Naomi Kowles

Investigative Reporter

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Home State: New York (Catskills area)

Other journalism experience: I started as a freelancer for an alternative weekly in rural northern Wisconsin covering city politics. From there I moved to WSAW in Wausau, where I worked as an investigative and political reporter for two years before arriving in Madison to lead investigations at News 3 Now.

Started at News 3 Now: October 2020

Why did you decide to come to Madison? It’s my favorite city in Wisconsin, and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to do what I love in one of the country’s most interesting state capitols.

What’s the biggest news story you’ve covered? I’ve done several months-long investigations and covered some major political stories, but still can’t answer this question without talking about a bunker in the woods in central Wisconsin where a wanted sexual assault suspect hid for 3+ years. That story made it to most of the national networks and will probably forever be one of the strangest–and saddest–that I’ve covered.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Explore Madison, take road trips, listen to serial podcasts (on the road trips), and read.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Rock climbing and remembering to put my car’s windshield wipers up when it snows


For the Record: Vaccines for toddlers rolling out in Wisconsin this week

Also on For the Record: New federal standards for dangerous manmade chemicals; Historic storm damage in Dane County

In the wake of severe weather, who pays for the cleanup?

‘John Clinton Doe’ remains found in 1995 identified by Rock Co. authorities, but questions remain about death

Sheriff: Investigation to now shift focus to how man died

Dane County executive, sheriff propose public referendum on jail consolidation project costs

For the Record: Federal waivers for school lunches ending; Gableman held in contempt

Madison city council pushes through massive changes for Metro Transit system

Report: In Wisconsin, Black applicants were half as likely as white applicants to get pandemic unemployment assistance

For the Record: UW System president on recent controversies; Dane County judge to run for state’s high court

New UW System president will recommend continuing tuition freeze in upcoming budget

Static to Interactive: Upgrading school building maps sent to police, state for emergency responses in Wisconsin

For the Record: Renewed calls for gun control; A sudden gap on the Wisconsin Election Commission

‘They’re being cowards’: In walkouts, Wisconsin students blast lawmakers for inaction on gun reform

In wake of Texas tragedy, Madison’s police chief challenges 2nd amendment, calls for more school security

Khari Sanford trial: Prosecution, defense make closing arguments; case in jury’s hands

For the Record: State fails to close ‘legal loophole’ for domestic violence offenders; state GOP doesn’t back candidate for governor

Also on For the Record: An update on the Center for Black Excellence and Culture, and resigning city alder Arvina Martin talks poor compensation for council members

Daughter: Khari Sanford ‘felt like a slave’ when murdered parents helped couple or set house rules

Khari Sanford trial: Witnesses testify about stress, disrespect in family’s home over relationship

‘This is a crisis’: In Wisconsin, special needs patients may wait years for sedated dental care

For the Record: Anti-abortion arson investigation; rising Covid cases in Wisconsin

Looking for baby formula in the Madison area? Here’s what to do

Dane County’s CPS head disputes how police described their involvement before a toddler’s death

Plus: How more than half of child deaths from abuse or neglect in Wisconsin in 2020 included past, recent contact with county CPS agencies

Dane County board chair opposes one-time $1,000 payment for employees; says plan wasn’t prepared properly

Man charged with homicide, child sexual assault in toddler’s death held on $1M cash bond

For the Record: Abortion rights on the line; Media responsibility in the internet era

Also on For the Record: Findings from the latest poll from Wisconsin's largest police union

An old drug addiction and an uncharged crime: How the internet won’t let a Madison man move on

In this story, WISC-TV/Channel 3000 rolls out a new policy and takes a close look at media responsibility—including our own—in the internet age

Wisconsin attorney general says counties shouldn’t enforce archaic state abortion ban if Roe v. Wade is overturned

However, enforcement may not matter--Planned Parenthood says they would halt all abortion services anyway in Wisconsin if the landmark Supreme Court decision is overturned

ACLU Wisconsin to Madison Metro: Concerns about transit redesign’s compliance with federal law

For the Record: GOP Sen. Kooyenga on upcoming departure; says Gableman investigation has ‘run its course’

Police chases, domestic abuse, a drive-by shooting: Records detail past allegations for suspect in toddler’s death

City of Madison fields thousands of suggestions, complaints, inputs on upcoming Metro Transit redesign

For the Record: First female, Native American general officer in Wisconsin Army National Guard retires after decades of shattered glass ceilings

Also on For the Record: Chances of a veto-proof GOP supermajority in state legislature; missing parents and bond in Dane County

Police: 20-month-old girl dies, man arrested after second abuse call in five days

A baby’s death, missing suspects, $500 bond: Dane County set the lowest bar for release in Wisconsin in a reckless homicide charge

A News 3 Investigates analysis of court cases and child maltreatment deaths in Wisconsin in 2020 reveals Dane County set the lowest bar for release in the state in two ways: first degree reckless homicide charges, and children's deaths from abuse or neglect

Report: Wisconsin got less than most states in federal Covid funds for government

Ahead of body camera vote, Madison police chief believes he’s changed a few minds

For the Record: Wis. Supreme Court reverses course; longtime Dane County lawmakers retiring amid high turnover

Also on For the Record: A new report from Wisconsin Policy Forum finds lagging state aid for higher education

‘I was relentlessly harassed’: Oregon High students start website highlighting bullying, discrimination, assault stories