Ann-Elise Henzl

News Reporter / Executive Director of Project Milwaukee

Ann-Elise Henzl has been a reporter at WUWM since 1993. She got her foot in the door three years earlier, as a newsroom student intern. Ann-Elise divides her time between daily general assignment reporting and working on longer, researched stories. Ann-Elise is also Executive Producer of WUWM's Project Milwaukee series.

Ann-Elise has won numerous awards, including the national Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association (for best use of sound in a story). In addition, she has frequently been recognized for her reporting on the welfare system, the environment, and health care.

Ann-Elise earned English and Mass Communication degrees from UW-Milwaukee.

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State lawmakers are considering whether to scrap the prevailing wage law. It requires government to hire workers for certain public projects at a wage that reflects the industry standard.

Lawmakers wrapped up a lengthy Senate committee debate on Tuesday, without acting on the divisive proposal.

Wauwatosa Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir tried to convince colleagues to repeal the law.

She calls the prevailing wage “anti-competitive” and “anti-free market,” and says after some 80 years on the books, it’s time for change.

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The devastating earthquake in Nepal has shaken the local Nepali community.

Tilak KC says he and other natives of Nepal, who now call the Milwaukee area home, learned of the weekend earthquake in the middle of the night here. Information was scarce at first, but eventually trickled in. He finally heard on Monday that his brother was alive.

Parashu Giri says the community continues to pay close attention to the news. He’s concerned the number of lives lost will rise, as rescue efforts spread to rural areas.

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A dog flu strain making the rounds this spring has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Chicago-area, killing a small number of them.

The U.S. had not seen the respiratory illness in dogs in more than 10 years.

There only have been a couple confirmed dog flu cases in Wisconsin, yet the outbreak is alarming some pet owners here.

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Karina Willes and Kami Young were married in Minnesota in late 2013. The spring of the next year, Young gave birth to their daughter, Olivia. And Willes attempted to get her name included on the girl’s birth certificate, receiving advice from the ACLU on how to do that.  

“And it was suggested that we cross off the field on the form said ‘husband’ and change it, and we attempted to do so. The hospital representative told us that she couldn’t submit the form that way, that the software that she used to submit the form wouldn’t accept my information in that field,” Willes says.

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Stories about ISIS remain in the news, including because a number of teens and adults in the U.S. have been arrested recently, for trying to join the extremist group.

WUWM spoke with local Muslims about the conversations those stories generate.

Teenagers told us the news reports contribute to prejudice and misunderstanding among people who don’t understand Islam.

Here are the comments of five 16-year-olds who attend the Islamic Society of Milwaukee’s Salam School, on the city’s south side.

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A full-page ad ran in the Wisconsin State Journal Tuesday pulling Gov. Walker into the debate over a recent decision to bar workers on a state board from talking about and working on items related to climate change.

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The UW Board of Regents began a two-day meeting in Waukesha on Thursday.

They heard from UW System President Ray Cross, who told regents he’s making progress in swaying legislators, on the next two-year state budget. Cross is working to convince lawmakers not to go ahead with Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal, to strip $300 million from the system in the next two years. Cross wants a smaller cut, in addition to greater autonomy for the system.

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Downtown Milwaukee is in the midst of a building boom, including along the Milwaukee River.

The city credits its ongoing Riverwalk construction for luring people to a stretch of land most had ignored.

Now as the decades-long project nears an end, builders are gobbling up the remaining land along the walkway.

There have been so many projects along the Milwaukee River, you can’t write a list that’s both short and comprehensive.

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Congress continues its investigation into the VA Medical Center in Tomah.

Staff there are accused of over-prescribing painkillers to some patients, leaving them listless. In one case, a man died of an overdose.

On Monday, Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson led a hearing on the charges.

WUWM wanted to hear local veterans’ opinions about the allegations. So we sat down with a few, at Vets Place Central on Milwaukee’s west side.

The men say they’re outraged over the allegations at the Tomah VA Center.

If you want to see an example of a vision coming to fruition – after years of planning and construction – head to downtown Milwaukee.

The city began building the Riverwalk two decades ago. The project almost is complete, with just a few spans yet to be built.

Milwaukee officials believe the walkway has spurred millions of dollars in development, and has helped people see the river through a new lens.

The riverfront revival is most impressive, if you know a bit of the city’s history. More than 150 years ago, the river was one reason people settled here.

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