Zach Hanley

Sports Director

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Hometown: Melrose, Wisconsin

College: UW-Madison

Other Journalism Experience: I was an intern at News 3 in college, worked part time at WKBT after graduation until I got the call from KXMB in Bismarck, ND, to be their weekend sports anchor. After about a year there, I moved to Cedar Rapids, IA, where I was the sports director at KGAN/KFXA for 5 years.

Started at News 3 Now on: April 6, 2020.

What is your favorite part about living in Madison? It’s home. Going to college here, leaving for 10 years, and then coming back to work at my dream job – it’s like going back to your parent’s house for the holidays.

What is the biggest news story that you’ve covered? Iowa football’s 2015 season. They were undefeated in the regular season, went to their first Big Ten title championship game, and earned a spot in the Rose Bowl for the first time in 25 years.

What is your favorite kind of ice cream? Mint Chip or Cookie Dough or Orange Sherbet, basically all of them …

What is your favorite place to vacation? Franklin Lake. Gone there every summer growing up, proposed to my wife there, it’s just a special place with lots of memories.

What was your favorite band when you were in high school? The Backstreet Boys. My cousin Jordan and I would pretend to be them. Always wanted to be in a boy band, still do.

What is your most treasured possession? My grandpa’s watch. My grandma gave it to wear in honor of him and I have it on every time I anchor sports.

Articles

Final Drive - Week 9

Olsen, Somasundaram advances to semifinals at Girls State Tennis Tournament

Mount Horeb-Barneveld downs Reedsburg for Badger Small title

Marshall beats Markesan for Eastern Suburban title

Columbus tops Lakeside Lutheran in week 9 matchup

Waunakee runs by Beaver Dam to move to 9-0

Sun Prairie bests Verona to cap off perfect regular season

Edgewood tops Monroe to win Rock Valley crown

Wisconsin women skate by Duluth in top ten showdown

Wisconsin skates past Army for first win of the season

Coach of the Week: Portage's Shane Haak

Badgers announce tip time for Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Days after dismissal from Wisconsin, Jalen Berger enters transfer portal

Tackling Army's triple option offense

From ball boy to a Badger, Lindsey excited to be at UW

Middleton girls tied for the lead after day 1 of state golf

Moseley era officially underway in Madison

Badger men's basketball is back!

Edgewood flies by Evansville, moves to 8-0

Mount Horeb-Barneveld beats Fort Atkinson in a top 10 tilt

Darlington beats Belleville in SWAL showdown

Sun Prairie takes down Middleton in a battle of Big 8 unbeatens

Potosi-Cassville beats River Ridge in Six Rivers showdown

DeForest runs by Watertown for win #7

Badger women to raise another banner on Saturday

Badger men excited to be back at the Kohl Center

Coach of the Week: Waunakee's Paul Miller

#4 Badgers sweep Hawkeyes, extend home winning streak to 27

Badger men picked to finish 10th in the Big Ten

Columbus takes down Lodi, stays atop Capitol conference standings

Middleton beats Verona, stays perfect in Big 8 standings

Edgewood tops East Troy, moves to 7-0

Mount Horeb-Barneveld beats Monona Grove in Badger Small showdown

Highland beats De Soto to keep perfect regular season alive

Coach of the week: Middleton's Matt Given

Bucks focused on turning 1 ring into 2

Badger offense moving on from turnover fest in Chicago

Four 4th quarter turnovers doom Wisconsin, fall to Notre Dame 41-13