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


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Why didn't my phone get an emergency weather alert? Here's some possible answers.

Amid politically-charged state battle over federal unemployment, job seekers tell a more complex tale

As speeding tickets on E. Washington skyrocket, here's the citations and charges from pedestrian deaths this year

'We are concerned': State health officials warn of new COVID cases after Bucks crowds

'It's disconcerting': In southcentral Wisconsin jails, few inmates are vaccinated

Three county jails, including population centers Dane and Rock Counties, reported in 'spot checks' that a quarter or fewer of inmates were vaccinated

With Wisconsin set as one of 2022's most hotly-contested Senate races, a Barnes campaign could shatter records

East Washington Avenue: A deadly problem

After the deadliest year in at least a decade, the city says they're planning new solutions. Could traffic cameras and protected bike and pedestrian spaces be next?

'We're very excited about it': Adam Toledo's family, attorney to build boy's home in southwestern Wisconsin

City responds to State Street business concerns with smaller bus stop designs for new rapid transit

K-9 teams, volunteers join in search for missing boater in Sauk County as it enters fifth day

'Violent crime cannot be tolerated': Two dead in Madison after Fourth of July weekend shootings

'A public health crisis': Residents, officials sound alarm as death toll climbs from E. Washington Ave crashes

After two people are killed in a week's time, some say the city's current plan isn't enough to address the reckless driving and inherent dangers of Madison's most notorious road

What can Gov. Evers partially veto in the budget? A 2020 court decision is about to be put to the test

Wisconsin Assembly approves state budget, Senate up next

She quit her job to care for her children during COVID. Now, Wisconsin demands $30K repayment for unemployment benefits.

'This is my choice': Despite expired term, chair of state Natural Resources Board says he's still not leaving

Assembly OK's penalizing cities that cut police funding. It puts Madison, Milwaukee in the crosshairs.

'Needlessly exposed': Few inspections, hundreds of complaints about unsafe workplaces in Wisconsin as COVID cases spiked

'Walked through the blood': Faith, political leaders reflect on Juneteenth

As Wisconsinites return to work, some pandemic unemployment claims dating back months remain unpaid

State lawmakers vote to end extra unemployment benefit amid party divide over labor shortage

Wisconsin Assembly clears 2nd Amendment sanctuary bill exempting gunowners from federal regulations

Wisconsin set for 'unprecedented' $4.4B windfall. Political leaders have to figure out how to spend it.

Didion Milling plans to appeal $676K in fines, 14 violations for Cambria corn silo death

As Wisconsin celebrates Pride Month, community still battles hate as anti-LGBTQ+ crimes persist

Four years after deadly explosion, Didion's $1.8M in OSHA fines remain unpaid

'I'm here...and they're gone.' A Janesville veteran's day of remembering

Lifting the UW tuition freeze: A potential cash infusion as Wisconsin's public colleges lag national counterparts

Feds: Wisconsin's GOP school spending plan could disqualify state for $1.5B in federal COVID school aid

GOP state legislators vote on $150M school spending increase, unclear whether it's enough to keep federal aid

Failing classes, declining grades: Whether virtual or in-person, pandemic learning has been a hurdle

State of Hate in Wisconsin: A Panel

Nearly half of Wisconsin's counties never used the hate penalty in the last five years. Dane County stands out.

Wisconsin’s official hate crime reporting plagued by missing cases, errors corrected too late

‘Is it a hate crime or not?’ Investigating hate is complicated. In Wisconsin policing, it's at times misunderstood.

'At some point you have to confront it:' The state of hate in Wisconsin's workplaces, homes and public places

The Wisconsin Supreme Court's high-profile year: A conversation with Justice Brian Hagedorn

Mendota facility expansion unites, Medicaid expansion divides as budget process kicks off amid immigrant rights rally

One year into use of force data collection, Wisconsin law enforcement agencies still coming on board