Erin Toner

News Reporter

Erin Toner is a reporter for WUWM. Erin was WUWM's All Things Considered local host from 2006 to 2010. She began her public radio career in 1999 at WMUK in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Prior to joining WUWM in 2006, Toner spent five years at WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan.

During her career, Toner has served as a mentor for NPR's Next Generation Radio project, trained and mentored college students and taught a news reporting course at Michigan State University. She holds a degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

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Health & Science
1:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

BadgerCare Changes Would Force Thousands to Health Care Marketplace

BadgerCare to add thousands of poor Wisconsin residents, and boot off many others currently enrolled.
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Wisconsin has asked for permission from the federal government to change its health care program for the poor – BadgerCare Plus. Wednesday, leaders will hold the first of three town hall meetings to explain the changes.

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Environment
12:37 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Groups Concerned About Pipeline Repairs in Jackson Marsh Conducted Without Permit

Map of the Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Environmental groups are concerned about a project underway in Washington County at the Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area. A company has begun preparing the site, so workers can excavate and repair a degraded fuel pipeline. However, the firm has not yet obtained the required state permit.

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Baseball
12:41 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Little League Icon James Beckum to Throw Ceremonial Pitch on Opening Day

James Beckum on the field in 2008.

Just before the Brewers begin their 2013 season Monday at Miller Park, James Beckum will take the mound. The team has selected him to toss the ceremonial first pitch.

Beckum played in the former Negro Leagues, but he’s known in Milwaukee as the man who started Little League on the north side back in 1964 and - devoted himself to it ever since.

WUWM’s Erin Toner visited Beckum on his ball field in 2008 – here is the report she prepared.

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Politics & Government
12:57 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Lawmakers Question Changes to State Child Care Subsidy Program

Lawmakers wrapped up budget hearings Tuesday with a discussion about child care subsidies.
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One of the last issues the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee considered Tuesday as it wrapped up budget briefings was childcare. Lawmakers must decide what they think of Gov. Walker’s plans to alter the state’s payment system for providers and to combat fraud.

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Politics & Government
4:08 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Political Shift in West Bend as Tea Party Ideology Gains Influence

West Bend has offered an incentive package to a concealed carry trade group to move into this former museum building downtown.

West Bend has long been a conservative stronghold in southeastern Wisconsin. The city seems to have taken a few steps further to the right in recent years, as conservative and Tea Party ideology has made its presence felt.

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