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


Where Wisconsin ranks in federal discrimination complaints nationwide

In Wisconsin, a legislative spotlight on high school civics education

'I had a bullseye on my back': Wisconsin state employee files federal discrimination complaint

According to recently-published research, Wisconsin ranks #6 in the country for the number of federal discrimination complaints filed by Black workers

Attorney: Police 'really muffed this' in alleged State Street officer shooting

Diocese of Madison rebuffs call for investigation as longtime staff, students leave St. Maria Goretti school

'Death is too good for them': Wisconsin grandmother of murdered boy says father's sentencing brings little relief

In their own words: Close friends of students killed in car crash describe amazing friends, teammates

'Honoring Simon's legacy': At Madison West, first match after captain's death is far more than a soccer game

In Wisconsin's Driftless region, an impending political battle that could help decide control of the U.S. House

For the Record: UW legal team to assist Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy

Inside Fort McCoy: A first look at life for almost 13,000 Afghan refugees

'What is the plan?' Families, public health officials concerned as COVID-19 spreads through schools

For the Record: School COVID-19 spread and ICU bed availability

Concerns over medical care, anxious to leave: An Afghan journalist's plight at Fort McCoy

Three refugees tell News 3 Now that health care concerns and a clearly-communicated timeline for leaving Fort McCoy are top issues they want officials to address

Wisconsin couple wins appeal over $12K unemployment debt; judge overturns DWD's overpayment decision

Check your school district here: Hundreds of K-12 students, staff remain in quarantine in south central Wisconsin

For the Record: A newly-opened Wisconsin 9/11 memorial

Federal lawsuit filed to overturn Wisconsin's ban on disabled people getting unemployment benefits

In Wisconsin, a $100 vaccine incentive seems to work. Nationwide, incentive results are a tossup.

Federal pandemic unemployment benefits are about to end: Here's what to know in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development says pending claims for weeks before September 5 will still be paid out for each week that they're eligible.

FBI reports 44% increase in Wisconsin hate crimes last year. Here's why that's only a small part of the story.

Federal funds, bus rapid transit project help fuel Madison's largest capital improvement budget in 2022

In Dane County, breakthrough infections rise but unvaccinated COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations far higher

Afghan refugees in Wisconsin: A GOP message of fear, a conservative veteran's plea for compassion

Communication barriers, fears for those left behind: The experience for Afghan refugees in Madison

'Get out of my way': Tommy Thompson says UW won't submit COVID-19 safety policies to lawmakers for approval

UW System interim president Tommy Thompson said Tuesday he is prepared for lawsuits, doesn't need 'political approval' from legislature to keep campuses safely open

Technology, learning loss, mental health: Top funding priorities for southern Wisconsin school districts

For the Record: How to help Afghan refugees as they head to Wisconsin

Is your state lawmaker vaccinated? Check our survey here

As Wisconsin expects 'hundreds to thousands' of refugees, here's which lawmakers are helping—and how you can help

Wisconsin attorney general files lawsuit to remove expired chair from Natural Resources board

MMSD won't require staff to get vaccine or regular COVID-19 testing

For the Record: A conversation with Vic Wahl, Madison's retiring interim police chief

Update: State lawmaker calling for DWD transparency, 'culture change' as reports rise of unemployment debt

For Wisconsinites facing thousands in unemployment debt, monthly payments could cost hundreds

'State-sanctioned racism': Debate over Republican-backed bills to ban critical race theory, systemic racism teaching in schools

Wisconsin's Natural Resources expired board chair to preside over controversial wolf hunt quota discussion

Rep. Ron Kind won't seek reelection in 2022

After a storm, who pays? The financial aftermath of tornados in southern Wisconsin

For the Record: Most of Wisconsin's major health care systems requiring staff to get vaccinated