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 — You might dread getting your brake pads changed on your vehicle, but this might change your mind. Hart Auto near 76th Street and Villard Avenue in Milwaukee is participating in a program called “Brakes For Breasts,” donating a portion of every brake pad job in October to breast cancer research. “The more we can do, the better,” said Christine Gaspardo with Hart Auto. “The brake pads are free, and all you have to do is pay for the […]
MILWAUKEE — There could be 60 fewer police officers on the streets of Milwaukee in 2020. In Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s budget proposal, presented to the Milwaukee Common Council Tuesday, Sept. 24, he suggested increasing the line item for police salaries — and reducing the number of officers from 1,864 to 1,804. Opponents said the cuts could be detrimental to public safety. The budget plan presents a dire outlook for the city’s pension fund — if action is not taken […]
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Monday, Sept. 23 refuted rumors he wants to replace Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales. This, following reports Mayor Barrett wants to see Chief Morales go — for the second time in a month. Mayor Barrett called the reports false, and said he supports Chief Morales. This, following the second report in a month from WISN-AM Radio that indicated Mayor Barrett was looking to replace Chief Morales. “I want him to stay,” said Mayor […]
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales are denying a report from WISN-AM Radio that indicated Morales may be in danger of being fired. According to the WISN-AM Radio report by Mark Belling, Morales’ contract is up in January — and he has not been offered a new contact by the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission, which is controlled by the mayor. The mayor’s office released the following statement on this matter: “Mayor Barrett is […]
MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee couple said their smart home was hacked. Their camera began talking to them, and their thermostat reached upwards of 90 degrees. The Westmoreland family installed a Nest camera, doorbell, and thermostat in their home in 2018. They had no problems until they heard a voice talking through a camera in their kitchen. “It’s supposed to make me feel safe, and I didn’t feel safe,” said Samantha Westmoreland. Their place of comfort turned creepy Tuesday, Sept. 17. […]
RACINE COUNTY — More than three months after Ty’Rese West, 18, was shot and killed by Mount Pleasant Police Sgt. Eric Giese, Racine County District Attorney Patricia Hanson on Wednesday, Sept. 18 announced no charges would be filed against Giese. West’s family said their fight isn’t over. DA Hanson determined that “Sergeant Giese’s actions in this case fall under the privilege of self-defense,” and as such, “no charges will be filed against Sergeant Giese in this case,” Racine police, who […]
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 […]