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As we close out this week of head-spinning headlines and their profound and sometimes frightening implications for our society and our loved ones, here’s a look at how Wisconsin Watch is responding to the coronavirus crisis.

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Wisconsin Watch’s reporters and editors are investigating state and local impacts of the global pandemic and issues related to quality of life in Wisconsin. Updated on March 18, 2020: We are also producing a roundup of top news and information about Wisconsin’s response to the coronavirus in our Wisconsin COVID-19 Update series, and we will also group all of our coronavirus stories together on our site.

This week, just as the virus began reshaping life in the state, we published our examination of the tension between Wisconsin nurses and hospital management over alleged understaffing. The authors, Parker Schorr, who reports for the Cap Times, and Bram Sable-Smith, who reports for Wisconsin Public Radio, are both embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom. They are now examining how hospitals are preparing to confront a possible influx of patients. 

We want to hear from you and others willing to share insights with our journalists. 

Are you a health care worker preparing to respond to coronavirus? Do you have coronavirus? Have you had contact with someone and been asked to self-quarantine? Are you an hourly employee worried about getting laid off? Do you work for an organization that provides essential services (like a power company, grocery store, or garbage collection)? Do you have concerns about childcare or children’s meals and how you will do your job with schools being shut down statewide? Do you have other thoughts, concerns, tips?

Help us provide critical information and accountability to our community. Fill out this form or email us at tips@wisconsinwatch.org

The annual Wisconsin Watchdog Awards reception and dinner, originally scheduled for April 21, has been postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus. As I’m sure you agree, we have to do our part to slow the spread of the virus. We look forward to rescheduling this celebration when the time is right.

We will get through this, together.

Andy Hall
Executive Director

The nonprofit Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (wisconsinwatch.org) collaborates with Wisconsin Public Radio, PBS Wisconsin, 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.

Andy Hall, a co-founder of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and a former Investigative Reporters and Editors board member, won dozens of awards for his reporting in 26 years at the Wisconsin State Journal and The Arizona Republic. Since the Center’s launch in 2009, he has been responsible for the Center’s journalistic and financial operations.

Hall began his career in 1982 as a copyboy at The New York Times. At The Republic, Hall helped break the “Keating Five” scandal involving Sen. John McCain. At the State Journal, Hall’s stories held government and the powerful accountable and protected the vulnerable through coverage that addressed the racial achievement gap in public schools and helped spark the creation of the nationally noted Schools of Hope volunteer tutoring program, revealed NCAA violations by University of Wisconsin athletes, and exposed appalling conditions in neglected neighborhoods such as Allied Drive and Worthington Park. Hall won a first-place award in 2008 for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association. He also has received National Headliner, Gerald Loeb, James K. Batten and Inland Press Association awards for investigative, financial, deadline and civic journalism coverage. Hall has served as a mentor to the staff of La Comunidad, a Spanish-language newspaper in Madison, and has taught numerous courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication. He serves on the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Board of Directors, Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism Board of Directors, and Indiana University Media School’s Journalism Alumni Board, of which he is president. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and, in 2016, received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the IU Media School. He also serves as a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News membership task force to create and uphold high industry standards.