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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June 1, 2023 29 mins

Contact 6 hears from a lot of consumers about a variety of billing issues. Many file complaints about being wrongfully billed or overbilled. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn and Contact 6's Jenna Sachs talk about two billing issues that recently came into the Contact 6 inbox. Jenna explains back-billing and why one man owed $3,500 for unpaid utilities and how you can make sure you're being pro...

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On Open Record, we talk a lot about investigative reporting, including the process we follow and how we use public records. In this episode, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites FOX6 reporter Bret Lemoine on to talk about beat reporting. Bret explains what beat reporting is, why it's important, and the role his home plays in how he covers stories happening in and around Waukesha.

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May 18, 2023 31 mins

Many say it's as life-altering as the internet, but others worry artificial intelligence could be harmful. Consumer protection groups explain some of the dangers that are already here. Plus, after three years, the COVID-19 public health emergency has ended. Could it soon cost you more to buy a test? In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites Contact 6's Jenna Sachs on to talk about two recent co...

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May 11, 2023 29 mins

Thieves are targeting your mail and one woman says a personal check she wrote was cashed by a man she'd never met. What is the post office doing about a string of crimes against letter carriers? In this week's Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites FOX6 reporter Bill Miston on to talk about the latest crime ring where postal workers are robbed on the route. Bill explains arrow keys and why thieves are after th...

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May 4, 2023 21 mins

Shared revenue dates back more than 100 years in Wisconsin. What is shared revenue and why do we have it? What's driving the current proposal to boost it for the first time in years? In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites a pair of experts on to explain it all and help break down some of the issues in place in order for Milwaukee to get more money to avert a financial crisis.

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April 27, 2023 33 mins

Auto repossessions are expected to climb this year now that consumers no longer benefit from more lenient leaders and stimulus programs. But car owners in Wisconsin do have some important rights. Plus, one man can't enjoy the Milwaukee RiverWalk to the fullest because of mechanical malfunctions. Contact 6 discovered improvements are on the way. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites Contact ...

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April 20, 2023 30 mins

A local man applied and gained acceptance into the Milwaukee Fire Department's cadet program. The program is a pipeline to employment within the department. But two days before the start of training, he lost his spot -- and now, the family says the program should change. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites FOX6 reporter Sam Kraemer on to talk about this story Sam recently shared...

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April 13, 2023 30 mins

What started as mere headaches escalated into a 2-year medical battle for a member of the FOX6 News team. On this week's episode of Open Record, FOX6 WakeUp News anchor Suzanne Spencer opens up about her brain surgeries, her brand new baby, and a mysterious sagging eye lid that threatened to keep her out of the public eye.

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April 6, 2023 33 mins

Progressives won control of the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Tuesday's election. In today's episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites FOX6 political reporter Jason Calvi on to talk about what the April 4 results mean for the future of Wisconsin politics and how daily life could change. Jason explains how Janet Protasiewicz won over Dan Kelly. We also learn what Protasiewicz's win means for issues likely ...

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March 30, 2023 33 mins

Milwaukee officials have efforts in place to curb reckless driving, but some of the city's worst offenders aren't getting the message. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn digs into his latest investigation into Milwaukee's most dangerous drivers and why they face little to no consequences until it's too late. Bryan explains what is and isn't being done to stop the problem and why reckless driving...

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March 23, 2023 26 mins

Did you know there's a way to get money from the Wisconsin Lottery without ever buying a ticket? If you own a home in Wisconsin, you're likely entitled to a couple hundred dollars every year. Plus, a Hartland mom is frustrated and confused after a health clinic's error involving her son and expired vaccines. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites Contact 6's Jenna Sachs on to talk about two ...

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March 16, 2023 30 mins

After weeks of speculation, Aaron Rodgers breaks his silence on his future with the Green Bay Packers. The 4-time NFL MVP says the Packers pushed him out and now, he plans to play somewhere else. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites FOX6 Sports Director Tim Van Vooren on to talk all things Rodgers. Tim explains what still needs to happen to make Rodgers' move to the New York Jets a done de...

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March 9, 2023 24 mins

Consumers expect to find Airbnb rentals in the Wisconsin Dells, Door County and in northern Wisconsin. But, when it comes to city neighborhoods, what are the rules? Plus, they can’t work, have little money to fall back on, and are waiting months for the approval of claims that could put a roof over their heads. In this episode of Open Record, Contact 6's Jenna Sachs explains the delays and how it impacts some of ...

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March 2, 2023 31 mins

Following a late-February snow storm, a parking structure at Bayshore in Glendale partially collapsed, trapping 56 vehicles. Now, the process of getting vehicles returned to their owners will start. In this episode of Open Record, the team digs into the structural failure that could have been much worse. FOX6 Investigators Bryan Polcyn and Amanda St. Hilaire invite FOX6 reporter Amelia Jones on to talk about the collapse, ...

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February 23, 2023 34 mins

A six-week rush to election day is underway. Soon, Wisconsin voters will decide whether control of the Wisconsin Supreme Court goes left or right. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites FOX6 political reporter Jason Calvi on to talk about Tuesday's election night results. Jason will break down why that supreme court seat is so important to the state. You'll also hear about the hot-button iss...

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February 16, 2023 39 mins

Private security guards stand watch across southeast Wisconsin. Following a deadly shootout in a grocery store parking lot, one private security company is under scrutiny. A security guard for another company pulls a gun on a restaurant customer who uses the wrong door. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn breaks down his two-part series on armed security guards. He explains the change in state la...

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February 9, 2023 25 mins

The waitlist for Packers season tickets runs 147,000+ deep. So, what happens when your name gets to the top? What if you miss your opportunity to claim those tickets? Plus, there's an important step in the home-buying process that many miss...with sometimes devastating results. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites Contact 6's Jenna Sachs on to talk about two big consumer issues we're seein...

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February 2, 2023 34 mins

New trial, same result. It took a jury less than a day to come back with a guilty verdict in the Mark Jensen retrial. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites FOX6 reporter Bill Miston on to talk about the trial. Bill spent the last month covering the trial, from jury selection to the reading of the verdict. You'll learn how prosecutors made their case without a letter from the grave. Plus, Bi...

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January 26, 2023 37 mins

Democrats and Republicans seem to agree that Wisconsin's system of pretrial release is flawed. But what is the solution? In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn talks about bail reform and how the issue will be on the April ballot in Wisconsin. Bryan explains how the Wisconsin State Assembly and Senate voted to approve a change in the Wisconsin constitution that would alter what factors judges are al...

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January 19, 2023 23 mins

The Waukesha School District now has new guidelines for parental rights. They state any student questions about gender identity and sexuality are personal, private, and shouldn't be addressed by staff. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites FOX6 reporter Bret Lemoine on to talk about this hot-button issue. Bret explains what critics and supporters are saying about the guidelines and how expe...

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