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It is a dream to be able to tell the stories of Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin. Since joining the Fox 6 news team in April of 2011, I have traveled across state and the country as an anchor/reporter for Wisconsin’s largest newsroom.

I am proud to call Milwaukee’s east side my home. My journey here brought me out of the woods of Connecticut, and through some of our country’s largest farm fields in Illinois before finding a home in the brew city!

I grew up in northwest Connecticut, and graduated from Quinnipiac University (GO BOBCATS!). A desire to be a professional storyteller helped me land my first job at ABC affiliate WICS in Springfield, Illinois. I was promoted and sent to sister station WICD in Champaign, Illinois where I met my wife. At the the time she was a reporter for the competition. I’m happy to say Ashley Sears and I found a way to be on the same team when we both moved to Milwaukee to work at FOX6! We enjoy working together a lot better than against each other.

Here in Milwaukee, I have anchored and reported on every newscast from morning to night. Currently I can be found anchoring weekend evening newscasts and reporting for FOX6 news at nine and ten throughout the week. In my time here I’ve covered some of Wisconsin’s biggest stories from the Sikh Temple and Azana Salon shootings to the unrest in Sherman Park in 2016. I’ve walked with Brett Favre during his return to Lambeau Field and helped push cars stuck in the snow during several Wisconsin winters.
I’ve been sent across the country where I’ve seen the destruction of an F-5 tornado in Oklahoma and the heartbreak left behind following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. In Dallas, I saw the resilience of officers who had to head back to work after five of their coworkers were killed, and have stood feet away from Air Force One for two different presidents.

My work has received recognition from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, and the Milwaukee Press Club.

In Milwaukee, you can often find Ashley and me jogging along the lakefront or attending one of the million festivals in our great home city. In 2016, I started a goofy boat blog to share pictures of Milwaukee’s vibrant shipping industry (http://www.bigboatsmke.com) I am on a lifetime journey to sample as much Mexican food as I can find. I am always looking for story ideas or recommendations for my next adventure. Feel free to reach out Ben.Handelman@fox6now.com. Let’s connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Recent Articles
  • ‘It is the worst:’ Water pushes up against homes in Elkhorn amid flood warning

    ELKHORN — Walworth County was one of several impacted by a flood warning Tuesday, Feb. 20, in effect until Wednesday morning. In Elkhorn, there were a number of reports of high water on roadways, and officials were watching temperatures closely amid the potential for freezing. Memorial Dr. in the Sugar Creek area north of Elkhorn may as well have been Lake Memorial Dr. Tuesday. There were several inches of water on the road. “It just keep coming and coming and […]

  • Walworth County officials use drone to catch fleeing suspect: ‘We were able to save him’

    WALWORTH COUNTY — A fight at a strip club leads to a high speed chase and a foot pursuit. Lake Geneva police pulled out one of their newest tools to bring it to an end: a drone. Shortly after 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning, February 15th, police were called to help after a fight at the Sugar Shack club on County Highway H. “Before we arrived at the scene, a pursuit began with the Town of Geneva Police Department,” said Lt. Ed […]

  • ‘Didn’t want to leave any fingerprints:’ Clark gas station robbed at gunpoint in Sussex; suspect at large

    SUSSEX — A gunman walked into a gas station in Sussex, and pointed his weapon at an employee’s head. It happened at the Clark gas station on Main Street near Waukesha Avenue, Tuesday, February 13th. Officials released clear surveillance video from the incident, and has us looking at the robbers hands. “He’s got a mask on and everything,” said Jeff Zibell, customer. Tuesday night, around 7:30 p.m., the gunman is seen in the video, walking into the gas station and point […]

  • Wisconsin’s Most Wanted: Murder suspect on the run for more than a year is captured

    MILWAUKEE — A wanted murder suspect was taken into custody Tuesday, Feb. 13 after more than a year on the run. US Marshals and Milwaukee police arrested Jaylind Newell near 38th and Custer. Neighbors said he was living with his girlfriend the last few months and not exactly laying low. Officials say he shot Marquise Goston, 20, multiple times in Oct. 2016 near 27th and Roosevelt. “Jaylind Newell shot an individual three times in the chest with a .40 caliber,” […]

