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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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  • Woman starts ‘The Heri Project,’ helps bring essentials to homeless in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — As the temperatures dip, one group is focused on helping those living without a home. “The Heri Project” handed out backpacks to the homeless in Milwaukee on Saturday, Dec. 8. “The Heri Project” was started by a Milwaukee woman looking to a make a difference. She was joined by friends and family giving hats and gloves to those in need of some help. “I’m doing it because everybody needs somebody,” said Ayana Lewis, started The Heri Project. “I’m […]

  • ‘Bad guys are going to be filmed:’ Community camera program targets thieves in New Berlin

    NEW BERLIN — It’s the time of year when the focus is on the holidays, meaning presents left at your doorstep can become easy targets for theft. New Berlin police are warning about an increase in vehicle break-ins and package thefts in the city, and they’re asking for the community’s help. Police and neighbors are working together to catch crooks and solve crimes, one camera at a time. It’s as simple as having a surveillance camera on your home or business, […]

  • 1st-of-its-kind ‘Hemp World Cafe’ in Riverwest to offer CBD-infused food, drinks, hookah

    MILWAUKEE — A first-of-its kind lounge opens in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood Friday, Dec. 7, and food, hookah and drinks infused with CBD will be served. The owners of Hemp World Cafe at Humboldt and North said it will be a place to relax without getting intoxicated or doing anything illegal. Samia Harris and Chris Thomas invited customers to visit their cafe to try all things CBD. “We want to reach a populous. We want to provide quality,” said Thomas. “After […]

  • Chris Watts transferred to Wisconsin prison; sentenced to life in murder of pregnant wife, 2 daughters

    DODGE COUNTY — Chris Watts, the Colorado man who killed his pregnant wife and two children, has been moved to a prison in Wisconsin. Watts, who is serving multiple life sentences, arrived at the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun last week, and will most likely be moved to another Wisconsin facility. A spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Corrections says Watts was moved for safety reasons. Online records show he is now in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. “He has […]

  • ‘It was a tragedy:’ BP gas station that burned during Sherman Park unrest reopens 2 years later

    MILWAUKEE — The BP gas station that was burned to the ground during the unrest in Sherman Park in August of 2016 has reopened. The spot at Sherman and Burleigh was empty for more than two years, and those in the area said the reopening serves as a good sign things are getting back on track. “It’s no longer a dead spot,” said Donneva Torrence, customer. “It’s a good influence in the neighborhood. It shows that even though it burned […]

  • ‘I have to know why:’ More than a year later, Milwaukee mother won’t rest until she finds son’s killer

    MILWAUKEE — Dajon Grissett’s body was found burned in a garage near 44th and Meinecke in Milwaukee on Oct. 25, 2017 — and more than a year later, his mother hasn’t given up hope that his killer will be found. “I have good days, I have bad days,” said Louise Grissett. The past year has been a struggle for Grissett. Her son’s body was burned, and Louise Grissett said her son had been shot as well. “The bullet to the head […]

  • Family, friends gather to mourn 13-year-old Sandra Parks, fatally struck by stray bullet

    MILWAUKEE — Loved ones came together to say goodbye to Sandra Parks on Friday, Nov. 30. The 13-year-old Milwaukee girl was killed by a stray bullet while she was insider her home near 13th and Hopkins. “I just want her here,” said Bernice Parks, Sandra’s mother. A mother’s anguish is comforted by memories. “I want her walking, I want her talking, I want her touching me,” Parks said. “It’s a lot of things I’m going to miss about my baby […]

  • Charged: 27-year-old man accused of taking pictures of woman in St. Vincent de Paul fitting room

    SLINGER — Prosecutors say a Slinger man was secretly taking photos of a woman inside a dressing room. Kayel Hughes Dominique has been charged in the case, and this isn’t the first time he’s been accused of doing this. “I saw the camera,” said Aimee Bertoni, victim. It’s the kind of thing that makes your skin crawl. “This guy just violated me,” said Bertoni. As Aimee Bertoni tried on clothes inside St. Vincent de Paul on Washington Street in Slinger, […]

  • ‘It was flawless:’ Brown Deer couple made it to 45 and Good Hope, where their baby girl arrived 👶

    BROWN DEER — A Brown Deer couple’s second baby made an unexpected debut, and Highway 45 became a temporary hospital of sorts. Harry and Amanda Evans left their Brown Deer home, en route to the hospital, not knowing their baby girl would arrive before they got there. “I was like ‘let’s go! Let’s go!'” said Amanda Evans. They said from the beginning, they knew this was different. They documented the birth of their second child, from the early contractions to […]

  • Suspected drunk driver crashes into Al McGuire Center; forces MU basketball to play at Fiserv Forum

    MILWAUKEE — A suspected drunk driver plowed into the Al McGuire Center on Marquette University’s campus early Saturday morning, Nov. 24. The incident sent school officials scrambling, as the women’s basketball team was set to tip off in the building hours after the crash. Video shows the vehicle barreled down 12th Street before veering straight into the Al Mcguire Center — breaking through glass and smashing into a wall. Surveillance video from inside the building shows the driver attempted to […]

  • Loved ones of Joseph Riley, 23-year-old shot and killed in Wheatland, prepare for his funeral

    KENOSHA COUNTY — Friends and family are remembering a Wheatland homicide victim on the eve of his funeral. Joseph Riley was shot and killed during a robbery on Thursday, Nov. 15. “His life was taken far too soon,” said Michelle Pembroke, Riley’s former guardian. It is not the way the group wanted to come together. “This is hard. This is hard,” said Celine Caithamer, helped take care of Riley. Looking through old photos, they remember a young man they all loved. […]

  • ‘This is my holiday:’ For some, Thanksgiving was all about taking advantage of Black Friday deals

    FOX POINT — After the turkey dinner was devoured on Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 22, for some, it was time to shop. They went looking for early Black Friday doorbuster deals — and there were plenty to be had. “I got here at about 8:30 (Wednesday) night,” said Nickolaus Triantafelo, Best Buy shopper. For Triantafelo, it’s tradition. “Years ago, I used to watch the news and be like ‘I’m not going to be like one of these losers’ and I ended up […]