Nathan Denzin

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

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Nelsonville’s water woes: Finding nitrate pollution in wells


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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 full statement here.