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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 (01/01/12)

Photos of the Week

1) Lady Gaga and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg prepare to push the button to drop the ball at New Year's Eve 2012 in Times Square on Dec. 31, 2011 in New York. Photo: Jemal Countess / Getty Images


2) Confetti flies over New York's Times Square as the clock strikes midnight during the New Year's Eve celebration as seen from the balcony of the Marriott Marquis hotel, Saturday, Dec. 31. Photo: Mary Altaffer / AP


3) A member of the clean up crew clears confetti from Broadway after the New Year's Eve celebration as seen from the balcony of the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York's Times Square, Jan. 1, 2012. Photo: Mary Altaffer / AP


4) Fireworks explode over the Houses of Parliament, including St Stephen's Tower which holds the bell known as Big Ben as London celebrates the arrival of New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2012. Photo: Alastair Grant / AP


5) Revelers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Sunday Jan. 1, 2012. Visible in background is the Arc de Triomphe. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)


6) Fireworks explode over the ancient Acropolis Hill with the Parthenon temple during the New Year's celebrations in Athens, on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)


7) The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge are seen during New Year's Eve fireworks from Mrs. Macquarie's Chair in Sydney, Australia. Photo:Mick Tsikas / EPA


8) A couple kisses as fireworks explode in the sky over Bucharest, Romania, at midnight, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, during street celebrations of the new year. Large crowds gathered in downtown Romania's capital taking advantage of the dry weather to attend the celebrations. Photo: Vadim Ghirda / AP


9) A man lights an Old Man effigy, which symbolizes burning the past and getting ready to start a happy New Year without bad memories, early Sunday in Mumbai, India. Photo: Rafiq Maqbool / AP


10) U.S. President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the memorial to USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 29, 2011. Photo: Jason Reed – Reuters


11) North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-un cries as his father, North Korea's late leader Kim Jong-il, lies in state during the run-up to his funeral in Pyongyang in this Dec. 27, 2011, still image taken from video. Photo: Reuters


12) Armenian clergymen scuffle with police and Greek Orthodox clergymen during the annual cleaning of the Church of Nativity, the traditionally accepted birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Dec.28. Several hundred clergy of different Christian sects, as well as some faithful, pitch in to clean the entire church, one of the oldest in the world, but with special care taken not to overstep one's boundaries and delicate cleaning responsibilities. The entire church is swept, dusted, cleaned with kerosene and covered in sawdust to soak up the flammable liquid as the church is cleaned of all the dirt accumulated in the past year and made ready for the next year's onslaught of pilgrims, clergy and tourists. Photo: Oliver Weiken / EPA


13) Vehicles are seen after floodwaters receded at the Honda factory in Ayutthaya province on Nov. 26. Thailand's worst floods in 50 years have killed 610 people and devastated industry, but the situation is slowly improving, with water receding in many affected areas. Photo: Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters


14) This photo provided by the National Park Service shows an unidentified man standing by an SUV-sized boulder sitting on Yellowstone National Park's West Entrance road approximately nine miles inside the park's west gate Dec. 29, 2011. The boulder apparently broke loose from a mountainside several hundred feet above the road early Thursday. Park crews have pushed the rock from the road and are assessing the slope for the potential of further slides. Photo: National Park Service via AP


15) Rubbish is piled up in between parked cars in downtown Mexico City, Dec. 26. After city authorities shut down the Bordo Poniente landfill, one of the largest dumps in the world, garbage has started to accumulate and trucks have been slower to pick it up, according to local media. Here, rubbish is piled up next to the monument of Mexico's late President Benito Juarez in Mexico City, Dec. 26. Juarez was one of Mexico's most important statesmen. Photos: Reuters


16) Maria Ponce, 78,  stands in the doorway of her home that is constructed from recycled plastic bottles, near El Transito, El Salvador, Thursday Dec. 29, 2011. Ponce, who did not have money to build a traditional house, says in 2005 a dream revealed to her to fashion a home from plastic bottles, which took 3 months. Ponce and her 102-year-old companion survive on about 10 dollars a week which they make from their corn crop and donations from tourists making the journey to see "La Casita Encantada," or "The Enchanted Cottage." Photo: Luis Romero / AP


17) People work at the construction site of a Catholic church made of snow in the Bavarian village of Mitterfirmiansreut, near the German-Czech border on . The snow church is to be unveiled during a ceremony on Wednesday and is likely to become a tourist attraction till the beginning of spring. Photo: Petr Josek / Reuters


18) The Balea Lac Hotel of Ice in the Fagaras Mountains, 184 miles northwest of Bucharest, is entirely made of ice. The hotel offers accommodation in 10 double rooms with king size beds, where the temperature hovers around freezing. A waiter serves dinner inside the hotel. Rooms go for $45.73 per person. Photos by Radu Sigheti / Reuters


19) President Barack Obama gets a mouth full of fingers from Cooper Wall Wagner, 8 months, as he poses for a photo with Coopers and his parents Captain Greg and Meredith Wagner, as he visits members of the military during Christmas dinner at Anderson Hall on Marine Corps Base Hawaii , Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Kaneohe, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


