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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
  • Milwaukee police on pace to hit record for vehicle pursuits in the city

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are on pace to smash the record for vehicle pursuits in the city. The news comes just one day after a report released by the Fire and Police Commission, shows police are already coming off a record year after a policy change that allowed officers more discretion to give pursuit. Officers chased 369 vehicles in 2017, the most since at least 2002, when records were recorded. “So far we’ve had 253 pursuits. That’s compared to 51 […]

  • Can you help? Police say key to capturing suspects in abduction is learning who the victim is

    MILWAUKEE — Police on Wednesday, April 18 spoke out after an abduction caught on camera on Sunday, April 15 near Sherman and Marion. MPD is seeking six suspects — five men and a woman, and they said the key to catching them is learning how the victim is. Milwaukee police shared the disturbing video with frightening images, and said the person who recorded the incident did call 911. olice said the man was dragged out of a white vehicle near Sherman and […]

  • Quentin Neal charged in the fatal shooting, stabbing of Shannon Mani, her unborn child

    MILWAUKEE –Quentin Neal, 27, has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting and stabbing of Shannon Mani, 21, who was pregnant with his child. Prosecutors say he indicated there was “family pressure” as a result of the pregnancy and the fact that Mani’s parents apparently did not approve of him. Neal faces the following criminal charges: First degree intentional homicide First degree intentional homicide – unborn child Possession of a firearm by a felon Shannon Mani was reported missing […]

  • MPD traffic stop under investigation after video shows teen being dragged out of vehicle

    MILWAUKEE — A group of teens pulled over for their headlights being out are sharing video of what happened next. An 18-year-old was dragged out of the car. Police say he refused to get out. The video shared on Facebook has since gone viral. The incident escalated quickly. “We didn’t give you permission,” said a teen in the video. “Do you want to be next?” an officer replies in the video. “Sit down.” The video taken last weekend on Milwaukee’s […]

  • Germantown police looking to track down McDonald’s bathroom peeper driving unique RV

    GERMANTOWN — A day after Germantown police ask for help identifying a man who took photos of a woman in a public restroom, FOX6 viewers say they know who he is but he’s still on the loose. The 46-year-old man has a long history of similar crimes. Surveillance photos shows the alleged suspect inside the McDonald’s located on Mequon Road. Police say he was seen in the women’s restroom snapping photos of a victim after reaching underneath a stall. PHOTO […]

  • ‘People are going to have choices:’ After Paul Ryan’s retirement, who will replace him?

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday, April 11 he will retire, rather than seek another term in Congress — so who could take his place? The Wisconsin Republican cast the decision to end his 20-year career as a personal one — he doesn’t want his children growing up with a “weekend dad” — but it will create a vacuum at both ends of Pennsylvania Ave. Democrats are encouraged that this news means they can win this seat, […]

  • Milwaukee’s brat battle: After losing sponsorship at Miller Park, Klement’s signs on with Bucks, Summerfest

    MILWAUKEE — After losing a sponsorship deal with the Milwaukee Brewers after 25 years, Klement’s  is now teaming up with the Milwaukee Bucks — and Summerfest. The Bucks’ announcement was made Tuesday, April 10. Many were shocked to learn Johnsonville was awarded the Miller Park contract — and the popular Famous Racing Sausages became sponsored by Johnsonville instead of Klement’s. It was a big change after more than two decades. “It was a big change. It was such an iconic thing,” […]

  • Devon Kraemer will not be retried for shooting unarmed man in March 2016

    MILWAUKEE — The Brown Deer police officer who shot an unarmed man in the back will not be retried. But the man’s attorney says the fight is not over yet. Devon Kraemer’s trial ended on Feb. 28 without a verdict. Facing a hung jury, the judge at that time declared a mistrial. The jury could not agree on whether Kraemer is guilty of aggravated battery. That was the charge after the March 2016 shooting in which Kraemer shot an unarmed Burnley […]

  • Report: Man who was staffer during Gov. Walker’s recall campaign accused of contracting ex as ‘sex slave’

    LAS VEGAS — He’s a former spokesperson for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, and a new report out of Las Vegas says political adviser Benjamin Sparks, beat his ex-fiance and pressured her to be a sex slave. The victim, 46, provided the Review-Journal with copies of emails, text messages and a signed contract “laying out her duties” as a “slave in training” to Benjamin Sparks. According to those documents, “Sparks and his ex-fiancée signed a five-page contract stating that she would […]

  • ‘Hard decision:’ Tow owner says his reputation is worth more than money earned removing illegal parkers

    WAUKESHA — A Waukesha County tow company says it will no longer be taking illegally-parked vehicles from area apartment complexes. The owner said he’s siding with the customers he towed, saying it just didn’t feel right. Scott Bailey, the owner of J & J Towing, admits these were lucrative jobs. If you were illegally parked, it was their job to tow you away. He said he’s walking away from a lot of money and a lot of stress. At the […]

  • After Abele’s group spent hundreds of thousands, Theo Lipscomb earns another county board term

    MILWAUKEE COUNTY — Of the 18 seats on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, seven faced challengers on Tuesday, April 3 during the spring election. Leadership MKE, backed by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to sway voters in five races. It appeared Tuesday night incumbents Steve Taylor and Peggy West, who were targeted by the group, lost their races, but the biggest target, Chairman Theo Lipscomb said Abele’s group has failed. […]

  • Investigators: Former Franklin dispatcher charged after penning threatening letters to herself

    FRANKLIN — For weeks, a Franklin dispatcher says she was sent vulgar and threatening messages. Police spent hundreds of hours trying to figure out who the author was — even getting help from the FBI. Now, police say they’ve caught the culprit — and it was the dispatcher herself. Inside the Franklin Police Department, she was an award-winning employee. As an emergency dispatcher, 32-year-old Amber Mercier, is used to calling officers to investigate. In December, she went to officers saying […]