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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Prep Mania – Week 7

Darlington puts up 50 on Platteville, finishes regular season with 3 straight wins

Positive COVID cases continue to rise for Wisconsin football

Trudgeon leads Edgewood to win #4

Cambridge routes Waterloo, keeps ESC title hopes alive

Baraboo moves to 4-1 after big win over Watertown

Mineral Point shows little rust after 2 weeks off, tops River Valley

Lakeside Lutheran stays perfect with another impressive performance

Prep Mania – Week 6

Ball security is priority #1 for Wisconsin

Putting out the fire

Committed to the team’s success

Sauk Prairie sweeps Watertown

Dodge-Point United scores 6, move on to the finals

Lake Mills tops Watertown on senior night

Baraboo claims “Old River Jug” in win over Reedsburg

Badgers all smiles with Jon Dietzen on the team

Highland tops Potosi/Cassville in a battle of unbeatens

Randolph stays perfect, beats Cambridge in week 4

Prep Mania – Week 4

Jake Ferguson: a natural leader

Jack Sanborn leading the way for the Badger linebackers

Noah Burks ready to be “the next” linebacker at Wisconsin

An experienced and talented group for Jim Leonhard

Badger men enter season “hungry and humble”

Badgers to kickoff their season under the lights

Prep Mania – Week 3

Watson ready for a breakout year at Wisconsin

Mineral Point puts it on Platteville, moves to 3-0

Edgewood runs wild, earns 2nd win of 2020

Watertown makes quick work of Sauk Prairie, move to 2-1

Postosi/Cassville takes down River Ridge in a thriller

River Valley rallies for road win over Lancaster

Cambridge sneaks by Markesan for win #2

Wisconsin D-Ends ready to produce more in 2020

Jack Sanborn’s next step at Wisconsin

It’s Mertz mania for now at Wisconsin