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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.

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  • Lawsuit says officer suspended for 2 days pulled gun on Bucks’ guard Sterling Brown during arrest

    MILWAUKEE — A federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday, June 19 against the City of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Police Department by the attorney for Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Sterling Brown. It claims one of the officers involved in Brown’s January arrest made light of the situation on social media, and calls the arrest unlawful and racially motivated. It alleged the officers used excessive force, and points out the online actions of at least one officer show racial bias. The federal civil […]

  • Brewers’ fans take timeout to pay respects to fallen MPD officer: ‘This is more important’

    MILWAUKEE — People from across the area took a moment to pay their respects to fallen Milwaukee Police Officer Charles Irvine Jr. The procession passed by Miller Park and fans put baseball on hold as they watched on Saturday, June 16. “The game is for three hours, this is for a moment,” said Heather Huebschen, Milwaukee. “We want to support the family and support Officer Irvine.” A sea of blue and yellow looked down to the passing lights of red […]

  • A department 1st: Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputy saves man from possible overdose using Narcan

    KENOSHA — A Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputy saved a man from a possible drug overdose early Friday morning, June 15. He used a powerful tool the department only recently started using. “It’s a lifesaving tool,” said Captain Robert Hallisy, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department. For the first time, Narcan was put into use. “He was non-responsive, he was blue, he had real bad labored breath,” said Hallisy. First responders were called to a Town of Somers home, where a 39-year-old man […]

  • MPD District 4 rallies around boy who says Officer Irvine was his best friend

    MILWAUKEE — A community is wrapping its arms around a kid who is missing his best friend. Avant Turner is feeling the loss of Milwaukee Police Officer Charles Irvine Jr. The 12-year-old had a special bond with Officer Irvine. Thursday, June 14 he learned even though Irvine is gone — there is still support at MPD’s District 4. He shook hands with a Milwaukee police lieutenant for the first time since losing Irvine. “I’m his best friend, best friend,” said […]

  • DNA evidence helps identify suspect in 2 sexual assaults on Kenosha County Bike Trail

    KENOSHA COUNTY — A suspect is in custody in connection with two sexual assaults that happened on the Kenosha County Bike Trail in March and May. He was identified via DNA testing, and sheriff’s officials said Wednesday, June 13 he is Reginaldo Etienne, 32. Sheriff’s officials say the victim from the May attack fought the suspect, which resulted in the critical DNA evidence that led to the arrest. “She fought back, and some of the evidence from her fighting back […]

  • ‘It’s nonsense:’ 2 arrested after vehicle found with bullet holes, shots fired incident shut down I-43

    MILWAUKEE — A shots fired incident shut down I-43/94 northbound at Becher Tuesday, June 12 after police were called out to the area near 4th and Lapham, where neighbors reported hearing gunfire. Milwaukee police have confirmed two arrests have been made. Both suspects are men — ages 31 and 25. It all began around 11 a.m. Neighbors on both sides of the freeway said they heard the gunfire ring out. “We heard a couple of gunshots,” a neighbor said. “We […]

  • ‘Horrifying to watch:’ Fox River helicopter crash kills 1 in Oshkosh

    OSHKOSH — One person is dead after a helicopter hit power lines and crashed into the Fox River in Oshkosh Saturday afternoon, June 9. It took hours to recover the body because crews couldn’t immediately get in the water. “It was horrifying to watch,” said Brody Snood, witness. It’s not the kind of afternoon Brody Snood ever expected; as he stood watching boats pass on the water, his focus quickly turned to the sky. “I just heard a really big […]

  • ‘It’s emotional:’ Memorials grow across Milwaukee for fallen officer Charles Irvine

    MILWAUKEE — The community continues to pay their respects to fallen Milwaukee Police Officer Charles Irvine. Memorials are growing across the city. Officer Irvine Jr., 23, died after a violent crash near 76th and Silver Spring on the city’s northwest side. Irvine and his partner were in pursuit of a reckless vehicle around 5 p.m. Thursday, June 7 when their squad crashed. Irvine Jr. was a police aide for two years and an officer for nearly two more. Outside Milwaukee […]

  • FPC asks for complete review into arrest of Bucks’ Sterling Brown

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee’s Fire and Police Commission is calling for an audit of the arrest of Bucks player Sterling Brown. The board wanted to ask questions to Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales about the arrest, but were unable to due to a fatal squad crash. The FPC says they want to learn from the Brown arrest and the changes that can be made. “The commission deems it necessary for the police department to conduct a full audit of and response […]

  • Man allegedly said ‘I’m sorry, I’m depressed’ before dragging teen during attempted carjacking

    MILWAUKEE — Two teenagers were targeted by a criminal outside Discovery World in downtown Milwaukee who tried getting away with a vehicle, but he eventually gave up. Prosecutors say he even apologized as the crime was being committed. It happened on the evening of June 1, when investigators say Michael Carter, 52, forced his way into the parked vehicle. Investigators say he walked up to the vehicle, and when the teenagers inside rolled down the window, he unlocked the vehicle […]

  • 160 snakes, 250+ mice, small reptiles removed from home in West Bend

    WEST BEND — A sexual assault investigation led police to hundreds of snakes, mice and other reptiles. Police pulled more than 400 animals from a West Bend home Friday night, June 1. Police found them in the basement of a home on Indiana Avenue. It took West Bend police, city workers, the Wisconsin DNR and the help of the Milwaukee County Zoo to remove the animals. “Very disturbing. I was a little freaked out,” said Crystal Fredrick, neighbor. “I came […]

  • Wauwatosa police: Woman killed by fleeing driver near 82nd and North

    A woman is dead after a car fleeing a traffic stop hit her vehicle head-on Friday afternoon, June 1. It happened in Wauwatosa near 82nd and North Avenue. “I’m traumatized. It was just too fast,” said Shanice Williams, driver involved in the crash. Shanice Williams describes the terrifying moments as she drove with her children and ended up in the middle of the crash. “I heard the [screech], I seen the black car hit the red car, it spinned(sp),” said […]