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It’s unusual for a 9-year-old child to be captivated by the news. But my parents can attest, I was that strange kid who stayed up past my bedtime to watch the evening news. Sometimes, I have to pinch myself knowing that I’m living out my dream every day. Here I am all grown up, still staying up late for the news.

I joined FOX6 in June of 2012. I’ve had the privilege to share stories of courage, tragedy and triumph across southeast Wisconsin. You can find me on the nine and ten o’clock newscasts, but I’ve reported on every shift at FOX6. I’ve covered some of the biggest stories in the state. I was one of the first on the scene during the Sikh Temple shooting, standing with victims’ families trying to gather information about what took place. I extensively covered demonstrations following the death of Dontre Hamilton. And I reported for hours on live television in the middle of the Sherman Park unrest.

My work has been recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. I’m a three time Emmy nominee.

Prior to Milwaukee, I worked for WCIA in Champaign, Il. Before that, I spent a year at WAND as a Champaign bureau reporter. My time in Illinois led me to my husband, Ben Handelman. You might know him as the weekend anchor here at FOX6.

I was raised in Northwest Indiana, where my parents always encouraged me to follow my passion, not my pension. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University. Go Hoosiers! I earned my Master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

I love telling your stories. Keep sharing them with me. You can find me on Twitter and Facebook.

Recent Articles
  • “I just need answers:” Heartbroken mother looking for justice in her son’s unsolved murder

    MILWAUKEE — The mother of a homicide victim is doing all she can to find her son’s killer. Dontrae Henning, 22, was killed in late July. No arrests have been made, but his mother remains hopeful. On a brisk Saturday afternoon, Latoya Henderson and her family came together near 80th and Bender. The Milwaukee mother goes door to door, handing out fliers and asking questions determined to find answers about her son’s death. “I don’t understand why someone would do […]

  • “Fighting for my baby:” Family of man found dead in burned garage looks to find answers

    MILWAUKEE — The family of a man found murdered in a burned-out garage on October 25th, is hitting streets looking for answers. They are going door to door asking questions as police continues to investigate the death of 20-year-old Dajon Grissett. At 44th and Meinecke, family came together Friday, November 19th, in the cold and dark — begging for justice. “I am out here fighting for my baby,” said Louise Grissett, victim’s mother. “Hoping and praying that someone steps up.” […]

  • Milwaukee Public Schools substitute teacher arrested for prostitution in Oshkosh

    RACINE COUNTY — A substitute teacher is busted for prostitution. The Racine County woman was arrested in Oshkosh and charged with prostitution. Prosecutors say her husband was in on it. Samantha Nelson, 37, is currently a Milwaukee Public Schools substitute teacher. Prosecutors say she was arrested after she tried making money in the bedroom. Oshkosh police say Nelson advertised her services on the website “Backpage” and met with an undercover detective. According to a criminal complaint, that detective gave Nelson $200 […]

  • Pewaukee man arrested in Ohio accused of kidnapping 12-year-old girl he met online

    PEWAUKEE — A Pewaukee man was arrested after investigators say he kidnapped a 12-year-old girl he met online. Christopher Forncrook was arrested Tuesday morning, November 7th by police in Newark, Ohio. Investigators say Forncrook drove from his Pewaukee home early Monday to meet the girl. According to police, on Monday morning, November 6th, Forncrook decided to take his online flirtations with a 12-year-old girl a step further, driving from his Pewaukee home to Newark, Ohio. He’s accused of kidnapping the […]

  • “Take a lot of stress off her:” Family hopes to replace van stolen from mother whose child was abducted

    SOUTH MILWAUKEE — More help is needed for a South Milwaukee mother whose child was abducted and taken across state lines. Her ex has been charged but her family says she continues to suffer because of him. Police say Kenneth Brown took his two-year-old daughter on a wild ride. He was caught in Indiana, the two-year-old was unharmed. His ex’s family says the situation left emotional scars but is now hurting in different ways. “He’s got a knife literally against […]

  • 3 people dead after SUV, farming combine crash in Lake Mills

    LAKE MILLS — Jefferson County officials report three people died following an SUV vs. farming combine crash that happened in Lake Mills Friday evening, November 3rd. It happened on County Highway B near Stoney Creek Road around 7:00 p.m. Officials say the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Mills Police Department, Lake Mills Fire Department and Lake Mills EMS responded. PHOTO GALLERY County Highway B closed between County Highway O and Kroghville Road while officials responded. A UW Med Flight helicopter was […]

  • “You could tell it was a set-up:” Gas station employee accused of staging armed robbery

    GLENDALE — It seemed like the perfect crime but it ended up being a big mistake. A gas station clerk claimed she was the victim of an armed robbery — but she was the one who ended up in custody. Bianca Coleman told Glendale police, two masked men pulled out a gun and robbed the gas station of cash, Lotto tickets and cigarettes. She thought surveillance was destroyed but investigators were able to take a closer look. “Why would you […]

  • Long road to recovery for father shot during armed robbery: “Doesn’t deserve what he’s going through”

    MILWAUKEE — The family of a Milwaukee store clerk who was shot during a robbery is speaking out. Riyad Salem, 62, is in the intensive care unit. He was shot multiple times in the abdomen Thursday, October 26th near 35th and Hadley. His son says he is on a long road to recovery but this is not his first time fighting for his life. “I didn’t know what to feel,” said Hasan Salem, victim’s son. It is some of the […]

  • 125 reported in 10 months: After “horrific” fatal crash, officials call wrong-way drivers an epidemic

    MILWAUKEE — Officials with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office are calling wrong-way driving an epidemic after a fatal crash on Milwaukee’s High Rise Bridge involving a wrong-way driver and a semi early Wednesday, November 1st. The wrong-way driver was killed in the fiery crash on I-43, after slamming into the semi. “Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a big flash,” Bradley Vespalec said. “You could see the flames probably five or six feet above the fire truck […]

  • “Everything is completely gone:” Fire destroys building near Appleton and Fiebrantz

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee firefighters battled a large blaze at a building near Appleton and Fiebrantz Tuesday evening, October 31st, which destroyed a building in the area. Crews were called to the scene around 6:00 p.m. “The fire was found to be well enveloped into the basement, up through the first floor,” Deputy Terry Lintonen with the Milwaukee Fire Department said. A FOX6 photojournalist on scene said around 7:15 p.m. the building was fully-engulfed. Firefighters were forced from the building by […]

  • “It’s alarming:” Suspects in Kenosha County home invasion demanded drugs, money

    KENOSHA COUNTY — We’re learning new information about the elderly couple brutally beaten during a home invasion in the Village of Somers. Investigators say the suspect demanded drugs and money from the elderly husband and wife — and he took both of their cellphones. Saturday, October 28th, the investigation into why their home was targeted continues. “This is a really quiet neighborhood,” said Matt Krauter, who lives nearby. One day after a man broke into their home on 18th Street […]

  • Milwaukee police need help to identify sexual assault suspect, armed with gun

    MILWAUKEE — Police are looking for a man connected to a sexual assault on Milwaukee’s north side. Police say he attacked a teenager as she walked near Port Washington and Capitol. “I’m just shocked,” said Jaunita McAfee, who lives nearby. It is not the news neighbors want to hear. “It’s surprising and kind of scary because I wouldn’t want that to happen to me,” said Tiana Simmons, who also lives nearby. The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25th […]