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
  • ‘This is beyond my imagination:’ On Giannis Antetokounmpo Day, ‘MVP Celebration’ held at Fiserv Forum

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks and Nike scheduled a public celebration of Giannis Antetokounmpo winning his first MVP award — Sunday afternoon, July 14 at Fiserv Forum — and it drew a crowd! Sunday was officially declared Giannis Antetokounmpo Day in Milwaukee County by County Executive Chris Abele. The “Giannis MVP Celebration” took place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the plaza at Fiserv Forum, giving fans an opportunity to see Antetokounmpo presented with the MVP trophy and to […]

  • Brewers' Orlando Arcia, Jesus Aguilar surprised fans at Cerveceros Tailgate

    ‘We sprinted over there:’ Brewers’ Orlando Arcia, Jesus Aguilar surprised fans at Cerveceros Tailgate

    MILWAUKEE — It was Cerveceros Night at Miller Park Saturday, July 13, on the heels of the LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) conference that wrapped up in Milwaukee on Saturday. Tailgaters got a special surprise, as fans filled the Uecker Lot for the Cerveceros Tailgate before the Milwaukee Brewers took on the San Francisco Giants. Fans filling the Uecker Lot were excited for baseball, and to celebrate Hispanic heritage. “We’re so proud to be Hispanic and Latinos,” said […]

  • ‘Violent, horrific, sadistic act:’ Eric Smiley sentenced to 32 years in fatal shooting of housing inspector

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee County judge sentenced Eric Smiley on Friday, July 12 to 32 years in prison and another 15 years of extended supervision for his role in the fatal shooting of City of Milwaukee housing inspector Greg “Ziggy” Zyszkiewicz. “At times, I’m so overcome with sadness I actually find it difficult to breathe. The ache of missing him in palpable,” said Olha Zyszkiewicz, victim’s wife. Zyszkiewicz’s family sat before the judge describing the heartache felt each day since. “I […]

  • Sun Prairie Fire Captain Cory Barr

    Remembrance ceremony held 1 year after deadly gas explosion in Sun Prairie: ‘Doesn’t seem real’

    SUN PRAIRIE — On Wednesday, July 10  the City of Sun Prairie and Sun Prairie Fire & Rescue Company hosted an event in remembrance of the natural gas explosion and fire that took the life of Fire Captain Cory Barr and damaged several properties in downtown Sun Prairie, on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy. A construction crew struck a gas main in downtown Sun Prairie on July 10, 2018, resulting in the explosion. A subcontractor installing fiber communication lines struck […]

  • Police release photos, video of man wanted in fatal shooting near 94th and Silver Spring

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police on Tuesday, July 9 released photos and video of a man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old man near 94th and Silver Spring on June 19. Family told FOX6 News the victim was Joe Jackson Jr. “He was coming from the store on his way home. He was almost home. My baby was trying to make it home and they killed him,” said Deborah Hawthorne, Jackson’s mother. Police described the wanted man […]

  • Jones Island

    Kaszube descendants reflect on life at Jones Island amid effort to revitalize area surrounding it

    MILWAUKEE — There is a hidden history tucked along the banks of Lake Michigan, in the shadows of shiny high-rises and big ships, in the middle of Milwaukee industry. “Jones Island is everything to me,” Linda Gatton said. It’s a place known to many in the Cream City as the home of Milwaukee’s sewage plant, but for Gatton and her friend Barbara Suter, it’s their heritage. “Growing up, most kids had bedtime stories read out of books. My father would […]

  • Pursuit of stolen vehicle ends in violent crash near 58th and Capitol

    MILWAUKEE — A police chase that started in Brookfield ended in a violent multi-vehicle crash near 58th and Capitol in Milwaukee on Friday, July 5. The crash left a mangled mess; a light pole knocked over and pieces of vehicles strewn about. “It sounded like a bomb or something. It was just bad,” said Linda Rucker, witness. “I just heard a lot of squeaking sounds and all of a sudden it just exploded.” Brookfield police say around 7:20 p.m., they […]

  • Man jumps into Rock River while fleeing police in Fort Atkinson

    FORT ATKINSON — A Fort Atkinson police chase ended with a man in the Rock River on Friday, July 5. Investigators say the suspect was trying to escape arrest. “I seen a police car fly past the front window,” said Jean McDermott, bar manager. Near Bienfang’s Bar in Fort Atkinson, Jean McDermott’s work was interrupted by what was happening outside. “Go down the side of the building and then a second one came flying by,” said McDermott. Investigators say a […]

  • ‘Sad to see:’ Tradition silenced for Greenfield couple firing cannons on Fourth of July 

    GREENFIELD — For the last 44 years, a Greenfield couple has been firing cannons in honor of Independence Day. The last few years it’s brought citations and fines. This year, the tradition was silenced. “We’re very proud to live in this country,” said Karla Markel, cannon owner. The Markels’ say it’s a celebration of America and it usually sparks joy: Four cannons firing off four shots at 4 p.m. on the Fourth of July. “I do weddings, I do Memorial […]

  • Severe summer storms leaves destruction behind, thousands without power

    WAUKESHA COUNTY — Severe storms Thursday afternoon, June 27 downed trees and damaged buildings. Waukesha County was hit hard with heavy rain and destructive winds. The Lynndale Farms neighborhood in Hartland saw a lot of damage. Trees were uprooted, one falling on a vehicle. Branches were broken and damage left everywhere. “It was so intense. It was there in a second it was gone in another,” said Matthew Snell, lives in Hartland. It only took a matter of moments for […]

  • ‘It’s been miserable:’ Another crash on I-94 in Racine County forces closures, backups

    RACINE — A semi truck driver is injured following another major crash that closed I-94 northbound on Friday, June 28. A truck carrying hazardous material spilled onto the freeway. Hazmat crews worked to clean it up hours after it happened. “It’s been miserable and I’m tired,” said Boyd Swift, stuck in closure. The crash caused major backups in the middle of the summer rush. “We’re very stressed, there’s detours everywhere, we can’t figure out where we’re going, nobody’s saying anything, […]

  • Group of 'Summerfest-ers' returns to Big Gig without founding member

    ‘Great Milwaukee spirit:’ Group of ‘Summerfest-ers’ returns to Big Gig without founding member

    MILWAUKEE — The weather was nearly perfect for the first day of Summerfest 2019 Wednesday, June 26, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s. That meant big crowds at Maier Festival Park heading into Wednesday night. “Decided to camp out, because we wanted to see Walk the Moon. We also wanted to be front row,” said Sarah Gorczany. Sarah and Katherine Gorczany arrived hours in advance to stake out their spot. “She hasn’t seen them before, so I’m excited […]

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