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It is a dream to be able to tell the stories of Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin. Since joining the Fox 6 news team in April of 2011, I have traveled across state and the country as an anchor/reporter for Wisconsin’s largest newsroom.

I am proud to call Milwaukee’s east side my home. My journey here brought me out of the woods of Connecticut, and through some of our country’s largest farm fields in Illinois before finding a home in the brew city!

I grew up in northwest Connecticut, and graduated from Quinnipiac University (GO BOBCATS!). A desire to be a professional storyteller helped me land my first job at ABC affiliate WICS in Springfield, Illinois. I was promoted and sent to sister station WICD in Champaign, Illinois where I met my wife. At the the time she was a reporter for the competition. I’m happy to say Ashley Sears and I found a way to be on the same team when we both moved to Milwaukee to work at FOX6! We enjoy working together a lot better than against each other.

Here in Milwaukee, I have anchored and reported on every newscast from morning to night. Currently I can be found anchoring weekend evening newscasts and reporting for FOX6 news at nine and ten throughout the week. In my time here I’ve covered some of Wisconsin’s biggest stories from the Sikh Temple and Azana Salon shootings to the unrest in Sherman Park in 2016. I’ve walked with Brett Favre during his return to Lambeau Field and helped push cars stuck in the snow during several Wisconsin winters.
I’ve been sent across the country where I’ve seen the destruction of an F-5 tornado in Oklahoma and the heartbreak left behind following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. In Dallas, I saw the resilience of officers who had to head back to work after five of their coworkers were killed, and have stood feet away from Air Force One for two different presidents.

My work has received recognition from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, and the Milwaukee Press Club.

In Milwaukee, you can often find Ashley and me jogging along the lakefront or attending one of the million festivals in our great home city. In 2016, I started a goofy boat blog to share pictures of Milwaukee’s vibrant shipping industry (http://www.bigboatsmke.com) I am on a lifetime journey to sample as much Mexican food as I can find. I am always looking for story ideas or recommendations for my next adventure. Feel free to reach out Ben.Handelman@fox6now.com. Let’s connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Recent Articles
  • 4 juveniles, dog hit with ‘high-powered pellet gun’ while walking Hank Aaron Trail

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are investigating a recklessly endangering safety incident involving a pellet gun after four juveniles and a fifth person’s dog were struck by pellets near 35th and Canal on Wednesday night, July 18. The juveniles were shot while walking the Hank Aaron Trail near Three Bridges Park in the Menomonee Valley, with the shots coming from a building above the bluff. The victims suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening. They were all taken to the hospital. We’re […]

  • Residents afraid new ordinance will restrict public access to Big Cedar Lake, Washington County’s largest

    WASHINGTON COUNTY — It may soon be more difficult to get onto Big Cedar Lake — Washington County’s largest, because a new ordinance will restrict access to parking in public boat launches. Many believe the new rules aren’t legal. Kevin Leitner has been coming to Big Cedar Lake for more than two decades, and has bought property on the lake in the last few years. “The north side of the lake is probably better for skiing,” said Leitner. It may […]

  • ‘Never forgotten:’ Sun Prairie community prepares for funeral for Captain Cory Barr

    SUN PRAIRIE — Funeral preparations are underway for Cory Barr, the volunteer fire captain killed in a gas explosion on Tuesday, July 10. Firefighters are expected to attend from across the state. Friday, July 13 a private visitation was held at the Tuschen Newcomer Funeral Home on Columbus Street in Sun Prairie. The funeral will be held on Saturday, July 14 at 11 a.m. at Sun Prairie High School on Grove Street in Sun Prairie. Captain Barr was killed while responding to […]

  • ‘She was holding her dog; distraught:’ Officials warn of close encounters with coyotes, raising their young

    WAUWATOSA — Experts say aggressive coyotes could pose a risk to your pets and children. A Wauwatosa woman had a close encounter, and the animals weren’t coming after her, but instead, someone else she came across at the park. She said she wants others to know the animals are out there. Along the paths at Wauwatosa’s County Grounds Park, it’s not uncommon to see Shelly Long on a hike with her son Owen. “I’ve been coming here for seven years. I […]

