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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
  • Surge in IRS scam calls has police warning you to ‘hang up!’

    NEW BERLIN — Police say IRS scammers are flooding phone lines and leaving threatening messages. The scammers are using the police to try and scare people to give them money. In New Berlin, police say they had trouble keeping up with the calls. “We’ve had 30 calls in a little over an hour today,” said Captain Mike Glider, New Berlin Police Department. “They had been called by an IRS scam robocall asking them for money and they are asked to call […]

  • ‘Time to get to work:’ Tony Evers, Scott Walker end busy day after primary at events in Waukesha

    WAUKESHA — Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers spoke at the same time in Waukesha Wednesday night, Aug. 15, after Tuesday’s primary election — both trying to paint a picture of how far apart they are. It was one of several stops for both candidates on the day after the election. State Superintendent Tony Evers met Mandela Barnes, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor for the first time one-on-one over breakfast Wednesday morning before making several campaign stops […]

  • ‘We did it together!’ Leah Vukmir to face Sen. Tammy Baldwin after US Senate primary victory

    PEWAUKEE/DELAFIELD —  State Senator Leah Vukmir, a close ally to Gov. Scott Walker, defeated Kevin Nicholson, a former Marine who cast himself as a political outsider in Wisconsin’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Vukmir advances to face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin this fall. Baldwin issued this statement: “Wisconsinites want someone who will be in their corner and stand up to powerful special interests in Washington, not a bought-and-paid-for Senator. Leah Vukmir has a long record of putting her corporate special […]

  • Milwaukee streetcar at center of potential lawsuit after motorcyclist injured on tracks

    MILWAUKEE — It’s not even up and running and already Milwaukee’s new streetcar system could be the subject of an injury lawsuit. A motorcyclist is threatening to sue the City of Milwaukee over “The Hop” after taking a spill. Attorney Michael Hupy says his client was on Saint Paul Avenue trying to turn onto Water Street when his front motorcycle tire got wedged in the streetcar tracks — causing him to be thrown from his bike. “His elbow is injured,” Hupy […]

  • Family of Terry Williams, shot along lakefront, files ‘federal complaint’ against deputy

    MILWAUKEE — More than a year after a Milwaukee man was killed by a deputy along the lakefront, the family of Terry Williams is suing. The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office says the deputy was in fear of his life. The shooting was captured on dashcam video. However, Williams’ family says they can prove the officer’s life was not at risk. They are hoping a jury will hear their arguments. Williams was being pursued by deputies on June 11, 2017 on […]

  • ‘I saw one with a gun:’ Woman comes face-to-face with burglars at her home; snaps picture of suspect

    WEST BEND — A Washington County mother came home from church and found herself face-to-face with some armed burglars, who were running out of her home. It happened not too far from Big Cedar Lake. Deputies are looking for three suspects. Amid the farm fields of Washington County, on Church Drive outside of West Bend, the Lebakken family says even with their kids grown, it’s still rare to have a quiet, empty house. “We never had this problem when all […]

  • ‘It’s safer here:’ Homeless sleeping in tents in MacArthur Square; no current plans to remove them

    MILWAUKEE — Tents have been popping up outside the Milwaukee County Courthouse, and many of the homeless who are sleeping there said they don’t want to move. The tents line what is known as MacArthur Square on the back side of the courthouse and the Safety Building, and over the past few weeks, the number has been growing. “This was one of my tents. I slept the other night in a puddle of water. I used to sleep down by the […]

  • Dashcam video shows PIT maneuver that led to fatal crash; officer cleared of wrongdoing

    GREENFIELD — The Milwaukee County district attorney says a Greenfield police officer acted within his power when he performed a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT maneuver) that led to the death of Nicholas O’Brien on March 1. For the first time, we are seeing the chase and crash from the officer’s dash camera. O’Brien, 25, had been fleeing from Greenfield police late on March 1. Greenfield Police Officer Nicholas Meyer spotted a truck that blew through a red light. O’Brien was the […]

  • Man accused of selling stolen jewelry called police ‘because he figured someone would find out’

    WEST ALLIS — Two people have been arrested and charged following an armed robbery at Paul’s Jewelers near Highway 100 and National on Monday, June 25. One of the suspects was arrested in connection with the armed robbery, and a second suspect was arrested for receiving stolen property. Charges are as follows: Antowine Mitchell, 45, of Milwaukee: Armed robbery with use of force — two counts Operating without consent, possessing weapon False imprisonment — two counts Steven Monroe, 53, of […]

  • Community pays respects for Officer Michael Michalski in many ways during procesion

    OAK CREEK — Following the funeral procession for fallen MPD Officer Michael Michalski on Wednesday, August 1, hundreds of vehicles led the body to the cemetery. It was a sea of blue and red lights. The movie theater across the street from the Assembly of God Church in Oak Creek was a staging area for squad cars. The parking lot was full as thousands lined the streets. Outside the Oak Creek Assembly of God church, hundreds of officers stand at […]

  • Prosecutors: Illinois man punched deputy during arrest for urinating on port-a-potty at Country Thunder

    TWIN LAKES — A Kenosha County deputy is recovering after getting punched in the face at the Country Thunder music festival. Overall, deputies say citations were down and it was a good year. For one Illinois man, instead of enjoying the music, he spent the weekend in a jail cell. Country Thunder brings thousands to enjoy some of the biggest names in country music and the party that comes with it. “They’re all drunk. That’s really what it is all […]

  • Video: Surveillance camera from business captures natural gas explosion in Sun Prairie

    SUN PRAIRIE — We have a new perspective on the natural gas explosion that rattled Sun Prairie on July 10. The blast was caught on nearby surveillance video. Authorities say a construction crew struck a gas main in downtown Sun Prairie on July 10, resulting in the explosion. Fire Captain Cory Barr was killed as he helped evacuate people prior to the blast. Eleven other people were hurt. Six buildings were destroyed. The new video we’re seeing was perched on the […]