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.
SHEBOYGAN — Two conjoined twins made headlines more than a decade ago, and years later, the community is once again rallying behind them. This time, to help finish a playground inspired by the Sheboygan teens. At the corner of 26th and Pine Grove in Sheboygan Tuesday, Aug. 6, the grills were hot and the lines were long. “We’re anticipating, hopefully, about 1,500 people,” said Jay Whetsel, grillmaster. Money from each brat sold at Johnsonville’s “Bratsgiving” was donated to a special […]
MILWAUKEE — A vigil was held in Milwaukee on Monday, Aug. 5, the seven-year anniversary of the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Oak Creek that claimed six lives. It came on the heels of three mass shootings in a week (in Gilroy, California July 28, El Paso, Texas Aug. 3, and Dayton, Ohio Aug. 4). Thirty-four people lost their lives between the three mass shootings. It was an emotional gathering at Walker Square Park near 9th and Mineral, as […]
MILWAUKEE — An arrest was made in connection with a violent carjacking in Milwaukee’s Brewers Hill neighborhood, and a child is facing charges including armed robbery. “It’s just basically been a struggle,” said Ryan Bednarek. Bednarek was carjacked at gunpoint by two people who stole his wallet and phone on July 23 near 1st and Vine. “Not in my wildest dreams did I even think this would happen to me,” said Bednarek. Bednarek said he and a friend were held […]
MILWAUKEE — FOX6’s cameras were rolling when a reckless driver plowed through a crowd gathered for an anti-violence rally in Milwaukee on Saturday, Aug. 3. The incident happened near 12th and Center, as community members gathered to promote peace. Thankfully, no one was hurt. The “Stop the Violence” rally brought together families who have lost loved ones to violence in Milwaukee. About 40 people were escorted by police as they walked through the streets, encouraging their neighbors to put the […]
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Friday, Aug. 2 announced the city’s “Dockless Scooter Pilot Program” was put on hold for additional companies looking to operate scooters in the city, and Lime would not be allowed to expand. The mayor warned people to follow the rules if they want the scooter program to continue. On July 23, Lime became the first company approved under the Dockless Scooter Pilot Program. The company was allowed to bring in 500 scooters to […]
MILWAUKEE — A victim fought back during a robbery attempt on near South 15th Place and Windlake Avenue — on Milwaukee’s south side. The attack took place as the victim was walking home Thursday, Aug. 1 and ended with a shot fired. “I was sleeping and I just heard a really loud noise. Like a boom,” said a neighbor. The overnight shooting took the neighborhood by surprise. “A lot of police, a lot of pow-pow, so I’m scared,” said Nashley […]
RIVERWEST — A Riverwest man is recovering after being badly beaten and robbed. He was walking home early Sunday, July 28 when the attack happened near Humboldt Boulevard and Hadley Street. “Something like this you can’t really prepare for,” said Fraser Hartig, victim. Fraser Hartig is trying to piece together a night out that left him with severe injuries. “I don’t remember anything,” Hartig said. “I don’t remember anyone being on the street, nothing.” He was on his way home […]
MILWAUKEE — Four robberies took place within about an hour on Monday, July 29, just blocks apart on Milwaukee’s east side. It all began around 8:30 p.m., and three of the robberies involved a gun. Neighbors told FOX6 News they were keeping an eye out for suspicious activity. “I feel safe here,” said Bernard Van Engel. “I walk the dog twice a day and I don’t seem to have any problems.” On Monday night, Milwaukee’s east side was singled out […]
MILWAUKEE — It was quite a show along Milwaukee’s lake front on Saturday, July 27. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds soared through the sky at the Milwaukee Air & Water Show. It was a special experience for the city, but for one Hartford family, it was incredible. “Getting to enjoy the show and see the jets fly by. It’s been a really cool experience,” said Daniel Nicoson, sworn into the Air Force at the Milwaukee Air & Water Show. Three […]
MADISON — A good Samaritan is in need of help himself. Juan Aguilera, who lives in Milwaukee, rescued people from a burning apartment building last year. Recently, he was critically injured in an accident on the job. “I’m asking all the people for help because I had an accident,” said Juan Aguilera, victim. Aguilera may be down on his luck but his spirits are high. He spoke to FOX6 News via FaceTime from a hospital bed in Madison. “I had […]
BURLINGTON — A Burlington man was hospitalized after he became sick from vaping. “These street vapes are very, very dangerous. My brother nearly lost his life,” said Patrick DeGrave, victim’s brother. The last few days have been touch and go for one Burlington man. “The trauma that he caused to his lungs is significant, the trauma that he caused to his heart is significant,” said DeGrave. Patrick DeGrave’s brother went to Aurora Memorial Hospital in Burlington after he was having […]
MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man said he’s lucky to be alive after a gun was pointed at his head early Tuesday, July 23. He was carjacked by two people who stole his wallet and phone. Ryan Bednarek said he was getting out of his SUV when the two people ran up. One held him at gunpoint and another stole his vehicle. “Your heart’s racing the entire time. It’s just like…I don’t know. You really don’t have time to think about […]