The Ho-Chunk Nation has a bright economic future, ripe with prospects to diversify its economy beyond gaming. That’s if the tribal government more clearly communicates with citizens and opens space for entrepreneurs and private companies to invest in tribal communities, Ho-Chunk officials and citizens said during a Wisconsin Watch event held on May 12.
A selection of work from Wisconsin Watch photographers that provides a glimpse into the daily lives of the people who help us tell our stories.
Photographer and videographer Brett Kosmider has dedicated much of his career to documenting life and nature in a place that he calls one of the “great anomalies in the world.”
Wisconsin’s Great Lakes communities expect to spend $245 million in five years to protect shorelines as a climate ‘tug of war’ drives extreme shifts in water levels. Wisconsin Watch reporter Mario Koran explains the impact this has on lakeshore communities in this multimedia slideshow.
The latest contaminants of concern in the creek draining Madison’s East Side: PFAS, hazardous chemicals being flagged across Wisconsin.
On November 7, as media organizations announced that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, were the winners of the 2020 election, Wisconsinites gathered together to both celebrate and lament the results. In Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin Watch staff captured scenes of both jubilation and solemn resolve.
As Wisconsin voters cast their ballots for president and a host of other races on Nov. 3, Wisconsin Watch photographers visited polling places, too: to capture the faces of the electorate in Madison and Milwaukee.
Wisconsin voters headed to the polls today to help pick the country’s next president — and weigh in on state and local races, capping an extraordinary election transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
June is LGBTQ Pride month, and this year it was also a time of reckoning over racial injustice and police misconduct as nationwide protests erupted over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
WPR reports on the removal of two Madison statues by protesters and the assault on Sen. Tim Carpenter on June 23. WPR’s Shawn Johnson and Wisconsin Watch’s Will Cioci photographed the events.
A public art project transformed the bleak scene left by looting and violent protests into one of color, dialogue, and Black experience. Wisconsin Watch photographer Will Cioci spoke with artists and community members about what the murals mean for Madison and what happens when the art comes down.
Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom, resilience and Black ancestry. It is also a time to reflect on how to push against ongoing injustice. Wisconsin Watch photographer Will Cioci spent the day in Milwaukee to capture images and voices of people participating in the holiday.