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

Articles

Halderson trial recap ahead of restart: Days 1 through 6

Wisconsin prison system suspends in-person visits as Omicron infections rise

16 projects to finish, retirement ‘not in the cards’ as Tommy Thompson finishes UW tenure

For the Record: Recapping first week, looking ahead in Chandler Halderson trial

‘All hands on deck’: PHMDC bringing COVID-19 testing back to Alliant Energy Center amid Omicron surge

Wisconsin Republicans continue push to make employers accept natural immunity in place of vaccines

Wisconsin GOP lawmakers want to incentivize law enforcement with federal COVID relief funds

‘She’s going to die’: A woman needs a critical surgery at UW Health. Her family says there’s no beds.

‘The center of national politics’: Wisconsin political reporters recap 2021 in For the Record special report

Half-hour special will air Sunday, Jan. 2, on CBS after 'Face the Nation'

Insurrection, partisan turmoil, election division: A 2021 timeline of Wisconsin politics

In year-end interview, Gov. Evers suggests support for bail reform, doesn’t rule out DA investigation

Long term care beds decline across Wisconsin as 600 hospital patients wait for their own

‘There’s no more staff’: Wisconsin hospitals in crisis mode as pandemic fatigue drives staff away

"Part Two: The Staff" highlights the staffing shortages at hospitals across Wisconsin, continuing our series inside the ICU, ER and inpatient facilities at SSM Health Monroe Hospital

‘Trying to keep our heads above water’: Inside the hospital bed crisis in rural Wisconsin

"Part One: The Beds" begins a series inside the ICU, ER, and inpatient facilities of SSM Health's Monroe Hospital, where staff say they're in a crisis unlike any other point in the pandemic

In rural hospitals, a COVID crisis: News 3 Now on Sunday at 10

Facing eviction and accused in string of sexual incidents, suspended UW student also wanted in Rhode Island

‘People didn’t sign up for this’: Local elections officials brace for 2022 amid threats, baseless claims

For the Record: ‘Here’s the deal’: Sen. Jon Erpenbach on leaving state senate

Records show man arrested for alleged UW campus sexual assault has recent history of sexual offenses

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach will not seek re-election after more than 20 years in office

Wisconsin prison system to open 65-bed facility for aging prisoners at Oakhill Correctional

Madison video game testers suddenly laid off, employees say

Candidate’s anti-transgender comments spark school board race in Madison

‘I did not feel safe’: Oregon High School senior says police, school mishandled her sexual assault report

Democrats seek to fix ‘loophole’ in Wisconsin’s child gun laws following Rittenhouse acquittal

In a dangerous mental health call, who responds? The aftermath of a tragic Sunday shooting in Madison

‘The kindness of friends and family’: Change Boutique to reopen on Willy Street after crash

Feds: Mailing mix-ups delayed social security cards for Afghan refugees

COVID-19 testing surge in Dane County ahead of Thanksgiving travels

Rapid tests also harder to come by

Did domestic violence past, low cash bail lead to tragedy in Waukesha?

Previous bonds were ‘inappropriately low’ for suspect in Waukesha parade crash, DA says

For the Record: Madison police chief on report, 69 recommendations for handling protests

Madison police chief: Extra staffing on standby, ‘ready for anything’ in wake of Rittenhouse verdict

At Fort McCoy, Team Rubicon set to withdraw; officials say all Afghan refugees now have ‘winter layers’

Roads, bridges in Dane County to get overhaul with federal infrastructure funding

‘Not something that happens easily’: Interpreter shortage, benefit delays among challenges for Afghan refugees in Wisconsin

‘It takes a village’: East High parents organize to support students daily over lunch hour, dismissal

An affordable housing crisis: Afghan refugees in Madison