Wisconsin Watch is pleased to announce it has hired Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Matt Mencarini to cover the statehouse, where he will focus on threats to Wisconsin’s democracy.
‘Something has to be done’: Living along Madison’s Starkweather Creek, one of Wisconsin’s most polluted waterways.
The latest contaminants of concern in the creek draining Madison’s East Side: PFAS, hazardous chemicals being flagged across Wisconsin.
Jim Malewitz named Wisconsin Watch investigations editor
After a nationwide search, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has chosen Jim Malewitz, a veteran of nonprofit journalism, as investigations editor.
‘I’m still discriminated against’: Wisconsin lawmakers propose easing burdens on marijuana offenders
Proposals could help those with past arrests or convictions seek jobs and other opportunities; experts say the existing expungement law is hard to navigate.
How undocumented immigrants became the backbone of dairies — and how to keep the milk flowing in America’s Dairyland
Farmers, experts say reliance on immigrant workers, many of them in the U.S. illegally, will continue unless dairies — and Congress — make significant changes.
Memorial near Wisconsin synagogue defaced with swastikas, pro-Trump graffiti
A memorial near the Gates of Heaven synagogue in Madison was spray-painted with swastikas and pro-Trump messages in large red letters hours before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
A Syrian family settles in Wisconsin, just before U.S. refugee pipeline closes
Some worry about President Trump’s immigration policies; local officials assure immigrants they will not be targeted.
Affordable rent, stable housing help some residents succeed
Stable housing plays a key role in ensuring academic success.
Apartment learning centers seek to shrink achievement gap for children and adults
Community learning centers in Madison and Milwaukee offer a promising method of shrinking academic achievement gaps.
Lead poisoning would trigger tap water test under proposal
Two Democratic lawmakers want the state Department of Health Services to investigate drinking water as a possible source when children are lead poisoned. The proposal also greatly lowers the blood lead levels that would trigger an investigation.
Downtown Madison built on coal ash
Before coal ash was more regulated, companies dumped tons of it in low areas of the Isthmus and elsewhere. Whether it has contaminated Madison’s water is unclear.
Water-cleaning crustacean devoured by new predator in Lake Mendota
Daphnia, tiny crustaceans in Lake Mendota that graze on algae, and their good works are in danger. Each year their population is now crashing in the late summer as they are decimated by a voracious new predator called the spiny waterflea.