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When Andy and Dee Hall decided to launch the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism in 2009, the stakes were high. A recession was worsening every day, what felt like the most important presidential election was in full swing and political fights were halting action in state government. All while news organizations dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing wrongdoing were on the decline with uncertain revenue. 

What we all know now is that these stakes have only gotten higher. 2020 has been unpredictable, to say the least. But the news organization the Halls built is producing in-depth reports on the major issues impacting us all. Today this includes covering the pandemic from the frontlines, economic uncertainty, and an election filled with disinformation and confusion in our swing state. 

It is only with the support of people like you that Wisconsin Watch exists. Donate now and your donation will be doubled. NewsMatch and generous donors in the Watchdog Club have established a fund of $75,000 to encourage you to match this amount.

Our reporting during this chaotic election includes:

  • Election Day updates, including vote count status and turnout during a spike in COVID-19 cases across the state.
  • Investigative reports that provide fact-based evidence, to counter misinformation and false fraud accusations in the days leading up to and following the election.
  • The role of black voter turnout and what the 2020 election says about political power and race in Wisconsin.

And we will continue to report on the outcomes of the election, how the lives of Wisconsinites are impacted by the pandemic and the racial inequities that have persisted for far too long.

Wisconsin Watch is committed to reporting on the issues that matter — not just in the weeks to come, but for years into the future. 

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With such high stakes, your support is more important than ever. 

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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.