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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
  • ‘Had to stop it:’ Police in Campbellsport forced to fire on steer that escaped from meat market

    CAMPBELLSPORT — Police in Campbellsport said they were forced to open fire on a runaway steer. On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the 1,500-pound steer broke free at a meat market, and made a run for it through the village. “Well I’m like, ‘that’s something you don’t see everyday,'” said Robert Teeple. Teeple said he did a double take on Ladwig Street after his surveillance system alerted him to movement outside his home at 6 a.m. “Caught a cow!” said Teeple. The […]

  • ‘They are my best friends:’ Gym staff helps man heal broken heart after unexpected, tragic loss

    MUKWONAGO — As we head into 2019, some will make resolutions to get into shape. FOX6 News found one man’s decision to sign up for a gym membership changed the lives of everyone involved. Three times a week, you can find Kurt Krueger, a 75-year-old Navy veteran, at Anytime Fitness in Mukwonago — his trainer Maria Boschi at his side. “I’ve lost a lot of weight. I lost 13, 14 pounds since I started,” said Krueger. “He started off real […]

  • ‘Really strange:’ Greenfield man admits to firing gun at hooker who allegedly tried to steal from him

    GREENFIELD — Shots rang out in a Greenfield neighborhood and a police officer was injured while responding. The man who fired his weapon says a hooker he hired came back to steal from him. A struggle led to gunshots and several arrests. “I actually thought they were just regular firework shots,” said Taylor Heigl, heard gunshots. Just before 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 Taylor Heigl heard three to four pops. “I later found out they were gunshots,” Heigl said. […]

  • George H.W. Bush’s campaign train tour in WI was his last: ‘His consultants told him he was going to lose’

    MILWAUKEE — Former President George H.W. Bush’s political ties to Wisconsin run deep. He made many campaign stops in the Badger State over the years, including a very memorable train trip. While facing off against Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992, a Wisconsin campaign train tour would be his last as the 41st president of the United States. “He said in a debate ‘I want to do in America what I did in Arkansas.’ No way! We’re not going to let him […]

  • Researchers at UWM track vibrations from earthquakes that rock Alaska

    MILWAUKEE — A massive earthquake hit more than 3,000 miles away, but it was picked up on equipment here in Milwaukee.  As Alaska began to shake on Friday, Nov. 30 research was being collected at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Video captured the moment the major earthquake strikes — almost appearing like something out of a movie. From their Anchorage home, Katie, Tim and 14-month-old Naomi Jacques are reflecting on a terrifying experience. “Things falling off the wall, glasses falling,” Tim Jacques. […]

  • Officials: Milwaukee woman, 18, facing 2nd OWI charge after leading deputies on 100 mph chase

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office tells FOX6 News an 18-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for her second OWI offense early Tuesday morning, Nov. 27. Officials say Marissa Lucero led deputies on a chase reaching speeds of 100 mph. According to the sheriff’s office, just after midnight deputies tracked a vehicle traveling on I-43 going 71 in a 50 mph zone. Authorities attempted to stop the vehicle, but it did not stop. A chase ensued and officials say the […]

  • ‘1st step:’ Ashanti Hamilton files paperwork that would allow him to run for mayor

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton has filed paperwork that would allow him to run for mayor of the city — if he chooses to do so in the coming weeks. Neil Albrecht, the executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission confirmed the northside alderman filed the paperwork that would allow for a 2020 mayoral run. Hamilton said he is preparing for, but not yet committed to a run for mayor. On Wednesday night, Nov. 28, he was […]

  • Delayed for months due to lack of jurors, trial begins for man accused in ex’s brutal murder

    MILWAUKEE — A homicide trial delayed for months due to a lack of jurors finally got underway on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and prosecutors wasted no time displaying what they said was the murder weapon. Emmanuel Sanchez, 28, faces one count of first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, and one count of knowingly violating a domestic abuse order/injunction, domestic abuse assessments. He is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Crystal Leopold. In court on Tuesday, a Milwaukee police detective […]

  • Shoppers in Brookfield get out for the best deals and steals on Black Friday

    BROOKFIELD — Those who work in retail are exhaling as the Black Friday madness comes to a close. Many stores opened Thanksgiving night, Nov. 22 giving bargain hunters a jump-start on their holiday shopping. A shopping marathon that began Thursday is still going strong Friday afternoon, Nov. 23 for Madison Day. “Went to Target at 5 o’clock — got our goods,” said Day. “Came back to the house, had dessert.” If she’s tired, she’s certainly not showing it. She made […]

  • ‘How bad is it?’ Thanksgiving travelers monitor potential winter storm on Sunday

    MILWAUKEE — Traveling on Thanksgiving has its perks, but at General Mitchell International Airport on Thursday, Nov. 22, many were keeping close tabs on the forecast, as a winter storm could make things difficult on Sunday, as travelers head home. The smiles of those home for the holidays quickly evaporated as they learned what could come to cap off the holiday weekend — just in time for many to head home from Thanksgiving celebrations. Cristina Whitehead was with her mother […]

  • President/CEO of Milwaukee nonprofit arrested, suspected of misappropriation of funds

    MILWAUKEE — UNISON President and CEO Laurie Lambach was detained on Tuesday, Nov. 20 by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office under probable cause of misappropriation of funds. Officials with the nonprofit organization said Lambach was arrested at a fundraising meeting. UNISON is contracted by Milwaukee County to run senior centers and deliver hot meals, among other services for an estimated 15,000 people in the Milwaukee area. The organization was created after two other nonprofits, Interfaith and SET Ministry merged in 2017. […]

  • Prosecutors: Woman sexually assaulted by multiple men for hours after using dating app

    MILWAUKEE — Prosecutors say a meet-up using a social media app ended with a Milwaukee woman being blindfolded and sexually assaulted at gunpoint — and they fear there could be more victims out there. Developers of the app called “Tagged,” advertised as a place to chill, chat and go live, say they have 300 million registered users. Its features are similar to the dating app Tinder. Prosecutors say it was used to commit heinous crimes. A 21-year-old Milwaukee man faces […]