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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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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Foster Care
7:47 am
Mon October 22, 2012

State Aims to Fix 'Fragmented' Health Care System for Kids

The state, which runs the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, aims to improve health care for thousands of foster children in southeast Wisconsin.
Credit Erin Toner

The state of Wisconsin says it will soon roll out a new health care system for children in foster care. They often have far more serious medical and mental health needs than peers, yet people involved with the children say, too often, their needs are not met. In the first of a two-part series, WUWM’s Erin Toner reports on a big shortcoming of the current health care system for foster children – their medical records are scattered and incomplete. What the state plans to do to address the problem, is create for each child, a “medical home.”

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Veterans
8:10 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Unemployment Rate Dropping for Veterans, But Many Still Jobless

Army veteran Justin Claus has struggled to find work since leaving the Army in 2010.
Credit Justin Claus

There has been some good news recently regarding the status of returning military veterans. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for post-9/11 vets nationwide dipped below 10 percent in June. That is a substantial drop from June of last year, when the rate topped 13 percent. While the trend is positive, more young veterans are out of work than the general population. WUWM’s Erin Toner profiles a Racine man who suspects his military disability status frightens employers.

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Economy & Business
1:03 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Milwaukee Caterpillar Workers Watching Labor Dispute in Illinois

Credit Mark Sardella, Flickr

Workers at the Caterpillar factory in South Milwaukee are closely watching a labor dispute at the company plant in Illinois. Caterpillar employees in Joliet have been on strike for three months. The company is seeking steep wage and pension concessions, and the union representing nearly 800 workers refuses to accept the demands. WUWM’s Erin Toner reports on speculation that the outcome of the dispute could be a bellwether for labor relations across the country.

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Milwaukee River Revival
3:24 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Businesses Benefit From Views, Traffic, Energy

Manpower Group relocated to downtown Milwaukee to take advantage of the river's revitalization.

All week we’ve been taking a close look at the Milwaukee River. We heard about the waterway’s history – how the community used it decades ago for industry and transportation – to modern developments, such as luxury condominiums and trendy restaurants. Today, WUWM’s Erin Toner reports on the value of the Milwaukee River to downtown businesses.

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