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Frederica Freyberg

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Frederica Freyberg is the executive producer of news and anchor of Here & Now, PBS Wisconsin's live weekly program that covers news concerning state issues and politics throughout the state. ...

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This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. (Courtesy: NIAID-RML)

Health

Wisconsin Hits Record Daily Deaths, Bringing Death Toll to 3,420

Wisconsin hit a record daily number of COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, with the state Department of Health Services reporting 107 people died of the virus. That brings the total number of deaths to 3,420 as of Dec. 1. Daily positive tests were reported at 4,078 and DHS officials said hospitals across ...

Tuesday December 1, 2020


Revisiting Politics of Resentment

Politics

Revisiting Politics of Resentment

UW-Madison Political Science Professor Katherine Cramer's 2016 book "Politics of Resentment" investigated disillusionment felt by rural Wisconsinites. Four years and a presidential cycle later, she discusses the current political landscape of the Badger State.

Friday November 27, 2020


Presidential Recount and Marginalized Communities

Politics

Presidential Recount and Marginalized Communities

Marquette University Law School Professor Atiba Ellis discusses what the presidential recount means for marginalized communities working to have their voices heard in the political landscape.

Friday November 27, 2020


Is COVID Affecting Those with Mental Illnesses

Coronavirus

Is COVID Affecting Those with Mental Illnesses

Dr. Ned Kalin, the Chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health discusses the impact of COVID of those with mental illness and their care providers.

Friday November 27, 2020


Food Insecurity in Wisconsin

Coronavirus

Food Insecurity in Wisconsin

Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin President Patti Habeck talks about the struggles Wisconsinites face as they head into the fall and winter amid continuing pandemic stress.

Friday November 27, 2020


UW System President Thompson on Rapid Test Sites

Coronavirus

UW System President Thompson on Rapid Test Sites

UW System President Tommy Thompson talks about surge COVID-19 rapid test sites on UW campuses and support they are getting from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Students who decide to go home for the holidays must plan to get tested to prevent spreading the virus to their families and must take two tests upon returning to campus.

Friday November 20, 2020


Planning for Vaccine Distribution

Coronavirus

Planning for Vaccine Distribution

While the COVID-19 surge in Wisconsin does not appear to be relenting, help is on the way. New vaccines are in the final stages of approval. State Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk talks about the complicated planning for distribution of a vaccine.

Friday November 20, 2020


Trump Campaign Allegations and Recount Process

Politics

Trump Campaign Allegations and Recount Process

Wisconsin Public Radio News Capitol Bureau Chief Shawn Johnson details the recount process requested for Dane and Milwaukee Counties by the Trump presidential campaign which is alleging mistakes and fraud in counting and return of votes. They'll also discuss the legislative logjam related to state management strategies for COVID-19.

Friday November 20, 2020


Voters cast their ballots in-person on Nov. 3 at a polling location in Verona.

Elections

Dane County Clerk Outlines Election Recount Plan

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell detailed plans to begin recounting 345,000 ballots Friday at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.

Thursday November 19, 2020


Tony Evers

Health

Evers to Extend Mask Order in Coming Days

The new emergency order that will re-up the statewide mask mandate will extend through January, 2021.

Wednesday November 18, 2020


Peter Pryde

Health

Wisconsin Front Line, Nursing Home Workers to Get First Round of COVID Vaccine

The first people to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin will be hundreds of thousands of front-line healthcare workers and support staff, along with nursing home workers and residents, and could come as early as the end of the year according to Department of Health Services officials. Officials reported Tuesday ...

Tuesday November 17, 2020


Donald Trump

Elections

Trump Campaign’s Election Fraud Suit Dropped in Wisconsin

The lawsuit sought to throw out results from Democratic-heavy counties of Milwaukee, Dane and Menominee.

Monday November 16, 2020


Affordable Care Act Challenged in Court

Coronavirus

Affordable Care Act Challenged in Court

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a challenge to the Affordable Care Act this week, and whether the whole act can stand if a part is thrown out. ABC for Health's Bobby Peterson reacts to the court hearing and discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts current health insurance enrollment.

