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
  • Firefighters, police go head-to-head in annual Battle of the Badges charity hockey game

    MILWAUKEE — Firefighters and police officers went head to head on the ice for the annual Battle of the Badges hockey game on Saturday, March 16. The first responders were “rivals on the rink” all to raise money for five important charities. Ahead of the game at the UW-Panther Arena, fans paused for a moment of silence to honor three police officer who gave their lives serving Milwaukee. “First responders, it’s a family no matter what,” said Julie Bergan, supporting […]

  • ‘Turn this baby in:’ Loved ones beg for safe return of toddler at center of Amber Alert

    MILWAUKEE — Loved ones came together Friday evening, March 15 to remember Sierra Robinson, a young mother who was murdered, and asked for the safe return of her missing child. There is now a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the whereabouts of Sierra’s daughter, 2-year-old Noelani Robinson. “I’m just begging, please. I’m just begging please,” said Latosha Bryant, Sierra Robinson’s mother. “Just give me my Lani Anne, that’s all I’m asking.” Family and friends gathered near 91st and […]

  • ‘It looks really bad:’ Melting snow uncovers big mess in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — All the rain melted away the snow and ice to reveal three months of trash underneath. There is litter across the city, but efforts are underway to keep Milwaukee clean. Thursday, March 14 was a day we got a taste of spring. “I think it’s really nice that it’s nice out,” said Bleu Sherub, Milwaukee. As the snow and ice melt away, there is something less appealing underneath. “The trash just makes everything look really gross,” said Sherub. […]

  • ‘It’s how I get to work:’ Cyclist, father of 6 says he forgives hit-and-run driver who hurt him

    KENOSHA COUNTY — A Racine County man was badly injured in a hit-and-run crash. He was riding his bike on March 7 — on his way home from work when he was hit in the Town of Paris. He suffered several broken ribs and bruising, but said he’s grateful to be alive, and not angry with the driver who hit him. “I survived. I’m healing and I’m going to move on,” said Charles Spargur. Spargur, a father of six, said […]

  • Prosecutors: ‘Mommy’ exposed 5-year-old boy to methadone and he ‘had an owie’

      MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee mother is charged after prosecutors said her 5-year-old son ended up at Children’s Hospital with methadone in his system. Leta Cha, 27, faces one count of neglecting a child, consequence is great bodily harm. According to a criminal complaint, on Jan. 28, police responded to Children’s Hospital, where a doctor indicated a 5-year-old tested positive for methadone. This, after the child arrived at the hospital unresponsive and not breathing. After multiple doses of Narcan were […]

  • Winter thaw allows DPW crews to clean up snowbanks, unclog storm drains

    MILWAUKEE — We are all looking forward to warmer weather, but the thaw we are expecting could cause problems for your home and the roads. The biggest concern is the thaw and the re-freeze. Out across Milwaukee, crews are working hard to make way for warmer weather. “We’re ready, absolutely,” said Robert Brooks, Milwaukee Department of Public Works. Seventeen crews daily are clearing the remnants of winter from more than 77,000 catch basins throughout the city. They’re trying to prevent […]

  • 18-year-old arrested after social media post threatens Pleasant Prairie school

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — A Kenosha teen has been charged in connection to making threats to her school. Lauren Magnuson, 18, is accused of posting a photo of someone with a gun to social media. Inside a Kenosha County courtroom on Thursday, March 7 the high school senior sat in front of a judge facing serious charges. Magnuson is accused of making an online threat to Lakeview Technology Academy on Tuesday Feb. 26. According to a criminal complaint, Magnuson posted a […]

  • ‘Felt like I was 13 again:’ Shorewood man living with lupus gets VIP treatment from KISS

    MILWAUKEE — A Shorewood teen helped to make her father’s rock-n-roll dream come true. He’s been living with a chronic illness and wanted to meet the band KISS. FOX6 News first introduced you to Alexandra Hurley in late December 2018, when she started a GoFundMe account. The goal was to raise money so her dad could get meet-and-greet tickets to the KISS concert. Last week, they got the experience of a lifetime. “It’s Christmas, New Years, the Fourth of July […]

  • ‘It’s horrible:’ Neighbors dismayed by spray painted neo-Nazi graffiti on Oak Leaf Trail

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee’s Oak Leaf Trail was vandalized by graffiti, including neo-Nazi symbols. Neighbors said they’re disgusted. FOX6 News on Wednesday, March 6 found blue spray paint covering two walls under the Bellview Place bridge — a blemish on an otherwise quiet path. “It’s a beautiful trail. I walk it every day. I don’t care how hot or cold. It’s gorgeous,” said Frank Knight. The hateful graffiti caught the attention of Knight and others — on the trail that can […]

  • 1 year since Beaver Dam explosion, questions remain unanswered about bomb-making suspect

    BEAVER DAM — On March 5, 2018, an unimaginable explosion in Beaver Dam killed a man in his apartment and forced 100 people out of their homes. A year later, investigators remained puzzled over what 28-year-old Benjamin Morrow had planned for the explosives he was reportedly creating inside his apartment. “Things didn’t add up. Things didn’t look right,” said Beaver Dam Police Chief John Kreuziger. “There was a lot of evidence at the scene that made this look suspicious and […]

  • Brookfield Central HS student charged, admits to dealing marijuana for profit

    WAUKESHA COUNTY — At Brookfield Central, fans fill the stands on Friday night, March 1. They’re excited for a regional game — but it’s what happened in a different court that’s drawing the most attention. One of the team’s star players was absent. 18-year-old senior Gage Malensek now faces multiple criminal charges for allegedly dealing drugs. The criminal complaint was filed on Friday, March 1 — and Malensek is charged with the following: Manufacture/deliver THC (three counts) Manufacture/deliver THC, as a […]

  • ‘Do you have any pup pics to share?’ Hartland girl with inoperable brain tumor asks for letters from dogs

    MILWAUKEE — The world is wrapping its arms around a 7-year-old Hartland girl with a love for dogs. Emma Mertens is terminally ill, but in order to raise her spirits, she’s getting a lot of letters. For Mertens, some of her biggest smiles these days, have been brought on by strangers and their precious pups. “Emma, you are awesome. I bet you are super smart too,” one letter reads. In the last couple of weeks, it seems like the whole […]

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