The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that reports on government accountability and quality of life issues, like education, the economy and the environment. It’s more important to us to get the story right than it is to be first and we believe in collaborating, not competing, with other news outlets. Not only can you find our stories on WisconsinWatch.org, but we give all of our reports away for free to hundreds of other news organizations.
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From ‘dream’ property to nightmare: Some Wisconsinites pay the price for pollution they didn’t cause
February 8th, 2023 | 30 mins 3 secs
asbestos, contamination, dnr, news, pollution, wisconsin, wisconsin watch
State lacks financial and legislative support to help so-called innocent buyers
February 8th, 2023 | 24 mins 35 secs
bitcoin, crypto, crypto currency, crypto mining, economy, jobs, news, rural wisconsin, wisconsin, wisconsin watch
An energy intensive Bitcoin mining operation in Park Falls can’t replace a once vibrant paper mill, but it has created new conflicts and a cautionary tale
February 8th, 2023 | 16 mins 31 secs
josh kaul, law enforcement, mental health, mental health resources, news, tony evers, wisconsin, wisconsin watch
Wisconsin should regionalize mental health crisis services, experts say. A legislative stalemate has stalled funding.
January 13th, 2023 | 13 mins 59 secs
beyond hunger, food, food assistance, food deserts, food insecurity, foodshare, hunger, news, pandemic, school lunch, snap, wisconsin
Some pandemic-related changes could transform FoodShare and other solutions to hunger — if the policies survive expiration dates and the state’s political divide
January 3rd, 2023 | 13 mins 48 secs
drinking water, filtration, mississippi river basin ag & water desk, news, pfas, water, water contamination, wisconsin
A consumer guide for dealing with harmful PFAS being detected nationwide, including Wisconsin.
January 3rd, 2023 | 10 mins 47 secs
2022 elections, news, voter turnout, voting, wisconsin, wisconsin elections, wisconsin watch
Evers beats Michels for Wisconsin governor; Johnson defeats Barnes in U.S. Senate race
January 3rd, 2023 | 17 mins 17 secs
ballot, election, election integrity, news, vote, wisconsin, wisconsin watch
Voters spend just a few minutes to cast their votes, but their ballots will live much longer — and their paths before and after Election Day are carefully documented.
January 3rd, 2023 | 20 mins 37 secs
alleged misdiagnoses, child abuse, child abuse doctor, child abuse pediatrician, doctor, health, misdiagnoses, news, wisconsin
Dr. Barbara Knox left Wisconsin and Alaska amid allegations of workplace bullying and wrongful diagnoses of child abuse; she now practices in Florida.
January 3rd, 2023 | 17 mins 28 secs
ballots, crime, election deniers, gop, government, governor, news, politics, protests, republican, riots, twitter, voting, voting rights, voting security, wisconsin
As they try to win enough seats for a supermajority to override a governor’s veto, most Republicans don’t even mention ‘election integrity’ on their websites
January 3rd, 2023 | 19 mins 48 secs
air conditioning, climate crisis, health and safety, heat risk, heat stroke, housing, livable conditions, living conditions, news, news414, wisconsin
Wisconsin’s primary energy aid program focuses mostly on winter heating, leaving few summer cooling options. A neighborhood community group is stepping up.
Wisconsin’s 173-year-old ban allows only life-saving ‘therapeutic abortions.’ No one knows what that means.
October 19th, 2022 | 22 mins 21 secs
abortion, abortion ban, news, roe v wade, therapeutic abortions, wisconsin
Physicians criticize the law as outdated, vague and severe. Health systems are scrambling to guide them on how to stay out of criminal trouble.
October 18th, 2022 | 18 mins 55 secs
audits, dnr, lakeshore forests, logging, news, northwoods, wisconsin
A retired forester and a writer say the DNR allows logging perilously close to lakes. State officials disagree. Now the agency’s auditor is being audited.
October 18th, 2022 | 19 mins 21 secs
beyond hunger, free school meals, news, wisconsin
Elected officials and advocates debate the fate of free school meals that provided relief to families during the pandemic.
September 13th, 2022 | 23 mins 41 secs
beyond hunger, food, food assistance, food deserts, food insecurity, foodshare, news, pandemic, school lunch, snap, wisconsin
The former head of Wisconsin’s FoodShare program says qualifying for and maintaining food assistance is overly cumbersome for participants
August 30th, 2022 | 29 mins 48 secs
jobs, news, oshkosh, oshkosh defense, unemployment, union jobs, wisconsin
Despite tens of millions in state and local government incentives, the Wisconsin company is steering billions of dollars of work away from its namesake city.
15 years later, Wisconsin university’s massive Lake Michigan seawall frustrates downstream neighbors
August 30th, 2022 | 15 mins 35 secs
bluff, concordia university, erosion, great lakes, home owners, lake michigan, news, sea wall, water levels, wisconsin
Erosion concerns and seawall feuds span the Great Lakes and the globe. Concordia University Wisconsin’s fortification has left neighbors bitter.