Friday November 13, 2020


Election Integrity

Elections

Election Integrity

The head of the Wisconsin Elections Commission Meagan Wolfe corrects misinformation of voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election and discusses the ongoing certification process.

Friday November 13, 2020


Vos on COVID, Election

Coronavirus

Vos on COVID, Election

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos discusses the possibility of compromise between legislative Republicans and Gov. Tony Evers on coronavirus legislation, as well as his call to have an Assembly committee investigate fraud in the 2020 election.

Friday November 13, 2020


Gov. Evers addresses the Spike in COVID Cases

Coronavirus

Gov. Evers addresses the Spike in COVID Cases

Governor Tony Evers took to the prime-time airwaves this week to make an urgent plea--and an Executive Order--to advise people to stay home amid a concerningly high percentage of positive COVID-19 cases.

Friday November 13, 2020


Hospitals at Tipping Point

Coronavirus

Hospitals at Tipping Point

UW Hospital’s Dr. Nasia Safdar talks about how hospitals are coping with the influx of COVID-19 patients and nearly reaching maximum capacity and what they are doing in the wake of mounting staffing shortages.

Friday November 13, 2020


What Happens with a Disputed Election

Politics

What Happens with a Disputed Election

UW-Madison political science Professor Barry Burden talks about the election polling, process, results, and challenges moving forward. He'll also add evidence-less claims of election irregularities in Wisconsin, and what to expect from a possible recount.

Friday November 6, 2020


Political Panel Breaks Down Election

Politics

Political Panel Breaks Down Election

Political panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross discuss this week’s election and what it means for Wisconsin’s political landscape going forward.

Friday November 6, 2020


New GOP Leader Emerges after House Race

Politics

New GOP Leader Emerges after House Race

Here and Now’s Zac Schultz discusses the future of what the state legislature seats hold as Republicans retaining commanding majorities heading into next year.

Friday November 6, 2020


Voting machine

Here and Now 2020

November 2020 Election Results: Biden Wins Wisconsin

With 95% of Wisconsin's ballots counted and reported, a razor thin margin favors Biden in unofficial results.

Tuesday November 3, 2020


Logo for WisconsinVote.org

Here and Now 2020

Live Election Updates

PBS Wisconsin live election updates from reporters around the state.

Tuesday November 3, 2020


AG Kaul Talks Election Security Ahead of 2020 Election

Politics

AG Kaul Talks Election Security Ahead of 2020 Election

State Attorney General Josh Kaul talks about Election Day security amid the threats on the part of militia groups or other possible polling upsets in Wisconsin.

Saturday October 31, 2020


Commissioner Urge People to Drop Ballots off in Drop Boxes

Elections

Commissioner Urge People to Drop Ballots off in Drop Boxes

With nearly 1.9 million absentee ballots having been requested and some 223 thousand not yet being returned, Democrats have worked to try and extend the time ballots could be counted as long as they were post-marked by Election Day.

Saturday October 31, 2020


Last Marquette Poll Before Election

Elections

Last Marquette Poll Before Election

Marquette University Law School poll director Charles Franklin discusses the latest results, which show Democrat Joe Biden leading by single digits with less than a week left before the 2020 election.

Saturday October 31, 2020


COVID at ‘Nightmare Scenario’ in Wisconsin

Coronavirus

COVID at ‘Nightmare Scenario’ in Wisconsin

State epidemiologist Dr. Ryan Westergaard called the state’s COVID-19 status a “nightmare scenario” as cases show no sign of slowing down. He talks about the status of the virus in Wisconsin, and what to expect in the weeks and months ahead.

Saturday October 31, 2020


AG Kaul Talks Election Security Ahead of 2020 Election

Here and Now 2020

AG Kaul Talks Election Security Ahead of 2020 Election

State Attorney General Josh Kaul talks about Election Day security amid the threats on the part of militia groups or other possible polling upsets in Wisconsin.

Friday October 30, 2020


U.S. Supreme Court Building.

Here and Now 2020

Breaking: US Supreme Court Keeps Absentee Ballot Deadline Nov. 3

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to let a lower court’s ruling stand, which means Wisconsin’s deadline to return absentee ballots will not be extended. Absentee ballots must be returned to elections officials by 8 p.m. Nov. 3 to be counted. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Madison federal judge ...

