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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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    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 […]

  • Bodycam footage shows moments Greendale officers come in contact with dangerous drug

    GREENDALE — It was a close call as two officers were treated after being exposed to a dangerous drug. We now have an up-close look at the incident that happened Friday, May 25. The routine arrest took a frightening turn. “You don’t have anything on you at all,” an officer can be heard asking in body camera footage. Two Greendale officers stopped a man and woman in the parking lot of Southridge Mall. Investigators say they were in a stolen […]

  • ‘Put these guns down:’ Family, friends heartbroken over fatal shooting of Edward Hutchinson

    WAUWATOSA — A family is left stunned by tragedy. A 24-year-old is killed in Wauwatosa. Now, loved ones are remembering his life. Family members say Edward Hutchinson, 24, was getting his life on track when the shooting suddenly derailed everything. On Wednesday evening, May 30, tears fell from loved ones’ eyes — like the rain pouring from the sky at 99th and Ruby. Family and friends stood together — heartbroken. Hutchinson was shot and killed on Tuesday, May 29. Police […]

  • ‘Walked up and just shot:’ Police seek help identifying 2 shooting suspects

    MILWAUKEE — It was a case of mistaken identity. That’s what a 17-year-old tells FOX6 after being shot Monday, May 28.  Milwaukee police are now looking for two people involved. The teen victim says he recently moved to the area, and was walking to the store when he was shot near 38th and Hadley. He was hit in the leg. He says two guys he’s never seen before started talking to him, pulled out a gun and fired a round. “Random […]

  • ‘It’s all over the city:’ 3 police officers treated in 2 separate incidents for possible fentanyl exposure

    GREENDALE — Three officers were treated for possible exposure to a deadly drug in two separate incidents. Investigators believe they may have been exposed to fentanyl. Both incident happened Friday, May 25. Two Greendale officers and a Milwaukee police officer were treated with Narcan. Fentanyl is a potent opiate with deadly consequences. “You get that on your skin and that could be deadly,” said Lt. Darin Peterburs, with the Milwaukee Fire Department. It doesn’t take a lot to do damage. […]

  • MFD’s hazmat crew called to Greendale police station for exposure of unknown substance

    GREENDALE — What started as a retail theft investigation ends with two officers being transported to the hospital. Greenfield police say as they were investigating a retail theft at Southridge Mall on Friday, May 25 when they discovered two suspects — a man and a woman — were occupying a stolen vehicle. They were taken into custody and taken back to the Greendale police station. As officers searched the car they removed a purse and two officers were exposed to […]

  • Vigil held to remember 34-year-old man killed in shooting near 80th and Beckett

    MILWAUKEE — Family and friends came together Friday, May 25 to remember a 34-year-old man killed Wednesday night, May 23. Loved ones say the victim was the last person they would expect this would happen to. “It’s senseless,” said Jacklyn Gordon, Brown’s mother. Loved ones stood together at 80th and Beckett, showing love in a spot that has brought them so much pain. “Right now I actually feel like I’m just frozen in time,” said Gordon. They’re remembering Robert Brown. […]

  • 2 sergeants, officer suspended for role in Sterling Brown arrest; chief won’t elaborate on punishments

    MILWAUKEE — State Rep. Leon Young, who is retiring to return to a position in the Milwaukee Police Department, said Thursday, May 24 MPD brass told state lawmakers in a meeting that two sergeants and an officer were suspended in connection with the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Sterling Brown. Young said no one was fired — and MPD brass would not go into details. State Rep. Leon Young – who is retiring to return to a position in the […]

  • Sterling Brown promises legal action as MPD releases body camera video from his January arrest

    MILWAUKEE — The body camera video involving the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Sterling Brown was released by the Milwaukee Police Department on Wednesday, May 23. The video shows a tense situation that escalated quickly. MPD Chief Alfonso Morales apologized for what it shows, as Sterling Brown said he will be taking legal action. Watch: Sterling Brown arrest body camera video: Council President Ashanti Hamilton said situations like this take place in Milwaukee nearly every day. “I’ve experienced what Sterling […]

  • Police: Driver seen in dashcam video nearly striking squad is boy who died after freeway shooting

    WAUWATOSA — A stolen vehicle nearly hit a Wauwatosa police squad as the driver tried getting away. It happened on May 4, and now, we’re seeing the dashcam video for the first time. In a bizarre twist, Wauwatosa police confirmed for FOX6 News the driver was Gevonnie Frazier, who was shot on Sunday night, May 13 on I-41 and Hampton. He died two days later at the hospital. In a matter of seconds, a drive along Capitol Drive took a […]

  • Dozens walk Milwaukee streets with message of peace: ‘We can stop the violence if we all come together’

    MILWAUKEE — Dozens of people walked through the streets of Milwaukee with a message of peace on Saturday, May 19. They marched together hoping to make an impact and stop the violence. “We can stop the violence if we all come together,” said Deacon Marvin Taylor, Outreach Ministry sound doctrine. Deacon Marvin Taylor, led the march trying to make an important impact. “We just want to reach the community, reach the people and just let them know there is a […]