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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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    MILWAUKEE — Thieves targeted a wedding reception on Saturday, Oct. 13, on what was supposed to be the happiest day of Robert and Chelsea Fisher’s lives. The suspects’ faces were caught on camera, and the bride and groom are hopeful you might be able to help identify them. “Venue was amazing. Food was awesome. Everything was great,” said Robert Fisher. “I married my best friend that day, so that was the best part of it,” said Chelsea Fisher. The afternoon […]

  • ‘It’s our time:’ Fans optimistic about Brewers playoff run

    MILWAUKEE — It’s a disappointing loss for the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday night, Oct. 13 but the team and fans are resilient. They’re savoring the big moments together. “This team has it,” said Heather Dobbs, fan. “They’re unstoppable. It’s our time.” At Kelly’s Bleachers for Game 2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers — which was a packed house — strangers became friends as they rode a roller coaster of emotions together. “You go from excitement, jumping up and down screaming, to […]

  • New docs, body cam video released show woman with Sterling Brown during arrest

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police on Friday, Oct. 12 released new video of the Milwaukee Bucks’ Sterling Brown arrest. For the first time, we are hearing from the woman who was with Brown that night. It’s a January arrest that has led to months of controversy. An initial stop for double parking at a Walgreens store near 27th and National, escalated quickly as Brown was taken to the ground and Tased. Eleven officers involved in the arrest were disciplined or retrained; three […]

  • Bars brace for big crowds after Brewers bet wins free beer for Milwaukee

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  • BBB warns of scams with Brewers in NLCS: ‘You have to be really careful’

    MILWAUKEE — With the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS, the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau is warning about phony tickets and merchandise — with scammers looking to take advantage of fans’ enthusiasm this postseason. The Brewers feed off fans’ enthusiasm, and unfortunately, so do scammers. “Check the BBB. We have some accredited ticket brokers,” said Jim Temmer, BBB president. It’s important to be careful about who you buy your tickets from. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it […]

  • ‘Make sure you lock your doors:’ Thieves caught on Nest camera in Menomonee Falls

    MENOMONEE FALLS — Thieves targeted a Menomonee Falls neighborhood, and apparently didn’t realize a camera was watching them the whole time. Their alleged crime spree didn’t stop with just one vehicle. It wasn’t a good start on Monday, Oct. 8 for Chris Obermeier, who almost immediately knew something was off. “Got up, went to go to work, noticed that the cars’ doors were opened,” said Obermeier. His SUV had been broken into. “Things were kind of just thrown everywhere,” said […]

  • ‘Excited but also nervous:’ Brewers fans take a breather before team heads into Game 3

    MILWAUKEE — Watching the Milwaukee Brewers game on Sunday, Oct. 7 could be tricky for some because it’s broadcast on the MLB Network. Bars in Milwaukee are expected to be busy as fan excitement is through the roof. “I’m excited but also nervous,” said Debra Warpechowski, Brewers fan. On the eve of Game 3, fans packed in the team store at Miller Park. “It’s nerve-wracking,” Warpechowski said. Retail therapy might be the cure to calm fans down and boost them […]

  • Glued to Game 2, fandom builds in Brewers playoff excitement

    WAUWATOSA — Milwaukee Brewers fans that couldn’t make it to Miller Park were still glued to the game on Friday, Oct. 5. Some watched from home and others headed to the bars. Throughout the entire game, fans nervously watched and waited for the final out. “Nervous all the time and it’s just, every one counts, every hit counts,” said Jay Dereszynski, Brewers fan. At Leff’s Lucky Town in Wauwatosa, Brewers fans rode the roller coaster of emotions together. From pure joy to […]

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  • ‘It’ll be electric:’ Ticket prices for NLDS game 1 at Miller Park drop thanks to Cubs’ loss

    MILWAUKEE — Tickets for the first game of the NLDS got a lot more affordable thanks to Chicago Cubs’ loss on Tuesday night, Oct. 2. That’s good news for Milwaukee Brewers fans looking to fill up Miller Park and cheer on the Brew Crew. “Generations waited for this. It will be electric, in a word. It’s going to be loud. It’s going to be rowdy,” said Shawn Bosman. Adding to the excitement on the eve of the big game was […]

  • ‘Very proud:’ Army Reserve unit gets send-off ceremony ahead of deployment in Middle East

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  • ‘Kind of scary:’ Phony fix-it man targeting Milwaukee restaurants

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