  • ‘Grabs her by the hair:’ Woman sexually assaulted in McCarty Park, suspect remains on the loose

    WETS ALLIS — The search is on to find a man deputies say dragged a woman by her hair into some bushes and sexually assaulted her in McCarty Park Thursday night, July 5. Good Samaritans are being credited for coming to the woman’s aid. “I heard someone knocking at the door and I thought it was the neighbor,” said Chris White, helped victim. It’s the kind of knock that no one expects at 11 p.m. at night. Chris White says […]

  • Bike ride honors Dr. Brian Yagoda, pediatrician struck and killed in Town of Delafield

    WAUKESHA COUNTY — A bike ride to remember a well-respected pediatrician was held in Waukesha County Friday, June 22. Dr. Brian Yagoda was killed after being struck by a car while on a bicycle ride on June 14. Friends, family and even strangers showed up for the emotional cycling journey. “His wife called my wife and said can you please come to the hospital as soon as possible,” said Jeff Peiffer, Yagoda’s friend. Jeff Peiffer was friends and neighbors with […]

  • Family reunites with man who helped save young girl adrift on Lake Michigan

    MILWAUKEE — A Father’s Day at the beach nearly ended with a teen drowning in Lake Michigan. Quick thinking by beach goers at Grant Park saved the day. “It was our first time being down here, and that’s when everything went crazy,” said Tamika Lucas. Tamika Lucas was enjoying a picnic with family on Sunday, June 17 when suddenly her 13-year-old daughter, Anniya, needed help. A strong current caused her to drift away on an inflatable raft. “She was scared,” said […]

  • City of Milwaukee 1 of 3 finalists to host 2020 Democratic National Convention

    MILWAUKEE — The Democratic National Committee named four finalists for the location of the 2020 DNC Convention: Milwaukee, Denver, Houston and Miami Beach. Right after the DNC’s announcement, Denver withdrew that city’s bid citing scheduling conflicts. That means Milwaukee is among the top three cities for consideration. Deborah and Angela Malone visited the Wisconsin Center on Wednesday, June 20 for a job fair for positions at the new Milwaukee Bucks’ arena in downtown Milwaukee. “I know it’s going to be […]

  • ‘Officers are following me:’ Prosecutors say woman called 911 during slow-speed pursuit

    OZAUKEE COUNTY — It’s not something you see often during a police pursuit. Dashcam video shows a suspect obeying most traffic laws and even dialing 911! Tonya Marten, 31, was supposed to be in court on June 5 after allegedly getting into a fight with her family in a case in which she’s charged with resisting or obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct. Instead, officials say she was found acting strangely in a parking lot before prosecutors say she led […]

  • Body recovered at Big Foot Beach State Park in Lake Geneva; swimmers saw man go under

    LAKE GENEVA — A body was recovered from the water at Big Foot Beach State Park in Lake Geneva Thursday, June 14. The victim has been identified as 53-year-old man Santos Gonzalez of Lake Geneva. Lake Geneva police said around 1 p.m., swimmers at the park noticed Gonzalez went under the water. Swimmers went out to him, but it was too late. His body was recovered less than 45 minutes later. Life-saving efforts were unsuccessful. It’s unclear at this point […]

  • ‘We’re going to Madison!’ 3 sisters who share special bond are heading to college together

    WAUWATOSA — The Strand sisters are used to doing things together.  They share the same room in their Wauwatosa home and hang out with the same crowd. “We all have the same friends,” said Jenna Strand with a smile. It makes sense that the girls who arrived in this world less than three minutes apart have been close ever since.  Recently, the triplets sat down with FOX6 News to talk about their special bond and the big changes that are […]

  • ‘Very sad and very scary:’ 2 deaths in 1 day on SE Wisconsin lakes

    LAKE GENEVA — A deadly start to a hot stretch of weather. Two people died on separate lakes Thursday, June 14. Police say a 53-year-old man arrived on a bike at Big Foot Beach State Park in Lake Geneva around 1 p.m. He jumped in the water and was swimming just beyond the ropes. “Some of the witnesses had indicated this male that went under was yelling for help but by the time they went out to his location, he was […]