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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Photos of the Week (12/26/10)

Photos of the Week



Pope Benedict XVI is flanked by his aide George Gaenswein as he lights a candle at his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 24, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI is ushering in Christmas with an evening Mass amid heightened security concerns following the package bombings at two Rome embassies and Christmas Eve security breaches at the Vatican the past two years. Benedict kicked off the holiday Friday by silently lighting a candle in his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square. Hours later, Benedict will celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. During that service in 2008 and 2009, a mentally disturbed woman lunged at the pope, and last year pulled him to the ground as he processed down the aisle. Security was expected to be vigilant, due also to Thursday's package bombings at the Swiss and Chilean embassies, for which anarchists claimed responsibility. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)


 



Pope Benedict XVI delivers his annual 'Urbi Et Orbis' blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2010 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pope said Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica Friday evening. (Photo byL'Osservatore Romano Vatican Pool via Getty Images)


 



Roman Catholic priest Fr. Romeo Villanueva surveys the damage of a Catholic chapel following an explosion during a Christmas Day mass Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010 at the volatile island of Jolo, Sulu province in southern Philippines. A bomb exploded during the mass at the chapel inside a police camp, wounding a priest and 10 churchgoers, officials said Saturday. The improvised explosive device was hidden in a ventilation window close to the ceiling of the chapel, which is located inside a police camp in Jolo town on Jolo Island, a stronghold of al-Qaida-linked militants, Sulu provincial police said. (AP Photo/Nickee Butlangan)






A woman stands under icons as she holds her son in the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity on December 23, 2010 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Thousands of pilgrims will make their way to the Church of the Nativity this week to worship at the sacred site believed to be the birthplace of Jesus. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)






U. S. Postal Service employee Rita Rose displays one of thousands of Dear Santa letters that her office handles in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. The letters are on display so the public can read them and donate gifts that the post office will deliver to the families. (AP Photo)






Aaron Heldman, 4, looks up at his mother Monday morning, Dec. 20, 2010, as he waits in line to mail a package to his great grandmother in Florida at a post office in Racine, Wis. Monday, Dec. 20, marked the Postal Service’s busiest mailing day of the year with more than 800 million pieces of mail expected to enter the system. This represents a 40 percent increase in the average daily volume of 559 million pieces of mail, according to the United States Postal Service. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Gregory Shaver)






A US soldier in uniform takes,part in the performance by an entertainment troupe comprising of US soldiers during Christmas celebrations at Bagram air base, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010 (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)


 



A US soldier dressed up as Santa Claus distributes gifts to other soldiers during Christmas celebrations at Bagram air base, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010 (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)








U.S. Navy AD3 Robert Leggett of Wisconsin Dells, WI. is greeted  family member after arriving aboard the USS Truman on December 20, 2010 in Norfolk, Virginia. The air craft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) with nearly 7000 sailors returned to its home port after a seven month deployment supporting the war in Afghanistan in the 5th Fleet Area of responsibility conducting maritime security. (Photos by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)




 

State-run Indian Space Research Organizations' (ISRO) satellite GSAT-5P rocket explodes in mid-air shortly after its launch in Sriharikota, India, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. The satellite GSAT-5P was hit by a snag Saturday in the first stage itself after its launch from the Sriharikota space center. It was the second failure for ISRO this year. A previous developmental flight of the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle mission in April also ended as a failure with the rocket plunging into the Bay of Bengal. (AP Photo)






In this screen capture image provided by NASA, (L-R) Flight Engineer Catherine Coleman, Commander Scott Kelly, and Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli, memebers of the Expedition 26 crew, send their holiday greetings to Earth from the International Space Station on December 25, 2010 in Space. Coleman, Nespoli and Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev are adjusting to life and work aboard the complex, having arrived onboard less than a week ago. Kelly and cosmonauts Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka are mid-way through their five-month mission. (Screen capture by NASA via Getty Images)






Former Staff Sgt. Eric Alva (R), the first Marine wounded in the occupation of Iraq, and an activist for the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, and Joe Solmonese (L), President of the Human Rights Campaign, embrace during the singing of "God Bless America" after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi signed the legislation repealing the military policy at the U.S. Capitol December 21, 2010 in Washington, DC. The bill was signed by U.S. President Barack Obama.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

