Nathan Denzin

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Nathan Denzin is a reporter for PBS Wisconsin's Here & Now.

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Six voters stand and face the interior of temporary voting privacy booths with plastic frames and metal legs, in a government meeting room with a row of desks, projector screen and U.S. flag in the background.

Elections

Wisconsin’s recent blue-red voting trends solidify in spring 2023 election

A powerhouse turnout by Democratic voters in Dane County and shifting support from Republican voters in Milwaukee's suburbs – both building steam over the past decade — were consequential in the elections for state Supreme Court and Senate District 8.

Thursday April 6, 2023


A sandwich board sign with the logo of the city of Mequon and the words Vote Here Tuesday stands on a sidewalk, with a street, trees and buildings in the background.

Elections

How a shifting electorate is shaping the 2023 race for Wisconsin’s 8th Senate District

Changing partisan preferences among suburban voters is playing a role in the prominence of a special election between Republican candidate Daniel Knodl and Democratic candidate Jodi Habush Sinykin for an open state Senate seat north of Milwaukee.

Tuesday March 14, 2023


Four side-by-side images show portraits of Daniel Howell Jr., Scott Kerr, Gloria Reyes and Satya Rhodes-Conway.

Elections

Meet the candidates running in Madison’s 2023 mayoral primary

Challengers Daniel Howell Jr., Scott Kerr, Gloria Reyes and incumbent Satya Rhodes-Conway are running in the Feb. 21 primary, with the top two vote-getters moving on to the 2023 spring election for Madison mayor.

Tuesday February 14, 2023


A still image from a video conference meeting shows Dave Miess siting in a room in front of a wall and next to a window with half-open curtains, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Dave Miess' and 'Lac du Flambeau Area Homeowner.'

Social Issues

Dave Miess on living amid Lac du Flambeau’s road closures

Town of Lac du Flambeau resident Dave Miess considers how road closures by the tribal government over lapsed easements affect homeowners who have access blocked and shares hopes for a swift solution.

Tuesday February 14, 2023


Lac du Flambeau tribe blocks roads over lapsed contracts

Politics

Lac du Flambeau tribe blocks roads over lapsed contracts

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa closed four tribal roads after contracts to drive over their land lapsed in 2013, blocking over 50 households from access to their properties.

Friday February 10, 2023


Four side-by-side images show portraits of Janel Brandtjen, Dan Knodl, Van Mobley and Jodi Habush Sinykin.

Elections

Meet the candidates running in the 2023 Wisconsin Senate District 8 special election

Republican candidates Janel Brandtjen, Dan Knodl and Van Mobley are running in the primary to face Democratic candidate Jodi Habush Sinykin for a state Senate seat in the northern suburbs of Milwaukee.

Tuesday February 7, 2023


Fast Facts: Milwaukee and Green Bay’s declining winter ice

Environment

Fast Facts: Milwaukee and Green Bay’s declining winter ice

Climate scientists are observing winter temperatures rise faster in two Wisconsin cities, as Lake Michigan's waters freeze later and less reliably, raising risks to costs of lakeside infrastructure.

Tuesday January 31, 2023


Waushara County Judge Guy Dutcher on speedy justice

Social Issues

Waushara County Judge Guy Dutcher on speedy justice

Waushara County Judge Guy Dutcher discusses how shortages of prosecutors and public defenders in Wisconsin delays the application of the justice system to people facing charges and victims of crime.

Tuesday January 24, 2023


State Public Defender Kelli Thompson on incarceration cycles

Budgets

State Public Defender Kelli Thompson on incarceration cycles

Wisconsin State Public Defender Kelli Thompson discusses staffing for attorneys representing clients charged with crimes and the justice system impacting local communities when people are imprisoned.

Wednesday January 18, 2023


Former Dodge County DA Kurt Klomberg on prosecutor stresses

Budgets

Former Dodge County DA Kurt Klomberg on prosecutor stresses

Former Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg discusses job strains and workload demands for prosecutors that contribute to staffing shortages in an interview prior to resigning Jan. 12, 2023.

Wednesday January 18, 2023


Former Dodge County DA Kurt Klomberg on why he resigned

Politics

Former Dodge County DA Kurt Klomberg on why he resigned

Former Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg shares his concerns about understaffing of prosecuting attorneys in the office and why that led him to resign his position.

Friday January 13, 2023


Why Wisconsin courts need more prosecutors, public defenders

Budgets

Why Wisconsin courts need more prosecutors, public defenders

Due to the low pay and high stress of these positions, counties around the state do not have enough attorneys to keep the criminal justice system running at a speedy pace, particularly in rural areas.

Thursday January 12, 2023


An aerial photo shows two breakwaters extending from a shoreline into a frozen body of water, with sunlight reflecting off the surface of the ice and snow covering the ground on the land.

