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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Mass exodus at Alaska child abuse clinic as former Wisconsin doctor accused of bullying, misdiagnoses
November 30th, 2021 | 17 mins 31 secs
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In this addition to our series "Flawed Forensics," Wisconsin Watch tells more of the story of Dr. Barbara Knox. Two years after leaving the University of Wisconsin amid allegations of workplace bullying, the former top child abuse pediatrician is drawing similar scrutiny at her new job in Alaska.
November 23rd, 2021 | 11 mins 25 secs
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Wisconsin Watch brings you a story exploring how a declaration of ‘obvious child abuse’ leveled at a child care provider by a former University of Wisconsin pediatrician fell apart after a five-day trial that centered on the controversial diagnosis of abusive head trauma. The story focuses on Dr. Barbara Knox, who left Wisconsin in 2019 under a cloud of controversy. It is part of our series "Flawed Forensics."
November 16th, 2021 | 25 mins 1 sec
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Wisconsin Watch brings you a story exploring how Great Lakes shorelines have seen a surge in barriers built to slow lakefront erosion. But such structures are temporary and may harm downstream beaches.
November 11th, 2021 | 22 mins 20 secs
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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.
November 11th, 2021 | 12 mins 54 secs
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Wisconsin has the shameful distinction of locking up 1 in every 36 Black adults in the state, the highest rate in the country. A Sentencing Project report confirms the state’s deep racial disparities in incarceration, which one advocate calls ‘a slap in the face.’
‘Something has to be done’: Living along Madison’s Starkweather Creek, one of Wisconsin’s most polluted waterways.
October 14th, 2021 | 11 mins 4 secs
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Wisconsin Watch brings you a story that examines the latest contaminants of concern in a local waterway in Madison, Wisconsin: PFAS -- hazardous chemicals which are being flagged across Wisconsin for their properties as "forever chemicals."
October 12th, 2021 | 24 mins 45 secs
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Replacing all Milwaukee lead service lines would take 70 years at current pace. Meanwhile, Wisconsin home lead investigations rarely test water amid focus on paint.
October 12th, 2021 | 16 mins 34 secs
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Evanston, Illinois is compensating victims of housing discrimination. Big questions remain about whether and how reparations should be handled.
Wisconsin schools called police on students at twice the national rate — for Native students, it was the highest
October 7th, 2021 | 25 mins 21 secs
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School officials refer thousands of children to the police each year. In Wisconsin, children with disabilities or who are Black, Latino or Native bear the brunt of it.
September 29th, 2021 | 7 mins 46 secs
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The city of Eau Claire, Wis., finds success in canvassing neighborhoods, encouraging residents to schedule service line inspections. Residents typically pay nothing under the grant-funded program.
September 29th, 2021 | 12 mins 10 secs
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Suspicion, right to control health care, create clash between some long-term care workers and vaccine mandates to protect the vulnerable residents they serve
‘Skipping the middleman’: Defendants faced shifting demands in Outagamie County judge’s one-man drug court
September 29th, 2021 | 27 mins 14 secs
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A judge says his method met a need, but the self-styled program lacked structure and meant longer punishments for some.
August 31st, 2021 | 16 mins 32 secs
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Thousands of residents in Wisconsin — many of them people of color — would see a higher standard of living if politicians raised the long-stalled minimum wage.
August 31st, 2021 | 25 mins 59 secs
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Following the lead of presidential candidate Andrew Yang, cities in Wisconsin and elsewhere are providing residents a basic income. Will the trend grow?
August 17th, 2021 | 19 mins 11 secs
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Setting aside government money at birth for all children has been tried both inside and outside of the United States — and even in Wisconsin. Not everyone is a fan.
August 17th, 2021 | 15 mins 21 secs
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Outagamie County Circuit Judge Vincent Biskupic has held dozens of review hearings stretching over years to push defendants to pay overdue court costs