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
  • ‘Thank you:’ Vigil held remembering fallen Officer Matthew Rittner

    MILWAUKEE — The community came together Friday evening, Feb. 8 to honor fallen Milwaukee Police Department Officer Matthew Rittner. A vigil held at Zablocki School near 10th and Oklahoma, was packed with supporters to say thank you. “This is the third officer in eight months. It’s hard,” said Tracey Dent, community activist. Hundreds gathered for the vigil. Milwaukee city leaders joined police officers, neighbors, friends and family to remember fallen Officer Rittner. Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales says support for the […]

  • ‘Trying to lean on each other:’ Milwaukee’s FPC holds moment of silence for fallen officer

    MILWAUKEE — As preparations are underway for fallen Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner’s funeral, prosecutors are preparing to charge the man police say shot him. At Milwaukee’s Fire and Police Commission Thursday evening, Feb. 7 the meeting was paused to pay respects. “I got to tell you, Officer Rittner was really one of a kind,” said Assistant Chief Ray Banks, Milwaukee Police Department. Assistant Chief Ray Banks is one of Rittner’s former direct supervisors. “It’s horrible,” Banks said. “We are really […]

  • ‘Needless loss:’ Police officer, Marine reservist dies after being shot on Milwaukee’s south side

    MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee police officer was shot near 12th and Manitoba on the city’s south side on Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, and later died from his injuries. It’s the third such loss for the Milwaukee Police Department in eight months — after a 22-year stretch with no deaths in the line of duty. Police said around 9:15 a.m., the department’s Tactical Enforcement Unit was in the neighborhood to serve a search warrant for the illegal sale of firearms and […]

  • Walworth County deputy cleared of wrongdoing in fatal shooting of Sean Dutcher

    ELKHORN — A Walworth County deputy has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the officer-involved shooting of a man in Elkhorn on Oct. 18, 2018. The deceased was identified as Sean Dutcher. Records show 38-year-old Dutcher was drunk and had marijuana in his system as he led police on a chase. After driving his vehicle toward officers, Walworth County District Attorney Zeke Wiedenfeld says the deputy who fired his weapon at Dutcher, acted within his rights. CLICK HERE to view digital […]

  • What a mess: Water main break floods shoulder of streets near 35th and Silver Spring

    MILWAUKEE — Public works crews worked to contain a water main break near 35th and Silver Spring in Milwaukee on Thursday, Jan. 31. Workers tell FOX6 News they expect to see more. Milwaukee police closed the street as crews worked to repair the break. “Just got off of work and it’s all this mess,” said Zandra Mendoza, lives nearby. “My boots were white now they’re a combination looking like cows.” Nearby businesses could do little to prevent their parking lots turning […]

  • ‘Still had to come in:’ Those with dead car batteries in bitter cold thankful for mass transit

    MILWAUKEE — With at least 1,000 closings in the FOX6 system Wednesday, Jan. 30 amid a wind chill warning for all of southeast Wisconsin, many were able to stay home from school and work, but not everyone. Some who woke up to a vehicle that wouldn’t start in the bitter cold turned to public transportation to get to their destination. That included Milwaukee’s streetcar, “The Hop.” Those who had to rely on public transportation said they were thankful the systems […]

  • Amid extreme cold, mechanic has bad news for drivers: ‘A lot of (cars) probably aren’t going to start’

    MILWAUKEE — The bitter cold can be killer when it comes to your vehicle. The best place for it is in a garage, but not everyone has that option. More than 24 hours after the snow stopped falling Monday, Jan. 28, Morgan Knigee was finally trying to move her car on Tuesday — and found quite the predicament. “Yeah, it’s pretty bad. I haven’t left since Sunday,” said Knigee. A FOX6 News crew gave her a push, and soon, there […]

  • After ‘no snow in December,’ Sheboygan gets 15 inches, making shoveling a challenge

    SHEBOYGAN — As snow fell in southeast Wisconsin Monday, Jan. 28, prompting a winter storm warning, Sheboygan County and Ozaukee County were among the hardest hit. Snow emergencies were declared, and there were impressive snow totals. The snow continued into the early evening Monday, and roads were a mess. Meanwhile, giant snow piles formed, as several more inches of snow fell on top of snow already on the ground. FOX6 News found a vehicle graveyard along I-43 on the way […]

  • ‘Should be a lot better:’ Milwaukee travelers rejoice after government shutdown ends

    New York didn’t have enough air traffic controllers on Friday, Jan. 25, causing delays nationwide. Many of those finally being paid remain worried about what will happen in the future. After 35 days, the partial government shutdown is over — for now. In Wisconsin, the news comes with a sigh of relief. Political expert Mordecai Lee says the news displays something not seen often in Washington these days — compromise. “What’s finally going to happen is, the smart politicians in […]

  • ‘Pretty horrifying:’ Racine man charged with following women home in order to steal their purses

    WAUWATOSA — A man suspected of following women home to steal their purses has been charged. It was a mistake the man’s girlfriend made in Walmart, that may help put him behind bars for decades. On Glencoe Circle in Wauwatosa, neighbor Emma Todt recalls telling her children someone likely was pulled over when they saw the flashing lights. “Then we found out a few days later that wasn’t the case,” said Todt. Investigators say a 79-year-old woman was dragged after […]

  • Nearly 2K parking citations issued in Milwaukee Tuesday night into Wednesday

    MILWAUKEE — City of Milwaukee officials announced on Wednesday morning, Jan. 23 that crews issued 1,950 parking citations from Tuesday night into Wednesday. They said that’s fewer violations than expected — especially considering roughly 90,000 vehicles are parking on city streets on any given night. Milwaukee officials revealed on Monday, Jan. 21 that 1,900 citations were handed out Saturday night, Jan. 19 into Sunday morning. Another 2,300 citations were issued from Sunday night into Monday. This, after several inches of […]

  • ‘Very weird:’ Milwaukee police, ATF investigate fatal shooting near 70th and O’Connor Street

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened near 70th Street and W. O’Connor Street — across the street from the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin headquarters on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Police say around 1 p.m., an altercation between two people took place and a 41-year-old man was fatally shot. “I woke up to the sirens, looked out the window and saw the cops,” said Chris Sberna. “I was in a state of shock — like ‘what’s going on […]

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