Science

Climate change is warming Wisconsin winters faster than other seasons

A wetter atmosphere and slower freezing of the Great Lakes has made wintertime temperature increases in Milwaukee and Green Bay among the highest in the nation as research projects that rises will continue.

Wednesday January 11, 2023


A close-up photos shows the face of Brett Favre with a logo backdrop in the background.

Politics

What’s the deal with Brett Favre and the Mississippi welfare scandal?

The Pro Football Hall of Fame member and former Green Bay Packers superstar is at the center of a scandal in his home state in which public funds intended to support social service programs were used for the construction of a volleyball arena at his alma mater.

Thursday December 22, 2022


Students at UW-Platteville Richland navigate its closure

Education

Students at UW-Platteville Richland navigate its closure

Members of the UW-Platteville Richland student body share their concerns about their future educational opportunities after the UW System announced an end to in-person classes on the campus.

Friday December 16, 2022


A roadside sign reading Nelsonville Population 191 stands alongside a road next to another sign addressing ATV/UTV traffic, with multiple vehicles, trees and powerlines in the background.

Environment

Nelsonville’s water woes: How nitrate contamination has consumed the community

Here & Now extra: Residents of a rural village in central Wisconsin are trying to ensure access to clean drinking water sources as they clamor for support from the state to address and mitigate the sources of nutrient pollution.

Thursday December 15, 2022


Jennifer McNelly on nitrate pollution sources in groundwater

Environment

Jennifer McNelly on nitrate pollution sources in groundwater

Portage County water resource specialist Jennifer McNelly discusses testing well water in Nelsonville to assess how much agricultural and septic system waste contribute to contamination by nitrates.

Tuesday December 13, 2022


Nelsonville’s water woes: A fight over sources of nitrate

Environment

Nelsonville’s water woes: A fight over sources of nitrate

Contamination of well waters by a chemical common in manure and septic systems has residents of a rural community in central Wisconsin arguing about its causes and finding appropriate solutions.

Thursday December 8, 2022


Tarion O’Carroll on working to obtain clean drinking water

Health

Tarion O’Carroll on working to obtain clean drinking water

Nelsonville resident Tarion O'Carroll describes how nitrate contamination in the area compels him to regularly visit an artesian well in another community in order to supply household water needs.

Tuesday December 6, 2022


Nelsonville’s water woes: Finding nitrate pollution in wells

Health

Nelsonville’s water woes: Finding nitrate pollution in wells

Residents of a central Wisconsin village are finding dangerous levels of a common agricultural pollutant in their drinking water and are left trying to filter their supplies or find new sources.

Thursday December 1, 2022


Multiple posters and graphics attached to a white wall in a classroom.

Education

Disparities persist in Wisconsin special education practices as budget battles loom

Children of color are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with behavioral disabilities in Wisconsin schools than white children, as teachers navigate a complex system and seek more support from the state.

Wednesday November 30, 2022


Three side-by-side images show Derrick Van Orden speaking into a microphone with seated audience members in the background.

Politics

What’s next for Derrick Van Orden in Congress after winning Wisconsin’s 3rd

Here & Now extra: The winning Republican candidate for a U.S. House seat in western and central swaths of the state is getting ready to serve in the majority while Democratic candidate Brad Pfaff thinks his party can learn from the close margin in this 2022 race.

Thursday November 17, 2022


Voters stand and fill in ballots in a line of privacy booths next to a concrete wall in a gymnasium.

Elections

Wisconsin’s voter turnout in 2022 hasn’t surpassed 2018, with status quo reigning

Unofficial counts show the state's turnout in 2022 was slightly lower compared to 2018, with Dane and Waukesha counties seeing modest increases and Milwaukee County seeing the largest drop at local levels.

Thursday November 10, 2022


Two ballot printing machines are placed next to each other in a room, with people seated and standing in the background.

Elections

Wisconsin’s 2022 voter registrations up from 2018, absentee ballots down from 2020

Compared to the previous midterm election, the number of people registered to vote has grown considerably, but those casting their ballots absentee or early have likewise dropped since the previous presidential election.

Thursday November 3, 2022


A split-screen image shows Brad Pfaff (at left) and Derrick Van Orden (at right) posing for portraits.

Elections

Van Orden holds polling, fundraising advantage over Pfaff in Wisconsin’s 3rd District

In a campaign with no debates, the Republican candidate is raising more money and running ahead in the few polls that have been conducted, while the Democratic candidate continues to emphasize the issues of the Jan. 6 insurrection and abortion.

Thursday October 20, 2022


Tim Michels and Tony Evers stand behind wooden podiums on a stage set.

Elections

Tony Evers, Tim Michels tout their platforms in one-off 2022 gubernatorial debate

In a rapid-fire exchange of responses, the Democratic incumbent and Republican challenger in the race for Wisconsin's top office made their cases on high-profile and more under-the-radar issues.

