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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 frightening:” Fired food worker arrested after ramming vehicle at Lambeau Field

    GREEN BAY — It was a scary afternoon at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Friday, December 22nd. Police were called to the parking lot after a man rammed his car into a co-worker’s vehicle. Then he drove right underneath the stadium before crashing. “It was frightening. You didn’t want to go close,” said Lori Haigh, witness. They were not the kind of memories Lori Haigh expected to make on her son’s first trip to Lambeau Field. “I was seeing […]

  • “He should’ve been in school:” Police seek front-porch package thief caught on surveillance

    MILWAUKEE — It happened in just seconds; a thief was caught on camera stealing a package from the porch of a Milwaukee home Tuesday afternoon, December 19th. “It took them maybe 30 seconds to do this theft,” said Lori Fritz, package theft victim. Near 57th and Lloyd on Tuesday, December 19th, a porch — now covered in Christmas lights — became the target of a couple of Grinches. “The car is going to pull up, almost hit my trash can,” […]

  • “We’re here to help:” After husband’s murder, woman hands out Christmas gifts to kids impacted by violence

    WEST ALLIS — A woman who lost her husband to gun violence more than a year ago is trying to make the holidays a little brighter for others impacted by violence. Latasha Brown knows the pain that comes with loss, but on Wednesday, December 20th at 91st and Lincoln in West Allis, she played Santa Claus, handing out gifts at a beauty supply store transformed into Santa’s Workshop. “I’m a giving person. I’ve always been a giving person. We are here […]

  • Prosecutors: Man fleeing fender bender caused hit-and-run that left mother of infant twins in coma

    MILWAUKEE — 36-year-old Sheldon Bryant of Milwaukee faces multiple charges in connection with a hit-and-run crash that severely injured a 22-year-old woman — a mother of infant twins, near 12th and Walnut on December 6th. Prosecutors say his vehicle struck three others as he tried to flee the scene after a fender bender — and there was a 2-year-old child in his vehicle at the time. While the 2-year-old child is OK after this incident, prosecutors say the twins’ mother […]

  • Driver dies after fleeing traffic stop, crashing into tree near 59th and Locust

    MILWAUKEE — A man is dead after police say he sped off following a traffic stop and slammed into a tree near 59th and Locust. It happened shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 16th. “It was so quick,” said Aracelis Negron, witness. “The car was twisted.” Negron was inside her home with family at the time. She heard a loud boom and ran out to the crash scene in front of her home. “When I looked outside and I […]

  • Charges filed against 26-year-old man accused of lying to police about child abduction

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee father is charged after police say he lied about his daughter being abducted. The fake kidnapping prompted a huge search on Tuesday, December 12th. Police say 26-year-old James Murdock told them he lied so something would be done about finding his car. He now faces time in prison because of it. According to a criminal complaint, 26-year-old James Murdock told police while he was warming up a Hyundai Accent, he put his four-year-old girl in the […]

  • Teen left in wheelchair after 2013 crash uses settlement money to help others

    MILWAUKEE — It is not easy for people to turn a tragic situation into something positive. But that is exactly what a Milwaukee mother and son are doing. They are giving back after a horrific crash left the teen wheelchair-bound. There are few bonds stronger than that between a mother and child. For Shalonda Ezell and her son, Ja’Vaire Ezell-Hollins, the bond has only been strengthened through adversity. “We’re doing what we know is best,” said Ezell. In 2013, when […]

  • “He didn’t make trouble:” Friend hopes for justice after news of arrest in murder near 14th and Mineral

    MILWAUKEE — Ricky Riggins, 44, was shot and killed in an alley near 14th and Mineral on December 4th. There’s been a break in the case, but a friend of the victim says he’s cautiously optimistic. “We just heard like, ‘pop, pop, pop,'” said one neighbor. The gunfire echoed from the alley, and took Riggins’ life. “He didn’t make trouble. He wasn’t a troublemaker,” Harold Phillips, Riggins’ friend said. It’s a crime that has left those who knew Riggins with so […]

  • “Our trucks are loaded and ready:” West Bend DPW gears up ahead of expected snowfall

    WEST BEND — A winter weather advisory takes effect Wednesday morning, December 13th, and the snow in the forecast will make for a messy morning commute — with slick roads and poor visibility. Blowing snow could make for a tough drive, but officials in the City of West Bend said Tuesday they’d been preparing for the snow since the moment they finished cleaning up the last round on Monday. “Our trucks are loaded and ready to go as soon as […]

  • “They got spooked:” Horse drawn carriage collides with 2 vehicles in Oconomowoc

    OCONOMOWOC — It was a wild scene in downtown Oconomowoc on Saturday, December 9th. A horse drawn carriage collided with two vehicles near South Main Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Witnesses say, it was just a matter of seconds before people ran to help. “You just don’t expect to see something like that,” said Emily Mamerow, manager at Bella Gusto Italian Market & Deli. It is not the way Emily Mamerow thought her afternoon would turn out. “I was expecting to walk out […]

  • Waiting for winter: Sheboygan Co. salt truck drivers ready to get to work

    PLYMOUTH — People across the area are getting ready for the snow. It began to fall in Plymouth around 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 8th. For some it means work, and for others it means fun. “First, we applied brine to the roads,” said Jason Blasiola, Sheboygan Public Works. At Sheboygan Public Works, the first measurable snowfall means a busy night. “When the weather changes over and the roads start to cover, we’ll bring in 12 trucks and we first start […]

  • “He will never be the same:” 27-year-old man struck by 3 hit-and-run drivers in a row

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man is seriously injured in a hit-and-run on the city’s north side. He was struck by not one, but three passing vehicles as he crossed the street. Not one of those drivers stopped to see if 27-year-old Pierre Mack was alright. His family tells FOX6 he is left with broken bones and long recovery ahead. “What is this world coming to,” said Charlesha Williams, victim’s sister. At 16th and Center, cars speed by. There are no […]