A.J. Bayatpour joined the 27 News team in February 2020 as a Multimedia Journalist/Reporter and in January of 2021 was promoted to Capitol Bureau Chief.
Before coming to Madison, A.J. lived in Milwaukee for eight years. For the first six of those years, he reported at the Cream City's Fox affiliate, where he earned recognition for his coverage of major stories such as the funding of the new Bucks arena and the unrest that followed a fatal officer-involved shooting in August 2016.
A.J. began his reporting career in Champaign, Illinois, at the ABC affiliate there, WICD-TV. There, he served as the Vermilion County Bureau Chief from 2009 through 2011.
A.J. studied Radio & T.V. Journalism at the University of Missouri and still keeps a close eye on his Tigers! He grew up just north of Chicago in the village of Skokie; his first job was selling hot dogs in the stands at Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park.
With a blue-collar background, A.J. looks to bring working class sensibilities to political coverage at the Capitol. He seeks to provide information each week on Capital City Sunday in a professional but no-frills manner, the way you'd expect to discuss the day's big issues with a neighbor or friend.
In Madison, you'll likely find A.J. exploring the restaurant scene or at a Badger sporting event. He's also excited to take in all the natural attractions Southern Wisconsin has to offer!
If you've got an idea for a story, A.J. wants to hear it! Call the newsroom at (608) 273-2727 or email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org