Excited but wary, a Milwaukee baker gets back to business as pandemic continues — 7/10/20

Today we highlight the latest installment of our Outbreak Wisconsin collaboration with WPR, which chronicles people’s journeys through the coronavirus crisis. Reporter Jimmy Gutierrez checks in with Adija Greer-Smith. She owns the bakery Confectionately Yours, which can now operate at 50% capacity after Milwaukee County moved to a new phase in its reopening plan.

Questions about time spent and time left in the coronavirus era — 7/7/20

Today we highlight the latest installment of our Outbreak Wisconsin collaboration with WPR. Coburn Dukehart checks in with 85-year-old Beverly Blietz, a former recreational pilot, Uber driver, art gallery docent and community volunteer. She broke free from a Sister Bay nursing home during the coronavirus pandemic but still feels confined as she contemplates her future.

Wisconsin man suffers regrets after COVID-19 diagnosis — 7/2/20

Today we highlight the Appleton Post-Crescent’s profile of Dan Garber, a man with Type 2 diabetes who recently tested positive for COVID-19 after failing to take the fast-spreading virus seriously.

Duke Behnke reports that the 53-year-old Harrison man now suffers a high fever, cough, headache, body aches and diarrhea — alongside regrets that he failed to heed public health experts’ recommendations to wear a mask and keep a safe distance from others in public.

Questions about race as Wisconsin struggles to deliver jobless aid during pandemic — 6/30/20

Bram Sable-Smith, a WPR fellow embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom, reports on national research showing that jobless Black and Latino workers have historically proved less likely than white workers to receive unemployment aid. Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development says it does not have race, gender, age or income reports available.

Pandemic exposes failures of Wisconsin unemployment system — 6/29/20

Today we draw your attention to the latest story from WPR and Wisconsin Watch’s Bram Sable-Smith exposing the numerous flaws in Wisconsin’s unemployment insurance system, leaving thousands of jobless state residents without financial support during the COVID-19 crisis. The report is based on interviews with 16 out-of-work Wisconsinites, including David Ficke, a Beaver Dam welder who lived out of his car for a time while waiting for unemployment insurance to kick in. He’s still waiting.