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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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn held a news conference Sunday afternoon to share details about the investigation into Saturday's events. Barrett said there is a photo that shows "without a question" that the African American man who was fatally shot by police was holding a gun.

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This week's Bubbler Talk inquiry comes from listener Brad Lichtenstein: "Besides the lakefront, what else did Socialist mayors do for Milwaukee?"

UW-Milwaukee historian Aims McGuinness met Lichtenstein and WUWM's Ann-Elise Henzl at the lakefront custard stand to share the backstory. He says the area was part of a massive public works project, which was completed in 1929.

Over the last few days, we've shared the thoughts of people who experienced the 1960s. How do they think that era's turbulence compares to today’s? In our final installment, we meet a retired professor of history, who watched developments unfold.

Glen Jeansonne is a professor emeritus at UW-Milwaukee. He grew up in a small Louisiana town and was a child in the early 1960s. Jeansonne says he recalls witnessing the struggle for civil rights at the town's pool.

We continue our reports on societal stresses of the 1960s, including political, military and racial upheaval. It made some people uncertain about the nation's future.

Our first story featured the perspective of a white man who was a Milwaukee police officer in the `60s, in the middle of racial unrest. In this report, we ask an African American, Dr. Howard Fuller, director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University.

Fuller has worn many hats. In the 1960s, he was a frequent protester in North Carolina, where he sometimes tangled with police.

Tensions between the police and community, a deep political divide, and American soldiers deployed in an intractable war. Those descriptors could apply to today. 

But they also define one of the most turbulent decades in recent U.S. history: the 1960s.


The presidential campaign trail heats up again in Wisconsin on Friday. Republican Donald Trump, and his vice presidential pick Mike Pence, are holding a rally in Green Bay. Meanwhile, Democrat Hillary Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, will visit Milwaukee.

The last time Wisconsin saw multiple visits from presidential campaigns in a short time period was just before our state's primary in April. It was the only contest in the nation that day, and all the major candidates spent time here. In one of his stops, Donald Trump rallied supporters in Janesville.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took center stage Wednesday night during the prime time session of the Republican National Convention.

Walker spoke for about 10 minutes, outlining why he believes voters should choose GOP nominee Donald Trump for president. Walker also urged people to vote for Republicans in other races.

Here are some highlights of Walker's address:


After an MPD officer was shot early Sunday near 17th and Morgan on Milwaukee's south side, the agency ordered all squad cars to carry two officers instead of one, at least for the time being. The Milwaukee Police Association said Monday that it has been advocating for two-officer squads for seven years and is now demanding they be made permanent. According to a release from MPA President Mike Crivello, "officers must know they are supported…not solely in words, but actions."

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Milwaukee Chief of Police Edward Flynn was one of the invited speakers addressing President Obama Thursday night, at a town hall meeting convened by ABC News

Flynn told Obama that a number of factors complicate the relationship between police and communities of color. For instance, he says officers serve in places where crime is high, while trust in police is low:

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There's a lot riding on the upcoming national party conventions. The events might be one of the best chances Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have to polish their images, as they head into the final months of the campaign. Both candidates have a lot of work to do to win over voters, according to the latest Marquette Law School Poll.

Poll Director Charles Franklin says among registered voters in Wisconsin, 63 percent view Trump unfavorably, while 58 percent have negative views of Clinton.

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This week, NPR is asking voters what a "better life" would look like to them, and whether this year’s slate of politicians can help achieve that vision. WUWM is asking people in Milwaukee. Ann-Elise Henzl talked with parishioners on the south side, at the Congregation of the Great Spirit. It weaves Native American traditions into Catholic services.

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A chain link fence has gone up in downtown Milwaukee, and construction vehicles have begun crisscrossing the site of the new Bucks arena. Project proponents say it will ensure the team's success and be a source of pride for the community. But first, the neighborhood must live through disruptions the project will cause over the next two years.


Milwaukee counts historic buildings, such as City Hall and the Pabst Theater, among its treasures. Both are more than 100 years old. Yet when it comes to certain venues less than one-third that age, the community is demolishing them, or giving them major facelifts.

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A "media blitz" is underway in San Francisco this week. Dozens of news outlets are reporting on the city’s ongoing struggle with homelessness. Their goal is to encourage people to come up with solutions. No such action is planned in Milwaukee; however, one advocate for the homeless says an effort here could publicize the need for housing and funding.

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Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board will be replaced June 30 by two partisan panels - one to oversee elections and the other, ethics. As the GAB's end nears, retiring Executive Director Kevin Kennedy offered a mixed view of the state’s Photo ID law. He told Wisconsin Eye that Republican leaders who passed the law know it's making some voters more confident but divorces itself from the reality that some people don’t have a driver’s license or state ID and cannot easily get one.