Ben Handelman

Reporter

I am an "East Coaster" by blood, but I've called the Midwest my home for several years. So I am thrilled to be working, living, and telling the stories of Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin at FOX6!

Let me tell you a little about myself. I grew up in a small town in northwest Connecticut. My high school graduating class was 89 people. So I consider myself a small town kid. While I grew up a life long UConn fan, I decided to pursue my passion for broadcasting at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. Four years later, with a degree in broadcast journalism in hand (and no job), I decided to trek across the country on a bicycle with friends. While I had no prior biking experience (except around my driveway when I was 10) I survived the summer long trek from Connecticut to San Francisco. In the process I helped raise thousands of dollars for habitat for humanity.

When I made it back to Connecticut I realized maybe I better start sending out resumes. My first bite was in Springfield, Illinois. While I had no friends or family within an 8 hour drive, I took the job over the phone and took a chance. I haven't looked back since. As a general assignment reporter for ABC affiliate WICS I covered the rise of Barack Obama, the fall of Rod Blagojevich, and everything from tornadoes to relays. Eventually I was asked if I would like to take a job as the weekend anchor at our sister station in Champaign. I jumped at the chance.

I arrived at WICD just in time for one of the largest scandals in the history of the University of Illinois. I covered the downfall of the school's president after students with political ties were allegedly given special treatment in the admissions process. I also became somewhat of a bandwagon Illini fan. I love sports so living in a Big Ten town was a treat. It was at WICD I worked with both Bret Buganski and meteorologist Brittney Sager who both now work here at FOX6!

I made the move north to Milwaukee in April of 2011 to join the FOX6 team. You can find me anchoring Weekend Wake Up from 7-9am. You can also find me reporting during the week. I am addicted to social networking and hope you'll add me as a friend on Facebook and Twitter. Email me anytime if you have a story idea or want to share some advice on the best Mexican restaurant in town (my favorite). I look forward to hearing from you.

Recent Articles

  • Brewers fans unhappy Pirates Garrit Cole received no punishment in base-brawl

    Posted on: 9:06 pm, April 22, 2014, by

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee Brewers fans are reacting after Major League Baseball on Tuesday, April 22nd handed down suspensions against...
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    Martin Maldonado and Carlos Gomez
  • Manhunt underway for “very dangerous” men wanted in drug case

    Posted on: 10:13 pm, April 17, 2014, by , updated on: 08:44am, April 18, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A manhunt is underway to round up the five individuals federally indicted in a drug and money...
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    Five wanted in drug case
  • 27 indicted in drug conspiracy case, firearms & money seized

    Posted on: 4:23 pm, April 16, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:39pm, April 16, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — 27 defendants have been indicted in a drug, homicide and money laundering case in federal court in...
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    wanted individuals
  • Woman accused of placing cameras in women’s locker room says she “lost a bet”

    Posted on: 5:33 pm, April 10, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:39pm, April 10, 2014

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE (WITI) — FOX6 News has learned one of two suspects accused of placing cameras inside the women’s locker...
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    Recplex Pleasant Prairie
  • Plan Commission votes “no” on allowing Chemworks in Menomonee Falls

    Posted on: 4:54 pm, April 9, 2014, by and , updated on: 08:58pm, April 9, 2014

    MENOMONEE FALLS (WITI) — On Wednesday night, April 9th, the Village of Menomonee Falls’ Plan Commission voted “no” on allowing...
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    chemworks Advanced Waste Services
  • Group wants portion of funds from potential new Bucks arena

    Posted on: 9:50 pm, April 8, 2014, by , updated on: 10:00pm, April 8, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee Bucks may have a hard time building a new venue without sharing millions with non-profit...
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    common ground
  • Parents say Josh Gasser obsessed with sports from a very young age

    Posted on: 9:21 pm, April 4, 2014, by , updated on: 01:57pm, April 5, 2014

    PORT WASHINGTON (WITI) — Josh Gasser is a junior Badgers guard who has helped to lead the team through the...
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    Josh Gasser
  • Two former MillerCoors employees accused of embezzling millions

    Posted on: 8:13 pm, April 3, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:11pm, April 3, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — FOX6 News obtained a statement sent to MillerCoors employees Thursday, April 3rd revealing two former employees have...
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    MillerCoors_400x225
  • No criminal charges against man involved in shooting incident

    Posted on: 2:20 pm, April 2, 2014, by and , updated on: 06:17am, April 3, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee County District Attorney will not be issuing criminal charges against a maintenance worker in relation...
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    Shooting at 27th & Vliet St.
  • Possible data breach affects roughly 15K UW-Parkside students

    Posted on: 2:35 pm, March 27, 2014, by , updated on: 05:07pm, March 27, 2014

    KENOSHA (WITI) — The University of Wisconsin-Parkside notified approximately 15,000 students on Thursday, March 27th of the potential exposure of...
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    University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • Muskego PD seeks sexual assault charges against Bill Kramer

    Posted on: 2:54 pm, March 26, 2014, by , updated on: 10:20pm, March 26, 2014

    WAUKESHA CO. (WITI) — Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel has confirmed with FOX6 News the Muskego Police Department has...
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    Bill Kramer
  • Proposal would make Cesar Chavez birthday a holiday for city workers

    Posted on: 3:14 pm, March 25, 2014, by and , updated on: 08:08pm, March 25, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — City employees would have the option of taking off on March 31st annually as a holiday observing...
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    City of Milwaukee