 



President Barack Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at the Interior Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)






Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., an openly gay member of Congress, is nearly overcome during a ceremony at the Interior Department in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, where President Barack Obama signed the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal legislation that would allow gays to serve openly in the military. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

 



A house in the Beaver Dam Resort area falls into the Beaver Dam Wash in Beaver Dam, Ariz. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. Heavy rains caused the wash to swell over its banks destroying roads and homes along it's path. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)



 


The backyards of homes located along Autumn Chase Dr. in Highland, Calif. are flooded with mud from the storm. Many California residents who endured flooding, mudslides and evacuations during a weeklong onslaught of rain must now clean up or even rebuild _ and could face the prospect of not being able to spend Christmas at home. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, David Bauman)



 


With trash bags on his feet, Matt Villalpando, 22, surveys his home along Ypsilantha St. on Thursday, December 23, 2010, after mud and debris from a nearby flood canal overflowed during a rain storm the day before in the city of Highland, Calif. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Stan Lim)





John Regalado, 25, crawls out of a side window of his home where the mud had collected on Ypsilantha St. after grabbing a few belongings on Thursday, December 23, 2010, after mud and debris from a nearby flood canal overflowed during a rain storm the day before in the city of Highland, Calif. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Stan Lim)






In this photo made available on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, three snowshoe hikers watch the almost full moon rising behind the Weissfluhjoch mountain in Arosa, Switzerland, on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Keystone, Alessandro Della Bella)






In a photo provided by NASA the Washington Monument is seen as the full moon is shadowed by the Earth during a total lunar eclipse on the arrival of the winter solstice, Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Washington. From beginning to end, the eclipse lasted about three hours and twenty-eight minutes. (AP Photo/NASA/Bill Ingalls)






In this Saturday Dec. 18, 2010 photo, Chris Burden's sculpture "Urban Light," a collection of street lights from many eras, is reflected in the rain at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Southern California got a steady drenching as the first wave of a potentially damaging storm washed across the region. Forecasters say the storms could be the largest system the region has seen in the last decade. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)


 



A man swims in the partially frozen men's pond after snowfall at Hampstead Heath in London, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. Heavy snow on Sunday shut down European airport runways, forced fast trains to slow down and left cars skidding through icy, slushy streets on a weekend where many people were trying to head home for the holidays. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)


 



Alan Hegeman, of Crested Butte, Colo. uses his snow blower to remove the overnight acclimation of snow from his driveway form the massive snowstorm that is passing overhead and through the town on the first day of winter, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Storm Warning Hazardous Weather Outlook for Areas in Utah and Western mountains of Colorado. Flood warnings are also posted in Southern California form the same storm that reached from Hawaii to Colorado. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)






Kim Walter clears a path from her home to the road on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 in Crested Butte, Colo. The last round of the winter storm has impacted Eastern Utah and Western Colorado with a Winter Storm Warning . (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)


 




Revellers dance in the snow after druids conducted a sunrise service at Stonehenge on December 22, 2010 in Wiltshire, England. Hundreds of people gathered at the famous historic stone circle to celebrate the sunrise closest to the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)






People including artists and free speech activists converge to support the work of the late multi-media artist David Wojnarowicz (pictured) in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 19, 2010 in New York City. Wojnarowicz`s four-minute video was part of the National Portrait Gallery's 'Hide/Seek' show until it was pulled after the Catholic League and members of Congress complained that the piece was sacrilegious due to a sequence showing ants crawling on a statue of Christ. The banning of the video, which led to its viewing at the New Museum in New York, has outraged artists and political activists who call the action censorship. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


 



Adrian Sobaru, an electrician at the national television station throws himself from a balcony in Romania's Parliament, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, just as the prime minister began to speak ahead of a no-confidence vote. Sobaru suffered fractures to the face, and other non life-threatening injuries, according to a hospital official.(AP Photos/Bogdan Stamatin/Mediafax Foto)


 



Victoria Eisermann, a campaigner from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is chased by Ice rink security as she demonstrates as a nearly naked fox in London, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. The campaigners took to the ice rink to highlight their campaign against wearing animal skins. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)


