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.
BROWN DEER — Just days after Mack Bates celebrated his birthday, he was hospitalized for COVID-19. Amid his recovery, he spoke with FOX6 News — warning others this is a virus that should be taken seriously. “I didn’t feel well on my birthday, which is not usual at all,” said Bates. Bates said he never imagined a week after turning 43, he’d be speaking with FOX6 News from his hospital bed. “It’s rough,” said Bates. “It’s rough to say the […]
QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand — A couple from Sheboygan is stranded in New Zealand as a result of the coronavirus. Emily and Alex Leitheiser had been looking forward to the trip they were supposed to be returning from on March 30 after arriving in early March. “It is such a beautiful country,” said Emily Leitheiser. “It’s amazing.” Their dream vacation was interrupted by a pandemic. “It’s just been a really crazy trip,” said Emily Leitheiser. They had plans to backpack and […]
MILWAUKEE — Pregnancy in a pandemic; it’s scary for expecting mothers. Doctors are reassuring patients about their health and their babies, but some are seeking alternatives outside of the traditional hospital setting. It is a stressful time for everyone, especially expecting parents. With fears about delivery and care, doctors say to stay calm. “Follow the same guidelines that everyone should be following,” Dr. Roseann Gumina with Froedtert and the Medical Collge of Wisconsin said. “I really want to reassure women […]
MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee educator is recovering after being diagnosed with COVID-19. After his experience battling the virus, he said he hopes others will take it seriously. Richard Watkins was tested on March 15. Days later, he got confirmation that he had the coronavirus. “Once it attacks you, it attacks you,” Watkins said. “I started to get really cold. I had a fever every day, seven straight days, 100-102 degrees every day. Just 10 days ago, his life was turned […]
MILWAUKEE — With families quarantining at home due to the coronavirus, domestic violence advocates worry victims who found relief at school might be stuck at home with an abuser. Though they’ve changed a bit, resources remain available for those who need help. Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik said officials at the Milwaukee Health Department were working with Milwaukee-area hotels to identify rooms where people in need could stay. Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee “In order for violence to happen, […]
MILWAUKEE — Summerfest 2020 will move to new dates: Sept. 3-5, 10-12, and 17–19, 2020, officials announced on Monday, March 23 in the interest of safety and in cooperation with artists — all because of the coronavirus. Officials said the new dates provide the best possible option to deliver the Summerfest experience fans and sponsors have grown to love. In a news release, Milwaukee World Festival Inc. stated the following: “We know there will be many questions and we look […]
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Americans in some other countries have found it nearly impossible to get home as a result of travel restrictions and lockdowns related to the novel coronavirus — some worried they might run out of money and food. “It’s just been so interesting watching all of this unfold,” said Kelly Taylor, a Milwaukee woman who moved to Slovakia in 2018. Taylor has been working abroad as a CPA auditor. “The borders closed, airports were closed, all the shops […]
WAUKESHA — Annabella Kolinski was supposed to be in Spain for two more months. Now, she’s spending time self-quarantined inside her parents’ Waukesha home. When Kolinski, a UW-Madison student, started her study abroad program, she never thought this is how it would end; the whirlwind trip ended with three days in quarantine after the country was placed on lockdown. She rushed to get back to the U.S. — having to travel from Sevilla to Madrid. She landed at O’Hare International […]
WAUKESHA — All of Alyssia Dominguez’s gigs have been canceled for the foreseeable future, but she still decided to perform tonight. And anyone could watch from their couch. This is not the way Dominguez is used to connecting as a performer. Her home serves as a stage. Her audience is watching solely online. “I just wanted to play a great show for everybody and get people singing along and have a good time,” Dominguez said. Since the coronavirus outbreak, as […]
MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee D.J. is doing his part to help people in the service industry during the coronavirus pandemic. Declan O’Connell, also known as “D.J. Dex”, launched a GoFundMe.com fundraiser for those in need of help, with a goal of raising $50,000. O’Connell performs at various bars, restaurants, and clubs across Milwaukee, and says many of his friends in the service industry are out of work and hurting due to COVID-19. He wanted to make sure there is help. […]
MADISON — Wisconsin could face a litany of problems if it holds its spring election amid the coronavirus crisis, including a possible disruption in mail service interfering with absentee voting, a lack of polling sites and the risk of exposing elderly poll workers and voters to the disease, the state’s chief elections officer said Wednesday. The election is scheduled for April 7. It features the state’s presidential primary, a state Supreme Court race, a referendum on a state constitutional amendment […]
MILWAUKEE — Eleven Milwaukee County municipal leaders, supported by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, issued an emergency order late Monday, March 16 to close bars and restaurants in their jurisdictions to in-house patrons, effective on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and until further notice. Restaurants with take-out and delivery options will still be able to operate those services, even as their dining rooms are temporarily closed. Milwaukee, South Milwaukee, St. Francis, Bayside, Brown Deer, Cudahy, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood, […]