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.
MILWAUKEE — It is a mystery what happened to him. But Matthew Lemke was left with life-changing injuries after a 1999 accident at Fort Hood in Texas. The veteran became a quadriplegic. Now, with the help of local disabilities organization Independence First, Lemke is getting his competitive spirit back playing video games. “It gives me something to do every day,” Lemke said. For some time, Lemke’s gaming has been limited — using glasses to help him control his moves. But […]
MILWAUKEE — Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a report of shots fired in the area near E. Capitol Drive and the Estabrook Parkway (near Capitol and Humboldt) on Wednesday morning, Nov. 20. They located two shelters on non-county-owned land on the west bank of the Milwaukee River. Firearms and ammunition were recovered from one of the shelters. Investigators believe these shelters were utilized by a man who was arrested at the scene. Investigators made the discovery on land owned […]
MILWAUKEE — The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee issued a Safe Alert on Tuesday, Nov. 19 after another assault was reported around 12:20 p.m. — the third in about a week — in the same neighborhood. “It’s terrifying — terrifying,” said Monica Ganos, UWM student. The assault happened near N. Downer Avenue and E. Linnwood Avenue. Investigators said the man came up behind a UWM student, grabbed her, and obtained her backpack. He was then seen getting into a red/maroon Ford Explorer. […]
MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man, 58, was shot and killed near 38th Street and Center Street late Monday afternoon, Nov. 18. Police confirmed it happened inside a liquor store. It happened around 4:30 p.m. Police said the victim died at the scene. An investigation was underway to determine what led up to this. Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots, and indicated the victim was an employee of S&A Liquors. Police would not confirm that. “We need to pray and just […]
MILWAUKEE — At the Milwaukee Fire Department training academy on Thursday night, Nov. 14, a special group took the stage. 42 recruits from the department’s July 29 recruiting class, after 16 weeks of preparation, graduated and became firefighters. Each recruit has had their own journeys that led them to that moment. For one man, saving lives is in his blood. Sean Gelles received a badge from the department. What he did not know was that his mother, Linda Gelles, had […]
MILWAUKEE — Officials with the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works spent the day Tuesday, Nov. 12 preparing for more snow — with plow drivers the workers who are normally busy picking up leaves in November. FOX6’s cameras captured piles of leaves covered by piles of snow, with DPW crews working to clean up both. “This would be fine in January, but not November,” said Sarah Babe of Milwaukee. “Way too soon,” said Carley Knight of Milwaukee. “Way too […]
MILWAUKEE — “No child or family should ever have to go through watching something like that.” That was the message from Danielle Eager after she, her husband, and her two boys were struck by a hit-and-run driver outside Fiserv Forum Saturday evening, Nov. 9 — the city’s third hit-and-run involving children in less than a week, and the fourth in just over two weeks. Eager pushed her children out of the way — taking the brunt of the impact. She […]
MILWAUKEE — A 25-year-old Milwaukee man is now charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash that injured two young boys at Teutonia and Florist on Monday, Nov. 4. The accused is Cameran Collins — and he faces two counts of hit-and-run – great bodily harm as well as two counts of knowingly operate motor vehicle while suspended – cause great bodily harm. The crash happened around 4:30 p.m., as four children were walking home from a gas station. Two boys, […]
MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee woman was shot and killed near 16th Street and North Avenue on Oct. 27, and her family said it was the result of domestic violence. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, they gathered to honor her life and shared a message for other women in abusive relationships. Family said the shooting death of Kimotasha Perry, 26, shouldn’t have happened. “I’m lost right now,” said Michelle Perry, Kimotasha’s mother. “I’m stuck. I can’t even explain it. There is no […]
MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee teenager remained in a medically-induced coma Tuesday, Nov. 5 after she was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street near 95th Street and Brown Deer Road on Saturday, Oct. 26. “I’ve been here every day,” said Domenique Savage, mother of Malu-Lani Savage, 16. “Not good. Not getting any sleep.” Since the crash, Savage spent each day at Children’s Wisconsin, watching over her daughter. “I’ve just got to be strong for her,” said Savage. The 16-year-old […]
MILWAUKEE — Two children were struck by a hit-and-run driver near Florist Avenue and Teutonia Avenue Monday evening, Nov. 4. “Your heart just drops, and you think, ‘Oh no, not again,'” said MPD Captain Heather Wurth. Both boys were taken to Children’s Wisconsin. Police said they suffered serious, substantial injuries not believed to be life-threatening. It happened around 4:30 p.m., as four children were walking home from a gas station. The other two were not hurt, police said, and ran […]
MILWAUKEE — On any given night, Strange Town on Milwaukee’s east side is packed with people looking for unique cuisine. Of all the things to taste and try, there is something you won’t find at the restaurant. “We are 100% free of plastic waste,” said Clare McGuire, Strange Town social media manager. The vegan restaurant is taking an eco-friendly approach to dining. All single-use plastics are gone, from the bar to the food, and even the boxes customers leave with. […]