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Today, as the counting of Wisconsin ballots (at last) begins, we celebrate democracy — and your efforts as engaged citizens who keep it alive by being informed, by voting, and by supporting fact-checked, independent journalism!

In the past few weeks alone, we’ve exposed the partisan messaging that’s created confusion leading to the highest COVID-19 surge in Wisconsin, done deep dives into the frequent changes to absentee ballots and polling, and, in our collaboration with WPR, chronicled the lives of Wisconsinites as they navigate life through the pandemic and our often-toxic political environment.

Today, if you have time while awaiting election returns, please view our new 10-minute documentary, “Metcalfe Park: Black Vote Rising!” produced by 371 Productions in collaboration with Wisconsin Watch and The Intercept. The film and our investigative report couldn’t be more timely: They show how a Milwaukee mother-daughter team organizes their Black community to vote despite COVID-19 fears, a powerful disinformation campaign and GOP-led changes that have made it harder for many Wisconsin residents to vote.

As you may know, our journalism is guided by three principles: Protect the vulnerable. Expose wrongdoing. Explore solutions.

We depend on donations from individuals like you to sustain our independent yet innovative journalism. We are able to do this critical reporting for you, because of you. 

NewsMatch and generous members of our Watchdog Club have established a $75,000 fund to encourage you to match this amount by the end of the yearMonthly donations will be matched by NewsMatch 12x your monthly contribution.

Can we count on your support of Wisconsin Watch by giving a gift of $100, $250, $500, or whatever you’re able to give? The easiest way to support our important mission is by giving monthly donations, starting at $5 a month!

Today, NewsMatch will double your one-time gift, up to $5,000. Your support is vital to helping us meet our year-end goal of $75,000!

Your support in 2020 will strengthen democracy going into 2021. The issues driving voters to the polls today need to be covered by trustworthy news organizations tomorrow and beyond. 

Donate now to invest in nonprofit, fact-checked journalism in Wisconsin that keeps you informed. Today, tomorrow, and into the future.

Thank you for your commitment to truth — and to our democracy!

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Jay BursethDevelopment Director

Jay Burseth joined the Center in April 2020. His role includes coordinating fundraising strategy, overseeing the organization’s development department, and leading philanthropic relationships, including foundations and major donors. Prior to joining the Center, Burseth led fundraising for the Milwaukee County Parks, helped found the Milwaukee Parks Foundation, and was the Development Director for WMSE in Milwaukee. Burseth has been in fundraising and development for over a decade and holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from UW-Milwaukee, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History, also from UWM.