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 — A man told FOX6 News a gun was pointed at his head by a robber who demanded his belongings early Tuesday, Sept. 17 near 71st and Carmen. Donald Stewart said it happened as he dropped his daughter off at school — and he instinctively fought back. “I’m still shaken a little bit,” said Stewart, 73. “Every time I think about it, I start shaking.” Stewart’s normal routine was interrupted Tuesday morning. “I walked back here and I didn’t […]
OCONOMOWOC — Thieves made a bad choice — stealing from a nonprofit organization in Waukesha County — taking a trailer and the important content inside. The trailer helps educate parents and kids about drug abuse, through the “Your Choice” organization. “I come around the corner, and I see one of our board members there, and I did not see the trailer,” said Sandi Lybert founder of “Your Choice.” Outside the “Your Choice” office in Oconomowoc Monday, Sept. 16, there was […]
MILWAUKEE — A 16-year-old boy was killed and an 18-year-old man was hurt in a shooting that happened Saturday night, Sept. 14 near 55th and Casper. The victims and a third person arrived at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee at River Woods Parkway to get help. “I just heard about five or six gunshots down the street,” said Jada Carter, neighbor. Police said both victims were in a van when bullets burst through the vehicle. “At first, I thought it […]
MILWAUKEE — Hundreds have become sick and some people have died because of illnesses related to vaping. While it’s happening across the country, several of the cases are right here in southeast Wisconsin. They all have similar symptoms: shortness of breath, fever and rapid heart rate. It’s unclear exactly what in the e-cigarettes is triggering the illnesses. “What we’re seeing now is really something that’s very, very new,” said Dr. Ted Gronski, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. “What’s causing this […]
MEQUON — A Mequon man heard cries from his condo, and ran to help. He ended up saving his neighbor’s life! After he heard screams coming from a nearby condo, Jeff Zilisch saw that his neighbor had collapsed. He used his CPR training to save him. “It was being at the right place at the right time,” said Zilisch. “My heart goes out to him,” said Tim Ridley, whose life was saved. “It’s just amazing.” It happened in early August, […]
MILWAUKEE — A fundraiser was held Monday, Sept. 9 for a family that lost everything in a two-alarm fire Aug. 31 near Park Place and Downer Avenue. All three families living in the home made it out safely. “It feels so good to have the support,” said Mary Haas. “It’s mind-blowing.” “We’re treating today like a day of celebration,” said Eric Dewane. Haas and Dewane lost everything in the fire. Haas was at home with her 2-year-old son and some […]
MILWAUKEE — A bystander suffered serious injuries when he was shot by an officer early Sunday, Sept. 8 near 26th and Auer. Police said this all started with an attempted traffic stop, and when the driver tried running into a home near 26th and Auer, the officer believed the man was reaching for a weapon. The officer fired, and the bystander, a 41-year-old Milwaukee man, was hit. “They were chasing this car for a while, all through this neighborhood,” said […]
MILWAUKEE — Loved ones came together to remember a 21-year-old Milwaukee man killed in a horrific crash on Thursday, Sept. 5. Emmanuel Clark died after crashing a vehicle into a tree near 76th and Stark. A small memorial was placed there in his memory. “He always had love. He always had a caring heart,” said Christopher Clark, victim’s brother. Family says Clark was behind the wheel and headed home with a friend in the passenger seat. Surveillance video shows the […]
WAUKESHA COUNTY — The Waukesha County woman accused of causing a highway standoff and stabbing a K-9 with her bra was in court Wednesday, Sept. 4 after authorities said she cut off her GPS monitoring device and was on the run. Kalin Sunde was found in Milwaukee, and forfeited her $100,000 bond. Sunde appeared in court Wednesday on new bail jumping charges. “She did not voluntarily turn herself in,” said Sue Opper, Waukesha County district attorney. “She didn’t surrender.” Sunde […]
MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee woman on Tuesday, Sept. 3 spoke with FOX6 News after a terrifying attack. She was on her way home on Friday, Aug. 30 when a man pulled her to the ground inside her apartment building. She said she believes she was followed by her attacker early Friday. She screamed for help, and believes that may have saved her life. “I really didn’t think it was ever going to happen to me,” she said. Her walk home […]
MILWAUKEE — A young woman who dedicated her life to making Milwaukee better was shot and killed Sunday, Aug. 25 near 23rd and Burleigh — near Milwaukee’s Moody Park. On Monday evening, FOX6 News learned a $25,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. “You all ran up and down this block shooting! said Tyderra Hays at a vigil Monday evening. “Turn yourself in!” FOX6 News found people stopping by a memorial for […]
WAUPUN — A 30-year-old man was arrested and awaiting charges in connection with injuries suffered by a 75-year-old Mayville woman in Waupun on Saturday, Aug. 24. “This doesn’t happen,” said Tammy Homan, neighbor. “This doesn’t happen. It’s a small town.” Waupun police responded to a residence on Brandon Street shortly before 9 a.m. on Saturday for a report of a “possible pulseless, non-breathing elderly woman.” “I was just taking a nap, and at about 8:30, I heard the sirens,” said […]