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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
  • Body recovered at Big Foot Beach State Park in Lake Geneva; swimmers saw man go under

    LAKE GENEVA — A body was recovered from the water at Big Foot Beach State Park in Lake Geneva Thursday, June 14. The victim has been identified as 53-year-old man Santos Gonzalez of Lake Geneva. Lake Geneva police said around 1 p.m., swimmers at the park noticed Gonzalez went under the water. Swimmers went out to him, but it was too late. His body was recovered less than 45 minutes later. Life-saving efforts were unsuccessful. It’s unclear at this point […]

  • ‘We’re going to Madison!’ 3 sisters who share special bond are heading to college together

    WAUWATOSA — The Strand sisters are used to doing things together.  They share the same room in their Wauwatosa home and hang out with the same crowd. “We all have the same friends,” said Jenna Strand with a smile. It makes sense that the girls who arrived in this world less than three minutes apart have been close ever since.  Recently, the triplets sat down with FOX6 News to talk about their special bond and the big changes that are […]

  • ‘Very sad and very scary:’ 2 deaths in 1 day on SE Wisconsin lakes

    LAKE GENEVA — A deadly start to a hot stretch of weather. Two people died on separate lakes Thursday, June 14. Police say a 53-year-old man arrived on a bike at Big Foot Beach State Park in Lake Geneva around 1 p.m. He jumped in the water and was swimming just beyond the ropes. “Some of the witnesses had indicated this male that went under was yelling for help but by the time they went out to his location, he was […]

  • ‘The whole entire thing exploded!’ New video, audio shows desperation after deadly blast at Didion Milling

    CAMBRIA — It has been a year since a deadly explosion killed five people at the Didion Milling plant in Cambria. A report released by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, June 13 contains new video and audio that shows the terrifying moments after officials say faulty equipment caused corn dust to explode. Dispatcher: “Columbia County 911.” Caller: “We had an explosion! The walls fell down on us.” Dispatcher: “Where are you trapped?” Caller: “The walls came down on us.” Caller: “I […]

  • Ladell Harrison charged in death of MPD officer; ‘I thought you guys couldn’t pursue vehicles’

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man, 28, now faces multiple charges in connection with the death of Milwaukee Police Officer Charles Irvine Jr. The accused is Ladell Harrison. Bail was set at $500,000 as he made his initial appearance in court on Tuesday, June 12. Prosecutors say Harrison wasn’t alone during the pursuit that led to the deadly crash of the officers’ squad car on Thursday, June 7. Investigators say Harrison is a heroin dealer that undercover officers had been tracking […]

  • Body of fallen officer released from Milwaukee County Medical Examiner

    MILWAUKEE — The body of Milwaukee Police Officer Charles Irvine Jr. was moved to a funeral home led by an enormous procession Friday afternoon, June 8. Funeral arrangements are underway as MPD announced a huge arrest. Officer Irvine Jr., 23, died after a violent crash near 76th and Silver Spring on the city’s northwest side. Irvine and his partner, Matthew Schulze, were in pursuit of a reckless vehicle around 5 p.m. Thursday when their squad crashed. Irvine Jr. was a […]

  • Silent sea of blue: Police departments lead procession for MPD officer killed in crash

    MILWAUKEE — Every available officer took part in a procession bringing the body of fallen Milwaukee Police Officer Charles Irvine to the medical examiner’s office Thursday night, June 7. Irvine, 23, was killed in a single-vehicle squad crash near 76th and Silver Spring shortly after 5 p.m. He was with the Milwaukee Police Department for approximately four years. Members of the Milwaukee Police Department lined the streets arm and arm Thursday night, and saluted the officer as his body was […]

  • Chief admits he hadn’t seen ‘half the videos’ in Sterling Brown case: ‘Wasn’t expecting that to come out’

    MILWAUKEE — New body camera footage shows Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Sterling Brown being stepped on and mocked by Milwaukee police during a January arrest. It’s led Milwaukee Common Council members to call for a possible police audit. This, as Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales admitted Wednesday, June 6 he hadn’t even seen all of the video, and he didn’t expect that it would all be seen by the public. Chief Morales said he focused on the use of the Taser […]

  • 10 candidates running for governor take the stage at DPW State Convention

    OSHKOSH — State Democrats are meeting for the 2018 State Convention in Oshkosh this weekend, including all of the candidates running for governor. Ten candidates took to the stage Friday, June 1. With such a large field vying to win the party’s nomination for governor, candidates were held to a hard five-minute rule. The majority got cut off as party insiders try to pick a front-runner. Outside the convention hall was a midway of Democratic staffers fighting to help their […]

  • Should they call the police? MPS to revise wording in discipline policy

    MILWAUKEE — From school fights, to attacks on teachers, and drugs in the classroom — Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) are in the process of changing their policy on how they punish students. The district is taking out the language that would have required schools to call police if they suspected criminal activity. In 2015, the federal Office of Civil Rights found in Milwaukee Public Schools, minority students faced harsher punishment than their peers who were white. Part of the problem […]

  • ‘Never had playground equipment get stolen:’ Case of the missing purple dinosaur, solved

    THIENSVILLE — A purple dinosaur goes missing from storage in Thiensville. The piece of playground equipment disappeared just days before it was set to hit the auction block. At Village Park in Thiensville, a renaissance is underway. There is a new park entrance and playground equipment. The park’s re-imagining is bringing some of its prehistoric pieces to storage at the DPW yard. From a slide to a quad-bobble, Public Works Director Andy LaFond says the playground equipment has plenty of […]

  • Milwaukee Public Schools pass more than $1 billion budget

    MILWAUKEE — Facing millions in cuts, Milwaukee Public Schools have passed a more than $1 billion budget for next year. The new interim superintendent is keeping the cuts out of the classroom, and plans to cut administrative jobs. The $1,173,000,000 budget is less than the year before — shrinking by about one percent. Once faced with a nearly $30 million budget deficit, new interim Superintendent Keith Posley, has plugged the hole without cutting from schools. “I want them to know […]