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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The state Senate could vote as soon as Wednesday on a financing package for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

It would include contributions from state and local government, in addition to the funding the Bucks’ current and former owners have committed.

Under the plan the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance held a hearing on last week, Milwaukee County’s share would come, in part, from $4 million a year in debt collections. The arena plan calls for the state Department of Revenue to assume the county’s role in debt collection.

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Supporters cheered on Gov. Scott Walker as he announced his presidential bid on Monday. At the same time, his detractors gathered outside the Waukesha County Expo Center to share their views.

Tom Mulvenna, a local leader of the American Federation of Teachers, summed up the crowd’s sentiments.

“So we are here today to warn America: Scott Walker has been wrong for Wisconsin, and he’d be even worse as president of the United States,” Mulvenna said.

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When Gov. Scott Walker announces his run for the White House next Monday, his supporters will relish the chance to cheer their candidate. Meanwhile, his critics will be just as eager to share their views.

Fewer than half of Wisconsin voters were happy with the job Walker is doing as governor in the most recent Marquette Law School Poll.

Presidential campaigns won’t be the only ones vying for voters’ attention as next year’s elections grow near. The other campaign that will gain steam is the race to prepare people for Wisconsin’s photo ID law.

The law will require voters to present government-issued identification at the polls.

This past spring, the U.S. Supreme Court ended the legal challenges to the law. That’s caused groups that fought the requirement to shift gears.

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A judge ruled in favor of Milwaukee County on Friday in its lawsuit against Preserve Our Parks. The judge determined a move by the Legislature to redraw lakebed boundaries was legal.

Preserve Our Parks had threatened to sue the County over its proposed sale of the Downtown Transit Center site to developer Rick Barrett. He wants to build the 44-story Couture tower on the property. The building would feature housing, retail and parking space – and a stop for the new streetcar.

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Across the nation this weekend, many families will celebrate Father’s Day.

Dads play an important role in their children’s development. Some fathers need coaching because they didn’t have a role model.

A local program, the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, teaches parenting skills to fathers who need them. In some cases, the instructors go behind bars to do their work.

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A new report from UW-Milwaukee examines how comfortable older LGBT people feel about aging in the Milwaukee area.

Researcher and social work assistant professor Mark Williams collected the comments of 255 LGBT residents, between the ages of 50 and 89.

His study reveals areas respondents say need extensive improvement, such as housing.

Williams says a significant number of respondents believe they’ll eventually live in an assisted living facility or nursing home. Yet he says most fear they won’t feel safe or comfortable in such a setting.

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The Milwaukee County Board held a hearing Tuesday night to get input on a proposed $1 sale of Park East Land. The sale of the county parcel would help pave the way for the Bucks arena project.

Many citizens voiced concerns about the land sale – in addition to the broader proposed public investment in the project. Meanwhile, many of those who back the land sale say it would put an abandoned parcel to good use. They also argue the arena project will benefit the entire community.

A county board committee is scheduled to vote on the $1 land sale next week.

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Republican lawmakers believe a fetus can feel pain 20 weeks after fertilization. They say they base their point of view on the opinions of doctors they trust.  

So the legislators are considering prohibiting most abortions after 20 weeks.

Right now, Wisconsin bans most abortions after viability – about 24 weeks.

Democratic critics of the ban say scientific research concludes fetuses cannot feel pain until later in a pregnancy.

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The Madison Police Department has released its review on Officer Matt Kenny’s fatal shooting of Tony Robinson.

The internal investigation determined that Kenny did not violate the department’s policies, regarding use of deadly force.

Kenny shot Robinson to death in March, after Robinson hit the officer on the head. Reports say the 19-year-old Robinson was on drugs at the time. He was not armed.

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The spotlight at the state Capitol was not on the next state budget Tuesday, but rather on abortion.

Legislators listened to hours of testimony on a fast-tracked abortion bill. It would ban the procedure, in almost all cases, after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Any doctors who violate the law could be charged with a felony and sent to prison.

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Dozens of faith leaders in Wisconsin are outraged with the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance. It decided to increase prison spending in the next state budget by $5 million, in order to add capacity.

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Wisconsin lawmakers sink their teeth this week into some of the more divisive portions of Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget. One is how to pay for transportation.

Walker doesn’t want to raise taxes to pay for the state’s transportation needs. So one tool he uses is bonding. His transportation secretary Mark Gottlieb had recommended a hike in the gas tax. But Gottlieb found himself pitching Walker’s plan to the Legislature’s joint finance committee.

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Milwaukee’s homicide rate far exceeds last year’s at this time. Outbursts of violence have punched several neighborhoods particularly hard.

Last weekend, for instance, bullets struck five people who had gathered to mourn the killing of a teen. The COA Goldin Center at 23rd and Burleigh is about one-half mile away from the quintuple shooting.

At the end of the school day, the center’s basketball courts are packed. So is a table where high schoolers are playing chess. The scene in the Amani neighborhood appears picture-perfect. Quan Caston can’t say the same about the area.

The outcome of next year’s battle between former senator Russ Feingold and incumbent Ron Johnson could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

The contest will be a rematch of 2010, when Johnson ousted Feingold.

Wisconsin first sent Feingold to the Senate in 1992. The Democrat was perhaps best known for shepherding through bipartisan campaign finance reform, and casting the lone “no” vote against the Patriot Act, after the 9-11 attacks.

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