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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
  • ‘Feeling nervous:’ Fans flock to Milwaukee bars to watch Brewers-Dodgers in Game 6

    MILWAUKEE — Not everyone can pack into Miller Park for the NL Championship Series Game 6 Friday night, Oct. 19. Many are tuning in at establishments across the City of Milwaukee. For it truly to be our October, the Milwaukee Brewers need to survive a season on the brink. “I’m feeling nervous,” said a fan. In downtown Milwaukee, facing an uphill battle, fans are staying optimistic. What happened in Los Angeles is not what the fans were hoping, but it’s […]

  • 23-year-old Grafton native killed while exploring waterfalls in Chile

    CHILE — A Grafton native was killed while exploring waterfalls in Chile. The 23-year-old, her co-worker, and a local guide were all found by rescue crews on Monday, Oct. 15. There are those of us who talk about following our dreams, then there are people like Rose Franke. “When she says she’s going to do something, she’ll do it,” said Kerry Scafidi, teammate. “I would be like, ‘Rose your life is literally out of a movie. It’s crazy,'” said Leah […]

  • ‘Cautiously optimistic!’ Fans hope return home will spark Brewers’ bats vs Dodgers

    MILWAUKEE — Emotions ran high in Milwaukee Wednesday, Oct. 17 after the Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 in Game 5 of the NLCS. FOX6 News found fans who haven’t been to the World Series since 1982 feeling sick, but some said they haven’t lost hope. Clayton Kershaw bounced back from one of his worst postseason starts with one of his best, pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Wednesday to move one win from […]

  • ‘We’re hurting:’ Tense night in Shorewood amid emotional conversation about race

    SHOREWOOD — It was a night filled with tension at Shorewood High School during an emotional conversation about race on Tuesday, Oct. 16, stemming from a school production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The controversy surrounds a racial slur in the script. The play will be performed on Wednesday. The community discussion on the eve of the performance began with an apology. “As the superintendent, the responsibility is on myself. We take responsibility for the mess that has come from […]

  • Shorewood School District cancels ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ play due to potential protests

    SHOREWOOD — The Shorewood School District on Thursday, Oct. 11 pulled the plug on Shorewood High School’s production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” due to concerns about potential protests. Opening night jitters have been replaced with disappointment for cast members. “It was like being punched in the stomach,” said ZeZe Eiland, student. “Sadness is the first reaction,” said Clayton Holbrook, student. The show was canceled just hours before the curtain was set to open. “Three hours away from us opening and […]

  • ‘Culinary mercenaries:’ Chefs from 5 states flying in to help at Miller Park

    MILWAUKEE — The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t the only ones flying into Milwaukee for the NLCS, which begins Friday, Oct. 12 at Miller Park. FOX6 News caught up with Executive Chef Seth Vanderlaan in the bowels of Miller Park on Wednesday, Oct. 10 — wearing a smile during one of the most stressful weeks of his career. “It’s a big numbers game. We’re arriving here earlier and leaving later. Not a lot of sleep — and that’s fine with us,” […]

  • ‘Couldn’t miss it:’ Brewers fans from near and far revel in playoff excitement

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers took care of business Friday, Oct. 5 with a 4-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies — and fans went crazy. The roof was nearly blown off Miller Park from all the noise. It didn’t matter the two first games of the series were during the workweek, the park was still filled to the max. For Charles and Will Borgstorm, every second of their Brewers playoff experience has been the best week of their lives. “Not […]

  • Game on: Fans flock to Milwaukee bars to cheer on the Brewers

    MILWAUKEE — The bars were packed in Milwaukee on Thursday, Oct. 4 as the Brewers went head to head with the Colorado Rockies in Game 1. With the first pitch at 4:07 p.m., some fans ducked out of work early to tune in. Throughout the city events took place allowing fans to watch the game. The matchup pit Milwaukee’s Miller Brewing Company and Denver’s Coors Brewing Company against each other. At Kelly’s Bleachers on Bluemound, they served food few could stomach as the Brewers’ went […]

  • ‘It’s beautiful:’ Fans explore Fiserv Forum during 1st Bucks’ game at new arena

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Oct. 3 hosted their first game at the new Fiserv Forum. Fans arrived early, with doors opening an 90 minutes before tipoff. Many said they wanted to be a part of history — attending the first preseason game in the new arena. Kris Ganske wasn’t going to miss it — even though he was thrown a bit of a curveball. “I was going to come regardless after work, but when the baby sitter […]

  • Baby in NICU after hostage incident at Community Baptist Church

    MILWAUKEE — The mother of an infant taken hostage Thursday night, Sept 20 says her newborn remains at Children’s Hospital after suffering skull fractures. Milwaukee police arrested the child’s 29-year-old father, who brought the infant to Community Baptist Church located near Sherman Boulevard and North Avenue, where the suspect works as a janitor. His wife says moments earlier her husband arrived home drunk, got into a verbal argument with her, and their 3-week-old child. She says the child has two […]

  • Officials: Disagreement between 9-year-olds leads to cutting incident

    BRISTOL — The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a cutting incident that happened at Bristol Elementary School on Friday morning, Sept. 21. “I wouldn’t think it would happen here,” said Ashley Huebner, picking up friend’s child. The sheriff’s office says around 7:30 a.m., two students were told to quiet down by a teacher. When one of the students reiterated the point to their peer, deputies say the other grabbed a razor blade and started slashing. “When I got the message, […]

  • ‘With deep remorse,’ senior pastor at Elmbrook Church resigns following multiple affairs

    ELM GROVE — Elmbrook Church officials on Wednesday, Sept. 19 announced the church’s senior pastor has resigned after admitting to “multiple marital infidelities.” A letter to parishioners says he is seeking inpatient treatment for addiction. Jason Webb has been the senior pastor at the Elmbrook Church’s Brookfield and Hartland locations since 2014. Webb’s wife will remain in her role as “Global Partnership Director” at Elmbrook Church, but Webb will not be returning to the church. The letter to parishioners from […]