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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Wisconsin begins vaccinating prisoners as eligibility prepares to open to all adults

Amid confusion over federal guidance, state audit finds $1.1M of errors in how agencies used COVID relief aid

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules Gov. Evers overstepped emergency powers during pandemic

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Critically high to high: How COVID activity has changed in Wisconsin since November

Wisconsin's inmate population reaches historic low, new report finds

Wisconsin Republicans authorize Assembly investigation of elections administration

Wisconsin Republicans threaten court action; pass bill that would give lawmakers control of federal relief funds

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UW-Madison admin, student leaders clash over pandemic funds ahead of third round of funding

Bipartisan bill to prevent backlog of sexual assault kits clears Wisconsin senate

Wisconsin Republicans vote to honor Rush Limbaugh, reject Black History Month efforts

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State Republicans push for more control of federal Covid-19 dollars as Wisconsin prepares to receive $5.7B in aid

Wisconsin state, local governments projected to get $5.7 billion under Covid-19 relief bill

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For the Record: Ajay Sethi and Ann Lewandowski talk about State Vaccine rollout

Covid-19 cases, deaths on the decline in long term care facilities across Wisconsin

By some indicators, Wisconsin's vaccine rollout remains one of the best in nation

Lawmakers consider bills banning mandated Covid vaccines, blocking church closures for public health

Top Senate Democrat says comment about voters being 'not smart' in rejecting increased sales taxes was sarcastic, a 'poor choice of words'

Wisconsin congressmen weigh in on $1.9T Covid relief bill poised to pass House on partisan vote

State lawmakers and vaccines: Who got one, who hasn't yet, and who won't get one

State's plan to vaccinate teachers could take 4 to 6 weeks

Proposed changes to Wisconsin voting laws likely to move forward, GOP leaders say

Assembly passes bill clearing way for unemployment system overhaul; sends to Gov. Evers' desk