Monday October 26, 2020


Debate, Campaign Visit, Final Stretch

Politics

Debate, Campaign Visit, Final Stretch

Political panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross react to the final presidential debate and forecast what’s ahead in the remaining days of election 2020.

Friday October 23, 2020


The Latino Vote in Milwaukee

Politics

The Latino Vote in Milwaukee

Patricia Gomez of Milwaukee PBS talks with members of the Latino community about the issues and preferences in the race for President.

Friday October 23, 2020


Governor Backs the Precautions Health Officials Suggest

Coronavirus

Governor Backs the Precautions Health Officials Suggest

Governor Tony Evers touches on the COVID-19 conversation from Thursday’s media briefing and that more people need to treat COVID like the real risk that it is. Evers explains that Wisconsin health officials have worked very hard to prepare the public for the worst of the come from COVID.

Friday October 23, 2020


Misinformation and the Pandemic

Coronavirus

Misinformation and the Pandemic

WisContext's Will Cushman discusses his new reporting on how misinformation became rampant during the COVID-19 pandemic, how it propagates, and the role partisan politics plays in perpetuating it.

Friday October 23, 2020


Northeastern Wisconsin Grapples with Hospitalizations

Coronavirus

Northeastern Wisconsin Grapples with Hospitalizations

Emergency Department Medical Director at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay Dr. Paul Casey talks about how the region’s hospitals are handling the influx of COVID-19 patients.

Friday October 16, 2020


GOP COVID-19 Plan

Coronavirus

GOP COVID-19 Plan

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke discusses Republican legislative plans to address the pandemic and keep the economy running.

Friday October 16, 2020


Governor Stresses the Importance of COVID Precaution

Coronavirus

Governor Stresses the Importance of COVID Precaution

Governor Tony Evers defends his 25% capacity order that is in place until November 6, after Wisconsin has seen persistent rises in COVID-19 cases since September.

Friday October 16, 2020


This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. (Courtesy: NIAID-RML)

Health

Wisconsin Sets New COVID-19 Records

The Department of Health Services reported 3,279 new cases Tuesday, with the seven day average for new daily cases up to 2,727.

Tuesday October 13, 2020


Absentee Ballot Change in Appeals Court Ruling

Elections

Absentee Ballot Change in Appeals Court Ruling

Late this week, a federal appeals court ruled that absentee ballots must to be delivered to Wisconsin election clerks by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Friday October 9, 2020


New Statewide COVID Order

Health

New Statewide COVID Order

Governor Tony Evers says new order will help slow the rate of COVID-19 cases. The order reduces establishment capacity to 25% in all retail stores, bars, and restaurants.

Friday October 9, 2020


What Should Wisconsin Be Doing for COVID?

Health

What Should Wisconsin Be Doing for COVID?

UW-Madison public health expert Dr. Patrick Remington with the Global Health Institute talks about the current status of the pandemic in Wisconsin and what policy makers can do to help mitigate the further spread of the virus.

Friday October 9, 2020


Election Heads into Final Stretch

Elections

Election Heads into Final Stretch

Marquette Law School poll director Charles Franklin breaks down the latest numbers and the state of the presidential race as it heads into the final stretch.

Friday October 9, 2020


Joe Biden

Here and Now 2020

Biden Holds Narrow Lead in New Marquette Law School Poll

In the latest Marquette Law School Poll released Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by a narrow five-point margin in Wisconsin. The poll was conducted between Sept. 30 and Oct. 4, following the presidential debate, with 700 likely voters responding for a margin of error of ...

Wednesday October 7, 2020


Ron Johnson

Coronavirus

Update: Johnson Tests Positive for COVID-19, Says He Does Not Have Symptoms

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating. He told reporters during a Saturday morning conference call that he has no symptoms and has not received any medical treatment related to his diagnosis. Johnson received a test shortly before a Republican Party event in Ozaukee County ...

Saturday October 3, 2020


Questions Amid Pres. And First Lady Positive COVID Results

Coronavirus

Questions Amid Pres. And First Lady Positive COVID Results

Political analysts Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross discuss what’s next in the race for President after incumbent Donald Trump tests positive for COVID-19.

