Author: Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Among Wisconsin’s jobless, Black applicants half as likely as whites to receive pandemic aid

Wisconsin’s unemployment insurance system buckled for many during the pandemic, with people of color less likely than whites to receive federal help, an audit found.

Jacob Resneck / Wisconsin Watch A federal audit has uncovered what researchers into Wisconsin’s unemployment insurance system have long suspected: People of color are less likely to receive jobless compensation than their white counterparts. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development…

‘Toxic work environment’ in Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office pushes employees to the brink

Staffers say county refused action as yelling, insults and unrelenting demands damaged their mental health; alleged behavior causes other counties to cut ties

By Brenda Wintrode  Wisconsin Watch The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office in April rehired an unpopular former operations director, prompting his shocked colleagues to make public longstanding complaints that he and his bosses created “a toxic work environment” that top…

Embattled former UW child abuse pediatrician resigns Alaska position

Parents and caregivers say their lives were upended after Dr. Barbara Knox wrongly diagnosed children’s illnesses or accidental injuries as abuse

By Michelle Theriault Boots  Anchorage Daily News  Brenda Wintrode  Wisconsin Watch  The embattled head of Alaska’s statewide child abuse forensic clinic — who also left the University of Wisconsin under a cloud of controversy — will soon resign, Providence Alaska…

Wisconsin state parks battered as Lake Michigan shrinks beaches, smashes boardwalks

The state Department of Natural Resources is weighing a fundamental question: Preserve land or let nature take its course?

By Mario Koran Wisconsin Watch/WPR  Lake Michigan’s winds and waves have sculpted the landscape of Whitefish Dunes State Park, a must-see treasure along Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula. Water delivers fine sand to a shoreline that supports threatened plants like the dune…

Wisconsin’s special ed system: High stress, sparse state funding

Over the past five decades, state support for special ed has dwindled, and staff shortages and turnover make it difficult to provide required services

From the time she wakes up in the morning until the time she goes to bed at night, Green Bay parent Denise Seibert’s life centers around her son, Tyler

A national debt: Should government compensate for slavery and racism?

Evanston, Illinois is compensating victims of housing discrimination. Big questions remain about whether and how reparations should be handled.

Reggie Jackson, a writer for the Milwaukee Independent and the former head griot, or oral historian, at America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee, has a long history of military service in his family stretching back to the Civil War. 

‘It’s all or nothing’: A small pay bump can cut benefits for Wisconsin workers

A 25-cent raise threatens loss of needed benefits for some low-income families, making it hard to get ahead.

With a workforce shortage affecting some industries, employers are raising wages to attract workers. Low-income workers have a better opportunity to reduce dependence on benefits and increase wages, as long as they find pay high enough to survive loss of benefits caused by the benefit cliff. 

Cow manure predicted to cause most sickness from contaminated wells in Kewaunee County

A new study predicts the incidence of gastrointestinal illness in private drinking wells, identifying manure as the main cause of contamination

The No. 1 factor for acute gastrointestinal illness in Kewaunee County’s private drinking water wells is cow manure, according to a federal study released today. The findings raise questions about the effectiveness of existing regulations aimed at protecting residents from tainted drinking water.

Convictions bar Wisconsinites from many jobs, making re-entry ‘a real struggle’

People of color in Wisconsin have higher incarceration rates than whites, which means many jobs and opportunities remain out of reach for them.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Janie Ocejo put her social work education and bilingual, bicultural background to work by supporting Madison’s Hispanic folks through positions at various community organizations.

Ancient human remains unearthed at proposed Kohler golf course site in Wisconsin

The rapidly eroding Lake Michigan shoreline is also raising questions about the future of the controversial project adjacent to Kohler-Andrae State Park

Archeologists have unearthed human remains of Native Americans who lived up to 2,500 years ago during excavations of the Sheboygan County site along Lake Michigan where Kohler Co. wants to build an 18-hole golf course.