  • ‘Say something:’ After deadly FL shooting, Sikh Temple responder says speak up with concerns

    PARKLAND, Fla. — At least 17 people were killed Wednesday, Feb. 14 in a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student is in custody, the sheriff said. Cruz was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons, and police are investigating his digital profile, Israel said. So far, what they’ve found is “very, very disturbing,” he said. “The shooter wore a gas mask and he had smoke grenades. He went and set off the fire alarm so […]

  • Delafield police share dramatic crash video as a reminder for drivers to slow down

    DELAFIELD — A police officer in Delafield was nearly struck by an out-of-control driver Wednesday night, February 7th. The car in front of him was not so lucky. The dramatic crash was all caught on camera. “Actually it was a pretty loud, ‘whoa’ throughout the entire department,” said Captain Robert Hagan. Police say the crash happened on a straight stretch of road about 10:15 p.m., between Highways C and 83 on I-94. “What caused him to spin out and lose […]

  • Parents, kids await word of snow day in Kenosha

    KENOSHA — There is no snow emergency in Milwaukee, but there is one going into effect in Kenosha late Thursday, February 8th — and as for school being canceled there, parents and kids will have to wait several more hours for the decision. It is the biggest question all over southeast Wisconsin: will there or won’t there be school in the morning? As cancellations pile up across the region, at Nash Elementary School in Kenosha, parents are guaranteed an early […]

  • ‘Get this scumbag off the street:’ Bullet fired at truck with parents en route to pick up son

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee parents say they were randomly targeted by a gunman as they drove to pick up their 6-year-old son. It happened near 91st and Appleton — near Timmerman Airport. They have no idea why a man fired a bullet into their truck. The father in this case, who asked not to be identified, said he and his wife were on the way to pick up their son, one of six children in the family, from indoor soccer practice when […]

  • Prosecutors: Man stabs mother after smoking pot, believing someone was going to rape him

    RACINE — A Racine man is accused of stabbing his own mother multiple times in their home, and prosecutors say he admitted he did it after smoking marijuana and becoming paranoid, believing someone was about to rape him. Terrell Banks, 23, of Racine faces one count of attempted first degree intentional homicide, domestic abuse assessments, and one count of mayhem, domestic abuse assessments. Mayhem in Wisconsin courts refers to when a suspect intends to disfigure an area of the head. […]

  • Father of teen accused in threat to “shoot up” high school says son had been suspended from school

    KENOSHA — The father of a Kenosha teen accused of threatening to “shoot up” his high school, says his son had just been suspended. However, he says his son was blowing off steam and did not know a message to a friend would soon be shared publicly. At Indian Trail High School and Academy in Kenosha, after the school was shut down due to the threat on Thursday, Feb. 1, two 17-year-olds are now charged. Lozamar Alexis Jr. and Tre’Shawn […]

  • Airlines tightening rules on comfort animals — but some say changes are long overdue

    MILWAUKEE — United Airlines says it is cracking down on emotional support animals following Delta’s lead. A woman who has flown with her emotional support duck in the past says the changes are long overdue. He had a note, a ticket, and a big trip planned to fly cross country. United Airlines, however, grounded “Dexter” — a peacock– and his owner at a Newark airport in New Jersey, on Wednesday, January 31st. Thursday, the airline announced new rules for all […]

  • ‘What the hell is going on?’ Those who knew victims upset to learn Dahmer tour coming back

    MILWAUKEE — A controversial Jeffrey Dahmer walking tour has stirred up emotions again, thanks to new Facebook ads. Officials with the “Cream City Cannibal Tour” said they’ll be kicking off their 6th season with sold-out tours, and friends of Dahmer’s victims aren’t happy. The owner of the tour is defending the product, saying naysayers should take the tour before judging. Friends of Dahmer’s victims say the ads are sensationalizing one of Milwaukee’s greatest tragedies just to make a buck. Twenty-seven […]