 



A swan tries to break free of the ice on the frozen lake at the Fairburn Ings Bird Sanctuary near Castleford, England, Tuesday Dec. 21, 2010, as the deep freeze in the Britain continues. Major delays and cancellations persisted at European airports including London's Heathrow, and on the Eurostar train link, leaving thousands stranded across Europe as Christmas approached. Predicted snowfall at Heathrow did not materialize overnight, allowing cleanup crews to intensify their work, but more than half the flights at Europe's busiest international hub were expected to be cancelled.(AP Photo/John Giles-pa)






Seven Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies from a litter of 17 look out of their box in Nauen, 50 kilometers outside Berlin on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. On Sept 28, and 29, the 4 years old Ridgeback Etana had 17 puppies. All of them survived. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)






In this photo released by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Hedwig, the Bronx Zoo's snowy owl, looks almost as if he is sitting for a portrait at the Bronx Zoo, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, in New York. Like other snowy owls, Hedwig likes the cold weather and is most active at night. Snowy owls are typically found in the Arctic, but Hedwig lives in New York, at the Bronx Zoo's "Birds of Prey" exhibit. (AP Photo/WCS, Julie Larsen Maher)






The Vilas Zoo's recent acquisitions of two red pandas helps augment the Madison, Wisconsin zoo's Species Survival Initiative. The hope is that the threatened animals will breed and produce offspring to help the species survive. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal-John Hart)






Matt Flynn gets off pass with excellent protection against the New england Patriots last Sunday night in Foxboro. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo:  Mark Hoffman






James Jones scores on a 66-yard touchdown pass. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo: Tom Lynn






Patriots offensive lineman Dan Conolly returns a kickoff 71 yards.Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo:  Mark Hoffman


 



Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez scores the winning touchdown. AP






Matt Flynn fumbles the ball after being sacked by Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain on the final play. AP photo.






Packers offensive tackle Chad Clifton (76) reacts after his team fumbled on the last play. Patriots 31, Packers 27. AP photo.






People walk under Christmas lights in the capital city Warsaw, Poland, on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)


 



In this Dec. 22, 2010 photo, Maura Webster of Marlborough, Mass., tries to catch a snowflake on her tongue while carrying her daughter Emma, 4, after Christmas shopping at Shopper's World in Framingham, Mass. (AP photo/The Boston Globe/Bill Greene)

 



Sebastian Padilla, 5, right, whispers into Santa Claus' ear Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at the Mesilla Valley Mall in Las Cruces, N.M., that he has been a good boy all year as his 3-year-old brother, Cameron Padilla, waits to tell Jolly ol' St. Nick what he wants. (AP Photo/Las Cruces Sun-News, Norm Dettlaff)






Athletes dressed as Santa Claus jump on the Mediterraean sea as they take part in the Copa Nadal in the northern Spanish port of Barcelona, Spain Saturday, Dec 25, 2010. The Copa Nadal (Christmas Cup) is a traditional swimming competition that takes place in Barcelona every December 25th, where participants swim 200 meters in the open sea in the port of Barcelona. (AP Photo/Emiliio Morenatti)



 

Vacationing from Canada Audrey Pilon and Jennafer (cq) Sikorski receive candy canes from Santa and his elves in sunny 65 degree weather on the Fort Lauderdale, Florida beach. Monday December 20, 2010







"I'm not cold" exclaims Marina Hunger, a member of the Berlin Seals (Berliner Seehunde) swimming club, as she takes a dip in icy Orankesee lake during the club's traditional Christmas Day ice swim on December 25, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Club members claim a brief dip inthe chilly waters is healthy and improves blood circulation in the body. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)




 

One-year-old Rayshon Gatsen lets out a cry as he sits on Santa's lap at the Penfield Children's Center in Milwaukee.  Santa, played by Bob Hawkins, was joined by his wife Kathy Hawkins (not pictured) as the two annually visit to the center who hand-deliver hundreds of presents that they purchase for kids enrolled in Penfield's early intervention programs. This year marks their 30th annual visit to the center. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo:  Mike De Sisti

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