20) Siberian tigers approach a keeper's car as they wait to be fed at the Siberian Tiger Forest Park in Harbin, China on Dec. 27. More than 800 Siberian tigers are currently living in the park, which is also a breeding center for this endangered species, local media reported. Photo: Sheng Li / Reuters


21) Tian Tian licks her 'panda cake' in her enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, on Christmas Day, Sunday Dec. 25, 2011. The United Kingdom's only pair of giant pandas were treated to an extra helping of panda cake on Christmas morning to celebrate their first Christmas in Scotland. Yang Guang and Tian Tian - or Sunshine and Sweetie - have been getting used to their new home in Edinburgh Zoo since arriving from China on Sunday Dec. 4 2011. (AP Photo / Andrew Milligan/PA)


22) A white whale, also known as beluga, puffs a ring at Kamogawa Sea World in Kamogawa, east of Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)


23) New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees celebrates after his team defeated the Atlanta Flacons in New Orleans, La., Dec. 26. Drew Brees passed for 307 yards while breaking the single-season passing record at 5,087 yards. Dan Marino finished with 5,084 yards for the Miami Dolphins in 1984. Photo: Sean Gardner / Reuters


24) New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan exchanges words with New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs  after the game last weekend that was won by the Giants. Photo: New York Post



25) In this image released by AP Images for Comic Relief, as Helen Skelton prepares to embark on the toughest adventure of her life - Helen’s Polar Challenge for Sport Relief - she first had to overcome the challenge of spending a bleak Christmas Day in Antarctica, with hours of demanding training in sub zero temperatures and dehydrated rations for dinner. Helen is hoping to begin her 500 mile trek to the South Pole on January 1 at 83 degrees south. The fearless Blue Peter presenter will power herself to the pole by ski, by kite and - in a world first - by bike. (Mike Carling/AP Images for Comic Relief)


26) A fan named Annie Wagner was not happy when she found out her boyfriend was cheating on her, so she went to the Green Bay-Chicago game last Sunday night with a sign that, at the very least, got back at her cheating ex-boyfriend. Photo: The Hollywood Gossip via NBC.


27) Sarah Crane was left stunned when she hung out her laundry to dry and discovered the face of Jesus staring back at her from a crumpled sock. She was so impressed by the clarity of the face she even built a shrine to the sock. Photo: Paul Cunningham / Zuma Press


28) Einar Sveinsson, dressed as Santa Claus, visits young patient Elizabeth Marroquin who suffers from appendicitis in the emergency room at the Benjamin Bloom Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador, early Sunday Dec. 25, 2011. Sveinsson, who lives in El Salvador and is originally from Iceland, said he originally began volunteering in emergency rooms years ago as Santa Claus to visit children who had been burned by Christmas time firecrackers. (AP Photo/Luis Romero)


29) Santa, wearing shorts, greets children at the pool of the Halekulani Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday, December 24, 2011. He arrived by outrigger canoe in front of the hotel at sunset on Christmas Eve and is welcomed by keiki from Hula Hui O Kapunahala under the direction of kumu hula Carolee Nishi. Photos: Honolulu Star- Advertiser


30) Shoppers rush into a department store as it opens for Boxing Day sales in central London, Monday, Dec. 26. Despite disruptions caused by London's subway drivers striking over a pay dispute, large crowds of shoppers started flooding department stores in London as soon as doors opened early Monday. Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis / AP


31) Landmark Signs workers install 288 sparkling new Waterford Crystal triangles featuring this year's "Let There Be Friendship" design on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball, Dec. 27, 2011 in New York. The crystals, designed and crafted by Waterford artisans, feature a pattern that represents friends holding hands around the world. Photo: Mary Altaffer / AP


32) Athletes dressed as Santa Claus jump into the Mediterranean sea as they take part in the Copa Nadal in the Spanish port of Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday, Dec. 25. 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.  Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP


33) A swimmer reacts as he climbs a ladder to leave the Vltava river after a swim within the traditional Christmas winter swimming competition in Prague, Czech Republic, on Dec. 26. Enthusiast swimmers every year brave the cold waters of the Vltava river for a swim. Photo: Filip Singer / EPA


34) Members of the 'Berlin Seals' club swim in the Oranke Lake with a water temperature of three degrees Celsius, wearing Christmas costumes in Berlin, Germany, on December 25. The winter swimmers traditionally meet on Christmas Day to take a swim together. OK, one more. Photos: Maurizio Gambarini / EPA


35) People carry a man on a stretcher as they take part in a traditional sea bath during New Year's celebrations on Jan. 1, 2011 at Malo-Les-Bains beach in Dunkirk, France. Photo: Philippe Huguen / AFP - Getty Images


36) A woman holds an offering of fruits as shamans perform a ritual for good luck for the coming new year in Lima, Peru on December 29, 2010.  In Peru, yellow is considered good luck, and people will often wear yellow underwear on New Year's Eve for luck in the new year. Shamans from around the country attend fairs to perform rituals that include showering subjects with yellow flowers or passing a guinea pig over subjects' bodies. Photo: Mariana Bazo / Reuters

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