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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.

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  • ‘It was just insane:’ Lyft driver carjacked while on the job near 91st and Bradley

    MILWAUKEE — A Lyft driver is carjacked while on the job. She was driving a customer when the ride was brought to a sudden halt. The carjacking happened Wednesday night, April 18 near 91st and Bradley. The driver was at a stoplight when she said someone pointed a gun at her, shot through a window and stole her car. “It was just insane,” said the Lyft driver, Amanda. Just days after the terrifying encounter, the driver — named Amanda — […]

  • Health Department: Synthetic marijuana cases confirmed in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — The City of Milwaukee Health Department  is warning the public that synthetic marijuana cases have been confirmed in Milwaukee. Since April 19, two confirmed cases and one probable case of the illness have been identified in city residents.  Of the three cases, two have required hospitalization. They are the drugs that go by names like “K-2, Spice and Scooby Snax.” They are marketed as being innocent but the fake pot can pack a deadly punch. “The people that have […]

  • Bon-Ton’s ‘going out of business’ sales begin Friday; liquidation to run 10-12 weeks

    MILWAUKEE — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announced on Thursday, April 19 that going out of business sales will begin Friday, April 20 in 212 stores and e-commerce websites under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. A news release indicates the company’s liquidation sales are expected to run for approximately 10 to 12 weeks. Shoppers say they are sad to see the store go but happy to take advantage of sales. “We came down to visit […]

  • Man hailed a hero for running into burning building to save neighbors says ‘I did what I had to do’

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man is being hailed a hero after running into a burning building to rescue people. Juan Aguilera was asleep when fire alarms woke him up on Saturday, April 14. He ran out of the building, only to run back inside moments later. It happened near 43rd and Arthur. Aguilera captured it with his cellphone. As he got into his car, rather than leaving the burning building, he decided to go back in. “They told me there […]

  • ‘They didn’t care:’ Call from Starbucks employee prompted response that led to Dontre Hamilton’s death

    MILWAUKEE — Philadelphia police have released a recording of the call from the Starbucks employee that led to the arrest of two black men. In the recording, a woman is heard saying, “Hi, I have two gentlemen in my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave.” She gives the address of the Starbucks store, and the entire call lasts less than 30 seconds. Starbucks said Tuesday that the employee who made the call no longer works at the store, but […]

  • ‘Unfortunate situation:’ Red Cross sets up shelter for 24 displaced by fire at apartment complex

    MILWAUKEE — Two-dozen people were displaced by a fire in an apartment complex near 43rd and Arthur in Milwaukee early Saturday, April 14. Several people were taken to the hospital from the scene. Crews were called to the area around 11:45 a.m. “Upon arrival, we had fire showing from the windows and reports of multiple people trapped,” said Acting Deputy Chief Mike Blackwood, Milwaukee Fire Department. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to one unit on the third floor, […]

  • Milwaukee woman charged with making terrorist threats; said ‘she was going to 9/11 the school’

    MILWAUKEE — 32-year-old Andrea Ford faces a felony charge of terrorist threats after allegedly threatening to shoot up and blow up a school in Milwaukee. According to the criminal complaint, officers were dispatched to St. Margaret Mary Church & School on N. 92nd St. on the morning of Monday, April 9. The school’s principal told officers her staff received multiple threatening phone calls from a student’s mother — and that person was identified as Ford. The complaint says Ford is not […]

  • ‘A shock:’ Trailer with thousands in equipment stolen ahead of Milwaukee Choristers’ big show

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Choristers suffered a big blow ahead of a weekend performance, but the show must go on. Someone stole a trailer filled with the group’s equipment. On Wednesday, April 11, the group gathered for their final rehearsal before the weekend’s big show. As they fine-tuned their performance, music wasn’t the only thing on their minds. “With this kind of thing happening, everybody is on edge. It takes away from the focus,” said Jim Halverson with the Milwaukee […]

  • ‘Great team effort:’ Fast food workers help police quickly capture KFC/Taco Bell armed robbery suspect

    MILWAUKEE — Fast food workers helped police catch an armed robbery suspect on Saturday, April 7, after the man held up a KFC/Taco Bell near Teutonia and Good Hope. According to the Milwaukee Police Department, around 7:45 p.m., a suspect entered the restaurant and pointed a gun at the employees. Police said the suspect demanded money from the register and “jumped the counter.” The suspect then chased the employees and stole personal belongings from an office before fleeing the store. […]

  • ‘Kept getting bigger:’ Multiple people rescued from apartment fire in Beaver Dam; 5 hospitalized

    Multiple people were pulled from a burning apartment complex in Beaver Dam on Saturday, April 7. Five people were injured in the fire happened around 6 a.m. near the area of West 3rd and La Crosse Streets. “I didn’t know what was going on,” said Kristen Westlake, who lives across the street. “It was a few minutes later and I started seeing smoke coming out of the building.” Westlake pulled out her phone just moments after first responders arrived to the […]

  • Alfonso Morales appointed Milwaukee police chief until January 2020

    MILWAUKEE — Alfonso Morales has been appointed the new Milwaukee Police Department chief through January of 2020. The announcement was made Thursday evening, April 5. Congratulations to Interim Chief Alfonso Morales who was appointed today as Chief of Police until January 2020! pic.twitter.com/ki3qjpZ4O2 — Milwaukee Police (@MilwaukeePolice) April 5, 2018 Morales was appointed the interim chief position in February. He will now be finishing out the rest of former Chief Ed Flynn’s term. FOX6 interviewed Morales in March, after his […]

  • ‘We should be used to it:’ Snow falls in Wisconsin in April, amid a spring election

    FOND DU LAC — A winter storm hit SE Wisconsin on Tuesday, April 3, amid a spring election. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for all of SE Wisconsin until 7 a.m. Wednesday, and said several inches of wet, heavy snowfall was expected by Wednesday morning. The forecast seemed like a late April Fool’s Joke, but rain changed over to snow in SE Wisconsin on Tuesday. While grassy areas were covered early Tuesday evening, the snow was […]