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.


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Milton run rules Bay Port to take home first Division 1 State Title

Jefferson finishes runner-up for the second straight season

Sauk Prairie comes up short in division 2 state semifinal

Zoey Pagels leads Oregon past Cedarburg and on to the D2 Final

Cuba City captures program’s first state championship

Cuba City takes down #1 Amherst, advances to D3 State Championship

Wisconsin volleyball releases Big Ten schedule

A special season for Sun Prairie’s Rob and Davis Hamilton on the diamond

Jerry Kelly within striking distance after Am Fam Championship first round

Jefferson blanks Wisconsin Lutheran, advances to D2 State Final

Poynette powers past Wautoma in D3 State Semifinal

Barneveld uses big 4th inning to top Edgar in D5 State Semifinal

Team USA dominates Canada, wins Group A

Coach of the Week: DeForest’s Scott Siemion

Jerry Kelly knows he has a target on his back this weekend in the Am Fam Championship

Sun Prairie shuts out Milton in State Quarterfinal

Am Fam Championship week is Steve Stricker’s favorite time of the year

Team USA ready for Thursday’s rivalry game with Canada

Ferguson signs with Dallas Cowboys

Big first period pushes Team USA past Finland

Sun Prairie tops Waunakee, heads back to state

State Track and Field – Day 1

Coach of the Week: Deerfield’s Scott Gloede

McFarland blanks Prairie du Chien, moves on to sectionals

Sun Prairie uses big 2nd inning to head back to state

Verona blanks Beloit Memorial in regional opener

Chasing records: Yordanos Zelinski’s journey to the track

Coach of the Week: Highland’s Ike Campbell

Wisconsin football announces handful of kickoff times

Madison College baseball heads back to DII JUCO World Series

Coach of the Week: Madison Memorial’s Drew Slempkes

Badger softball ready for the ‘big stage’

Steve Stricker’s plan for this year’s AmFam Championship: ‘just trying to beat Jerry”

Coach of the Week: Oregon’s Bobby Nichols

‘A dream come true:’ UW-Whitewater’s Wisniewski reflects on tryout with Packers

Packers to start regular season against Vikings in Minnesota, end at home against Lions

Mad Caps skate past Lumberjacks, force winner-take-all game 5

Wisconsin ready for redemption as Big Ten Tournament begins

Coach of the Week: Team Nazar Training Center’s Nazar Kulchytskyy