Victories in open government, spearheaded by investigative journalism and citizen activism in a year of unprecedented attacks on government transparency, were celebrated by journalists, members of the public and champions of public records laws at the sixth annual Watchdog Awards Wednesday evening in Madison.
They’ve traveled 1,000 miles across Wisconsin, drawing attention to important issues affecting the quality and supply of our state’s water. Now, four sculptures crafted by artist Carrie Roy are headed for the next stage in their adventure: They’re for sale.
The water at Fox Lake and Waupun Correctional Institutions is tainted with lead and copper. Officials say they are complying with federal standards, but some inmates and staff question whether it is safe.
High school and college journalists and young professional journalists are invited to a special investigative reporting workshop being offered April 20 as part of this year’s Wisconsin Watchdog Awards event.
Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of open government and the people’s right to know, got an unexpected and welcome beam of hope in mid-March when Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order directing state agencies to speed up responses to public records requests and to track them to show their performance.
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s Failure at the Faucet series, which has exposed problems with the quality of Wisconsin’s drinking water, was among eight Center award recipients announced Friday by the Milwaukee Press Club.
Attorney Robert J. Dreps, a champion of open government who has represented news organizations in groundbreaking cases for three decades, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog Award.
Coburn Dukehart, an award-winning multimedia editor and producer with 16 years of experience at national news organizations, has joined the staff of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism as digital and multimedia director.