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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.

Recent Articles
  • ‘Just a re-enactment:’ Woman receiving threats for role in child sex assault awareness video

    MILWAUKEE — A video posted to Facebook on Super Bowl Sunday in 2019 highlighted a sensitive issue — a child being molested by her mother’s boyfriend. Just this week — nearly a year later — the video has gotten even more attention, but it’s not all good. “It just keeps coming,” says Liz Brown. “All of these new followers.” For the last few days, Brown’s phone has been blowing up. The Milwaukee author and activist has been getting a lot […]

  • Man charged after 15-mile police pursuit; reached ‘speeds of 130 mph’

    GLENDALE — Investigators say 32-year-old Miguel Diaz sped nearly 15 miles along northbound I-43. It wasn’t until he hit stop sticks that the pursuit ended. Diaz’s car was speeding so fast, that it was just a blip on a Glendale police squad car’s dashcam. Investigators say deputies spotted Diaz speeding on I-43 traveling more than 100 miles per hour. When officers tried to stop him near Grange Avenue earlier this month, they say he just kept going. Reaching speeds of […]

  • Christopher Covington, Eager family

    Prosecutors: Driver who struck family outside Fiserv Forum didn’t stop because he was ‘on the run’

    MILWAUKEE — Charges were filed Tuesday, Jan. 13 against a Milwaukee man accused of striking a Hartford family with a vehicle prosecutors said was rented by his mother outside Fiserv Forum in November. Prosecutors said data from Christopher Covington’s phone, including Instagram videos, placed him in the driver’s seat at the location of the crash at the time it happened. According to prosecutors, Covington’s mother and a front-seat passenger told investigators he fled because he was wanted by police. In […]

  • Lil Wayne (Getty Images)/Gib Fortune

    ‘I need that sofa:’ Milwaukee’s Gib Fortune takes green and gold couch to Lambeau, gifts it to Lil Wayne

    GREEN BAY — Rapper Lil Wayne, a Green Bay Packers fan since childhood — had quite the day Sunday, Jan. 12 at Lambeau Field. Weezy took the field to lead “Roll Out the Barrel” after receiving a custom jersey from the Packers — who shared video of the rapper in Titletown on social media. But what about that green and gold couch crafted by Gib Fortune, a Milwaukee furniture maker? Ahead of the game, FOX6 told you Fortune hoped Lil […]

  • Packers win at Lambeau Field

    ‘A bucket list thing:’ Packers fans thrilled to witness a playoff win at Lambeau Field

    GREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers connected with Davante Adams eight times for 160 yards and two touchdowns, Green Bay’s spruced-up defense fended off a spirited Seattle rally, and the Packers held on for a 28-23 victory Sunday night to reach the NFC championship game for the third time in six years. Aaron Jones rushed for 62 yards and two first-half scores for the Packers (14-3), who will travel next weekend to take on top-seeded San Francisco. Russell Wilson carried the […]

  • Man fatally struck by train in Wauwatosa had killed his family over 30 years ago

    WAUWATOSA — A man died after he was hit by a train near 72nd and State in Wauwatosa on Tuesday. The victim in the case turns out to be the same man who killed his wife and kids more than 30 years ago. Investigators say 61-year-old Keith Kalota stood on the train tracks with his arms out as a train slammed into him. He died nearly 32 years to the day that he stabbed his family to death. A heinous […]

  • ‘He’s a snuggler:’ Kitten found stuck to glue trap ready for adoption

    WAUKESHA — Someone found Elmer the cat with a glue trap stuck to the side of his body. Luckily, the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) was able to remove the trap from his fur and get him back on his paws. Elmer can be a little shy at first, but once he warms up, he’s ready to cuddle. “He is such a sweetheart. He’s a snuggler,” says Jennifer Smieja of HAWS. “He is cute. He’s got just a beautiful coat, […]

  • Vehicle break-ins caught on camera in Menomonee Falls

    Vehicle break-ins caught on camera in Menomonee Falls: ‘I’ll be pulling in the garage from now on’

    MENOMONEE FALLS — A series of vehicles were broken into early Monday morning, Jan. 6 in a Menomonee Falls neighborhood — when at least two thieves drove through around 5 a.m., rifling through vehicles and taking off with stolen items. “It’s frustrating,” said Morgan Lautz. It wasn’t a good start to the week for Lautz and others. “It makes you just feel violated — like, people know where we live,” said Lautz. Lautz said she didn’t expect her vehicle to […]

  • Dominic Weber

    Prosecutors: Sheboygan man admitted to stealing $38K worth of grandma’s jewelry

    SHEBOYGAN — A young man from Sheboygan stole roughly $38,000 from his own grandmother, according to prosecutors, who said Dominic Weber, 18, admitted to it. A felony charge of theft of movable property, greater than $10,000 to $100,000 was filed Dec. 18. Weber’s grandmother found her property during a visit to a jewelry store, prosecutors said. According to the criminal complaint, the victim called the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 22, 2019, to report “various items of jewelry” were missing […]

  • West Allis power line fire

    ‘Sunshine in the night:’ Equipment failure downed power line, sparking fire in West Allis

    WEST ALLIS — A large fire lit up the night sky Saturday, Jan. 4 after a We Energies spokesman said an insulator on a power pole failed, causing a power line to fall to the ground. The energized line touching the ground caused the fire near 96th Street and Burnham Street in West Allis, and subsequent power outage impacting thousands. All customers were restored by about 10:45 p.m. Brendan Conway with We Energies said the pole in question here is […]

  • MPD seeks help to ID suspect wanted for burglary near 25th and Melvina: ‘This guy was on a rampage’

    MILWAUKEE — For the past several months, people living near 25th and Melvina have been on edge. “This guy was on a rampage. He was hitting everybody on the block,” one victim says. After several of their garages have been damaged — and burglarized. “I came home one morning and I found a lot of debris laying outside around the garage,” the victim says. Home surveillance shows a suspect tearing away at the siding of a garage just down the […]

  • Anthony Brandt,

    ‘So much fun:’ Kids celebrate New Year’s Eve at Domes; adults with on-the-hour toasts at Groppi’s

    MILWAUKEE — There were plenty of parties to attend on New Year’s Eve in the Milwaukee area — for all ages. FOX6’s cameras captured a 9 p.m. balloon drop at the Mitchell Park Domes during a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration that attracted more than 1,000 people. “It’s a really awesome opportunity to spend time with our family,” said Kim Brandt. Anthony Brandt, age 8, came prepared to party. “I’m going to get my face painted,” said Anthony Brandt. Meanwhile, […]

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