Newsrooms around the country have been struggling for a while now. Last year, furloughs rippled through the industry with layoffs at major companies like Gannett. The COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders present yet another hurdle, as local news organizations are experiencing more furloughs, losing vital advertising dollars, and reporting under the constraints of social distancing—all […]
Barbara Knox, head of the Child Protective Unit at Madison’s American Family Children’s Hospital abruptly resigned in 2019 after being placed on administrative leave amidst allegations of intimidation and harassment of her colleagues. The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has also uncovered evidence that Knox falsified records and misrepresented her own credentials in an effort […]
In 1051, Benedictine Monk Peter Damian wrote “Liber Gommorihanus,” a screed against many practices of Catholic priests at the time. Damian was particularly incensed at priests who made it a habit of having sexual relations with adolescent boys. Pope Leo IX praised Damian for his efforts, expressed dismay at the priests’ behavior, but did little […]
As of June, 2019, two-thirds of U.S. states have legalized marijuana in one form or another, including eleven states, plus the District of Columbia, that have effectively abolished all prohibitions against recreational marijuana use. Wisconsin remains in the stubborn minority, with Republican legislators solidly against relaxation of marijuana rules. So, too, is the federal government, […]
Founded as a non-profit, non-partisan news gathering organization in 2009, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has been a mainstay for democracy and freedom of information for over 10 years now. Since its start, the Center has published more than 300 major news reports that have appeared in over 600 news publications around the state […]
As part of her annual year-in-review series, Patty is once again joined in the studio by Dee Hall, co-founder and managing editor at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. For today’s episode, they discuss some highlights from WisWatch’s work in 2018.