Friday October 2, 2020


Green Bay Sees COVID-19 Spike

Coronavirus

Green Bay Sees COVID-19 Spike

As COVID-19 cases spike in Green Bay, President and CEO of Prevea Health Dr. Ashok Rai joins to discuss the pressure that spiraling COVID cases in Brown County is placing on hospitals and health professionals; and how the area’s health care infrastructure is handling the surge.

Friday October 2, 2020


Health Secretary on COVID Surge

Coronavirus

Health Secretary on COVID Surge

Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm discusses the crisis-level surge in COVID-19 in parts of Wisconsin and ways the state is marshalling resources to combat the spread.

Friday October 2, 2020


Republicans Denounce Evers’ New Emergency Order

Coronavirus

Republicans Denounce Evers’ New Emergency Order

Last spring, the State Supreme Court struck down Governor Tony Evers “Safer at Home” order, after being challenged by the Republican-led legislature.

Friday September 25, 2020


How Are Voters Approaching Election Day in Rural Wisconsin

Elections

How Are Voters Approaching Election Day in Rural Wisconsin

Eyes are on rural Wisconsin for the upcoming presidential election where a tight, statewide vote could be established.

Friday September 25, 2020


Former Police Chief Reviews Jacob Blake Shooting

Social Issues

Former Police Chief Reviews Jacob Blake Shooting

Former Madison Police Chief, Noble Wray, brought in to review the Jacob Blake shooting investigation by State DOJ to reach a charging decision. Wray says no timeline has been established for a complete review.

Friday September 25, 2020


Virus Enters Near-Exponential Growth

Coronavirus

Virus Enters Near-Exponential Growth

Due to high rates of infection among young people, COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin are growing at a near-exponential rate. State epidemiologist Dr. Ryan Westergaard discusses what that high rate means, and how the state is working to combat the increased spread.

Friday September 25, 2020


New Public Health Emergency

Coronavirus

New Public Health Emergency

Governor Tony Evers discusses his new declaration of a public health emergency as rates of infection increase among young people.

Friday September 25, 2020


Johnson on Biden Investigation, Ginsburg

Politics

Johnson on Biden Investigation, Ginsburg

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson discusses the results of his investigation into presidential candidate Joe Biden's son, as well as his thoughts on filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Friday September 25, 2020


Baldwin on Supreme Court

Politics

Baldwin on Supreme Court

Democratic Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin discusses the Supreme Court vacancy and and the process ahead. She also speaks to U.S. Senator Ron Johnson’s Burisma investigation as well as her view of the Breonna Taylor decision in Louisville.

Friday September 25, 2020


UW-Madison

Education

UW-Madison Announces In-Person Instruction to Resume

This comes after the campus was shut down for two weeks amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Wednesday September 23, 2020


federal courthouse

Elections

Judge Rules Ballots Must Be Accepted After Election Day

In a federal ruling, a district court judge said clerks must accept absentee ballots received up to six days after the election, as long as the ballots are postmarked Nov. 3. The ruling is temporarily stayed however, giving time for defendants to appeal the ruling.

Monday September 21, 2020


Status of Wisconsin’s Absentee Ballots

Elections

Status of Wisconsin’s Absentee Ballots

Wisconsin Elections Commission lead administrator Meagan Wolfe talks about the status of more than a million absentee ballots already requested by Wisconsin voters and when she expects election results to be available.

Friday September 18, 2020


Wisconsin Schools Begin to Shift Gears and Resort to Online

Coronavirus

Wisconsin Schools Begin to Shift Gears and Resort to Online

State School Superintendent Address Challenges of Learning during COVID. While more than half of Wisconsin's K-12 school districts reported plans to start with some form of in-person instruction, things are changing. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor on the status of the coronavirus school year

Friday September 18, 2020


Toll of COVID-19 on Wisconsin’s Workforce

Coronavirus

Toll of COVID-19 on Wisconsin’s Workforce

UW-Madison's Center on Wisconsin Strategy Associate Director Laura Dresser shares findings of a new report. The center reached out across the state to better understand the impact of the pandemic on workers in a wide variety of job settings.

