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
  • Fatal shooting on Tanglewood Avenue in Caledonia

    Caledonia police: Boyfriend fatally shot girlfriend’s father after 55-year-old fired round at them

    CALEDONIA — A 55-year-old man was killed after an argument with his daughter’s live-in boyfriend led to gunfire in Caledonia, according to police. It happened at a home on Tanglewood Avenue near Wedgewood on Tuesday, May 28. Police said during the argument, the 55-year-old father fired a round from a handgun at his daughter and her boyfriend. The couple retreated to a bedroom, police said, and the daughter’s boyfriend armed himself with a rifle. The incident progressed, and police said the […]

  • ‘They have come so far:’ Bucks fans fill Deer District for do or die game vs. Raptors

    MILWAUKEE — It was a make it or break it game for the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Even with the game more than 400 miles away in Toronto, fans in Milwaukee’s Deer District showed support for their team. “This is where your championship teams figure it out,” said Kenneth Ewert, fan. “I’m hopeful. I feel like they can take it if they really do what they’re supposed to do,” said Uniquea […]

  • ‘Hope they are caught:’ Milwaukee police seek help to ID suspects who poured gas, lit SUV on fire

    MILWAUKEE — A car went up in flames on Milwaukee’s north side, and police are now looking for the people responsible. The arson occurred on Thursday, May 16, and clear surveillance video captured two people walking up to a home with gas cans and setting an SUV on fire. “It was a feeling that I never want to feel again,” said the victim. At 68th and Melvina, an unassuming walk took a sinister turn. “I just felt so invaded,” the […]

  • ‘It’s a disgrace:’ Pastor frustrated over illegal dumping behind Milwaukee church

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee pastor is fed up because her church has become a dumping ground. Someone keeps illegally dropping off junk behind her church, Chosen Generation Outreach Ministry. New surveillance may help catch the guys and finally put an end to it. “We’re here to help people and then for someone to do something like that, it’s a disgrace,” said Pastor Ingrid Durr Russell. Pastor Ingrid Durr Russell has worked tirelessly to bring good to the neighborhood near 24th […]

  • Young men caught on camera damaging property near 80th and Florist

    ‘Threw bricks at my car:’ Young men caught on camera damaging property near 80th and Florist

    MILWAUKEE — Two kids threw bricks through a car windshield on Milwaukee’s north side, and didn’t know cameras were rolling the entire time. They caused a ton of damage — bashing in the windshield of a Toyota Camry. While they took off afterwards, they left behind some important clues. “They just threw the bricks at my car,” said Chai Thao. It only took a few seconds, but they left an impression. “I was very frustrated. I really didn’t know what […]

  • Randy Engstrom

    New video shows moments leading up to deadly officer-involved shooting in Johnson Creek

    JOHNSON CREEK — Body camera footage and dashcam video show the intense moments that led to a deadly officer-involved shooting outside Arby’s in Johnson Creek in 2017. The dramatic moments unfolded in the Johnson Creek parking lot in July 2017. It began in Waukesha County, and ended with Randy Engstrom, 34, shot and killed outside Arby’s. Investigators said Engstrom was naked and armed with a gun when he carjacked someone. It led to a police chase lasting 25 miles. Dashcam […]

  • Emotional prayer service held to remember slain Appleton firefighter

    APPLETON — It was an emotional night Thursday, May 16, at the Core Church in Appleton. The community came out to show support to fallen Appleton Fire Department Firefighter Mitchell Lundgaard. The Appleton community gathers at The Core church for a prayer service remembering fallen firefighter Mitchell Lundgaard. — Ashley Sears (@AshleySears6) May 17, 2019 Lundgaard was killed in a shootout when he responded to a medical emergency at the downtown transit center in Appleton Wednesday evening, May 15. […]

  • Milwaukee Bucks win Game 1 vs. Raptors

    ‘Everybody is excited:’ Large crowd cheers on the Bucks outside Fiserv Forum during Game 1

    MILWAUKEE — Fiserv Forum was packed Wednesday night, May 15, with fans cheering on the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals both inside and outside the arena. The Deer District was filled with fans on a warm spring evening — hoping for a victory for the Bucks. FOX6 News found each fan showing support for the team in a different way. “Everybody is excited about what the Milwaukee Bucks are doing,” said Jerome West. “Now, when […]

  • Carlie Beaudin

    ‘She was sunshine:’ Bel Canto Chorus to honor Carlie Beaudin during their final concert

    MILWAUKEE — The Bel Canto Chorus will dedicate part of its final concert to Carlie Beaudin. She was killed outside her workplace, Froedtert Hospital, in January — and was supposed to be part of that final concert. Bel Canto’s final song will be dedicated to Beaudin. At the Basilica of St. Josaphat, rehearsals were underway Tuesday, May 14 ahead of the concert Friday, May 17. “It’s going to be tough. She was wonderful. She was just radiant. She was sunshine. […]

  • ‘Just not fair:’ Student says ridicule over prom title ends in brawl outside Rufus King HS

    MILWAUKEE — A Rufus King student says she was unfairly disciplined after a fight outside the school. The student says she was ridiculed after running for prom princess and it came to a head with a big fist fight. The whole thing was caught on camera. “I just wanted to make sure they were OK,” said Quinteria Alexander, student. At the center of the April 26 melee was Quinteria Alexander, who was left with an injury. “Me not being able […]

  • Cashmeir Armstrong charged in triple shooting near 36th and Courtland

    MILWAUKEE — Cashmeir Armstrong is now charged in connection with a shooting incident that unfolded near 36th and Courtland in Milwaukee on Thursday, April 18. Armstrong faces three counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety, as a party to a crime, use of a dangerous weapon. According to the criminal complaint, officers were called to the area near 36th and Courtland “for a ShotSpotter report of 10 gunshots.” “I just really heard the shots. About five to six shots maybe,” said […]

  • ‘Get here please!’ Dashcam, 911 calls capture moments after attack outside Jen’s Sweet Treats

    CUDAHY — Police released Thursday, May 9, new video of the moments after the attempted carjacking and assault outside Jen’s Sweet Treats in Cudahy. The attack happened Sunday, April 28. Fredrick Blackshire is accused of assaulting a 75-year-old man, attempting to steal a van and attacking Jennifer Clark — the owner of the the bakery. 911 caller: “Just get here please!” They are the terrifying moments after an attack in Cudahy. 911 caller: “They just tried to take her car. We […]

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.