Alexandra Hall

Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism are pleased to announce that Alexandra Hall has been named the 2017 Mike Simonson Memorial Investigative Reporting Fellow.

During the one-year fellowship, Hall will work collaboratively with WPR and WCIJ to deepen her skills in investigative journalism, editing and on-air radio production.

“When I read about the fellowship I thought it sounded like a job designed specifically for me. I am honored to have been chosen and am truly looking forward to the experience,” Hall said.

Named for award-winning WPR Reporter Mike Simonson, who passed away unexpectedly in 2014, the fellowship came from private donors who valued Simonson’s legacy of investigative reporting.

Hall previously worked as a bilingual producer for NPR’s Investigative Unit and at Reuters TV in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she worked on the international desk at CNN Chile and as a freelance radio reporter covering breaking news, women’s health, and politics throughout South America from her base in Santiago, Chile. Hall’s reporting has aired on NPR News, LatinoUSA, Radio Ambulante, PRI’s The World, and Here & Now. Her recent cover story for The Washington Post Magazine exposed child and undocumented labor in America’s tobacco fields.

“Alexandra brings a passion for storytelling and for digging into issues that affect the lives of residents,” said Andy Hall, WCIJ executive director (not related to the reporting fellow). “All of us at the investigative center are honored to work with her, in the spirit of mentorship that Mike established during his career at WPR. People across Wisconsin will benefit from her work.”

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About the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism: WCIJ (, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, is increasing the quality and quantity of investigative reporting in Wisconsin, while training current and future generations of investigative journalists. Its work fosters an informed citizenry and strengthens democracy.

Lauren Fuhrmann

Lauren Fuhrmann is the Center's Associate Director. She joined the Center in 2011 after receiving her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. At the Center, Fuhrmann leads revenue development efforts as well as public engagement initiatives, including events, social media, newsletter and promotional materials; tracks the distribution and assesses the impact of WCIJ’s news stories; assists with development of donors and writing of grant reports; handles bookkeeping duties; produces photos, audio and video content; and copyedits stories. Fuhrmann is vice president of the Madison Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She was among five young leaders in the inaugural group of “Future Headliners” honored in 2014 by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.