Friday September 18, 2020


Epidemiologist On Risk of Going Back to College, K-12 School

Coronavirus

Epidemiologist On Risk of Going Back to College, K-12 School

Infectious disease epidemiologist at UW-Madison, Malia Jones, discusses sharp uptick of COVID-19 cases on Wisconsin's college campuses and what that means to the surrounding communities.

Friday September 18, 2020


Absentee ballots in the mail

Elections

Wisconsin Absentee Ballots Mailed Out

Election clerks across the state are starting to mail out more than a million absentee ballots to voters after the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected Monday the Green Party presidential candidate’s effort to get on the ballot. Conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn voted with the court’s three liberal justices in ruling against ...

Tuesday September 15, 2020


Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke on Policing Reform

Social Issues

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke on Policing Reform

As the state Legislature works toward passing policing reform legislation, the Assembly created a Speaker's Task Force to vet possible legislation. Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke heads the task force and talks about the path forward.

Friday September 4, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers on Police Reform

Social Issues

Gov. Tony Evers on Police Reform

Governor Evers weighs in on the week's news, which includes visits to Kenosha by two presidential candidates, the work toward policing bills in the state Legislature and the state's continued response to COVID-19.

Friday September 4, 2020


UW Health’s Dr. Jeff Pothof Discusses COVID-19 Vaccine

Coronavirus

UW Health’s Dr. Jeff Pothof Discusses COVID-19 Vaccine

This is an interview with UW Health's Chief Quality Officer, Dr. Jeff Pothof. Dr. Pothof was the first among an expected 1,600 volunteers to take an experimental COVID-19 vaccine at a study run jointly by UW Health and the UW School of Medicine. He joins the program from Madison.

Friday September 4, 2020


Langdon Street

Health

UW-Madison, Dane County Quarantine Hundreds in Fraternities and Sororities

Public Health Madison and Dane County and UW-Madison on Friday directed 420 members of nine campus fraternities and sororities who live in off-campus chapter houses to quarantine for 14 days because of positive COVID-19 cases among their members. Public health officials reported that as of Wednesday, Sept. 2, 38 of ...

Friday September 4, 2020


Political Panelists Provide National Party Conv. Analysis

Politics

Political Panelists Provide National Party Conv. Analysis

“Here & Now” political panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross recap the last two weeks of political conventions and where the parties stand heading into November.

Friday August 28, 2020


Kevin Hermening on Wisconsin Supporting Trump

Politics

Kevin Hermening on Wisconsin Supporting Trump

While President Donald Trump won Wisconsin by a slim margin, he won the 7th Congressional District by 20 points in the last election. How does that region shape the electoral math of Wisconsin as a swing state? Former Marathon County Republican Party chair Kevin Hermening appears from Wausau to provides insight.

Friday August 28, 2020


Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch on Trump for WI

Politics

Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch on Trump for WI

Former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch weighs in on the Republican National Convention that wrapped this week and provides insight on what she thinks the president needs to do to win Wisconsin.

Friday August 28, 2020


Attorney General Josh Kaul on the Kenosha Shooting

Social Issues

Attorney General Josh Kaul on the Kenosha Shooting

The state Department of Justice is investigating the shooting of Jacob Blake. Attorney General Josh Kaul provides detail about the probe.

Friday August 28, 2020


Dem. Nat’l Convention No Longer Taking Place in Milwaukee

Politics

Dem. Nat’l Convention No Longer Taking Place in Milwaukee

Milwaukee was set to share the national political spotlight. That was until the Democratic National Committee announced the party's national convention is going all virtual. No national speakers on site. No Joe Biden at the podium. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was disappointed saying he "wanted to show off" the city.

Friday August 7, 2020


Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore on Women’s Suffrage

Elections

Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore on Women’s Suffrage

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore appears in an excerpt from a Here and Now special, “Wisconsin Women Vote.” She reflects on the power of the woman’s vote and reflects on her career to date in politics.

Friday August 7, 2020


U.S. Senators On a Possible Coronavirus Aid Package

Coronavirus

U.S. Senators On a Possible Coronavirus Aid Package

As the U.S. Senate considers a new coronavirus aid package, Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson talks about the debate over the $600 unemployment supplement. Republicans are pushing to have the amount of the unemployment supplement lowered. Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin provided a statement regarding coronavirus relief.

