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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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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World
1:01 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Catholic Church's Reach, Challenges Lead to Worldwide Attention on Conclave

The world is watching as cardinals begin the process of selecting a new pope.
Credit Servizio Fotografico L'Osservatore Romanov via Getty Images

When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation last month, the news catapulted into headlines worldwide. Media coverage has continued nearly nonstop, as the Catholic Church prepares to select its next leader. Some outlets have almost treated the process as they would a sports tournament – with analysts and even odds on who will emerge as the next pope.

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Veterans
3:15 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Veterans Flocking to Higher Education, But Some Face Obstacles

Army veteran Tom Voss is back at UWM after dropping out of college twice since leaving the military.

A record number of veterans are heading back to school. One incentive has been the Post 9/11 GI Bill. It enhanced education benefits, starting in 2009. They now cover undergraduate tuition and provide veterans with a monthly living allowance and book stipend. To be eligible, a vet must have served on active duty after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and not exhausted prior GI benefits.

No matter what federal or state aid former soldiers have received however, WUWM’s Erin Toner learned that some have found the transition to school difficult and even costly. Local schools are intervening.

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Project Milwaukee
10:51 am
Thu November 1, 2012

What's Working, Missing in Efforts to Address Skills Gap

From left, 17-year-old Steven Sarwas, 17-year-old Richard Guetzke, 18-year-old Mark Anton. The high school students are preparing for high-skilled jobs through a program called Second Chance Partners.
Credit Erin Toner

As we’ve been reporting this week, Wisconsin employers say they have plenty of decent-paying jobs open, but cannot find qualified workers. And the skills gap or shortage is expected to grow, as experienced baby-boomers retire. WUWM’s Erin Toner has Thursday’s installment of our series, Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted. She observed programs successfully pumping skilled job applicants into the pipeline. Yet she learned, that what’s working – is also what’s missing.

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Foster Care
7:58 am
Tue October 23, 2012

New Health Care Model for Kids Seeks to Better Identify Abuse, Neglect

Dr. Lisa Zetley (left) treats many children in the foster care system in Milwaukee County.
Credit Erin Toner

We now continue our series on Wisconsin’s efforts to improve the health of children in foster care. Child welfare officials admit the existing system is not meeting many kids’ needs. As we reported Tuesday, the children’s health records are often incomplete and scattered among the many caregivers and doctors who’ve passed through the kids’ lives. To address the problem, the state plans to roll out a “medical home” program that would centralize each child’s care. Today, WUWM’s Erin Toner highlights another state initiative – a sharper focus on helping children heal from trauma and abuse.

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