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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.

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  • Missing iguana on Milwaukee’s east side captured: ‘He knew his time in the wilderness was up’

    MILWAUKEE — Great news! A missing iguana on Milwaukee’s east side, named “Nail,” was found on Monday, Sept. 3 and captured on Tuesday. He is now safe. FOX6 first told you about Nail after he jumped from the window of an east side home. Nail was spotted a few times in the neighborhood — with everyone on the lookout, but he wasn’t captured until Tuesday afternoon, when his adventure of a lifetime came to an end on the roof of […]

  • Harley-Davidson dogs ride in style with their beloved owners ‘just to make people smile’

    GREENFIELD — Morning rain on Saturday, Sept. 1 didn’t hamper another day of partying all over southeast Wisconsin for Harley-Davidson riders. The 115th anniversary celebration is in full throttle. At the House of Harley-Davidson, riders are showing off their bikes but the motorcycles aren’t the only things turning heads. “Mostly we ride just to make people smile,” said Jim Tremmel, Harley rider. It’s the people or animals on them. “Started her at nine weeks old and she’s eight years old […]

  • Milwaukee Health Department: 8 probable cases of severe bleeding linked to K2 in 2 weeks

    MILWAUKEE — Officials with the Milwaukee Health Department are once again reminding people to steer clear of synthetic cannabinoids, also known as K2 or “fake weed,” which contain rat poison. They reported eight probable cases of severe bleeding linked to K2 in two weeks, bringing the total number of cases to 34 confirmed, and 13 probable as of Aug. 30. There’s been one death associated with the use of K2 in Milwaukee County. “This recent increase in cases means that […]

  • Police seek suspect after woman sexually assaulted, badly hurt as she left work in Elkhorn

    ELKHORN — Police in Elkhorn need your help locating a suspect wanted in connection with a sexual assault that left a woman injured after she left work on Tuesday night, Aug. 28. It happened around 10:15 p.m. — when police and Walworth County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area near Geneva Street and Lincoln Street, where they discovered a vehicle parked in a public parking lot. The victim was found in that vehicle, seriously injured. “It’s scary! It’s right […]

  • Kayakers rescued from Cedar Creek with help from neighbor after hitting log, overturning

    CEDARBURG — Two kayakers were rescued Wednesday, Aug. 29 after overturning in Cedar Creek in Cedarburg in Ozaukee County. Officials said it happened when the kayakers, a husband and wife, hit a log. Maureen Hackett, a neighbor, came to their aid. She said she didn’t hesitate when she saw two heads bobbing in the water behind her home. “Saw a head bobbing in the water. Ran out and then I saw another one,” said Hackett. She grabbed a surfboard and […]

  • ‘Welcome to Cascade!’ Tornado warned storm takes down sign and more in Sheboygan County

    VILLAGE OF CASCADE/SHEBOYGAN COUNTY — The Village of Cascade was hardest hit by severe storms that prompted tornado warnings in three counties, one of them Sheboygan County. FOX6 News found trees uprooted off Highway 28, and debris strewn across the area. Several streets were closed Tuesday evening, Aug. 28, due to downed power lines and trees. Even the village sign was taken away by the wind. Sheboygan County sheriff’s officials said they were encouraging the public to stay off roadways, […]

  • Milwaukee’s Midtown neighborhood comes together to ‘Stand 4 Peace’

    MILWAUKEE — On the heels of a very violent night in Milwaukee, the community is coming together to ‘Stand 4 Peace.’ Saturday, Aug. 25 the focus was on Tiefenthaler Park — where a rebirth is in the making. “It just shows what can happen when people come together,” said Anne Koller, organizer. Anne Koller grew up in the area and decided it was time to give back. Together, with her brother, an idea was born to use art and basketball to […]

  • TSA discovers 2 loaded firearms this week at Mitchell International Airport security checkpoints

    MILWAUKEE — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discovered two loaded firearms in different passengers’ carry-on bags at security screening checkpoints at Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport this week. On Tuesday, Aug. 21, an Illinois man brought a .40 caliber Glock, loaded with 13 rounds, to one of the airport’s checkpoints in a backpack. The next day, Wednesday, Aug. 22, A Waukesha man brought a 9mm Kimber Micro firearm to a checkpoint in a carry-on bag. “Unfortunately, we continue to see firearms at […]

  • Family and friends express grief, concern over fatal officer-involved shooting of Mario Hobson

    MILWAUKEE — Family and friends came to Milwaukee’s south side on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 23 to share their grief over the fatal shooting of Mario Hobson, 48, by two police officers. They also expressed their concern for how police handled the situation with Hobson. “It hurts so bad. It hurts,” said Jayla Hobson, Mario Hobson’s daughter. Hobson was shot in an incident that unfolded near 10th and Burnham on the evening of Monday, Aug. 13. Investigators say he fled […]

  • ‘We’re an LGBT-owned restaurant:’ Owners concerned after hate mail shows up at Amilinda in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE — Hate mail was sent to a popular restaurant in Milwaukee. The owners of Amilinda say they were targeted not because of their food, but their sexuality. The mail came on Tuesday, Aug. 21, and the owners didn’t think much of it until they realized it had a disturbing anti-gay message. At Amilinda in downtown Milwaukee, they’re used to good feedback. “We do have people leave nice reviews online. As they’re exiting the restaurant, they tell us what a nice […]

  • Woman run over by train after stranger pushed mother onto tracks: ‘A hero in every sense of the word’

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee woman was run over by a train in Atlanta, after investigators say a stranger pushed the woman’s mother onto the tracks as the train approached. Katie Wenszell jumped onto the tracks to save her mother’s life. The 28-year-old is now fighting for her own life. Wenszell and four of her sisters were in Atlanta with their mother for a girl’s trip when the unthinkable happened. It was supposed to be a memorable trip, but the memories […]

  • ‘Out of control:’ Juvenile taken into custody at scene of Family Dollar fire

    MILWAUKEE — For hours, officials responded to a large fire at a Family Dollar store on Milwaukee’s north side on Saturday, Aug. 18. Flames shot from the through of the store as thick, black smoke filled the air. Police have confirmed a juvenile suspect was taken into custody. “We couldn’t even see it was so out of control,” said Lakeisha Taylor, lives in Milwaukee. The fire started at the store — located near West Hampton and Teutonia Avenues — just before 4 […]