Friday August 7, 2020


Governor Tony Evers on Coronavirus and Wisconsin

Coronavirus

Governor Tony Evers on Coronavirus and Wisconsin

A little more than a week into the statewide mask mandate, Gov. Tony Evers provides an update on how the order is intended to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in the state. He also responds to possible Republican challenges to the rule.

Friday August 7, 2020


Marc Levine on the State of Black Milwaukee

Social Issues

Marc Levine on the State of Black Milwaukee

UW-Milwaukee Emeritus Professor Marc Levine’s recent report spells out the inequality Black Wisconsinites face in the state’s largest city. He says the inequities represent, “the archetype of modern-day metropolitan racial apartheid and inequality.” Levine explains the importance of doing metric studies to fully understand the city’s disparities, such as black poverty and incarceration rates.

Friday August 7, 2020


Evers Mandates Masks; Washington County Executive Opposes

Coronavirus

Evers Mandates Masks; Washington County Executive Opposes

Washington County Executive Josh Schoemann discusses why he believes the order is an executive power grab.

Friday July 31, 2020


U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D) on Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

Politics

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D) on Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

Democrat U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan talks about what to expect in a federal coronavirus aid package. He says the goals of the aid package should be unemployment assistance, helping small businesses, funding state and local government, shoring up testing and contract tracing and protecting front line workers. He also weighs in on the state's recent mask mandate.

Friday July 31, 2020


U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany (R) on the Hectic Week in Washington

Politics

U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany (R) on the Hectic Week in Washington

As a member a House Judiciary Committee Member, Tiffany participated in the questioning of U.S. Attorney General William Barr about Federal agents in U.S. cities. He'll speak to that as well as the status of Congressional help on coronavirus relief to Americans. Tiffany also weighs in on the state's recent mask mandate.

Friday July 31, 2020


UW System Campuses Prepare to Reopen

Education

UW System Campuses Prepare to Reopen

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson, now interim UW system President, discusses plans to safely reopen state campuses for the fall term.

Friday July 24, 2020


Epidemiologist Warns to Take COVID Rise Seriously

Coronavirus

Epidemiologist Warns to Take COVID Rise Seriously

One of the country’s top epidemiologists, University of Minnesota’s Dr. Michael Osterholm, discusses ways Wisconsin combat COVID-19 cases. He also addresses the status of a possible vaccine.

Friday July 24, 2020


Sen. Baldwin Objects to Federal Agents in Cities

Politics

Sen. Baldwin Objects to Federal Agents in Cities

Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and other Senate Democrats sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Acting Homeland Security Chad Wolf demanding answers regarding White House orders of federal agents to U.S. cities. Meanwhile, in Madison, the board that oversees Capitol Restoration voted unanimously to restore the statues on the Capitol Square damaged by protesters.

Friday July 24, 2020


VP Pence Campaigns in Ripon; Wis. Health Officials On Surge

Elections

VP Pence Campaigns in Ripon; Wis. Health Officials On Surge

As Vice President Mike Pence made campaigns in Wisconsin touting the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, Wisconsin's State Epidemiologist Ryan Westergaard and Health Secretary-designee Andrea Palm both expressed concern about the sharp increase of community spread of COVID-19. Westergaard saying "epidemic indicators are mostly bad and potentially getting worse."

Friday July 17, 2020


Gov. Tony Evers on Latest Escalation of COVID Case Numbers

Coronavirus

Gov. Tony Evers on Latest Escalation of COVID Case Numbers

As Wisconsin is experiencing more COVID-19 cases daily, Gov. Evers articulates the importance of incorporating the small gestures - social distancing, wearing face masks - into all daily activities to keep Wisconsin residents safe. Evers administration working on unemployment benefits continuation and options for residents when it comes to the shutting off of utilities.

