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 vigil was held Sunday, Feb. 2 for a Milwaukee man critically wounded in a hit-and-run Friday, Jan.31 near 46th Street and Burleigh Street. A 50-year-old man was arrested after police said a witness followed the reckless driver. On Sunday, loved ones came together to pray for 57-year-old Julius “Bud” Rodgers’ recovery. “I got a phone call from a friend of mine telling me my dad had been ran over by a drunk driver,” said Dana Willis-Rodgers, Julius’ […]
WAUWATOSA — Nicole Fischer has started a Facebook page to try and get a kidney donor. She’s hoping someone sees it and helps. Without, she may not get help for at least five years. “I want my life back,” she says. “The longer I stay on dialysis, the shorter my life expectancy is.” A desperate need for a chance to live again. Fischer was diagnosed with lupus at age 19. Three years later, her kidneys failed. Her sister donated a […]
MILWAUKEE — In Milwaukee in 2019, 233 people died because of fentanyl. It’s a crisis the U.S. Attorneys’ Office says it is working to stop. A new ban essentially closes a loophole, helping law enforcement crack down on the drug. “This is a bipartisan issue. It’s not a political issue,” says U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger. “It’s just the right thing to do.” Krueger stressed the importance of a ban on fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances. “This legislation says all fentanyl-like substances […]
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks and fans honored NBA legend Kobe Bryant before the Bucks and Washington Wizards tipped off Tuesday night, Jan. 28 at Fiserv Forum. The bodies of Bryant and three other people killed when a helicopter smashed into a foggy Los Angeles-hillside were identified, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said Tuesday. Fingerprints were used to confirm the identity of Bryant, 41, along with John Altobelli, 56; Sarah Chester, 45, and the pilot, 50-year-old Ara Zobayan, the medical […]
MILWAUKEE — Twenty-four hours after Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California that took the lives of his daughter, Gianna, and eight others, a Milwaukee man spoke out about the cherished memories made with the NBA legend. Jordan Patterson met Bryant when he was 13 years old, through Make-A-Wish Wisconsin. Patterson, battling kidney dysfunction, got to travel to Los Angeles with his family to sit down with Bryant. “Meeting Kobe was probably the highlight of my […]
MILWAUKEE — Sunday, Jan. 26 marked the two-year anniversary of the arrest of Sterling Brown, and his attorney spoke out after asking a judge to reject a $400,000 settlement. Mark Thomsen, Brown’s attorney, said the public is entitled to know what’s happening with this settlement, despite the city’s silence. “How are you doing?” Officer Joseph Grams asked Brown in body camera video. “Do you have a driver’s license?” On Jan. 26, 2018, a parking violation escalated at the Walgreens near […]
WAUKESHA — A Waukesha woman nearly lost her life and was hospitalized for weeks, and said it was all due to vaping. On Sunday, Jan. 26, Kate Krzysik spoke with FOX6 News — sharing a warning for others. Krzysik said she only vaped for six weeks, but when she was hospitalized in early December, her life changed forever. “It has been remarkably a beautiful journey to still be alive,” said Krzysik. Krzysik, counting her blessings after a harrowing couple of months, […]
MILWAUKEE — An important exhibit takes center stage at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. It gives voice to a Jewish teen living through the Holocaust — through a decades-old diary. The diary was discovered in the rubble of a crematorium at Auschwitz. Its 112 pages shed light on a horrific time — sharing an important story. “She maintained her dreams and thinking about the future,” says curator Molly Dubin. “No matter what the challenge or difficulty, she maintained a sense of […]
MILWAUKEE — A conversation with Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales unraveled Jan. 22. The community got a chance to sit down with Chief Morales for a candid talk about public safety. “I am your police chief. I’ll tell you this, we don’t accomplish things by one individual alone,” Chief Morales said. At the Unity Gospel House of Prayer, the community conversation took a turn. It was supposed to be a question-and-answer session — one of two as part of Chief […]
MILWAUKEE — Charges were filed Jan. 10 against a Milwaukee school bus driver accused of leaving a 4-year-old girl alone on the bus on Jan. 6 near 23rd Street and Scott Street. Lamonica Langston, 44, faces one count of neglecting a child — specified harm did not occur. “It’s scary,” said Maria Ramirez, neighbor. “It’s really scary.” According to a criminal complaint, Langston was supposed to pick up the child, now 5, and drop her off at Milwaukee’s Spanish Immersion […]
MADISON – Governor Tony Evers’ office on Sunday, Jan. 19 announced an agenda designed to help combat vaping among kids and educate the public about the potential dangers associated with vaping products — directing state agencies to strengthen enforcement measures related to preventing the sale of vaping products to kids, bolster partnerships with public health officials and local school districts, educate the public on potential risks and hazards associated with the use of e-cigarettes and vapor products by kids, and […]
MILWAUKEE — A video posted to Facebook on Super Bowl Sunday in 2019 highlighted a sensitive issue — a child being molested by her mother’s boyfriend. Just this week — nearly a year later — the video has gotten even more attention, but it’s not all good. “It just keeps coming,” says Liz Brown. “All of these new followers.” For the last few days, Brown’s phone has been blowing up. The Milwaukee author and activist has been getting a lot […]