Saturday October 15, 2022


A sign stating Register to Vote Here stands in a large room with people standing and seated at tables in the background.

Elections

How Wisconsin’s voter registrations stood five weeks out from the 2022 election

The number of Wisconsinites registered to vote just over a month out from the midterms is approaching their peak levels, and geographic comparisons to 2018 and 2020 show mixed patterns.

Thursday October 6, 2022


A setting sun in a partly cloudy sky shines over the Daniel Hoan Bridge, with a riverside safety railing, sidewalk and lawn in the foreground and buildings in the background.

Elections

Milwaukee socialists mark a return to prominence in Wisconsin politics

More than a century after socialists first won elections in the state and several decades since any held office in the state Legislature, unopposed 2022 candidates Ryan Clancy and Darrin Madison Jr. are poised to take seats in the Assembly.

Tuesday September 27, 2022


Pfaff, Van Orden and Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District

Elections

Pfaff, Van Orden and Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District

A Republican promoting national political issues and a Democrat focusing on local economic desires are vying in a high-profile 2022 contest for a U.S. House seat in rural, western swaths of the state.

Friday September 9, 2022


A sign reading Register to Vote Here stands in front of a folding table and chairs, with people standing in the background.

Elections

What Wisconsin’s voter registration numbers say about 2022 election turnout

The number of Wisconsinites registered to vote as of Aug. 1 is approaching the state's highest total for this figure as turnout is expected to increase for high-profile, closely contested midterms.

Thursday August 25, 2022


A farmhouse, barns and other outbuildings stand amid trees and fields in a valley, with low, wooded hills in the background.

Elections

How nationalized politics shape the vote in Wisconisn’s 3rd Congressional District

With the retirement of U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, the race between Democrat Brad Pfaff and Republican Derrick Van Orden is among the most competitive in 2022 as voters in rural, western parts of the state have shifted from blue to red.

Thursday August 11, 2022


Two voting machines, one with its screen covered, sit in a room near a rolled up American flag and signs saying vote here.

Elections

How to change your vote if you’ve already voted for a candidate who has dropped out

Wisconsin law allows absentee voters to 'spoil' their ballots twice if the candidate they voted for bows out of the race prior to the election.

Friday July 29, 2022


Fast Facts: Wisconsin employers want more workers

Economy

Fast Facts: Wisconsin employers want more workers

A labor shortage in the state is expected to last for years as thousands of jobs in trucking, maintenance and nursing are not being filled, even as the unemployment rate has returned to pre-pandemic levels.

Wednesday July 27, 2022


Kathann Jackson sits at a table with a small vase of flowers and a window with open blinds behind her.

Economy

What happens when state government wants pandemic unemployment aid back?

Here & Now extra: A "complicated, procedural mess" awaited anyone applying for pandemic unemployment insurance in Wisconsin, and one mistake in filing paperwork could mean the government demanded this money be paid back.

Tuesday July 26, 2022


The pain of inflation for people trying to make ends meet

Economy

The pain of inflation for people trying to make ends meet

Consumer prices have jumped considerably over the past year, with the inflation rate hitting a 40-year high in the U.S. – these higher costs are particularly hitting lower-income people around Wisconsin.

Friday July 22, 2022


A history of Wisconsin’s abortion laws

Politics

A history of Wisconsin’s abortion laws

"Here & Now" reporter Nathan Denzin explains how Wisconsin's abortion laws have changed from the 1849 statute prohibiting most abortions up to the 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision to end constitutional protections.

Friday July 1, 2022


A sign reading Fewer rights than my grandma had is held up at a rally in front of the Wisconsin Capitol.

Politics

Protesters gather at Wisconsin Capitol after U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

Following the Dobbs v. Jackson decision by the nation's high court, Wisconsin now bans abortion except when deemed necessary to save a mother's life under an 1849 law.

Saturday June 25, 2022


A pond is surrounded by earthen berms with trees in the background.

Environment

Wisconsin Republicans approve diluted PFAS limits as regulators urge tougher standards

The new state regulations set "forever chemical" limits in drinking water that are much weaker than those proposed by the state health department and updated EPA guidance.

Wednesday June 15, 2022


Trees stand in front of a three-story stone masonry building with art deco design elements.

Social Issues

Wisconsin DOJ confirms retired Judge John Roemer killed in targeted attack

The suspect in a June 3 shooting in Juneau County has been identified as Douglas K. Uhde, whom Judge John Roemer sentenced to six years in prison in 2005.

Sunday June 5, 2022


A map shows Wisconsin counties with Juneau County highlighted in a different color with a star noting the location of New Lisbon.

Social Issues

Wisconsin DOJ investigating targeted shooting related to judicial system

A Juneau County shooting that left one dead and another hospitalized was a targeted act that the state Attorney General noted was related to court cases.

Friday June 3, 2022


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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 the full statement.