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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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  • ‘Stand up for what’s right:’ Marquette sheds light on sexual assault in ‘Student Body’ show

    MILWAUKEE — Students at Marquette University are using theater to help tackle a tough topic. They are using performance of the play “Student Body” to help shed light on sexual assault. The performance intends to make people uncomfortable but also empower the audience to make changes. “You want this show to be as real and as harsh as possible,” said Nicholas Cordonnier, actor in show. It is not an easy subject to take on but these actors are using performance to […]

  • ‘We all felt disrespected:’ Franklin HS students accused of chanting racist insults during basketball game

    FRANKLIN — An investigation is underway into racial slurs chanted during a high school basketball game. Horlick High School players say Franklin High School students chanted slurs at them during a basketball game Thursday night, February 22nd. The Horlick students took part in a previously planned rally on Friday, February 23rd. They used it as an opportunity to talk about what happened. They say they felt disrespected and hurt and now they want something to be done about it. “I […]

  • Off the rails: Pewaukee man accused of parking girlfriend’s SUV on train tracks for revenge

    WAUKESHA COUNTY — A relationship off the rails! A Pewaukee man is accused of trying to get revenge on his girlfriend by dumping her SUV on railroad tracks. Investigators say 32-year-old Michael Trumble, drove his girlfriend’s Ford Escape to the railroad tracks off West Wisconsin Avenue, near the lakefront, and left it there Sunday afternoon, February 19th. Luckily, the vehicle was not hit. According to a criminal complaint, Trumble told investigators he did it because he was upset at his […]

  • ‘It’s going to help:’ Lawmakers pass bill creating ‘Green Alert’ for missing, vulnerable veterans

    MADISON — A bill aimed at helping vulnerable missing veterans is one step closer to becoming law, thanks to a Milwaukee mother whose son inspired it. “He was just my buddy,” Gwen Adams said of her late son, Corey. “It was me and Corey, and like I said, he was my little man.” Corey Adams, an Air Force veteran, was last seen alive in March of 2017. “It was Memorial weekend before his last deployment. Went in the room; he wasn’t […]

  • ‘Anger took over:’ Days after package thefts, man races after suspects breaking into cars

    MILWAUKEE — Days after porch pirates hit up a block on Milwaukee’s east side, criminals were back, and this time, they were trying to break into cars. When a neighbor saw it going down near Farwell and Park, he ran out of his home and tried to stop it. “It was kind of like, unbelievable,” Todd Caze said. Caze said he was working from home on Monday afternoon, Feb. 19, and didn’t think he’d have a front-row seat to criminal […]

  • Mount Pleasant police: Boy, 15, seriously injured in hit-and-run crash on dark stretch of roadway

    MOUNT PLEASANT — A Racine County teen is recovering after a hit-and-run crash in Mount Pleasant. The boy, 15, was airlifted by a Flight for Life helicopter with serious injuries Friday night, Feb. 16. Mount Pleasant police responded to the area of State Highway 31 (South Green Bay Rd.) and Castle Ct. just before 9:30 p.m. Officials said the teen was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street with a group of friends. Those in the area said it […]

  • ‘A present from my cat:’ Milwaukee woman fed up with package thieves leaves old cat litter in box for revenge

    MILWAUKEE — Package thieves strike again! They were caught on camera stealing on Milwaukee’s east side. One woman has had enough. “You feel so invaded,” said Lynn Quirk, package theft victim. It is a frustrating crime, especially when it keeps happening. “We’ve all had things stolen, but it’s like an epidemic around here,” Quirk said. This time, package thieves, targeted homes on Milwaukee’s east side — and they are caught on camera. PHOTO GALLERY “Pulled up right in front of […]

  • Sheboygan actor leads police on chase because he didn’t want to miss his performance

    SHEBOYGAN — A Sheboygan man is accused of taking deputies on a chase. Investigators say the community theater actor did it because of his performance in a play. 61-year-old David Neese, was originally stopped Saturday, February 10th, by Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Deputies for a busted headlight along Highway 57 in Plymouth. They quickly realized the driver was in trouble for theft. “In-house has it flagged, he has probably cause to be arrested,” the officer can be heard saying. When they […]

  • ‘I work too hard for my things:’ Victims frustrated by rash of car break-ins across Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — A rash of car break-ins has frustrated residents on Milwaukee’s east side. The owner of an auto shop has been swamped with business — something you’d think he’d be happy about, but he’s not. Tom Almaghrabi with Safe Auto Glass said Wednesday, Feb. 14 he’d worked on more than 20 cars with windows smashed. He said business has been crazy, but he’d like the crimes to stop and business to slow down. “Walking out bright and early to […]

  • ‘I love you and will see you soon:’ TMZ reports Milwaukee man made pilgrimage to LA to see Miley Cyrus

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man was arrested in Los Angeles, and TMZ is reporting he traveled there to see Miley Cyrus, and left behind Facebook posts that led to his arrest. Milwaukee police said someone in Milwaukee saw the concerning statements on social media and notified police. MPD notified Los Angeles law enforcement agencies — who located the man on Monday, Feb. 12 and interviewed him — taking him in for a psychological evaluation, according to TMZ. He could be […]

  • ‘Great way to give back:’ Couple on mission to build home to help Racine County foster children

    RACINE COUNTY — A Racine County couple is trying to take the first steps to solve the foster care crisis. The county has a major foster home shortage. “This is what we perceive the intake room looking like,” said Heather Lojeski. It’s a home Heather and Mark Lojeski, have been dreaming about. It’s not meant for the two of them, but for the hundreds of children in need in Racine County. “This is a chance to say, ‘yes, you’re valuble. […]

  • Cudahy neighborhood on high alert after man arrested, charged in snow shoveling scam 

    CUDAHY — Neighbors in Cudahy, worry the most recent snowfall is creating a crime of opportunity. They are worried a man who has already been arrested for two burglaries is back at it. He’s out on bail. Police arrested 24-year-old Michael Falkenstein in late January. Investigators say he went door to door, asking if anyone needed their driveways shoveled and when no one was home, he broke in. “Everyone’s just keeping a close watch,” said Randi Fleischman, neighbor. Friday morning, […]