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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 — The Milwaukee Fire Department has seen a big increase in crashes involving its vehicles over the last year, putting constraints and the department — and coming with a hefty bill. As you walk around a Milwaukee Fire Department lot, the amount of destruction is eye-opening. From fire engines to SUVs, nothing is spared. Over the last year, more than a dozen crashes caused by reckless drivers and those under the influence have left more than $200,000 worth of […]

  • Rhode Molina

    Home of woman killed, man injured in wrong-way crash burned down in suspected arson: ‘It’s just sad’

    MILWAUKEE — Just days after their car was struck by a wrong-way driver, one Milwaukee couple’s house was burned down in a suspected arson near 38th Street and Vliet Street. On Wednesday, June 24, the couple was driving down I-43 when they were struck by a wrong-way driver near Chase Avenue. On Tuesday, June 30, their home was set on fire. The wrong-way crash took the life of 24-year-old Rhode Molina and injured her boyfriend, Demontae Sanders. As he recovered […]

  • Milwaukee enters Phase 4 of COVID-19 reopening plan; health order to be enforced

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee will move into Phase 4 of its COVID-19 reopening plan at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1 as the state sees its largest increases in the coronavirus since May. As Fourth of July weekend approaches, the City of Milwaukee celebrates an independence day of its own, though the move to Phase 4 comes with restrictions. The transition means businesses will be able to open with a higher capacity than previously allowed; the health commissioner said the city […]

  • Man charged in fatal crash on I-43 near Chase Avenue; told investigators he drove wrong way ‘on purpose’

    MILWAUKEE — Prosecutors said a Milwaukee man told investigators he drove the wrong way on I-43 on purpose before killing two people in a head-on crash near Chase Avenue late Wednesday, June 25. Court records showed Jerry Anderson’s license was suspended at the time. Anderson faces the following charges: First-degree reckless homicide (two counts) First-degree reckless injury Knowingly operate motor vehicle while suspended – cause death (two counts) According to the criminal complaint, deputies arrived on the scene of the […]

  • Will Rice

    Retired Kenosha firefighter honored for ‘his efforts throughout the community’ on 90th birthday

    KENOSHA — The coronavirus pandemic didn’t get in the way of a special birthday celebration in Kenosha Sunday, June 28. Dozens came out to recognize a retired firefighter on his 90th birthday. Will Rice retired in 1993, but still has a lot of friends with the Kenosha Fire Department, and on Sunday, they celebrated him in a big way. The sound of sirens was welcome noise outside The Legacy at St. Joseph’s. Fire trucks and ambulances didn’t show up for […]

  • Unrest near 40th and Lloyd

    4 sought in arson, shots fired near 40th and Lloyd; police say no evidence to suggest missing girls were there

    MILWAUKEE — Ten police officers and one firefighter were hurt when fire was set in the neighborhood near 40th Street and Lloyd Street Tuesday, June 23 — unrest sparked by a case involving two missing teenagers — believed to be in danger. During the unrest, three people were shot and wounded following an initial report of shots fired Tuesday morning. Milwaukee police on Wednesday released photos and video — seeking those responsible for the arson of a home and van […]

  • Arson 40th and Lloyd

    Woman who lived in home set ablaze near 40th and Lloyd watched it burn on TV after giving birth

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police confirmed Thursday, June 25 one of four people wanted in connection with arson amid unrest Tuesday near 40th Street and Lloyd Street was arrested. This, as FOX6 News learned a woman who lived in the home watched it burn on TV from the hospital — where she had just given birth. She said her family lost everything. “We’re hurt,” the new mother who wishes to remain nameless said. “We’re really hurt by this.” On one of […]

  • Benjamin Crump, Joel Acevedo, Michael Mattioli

    George Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump joins attorney for family of Joel Acevedo

    MILWAUKEE — On the heels of George Floyd’s death, Attorney Benjamin Crump has joined Attorney B’Ivory LaMarr in representing Joel Acevedo’s family in Milwaukee, “to seek justice in yet another police strangulation case,” according to a news release Tuesday, June 23. A charge of first-degree reckless homicide was filed May 13 against off-duty Milwaukee Police Officer Michael Mattioli. He is charged in connection with the death of Joel Acevedo following a fight inside Mattioli’s home near 45th Street and W. […]

  • Chrystul Kizer

    Groups pay $400K bond to free Chrystul Kizer, facing life in prison in shooting of alleged trafficker

    KENOSHA COUNTY — Community groups paid $400,000 to free Chrystul Kizer, 19, — awaiting trial in connection with the death of her alleged sex trafficker, Randall Volar III, 34. Kizer faces life in prison after prosecutors said Kizer shot Volar, and then set his house on fire on the morning of June 5, 2018. A news release Monday, June 22 said the Chrystul Kizer Defense Committee, Chicago Community Bond Fund, Milwaukee Freedom Fund and Survived & Punished “paid Chrystul’s $400,000 bond so that […]

  • ‘Art is the voice of struggle:’ Milwaukee photographer creates campaign to honor Juneteenth

    MILWAUKEE — Terrance Sims, a Milwaukee photographer, set out on a mission to create a social media campaign in honor of Juneteenth. That campaign will go live on Juneteenth — Friday, June 19. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. But the photographs Sims took might be priceless. He set out to capture the beauty and spirit of each individual he photographed. Each image tells a story and brings together a community. “Art is the voice […]

  • UWM announces plans for fall classes, campus operations: ‘Face masks will be required’

    MILWAUKEE —  The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Wednesday, June 17 announced their plans for falls classes and campus operations. UWM will be open this fall with both in-person and online classes. Face masks will be required, and university buildings are being modified to encourage social distancing and install plexiglass barriers in high-traffic areas. “We have given very careful consideration to what is best for our students educationally and to address the health needs of our students, faculty and staff, and our community,” […]


    City of Milwaukee to accept applications for ‘Active Streets’ business program starting June 17

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee bars and restaurants may soon be able to expand outdoor seating; the City of Milwaukee will accept applications for a pilot program starting Wednesday, June 17. The Active Streets for Business program would not shut down entire streets, but allow restaurants and bars to expand seating a little further out from normal patio space. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said it allows for businesses to start to get back to normal and allow a safe space for customers, […]

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