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February 17, 2022 42 min

Following the November tragedy at the Waukesha parade, Wisconsin lawmakers have put the state's bail system on trial. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn shares the details of his latest investigation into bail reform. Bryan explains what bail is, how it's used, and why it's important. Hear about the proposals coming from Republican lawmakers and what the other side has to say about it. Plus,...

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February 10, 2022 40 min

Over the course of working in a newsroom for decades, they've covered some of the most important and impactful news stories in the Milwaukee area. You may not know their names because they perform their magic on the other side of the camera. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites two FOX6 guests on the podcast: Chief Photographer Andy Konkle and our nightside Executive Producer, Kelly Stoop. Andy...

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February 3, 2022 33 min

The continued surge in violent crime is happening at the same time when politics are heating up again. The Wisconsin legislation is holding hearings and debates. and the governor's race is beginning to take shape. On top of that, Milwaukee is just a few weeks away from its first primary election for mayor in nearly 20 years without an incumbent. In this episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators invite FOX6 political report...

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January 27, 2022 35 min

Most of the time, viewers see a story on the news, but are unaware all that goes in to getting that story on the air. In this episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators dig into a topic they spend a lot of time discussing: Anonymous sources. Amanda St. Hilaire talks about the role of anonymous sources in one of her most recent investigations. She and Bryan Polcyn explain what anonymous sources are, why they're important, a...

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January 20, 2022 29 min

It was a rocky start to the season, but the Packers are cruising as they head into the NFL playoffs. In this episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators talk all things green and gold with special guest, FOX6 Sports Director Tim Van Vooren. Tim weighs in on Aaron Rodgers' record-breaking season, the team's chances of a win in Green Bay, and what it's like being a Sports Director covering the Packers in the playoffs.

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January 13, 2022 33 min

A FOX6 Investigation reveals a communication breakdown may have led to the release of Darrell Brooks from jail five days before the Waukesha Christmas parade. In this episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators are breaking news we have yet to report on TV. Hear why a delay in posting a bail payment online may have led to the parade suspect's release and how a simple phone call could have prevented it.

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January 6, 2022 31 min

FEMA has billions of dollars set aside to help families with funeral and burial costs of those who died due to COVID-19, so why have many not even applied? Plus, what happens if you're vaccinated, but unable to prove it? In today's episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators invite Contact 6's Jenna Sachs on to talk about some of the top consumer issues coming in to the FOX6 inbox. In today's Off the Record segme...

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December 23, 2021 30 min

This time last year, we spent an episode talking about the good things that happened in 2020. In this episode of Open Record, the FOX6 Investigators take time to talk about what surprised us in 2021. We share messages from others in our FOX6 family about what surprised them most this year. You'll hear about everything from launching to space and the Bucks to working from home and having more empathy.

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