Friday July 17, 2020


How Uninsured Wisconsinites Are Dealing with COVID-19

Health

How Uninsured Wisconsinites Are Dealing with COVID-19

With over five million people losing their health insurance due to recent unemployment from the pandemic, and numbers continuing to rise, what are the possible implications for the uninsured. Bobby Peterson explains how Wisconsinites are leaning on ABC for Health for alternative health insurance coverage with unemployment. Try WisCovered.com.

Friday July 17, 2020


How Bars and Taverns Weather the Pandemic

Economy

How Bars and Taverns Weather the Pandemic

As COVID cases rise in the state, bars have proven to be a common thread of new infections among Wisconsinites in their 20s. President of the Tavern League of Wisconsin and a Delavan supper club owner, Chris Marsicano, talks about bar owners' struggle to stay afloat while balancing public health interests.

Friday July 17, 2020


Boys & Girls Club of Dane Co. Distribute 15,000+ Free Masks

Coronavirus

Boys & Girls Club of Dane Co. Distribute 15,000+ Free Masks

150 teens receiving resources as they work distributing masks as part of effort by Boys and Girls Club to support the unemployed, children and families and provide PPE during the pandemic as Dane County's mask mandate goes into effect. Michael Johnson, CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, advocating for representation of people of color at the Capitol in the form of a Vel Phillips statue.

Friday July 17, 2020


Despite Pandemic Wisconsin Dells Busy Over July 4th Weekend

Coronavirus

Despite Pandemic Wisconsin Dells Busy Over July 4th Weekend

An estimated 100,000 people ventured into the Wisconsin Dells during the Fourth of July weekend, even with Coronavirus concerns. There were crowds at Noah’s Ark Water Park, despite keeping attendance to 35% capacity. Guests were "asked" to wear masks inside the park, but were "not required" to wear them.

Friday July 10, 2020


Lame Duck: Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow to Evers Admin

Politics

Lame Duck: Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow to Evers Admin

In a 5-2 decision along conservative and liberals lines, the Wis. Supreme Court upheld the lame duck laws the Republican-controlled Legislature passed just days before Gov. Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul took office. Both are democrats. The laws guarantee the Legislature can intervene in cases using its own attorneys rather than those from the state Department of Justice.

Friday July 10, 2020


‘Wisconsin Safer Voting Plan’ Funded by Cities, Non-profit

Elections

‘Wisconsin Safer Voting Plan’ Funded by Cities, Non-profit

The mayors of Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Racine and Kenosha teaming up with Center for Tech and Civic Life to fund the "Wisconsin Safer Voting Plan." The $6.3 million grant from the non-partisan non-profit will help with voting sites, drive-thru and drop box locations. Gov. Evers announced 2 million+ face masks and thousands of infrared thermometers will be sent to public and private schools.

Friday July 10, 2020


What Racial Justice Movement Looks Like in Central Wisconsin

Social Issues

What Racial Justice Movement Looks Like in Central Wisconsin

Darrell Keaton is a community activist in Wausau and discusses how his community is working toward greater racial justice. Keaton founded Men & Women 4 Change Social Club to promote diversity and awareness of minority owned businesses and organizations in Central Wisconsin. Wausau will celebrate Juneteenth next year as a result of Keaton's work with the Wausau mayor and chief of police.

Friday July 10, 2020


Challenges with Local Health Orders Regarding COVID-19

Coronavirus

Challenges with Local Health Orders Regarding COVID-19

In lieu of a statewide order, local public health officials have implemented their own orders to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris discusses the challenges and pushbacks he’s faced while navigating a local response to the virus.

Friday July 10, 2020


Direction of COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus

Direction of COVID-19 Pandemic

Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm provides an update on the spread of COVID-19 in the state as cases increase. She also weighs in on potential statewide responses, including a mask mandate.

Friday July 10, 2020


Youth Activist Group ‘Impact Demand’ Calls for Change

Social Issues

Youth Activist Group ‘Impact Demand’ Calls for Change

Ayomi Obuseh of the group 'Impact Demand' discusses the youth movement in the current racial justice demonstrations and the change they are calling for from elected officials. She says retaliations from white terrorist groups means they are applying pressure in the right areas and that means change is coming and "it's going to be effective."

