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With just four full-time, permanent staff and the help of our talented interns and assistants, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism produces news that reaches millions of people each year. But we don’t do it alone.

Our success depends on collaborations with other news organizations and academic institutions. These partnerships allow us to produce an impressive body of in-depth reports exploring issues crucial to Wisconsin and beyond.

Support Investigative Reporting in Wisconsin

In just the past two years, WCIJ has partnered with more than a dozen news outlets and student journalists to produce investigative stories. They included Wisconsin Public Radio, Twelve Letter Films, News21, ProPublica, Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication, the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, the Medill Justice Project, HuffPost (here and here ), Reveal, the Chicago Sun-Times, Gaming the Lottery project and Madison Magazine.

These collaborations helped us to make our first documentary about the plight of dairy farmers and the immigrant workers they rely on; to investigate a potential wrongful conviction; expose retaliation against state employee whistleblowers; examine Wisconsin’s declining democracy; reveal the exploitation of Latino immigrants in Asian restaurants in the Midwest; and cover the rise of hate and bias in Wisconsin, including the controversial Proud Boys group, among other stories.

We give our journalism away for free to make sure it has the largest possible reach. The Center’s audience greatly expanded this year when the Associated Press began distributing our stories coast to coast. Since Oct. 1, 2016, our reports have reached an estimated audience of 24 million in 38 states, Canada and the District of Columbia.

We are a small news organization with a big audience. We can only do this because of the hard work of students, collaboration with other media and support from people like you.

Donate for Twice the impact

Between now and Dec. 31, NewsMatch will match your donation to the Center. NewsMatch is a national campaign to encourage grassroots support of the nonprofit news sector. Because the Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Please make a gift today and have it matched!

Your gift may be made securely via credit card by clicking here or mailed to WCIJ, 5006 Vilas Hall, 821 University Ave., Madison WI 53706.

Thank you for supporting journalism that collaborates for the common good!

The nonprofit Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (www.WisconsinWatch.org) collaborates with Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television, other news media and the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication. All works created, published, posted or disseminated by the Center do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of UW-Madison or any of its affiliates.

Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under a Creative Commons license.

Dee J. Hall / Wisconsin Watch

Dee J. Hall, a co-founder of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, joined the staff as managing editor in June 2015. She is responsible for the Center’s daily news operations. She worked at the Wisconsin State Journal for 24 years as an editor and reporter focusing on projects and investigations.

A 1982 graduate of Indiana University’s journalism school, Hall served reporting internships at the weekly Lake County Star in Crown Point, Ind., The Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune, The Louisville (Ky.) Times and The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times. Prior to returning to her hometown of Madison in 1990, she was a reporter for eight years at The Arizona Republic newspaper in Phoenix, where she covered city government, schools and the environment. During her 35-year journalism career, Hall has won more than three dozen local, state and national awards for her work, including the 2001 State Journal investigation that uncovered a $4 million-a-year secret campaign machine operated by Wisconsin’s top legislative leaders.