A.J. Bayatpour, Reporter
A.J. Bayatpour joined CBS 58 news as a reporter in March 2023.
He previously reported at WKOW-TV in Madison as the Capitol Bureau Chief. As the producer and host of Capital City Sunday, A.J.'s direct and pointed interviews with Wisconsin's members of Congress and elected state officials drew national coverage.
A.J. is no stranger to Milwaukee, though. He reported at WITI-TV from 2012 to 2018 and produced stories that won several Milwaukee Press Club awards. Advocates credited his reporting with helping to make Wisconsin the first state to require outside investigations of police-involved deaths.
Upon arriving in the Cream City, A.J. and his wife, Abby, fell in love with Milwaukee. It's where they first lived together and, eventually, got married in the Mitchell Park Domes. Given the change to move back, they jumped at the opportunity.
A.J. began his reporting career at WICD-TV in Champaign, Illinois, where he covered both news and sports.
A.J. graduated from the University of Missouri and still follows his Tigers closely. He grew up in Chicago and owes his tenacity to his mother, who raised he and his sister as a single parent.
If you have a story idea, A.J. wants to hear it! Share those tips at [email protected].
Articles by A.J. Bayatpour
- Elijah Vue Amber Alert: FBI offers $15K reward for information in child's disappearance
- Fact-checking Hovde's first week: Statements on debt, 'defund the police' missing context
- 'He was all I had': Family grieves after man killed by driver fleeing police
- Should MPS close schools before asking to raise taxes? The district says savings wouldn't be significant
- Milwaukee Public Schools' $252 million referendum: What's the district's plan for that money?
- Hovde launches US Senate campaign, setting up reelection fight for Baldwin
- Wisconsin's new maps: Which districts will swing control of the Legislature and why future lawsuits are unlikely
- To sign or not to sign: Evers yet to act after Republicans pass his legislative map proposal
- What to do with Wisconsin's $3 billion surplus? One senator wants to give everyone nearly $1,000
- South Milwaukee pitches RNC visitors on past presidential ties. Will it work?
- At least 25 Rock County homes damaged by EF2 tornado
- Attorney says more lawsuits coming over deaths at troubled Wisconsin prison
- New Marquette poll finds Trump, Biden tied with red flags for both: Biden's age, Trump's independent voter problem
- Wisconsin House Republicans defend opposition of Senate border deal
- Bell doubles offer to $200,000 for charities if Kenosha releases bullet that killed his son
- What's next with Wisconsin voting maps? Breaking down the Supreme Court experts' report
- Bill requiring schools to offer 3 hours of physical activity per week faces uncertain future after hearing
- Lawmakers renew debate over bill banning race, gender from being college aid factors
- Backyard garden 'blitz' to return, but volunteers and space still needed
- 'This will really speed that up': Great Lakes researchers awarded $15 million to improve water treatment
- Kenosha family seeks help after fire kills mother, hospitalizes father
- Victim identified in southwest side double shooting; investigators, relatives say it was domestic violence
- From fruit art to sheltering trafficking survivors: Here are the 'difference makers' in one Milwaukee neighborhood
- Republicans propose $2 billion tax cut package; includes income, retirement tax savings
- Man charged in Franklin motel homicide has history of violence against women
- 14-week abortion ban bill blasted by both pro-life and pro-choice speakers during hearing
- Voters to decide if Grafton, Saukville will merge their fire departments
- Delivery driver reunited with abandoned dog he rescued
- 'No plan is the clear winner': Redistricting expert breaks down proposed voting maps
- 'Are you Jordan Love?': UWM student details how Packers QB helped her get car out of snow
- Winter storm leads to widespread power outages
- MPS board votes to put $252 million referendum on April ballot
- Human trafficking bills include funding for victims, mandatory prison for soliciting prostitutes
- Sales tax, streetcar, I-794 and more: CBS 58 discusses the year ahead with Mayor Cavalier Johnson
- GOP lawmakers to hold medical marijuana events Monday
- Wisconsin city seeks White House help to manage surge of new migrants
- Milwaukee homicides decline more than 20% in 2023 after record highs in previous 3 years
- 'A lot of emotional intensity': Fans fired up as Bucks, Pacers renew league's newest rivalry
- New Milwaukee sales tax rates take effect Monday: How it will affect you
- Sheriff: Kidnapped Indiana girl found safe outside of Madison; three suspects arrested
- Local immigration leader meets with White House amid surge at southern border
- UW-La Crosse chancellor fired; he had been making porn videos with his wife
- 'Cut people some slack': Man describes life with 'suicide disease' known for excruciating facial pain
- MPS board calls to explore referendum, votes to set new calendar
- Entering election year, Biden focuses on Black, Latino audience in Milwaukee visit
- Biden to focus on efforts helping Black, Latino businesses in Milwaukee visit
- Ahead of Biden visit, data on the economy is promising but public largely remains skeptical
- Johnson says previous comments about fake electors were 'slightly wrong'
- Johnson maintains immigration changes can't happen until border security improves first
- Milwaukee launches plan to improve community health with a focus on racism
- Bill would make overtime, limited bonus wages exempt from income tax
- Regents Reverse: UW board accepts deal exchanging reduced DEI for withheld funding, pay raises
- UW Regents to hold another vote on deal exchanging DEI for funding; key vote appears to flip
- Million-dollar plan: Port Washington getting federal aid to find solutions for flooding, erosion
- Black, women's business associations partner to show value of mentoring business owners
- Milwaukee not collecting Christmas trees left on curb this year; DNR says it told DPW dumping trees was illegal months ago
- To settle lawsuit, fake GOP electors acknowledge signatures were used in plot to overturn election
- With the Brewers renovations bill signed, here's where things stand on possible parking lot development
- Bill would reimburse teachers who pay out-of-pocket for school supplies
- As Milwaukee weighs ending single-family-only zoning, public feedback sought
- Redrawing Wisconsin's voting maps would have several layers. We used pizza to illustrate the challenge.
- Schimel launches Supreme Court campaign 16 months before election
- Top Biden economic official discusses inflation during visit to Milwaukee
- Sheriff's Office turns over full video of Zoo arrest; lawmaker to pursue state bodycam law
- 'Maybe not red flags, but certainly yellow flags': Open government advocates question governors using alias email accounts
- 'It's just about saturation': 40+ agencies launch OWI task force patrols
- In Wisconsin Supreme Court, redistricting arguments split on whether redrawing maps is fair to voters
- Federal help is coming, but Milwaukee is not on pace to meet goal of replacing all lead pipes in 20 years
- Bill would allow veterans to treat PTSD with psychedelic mushrooms
- Legislature passes overhaul of alcohol laws after last-minute addition; wedding barn operators say it jeopardizes industry
- Blind man receives $45K settlement from city of Milwaukee after missing sidewalk causes fall
- Microsoft announces plans to expand on Racine Co. land once reserved for Foxconn
- Man offers $100,000 for Kenosha to release police bullet that killed his son
- Officers cleared after man fatally shoots himself while in back of squad car
- Milwaukee housing committee suggests ending single-family-only zoning
- 'Someone was looking out': Woman having medical emergency pulls into closed fire station, but someone was there
- Sheriff's office releases incomplete video of what led up to deputy hitting teen at zoo
- 'Mount Everest of cold cases': Why a group of investigators thinks Jimmy Hoffa might be buried under American Family Field
- WI members of Congress split over Israel aid, whether U.S. should back ceasefire
- Jewish, Palestinian local leaders share perspective as Israel-Hamas war rages on