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

David Bakhtiari gives Aaron Rodgers a new ride

Faion Hicks named to Wuerffel Trophy watch list

Micah Potter signs deal with the Heat

Mertz named to Davey O'Brien Award watch list

I-94 Rivalry set for December 4th

Packers rookie Eric Stokes to throw out first pitch at Brewers game

Sanborn named to Bednarik watch list

A perfect pair: Mission BBQ and Wisconsin O-Line team up

Paul Chryst named to Dodd Trophy preseason watch list

Acker named Gatorade Wisconsin Boys Track and Field Player of the Year

Kaminsky enjoying "the ride" to the NBA Finals

Davis scores 9, helps United States advance to FIBA U19 World Cup Quarterfinals

Wisconsin Volleyball unveils non-conference schedule

Sun Prairie takes down Bay Port to win first state championship since 2014

Jefferson baseball tops Catholic Memorial to advance to state championship game

Sun Prairie softball falls to Kaukauna in the state final

Former Badger guard Kobe King commits to Valparaiso

9 Badgers named to PFF's Preseason All-Big Ten Teams

Sun Prairie blanks Chippewa Falls, heads back to D1 Title Game

Wisconsin will travel to Georgia Tech for Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Acker sweeps field events at Division 1 State Meet

McFarland caps off perfect season with a division 3 state championship

Lodi and Jefferson boys named co-team champs at state

Hiura the hero in Milwaukee's "re-opening day"

Kayci Martensen runs wild during D3's day at the State Track and Field Meet

Cambridge's "Snappin' Stein"

Eli Stein commits to Arkansas

11-run inning helps Sun Prairie power past Janesville Craig

Tasha Igic's golden goal sends Madison West to the Sectional Finals

Waunakee girls, Jackson Acker shine at sectional meet

Edgewood wins 4th straight boys state golf title

Sanborn named to Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list

Kelly enters final round of the AmFam Championship 2 shots back

Culture is key for Sugar River

DeForest tops Stevens Point, Coach Olson earns win #300

#4 Oregon blanks Whitewater in regional opener

Dillon mashes melon, lives up to "The Quadfather" nickname

Dodgeville takes down Mineral Point in #1 vs. #2 matchup

Davis invited to USA Basketball U19 training camp