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.
Among the many remarkable things about the defeat of the proposed overhaul of the Wisconsin Public Records Law over the July 4 weekend last summer was the way the media, open government groups, advocacy organizations on the left and right, and the public coalesced to point out how ill-conceived the idea was.
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism on Thursday received the State Bar of Wisconsin’s highest journalistic award for its coverage of Wisconsin’s efforts to reduce the use of solitary confinement.
Together, we did it! Generous donors from across the nation helped the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism successfully attain a $50,000 matching grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation in Oklahoma. In fact, we exceeded the goal by $14,000, giving our $600,000 budget a strong start in 2016.
Two Democratic lawmakers want the state Department of Health Services to investigate drinking water as a possible source when children are lead poisoned. The proposal also greatly lowers the blood lead levels that would trigger an investigation.