Friday July 10, 2020


Racine Co. Rule is On-Off-On, Dane Co. Tightens Restrictions

Coronavirus

Racine Co. Rule is On-Off-On, Dane Co. Tightens Restrictions

A civil suit filed by a Racine business owner alleging 'Safer Racine" order would lead to business closings and significant loss of revenue resulted in ruling by Racine Co. judge to end order earlier this week. At 3pm July 3, Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Racine. Ordinance remains in effect while city’s appeal is argued in court. Madison and Dane Co. enacted stricter COVID-19 rules.

Friday July 3, 2020


Youth Activist Group Marching 65 Miles, Demanding Reform

Social Issues

Youth Activist Group Marching 65 Miles, Demanding Reform

Young Wisconsinites with the 50 Miles More activist group are marching 65 miles from Milwaukee to Madison calling for action from Governor Tony Evers and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on police and gun reform, banning the use of tear gas and rubber bullets and violence prevention. The group will finish their march at the state Capitol on July 4th.

Friday July 3, 2020


Calls for a Statue of Vel Phillips at the State Capitol

Politics

Calls for a Statue of Vel Phillips at the State Capitol

Phillips was the first black woman elected as Wisconsin's Secretary of State, first in the nation elected to statewide office, first black woman to graduate from the UW Law School, first Black person elected to Milwaukee's City Council and first black woman to be a Wisconsin judge. To learn more about Vel Phillips, watch "Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams," a 2015 documentary at PBSWisconsin.org.

Friday July 3, 2020


No Police Officers in Madison High Schools Starting in Fall

Education

No Police Officers in Madison High Schools Starting in Fall

The Madison School Board voted this week to remove police officers – also known as SROs (School Resource Officers) - from the city’s four main high schools. School Board President Gloria Reyes, a former police officer herself, discusses the board’s vote and what the district plans to do ahead of the fall semester.

Friday July 3, 2020


Epidemiologist Stresses Evidence-based Prevention Strategies

Coronavirus

Epidemiologist Stresses Evidence-based Prevention Strategies

State epidemiologist Dr. Ryan Westergaard provides an update on COVID-19 in the state. He talks about the recent spike in the virus among young people and whether Wisconsin should be prepared to see spikes in the virus like southern and western states have seen.

Friday July 3, 2020


Black Leader Sees Narrative Shift Across US, Feels Different

Social Issues

Black Leader Sees Narrative Shift Across US, Feels Different

Black Leaders Organizing for Communities leader Angela Lang discusses the status of the racial justice protests and where the state is now—whether demonstrations are continuing with the same energy or whether things are ‘returning to normal.’ She also talks about political organizing ahead of the 2020 presidential election and amid the pandemic.

Friday July 3, 2020


U.S. Supreme Court Building

Politics

Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Law

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers have admitting privileges to hospitals, which mirrors a Wisconsin law passed in 2013.

Monday June 29, 2020


New DHS Dashboard Shows County-by-County Risk

Coronavirus

New DHS Dashboard Shows County-by-County Risk

The state health department's new online dashboard shows the risk level for every county in the state with the darkest shades showing where there is the highest current risk. Central Wisconsin from Green Bay to Eau Claire is at the highest level along with most of southern Wisconsin. The map is updated each Wednesday.

Friday June 26, 2020


Trump Visits Marinette Marine Touting Naval Contract

Economy

Trump Visits Marinette Marine Touting Naval Contract

President Donald Trump visited Fincantieri Marinette Marine on Thursday. He toured the shipyard in Marinette that was awarded a $5.5 billion Navy contract to build new frigates. The company is expected to invest more than $200 million and create 1,000 jobs at the shipyard as a result of that contract.

Friday June 26, 2020


Gov. Evers Again Deploys National Guard to Protect Property

Social Issues

Gov. Evers Again Deploys National Guard to Protect Property

In the wake of this week's violence, Gov. Evers once again deployed the Wisconsin National Guard to protect state property and to support law enforcement. He said, “The Wisconsin National Guard will serve in a limited authorization meant to make sure people can exercise their First Amendment rights while ensuring the safety of members of the public and state buildings and infrastructure."

Friday June 26, 2020


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Statement to the Communities We Serve

There is no place for racism in our society. We must work together as a community to ensure we no longer teach, or tolerate it.  Read full statement here.