Julie Routhieaux, administrative specialist for the village of Little Chute, Wisconsin, left, and Patti Seeman, an election inspector, help out with voting at the village hall for a special election in the 1st Senate District on June 12, 2018. Democrat Caleb Frostman beat Republican Andre' Jacque for the state Senate seat. A judge had ordered Gov. Scott Walker to call a special election for the seat after the former office holder, Republican Frank Lasee, resigned in December to take a job with the state. Credit: Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

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#GivingNewsDay celebrates honest, independent journalism and its supporters — people like you. Will you support our work by making a donation today?

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From now until Dec. 31, NewsMatch, a nationwide program to bolster grassroots funding of nonprofit journalism, will match your new monthly donation 12x or double your one-time gift, all up to $1,000.

Give now to maximize your investment in nonpartisan reporting you can trust — such as our recent investigations of the state’s ineffective handling of the fatal chronic wasting disease on deer farms, the questionable approval of the Kohler Co’s. golf course on rare wetlands and state park land, and last-minute surprises and secretive moves that hide Wisconsin lawmakers’ actions from public view.

Julie Routhieaux, administrative specialist for the village of Little Chute, Wisconsin, left, and Patti Seeman, an election inspector, help out with voting at the village hall for a special election in the 1st Senate District on June 12, 2018. Democrat Caleb Frostman beat Republican Andre’ Jacque for the state Senate seat. A judge had ordered Gov. Scott Walker to call a special election for the seat after the former office holder, Republican Frank Lasee, resigned in December to take a job with the state. Credit: Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

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Andy Hall

Andy Hall is co-founder and executive director of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Since the Center’s launch in 2009, he has overseen the Center’s journalistic and financial operations. Previously he spent more than 26 years working at the Wisconsin State Journal and The Arizona Republic and has won dozens of awards for his reporting, including a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism and a national award from the Education Writers Association. Hall is a former Investigative Reporters and Editors board member, and current IRE member. He is based in Madison, Wisconsin. He can be reached at ahall@wisconsinwatch.org