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 — The magic of Milwaukee’s July 3 lakefront fireworks will not end after the Brewers teamed up to allow the tradition to continue in 2019. The Brewers, American Family Insurance, Christian Yelich, and T&M Partners announced Saturday, April 6, they’ve come together to sponsor the event that’s been going on for decades. This afternoon, the Brewers, @amfam and T&M Partners announced a partnership to sponsor this year’s July 3rd fireworks. 🎇 pic.twitter.com/bsZwc8m6oQ — Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 6, 2019 […]
MILWAUKEE — After months on the run, a Milwaukee man is behind bars. Keynan Miner, 25, is accused of shooting at his pregnant girlfriend and hitting an innocent man instead. “It’s been kind of a nightmare,” said Carlos Vinson, victim’s brother. After months of waiting a Milwaukee family finally has some peace of mind. “A lot of relief. A lot of stress off my chest,” said Vinson. The man accused of shooting Carlos Vinson’s brother is now behind bars. “We’re […]
WHITEFISH BAY — Whitefish Bay students are accused of using racist language. The Whitefish Bay School District sent home a letter on Thursday, April 4, informing parents about the bad behavior and the changes that need to happen. “I was kind of surprised to be honest,” said Ayo Kolawole, student. It is not the behavior students at Whitefish Bay High School are used to. “Just kind of shocked that someone at our school would think it’s OK to ask someone […]
CAMPBELL COUNTY, Ky. — A 14-year-old boy who said he escaped from two kidnappers in Kentucky told authorities he is from Illinois, where he went missing nearly eight years ago when his mother apparently took her own life. Police in suburban Cincinnati’s Sharonville wrote in a short incident report that the teen said Wednesday morning, April 3 that he had “just escaped from two kidnappers” he described as men, white, with body builder-type physiques. They were in a Ford SUV with […]
BAYSIDE — A massive fire tore through the While Oaks apartment complex in Bayside on Saturday, March 30. Dozens of people are without a home as firefighters work to determine a cause. Residents are left wondering when and if they’ll be able to get back inside. “We saw it spreading like wildfire,” said Veena Attivilli, resident. Firefighters were called to the scene off Port Washington Road, around 12:15 a.m. As the building burned, it quickly spread through three floors, to […]
KENOSHA — A Kenosha man who was arrested twice in one night for drunk driving and nearly killing a woman has been sentenced. Jesse Liddell will spend six years behind bars — and his victim is working to make sure what happened to her doesn’t happen to anyone else. This marks the end of one chapter for the victim, but Jennifer Kilburn said, “This was like the end, the big finale I guess you could say.” After an eight […]
OAK CREEK — A gay couple in Oak Creek says they’re being unfairly targeted and facing threats of eviction, and it’s all because of a flag flying outside of their apartment. The couple has been told they have five days to take down a gay pride flag because the landlord says they’re violating their lease. “This is a place we live. It’s our home,” said Kevin Kollmann, lives in Oak Creek. Kevin Kollmann and Merle Malterer, have called the Country […]
FOX POINT — A van slammed into a Fox Point home while fleeing police, and the suspects tried running way, but ended up running straight to the police. It all started after River Hills police tried pulling the van over. Dashcam video showed the vehicle reached speeds of about 100 miles-per-hour — eventually slamming to a halt in Fox Point. “All of a sudden I heard this ‘boom,'” said Annette Clason, neighbor. “You can see the tire tracks coming all […]
MILWAUKEE — A 16-year-old Milwaukee boy is fighting for his life after he was hit by a car. It happened Monday morning, March 25 as he walked to the bus stop. His family said they want charges to be filed against the driver. Family members said 16-year-old Deandre Isom Jr. suffered injuries to his head and leg. The once vibrant teenage boy was hooked up to machines at Children’s Hospital Tuesday, March 26. “My nephew is in there fighting for […]
SHEBOYGAN — Using tragedy to scam. People say they were duped by a Facebook group selling T-shirts to help a Sheboygan child. The money was supposed to go to a fund to support the abused child, but people never got their shirts. “We saw Charlie’s story and it hits home,” said Louicia Fanslau, lives in Sheboygan. It is the type of story that disturbed the community. “It’s a child. It’s a hard situation to see,” said Alexis Champeau, lives in […]
MILWAUKEE — A woman is dead following a crash involving a stolen vehicle early Friday morning, March 22. It happened near 21st and Orchard around 1:30 a.m. The victim’s roommates are in sorrow and disbelief. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 22-year-old Cristina Marlyn Hernandez of Milwaukee. “There was no screeching, nothing. It was just a bang,” said a man who lives nearby. Home surveillance captured the moments after the crash. “It shook my windows. That’s […]
MILWAUKEE — Court records lay out a disturbing timeline where Dariaz Higgins traveled from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. Investigators say Deloise Lipsey of Milwaukee was with him the entire time he was on the run. Lipsey, 31, has been charged with aiding a felon. Investigators say Lipsey was with Higgins as he dumped his 2-year-old daughter’s body in Minnesota, then left her after police approached them in Michigan. “It’s overwhelming. I think we’re still in shock,” said Charity Brooks, Sierra […]