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
8:41 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Milwaukee Lauches Social Media Push on Voter ID

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is hoping a social media push will encourage people to obtain a photo ID before the Nov. 4 election.
Credit Marti Mikkelson

The City of Milwaukee is using a popular social media tactic to help prepare voters for the upcoming election - a challenge.

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Regional
1:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Some Vietnam Vets Left to Wonder Whether Agent Orange Made Them Sick

Jim Gumm of Milwaukee served in Vietnam, and believes his exposure to Agent Orange caused a skin condition.
Credit Erin Toner

More than four decades ago, the U.S. military blanketed Vietnam with Agent Orange and researchers continue to find ways the toxic herbicide has sickened the nation's veterans.

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Regional
1:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Milwaukee NAACP Leader: Police Need Better Training to Weed Out Prejudice, Bad Practices

Milwaukee NAACP President James Hall says poverty, unemployment and segregation are the root of much of the violent crime in society.
Credit photo courtesy of Marquette University

As protests continue in Ferguson, Missouri, a black leader in Milwaukee says serious work is needed to mend relations between police and citizens across the country.

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Regional
1:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Milwaukee Chief: Community Policing Improves Safety & Relations with Residents

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn has made community policing his priority over six years leading the department.
Credit Photo by Megan Dobyns

Milwaukee’s police chief wonders whether flaring racial tensions in Ferguson, Missouri are due, in part, to a disinvestment in community policing.

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Economy & Business
4:16 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Milwaukee Cargill Workers Face Uncertain Future After Abrupt Plant Closing

Laid-off Cargill workers get information on job hunting and filing for unemployment Monday at Serb Hall.
Credit Erin Toner

About 600 Milwaukee people are unexpectedly back in the job market after losing theirs when Cargill abruptly closed its slaughterhouse in the Menomonee Valley.

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Regional
3:46 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Milwaukee Officials Report Brisk Early Voting

Officials in Milwaukee are seeing high numbers of voters for a typically low-turnout fall primary.
Credit Erin Toner

Milwaukee has been experiencing brisk turnout during the early voting period for Tuesday’s primary. Big numbers are not the norm.

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Regional
1:28 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Refugee Children Coming to Wisconsin Could Wait Years for a Court Date

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, on June 18, 2014, in Brownsville,Texas. Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz. have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.
Credit Getty Images

The federal government reports placing about 50 so-called "border children" in Wisconsin. Eventually, they'll appear in immigration court.

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Regional
4:12 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Milwaukee Joins Other Cities in Restricting Where Sex Offenders Can Live

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the city's new sex offender residency restrictions will protect residents.
Credit Erin Toner

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the city will no longer be a “dumping ground” for sex offenders. The mayor signed a bill this week restricting where they can live after leaving prison.

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Regional
4:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

'Outsourcing' Captures Focus in Wisconsin's Governor's Race

Gov. Walker continues to attack challenger Mary Burke's record as an executive with her family's company, Trek Bicycle.

The business practice of outsourcing remains center stage in the race for governor.  Gov. Walker criticizes Democratic challenger Mary Burke for profiting from her family’s company, Trek Bicycle, which has outsourced production overseas.

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Health & Science
10:48 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Milwaukee Doctors on Front Lines of Concussion Research

Dr. Kevin Walter, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital, runs through a few neurological tests with 13-year-old Vince Segura, who suffered a concussion playing basketball.
Credit Erin Toner

Hundreds of Milwaukee-area kids have begun working out for upcoming fall sports. Their arrival may delight parents, but also heighten fears about potential concussions.

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