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
1:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

As Thanksgiving Nears, Milwaukee Advocates Call For Higher Minimum Wage

State lawmakers hand out turkeys and side dishes Monday to raise awareness of hunger during the holidays and call for an increase in the minimum wage in Wisconsin.
Credit Erin Toner

Advocates for the working poor in Milwaukee are using the Thanksgiving holiday to call for higher wages for low-skilled workers.

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Shots - Health News
1:56 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Wisconsin Chooses Its Own Path To Overhaul Medicaid

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in March.
Pete Marovich Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 11:28 am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is one of 25 Republican governors who are rejecting the health law's expansion of Medicaid. But Wisconsin's own Medicaid program, known as BadgerCare, is more generous than that of many states, and now Walker wants to transfer many people out of BadgerCare and into the insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.

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Health & Science
1:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Groups Rally to Boost Local Healthcare Enrollment Despite Troubled Website

Visitors to a health insurance fair in Milwaukee were screened to determine eligibility for Medicaid or the private marketplace under the Affordable Care Act.

Problems with the federally run website,, have dragged down enrollment in the exchanges, including here in Wisconsin. 

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Thousands of Black Men Follow Common Path to Prison

Becky Redmond-Walker counseled Paul Rice in the months before he was released from prison. Rice served 20 years, and now looks forward to working full-time and helping kids stay on the right path.

In 2010, one in eight working-age black men in Wisconsin was in prison. WUWM News meets one of them.

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Health & Science
1:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

VA Improves Care for Growing Number of Female Vets

Loraine Davison and her surgeon at the Milwaukee VA, Dr. Jim Sanger.

On this Veteran’s Day, we’re going to focus on the VA's efforts to improve health care for women.

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1:58 am
Thu November 7, 2013

No Room For Erasers, As Technology Deletes Pen Businesses

In the 1800s, fountain pens were the height of writing technology, allowing writers to pen words continuously without stopping for an ink dip.

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 12:09 pm

We tweet. We text. We email. But how often do we really write anymore? Not much, if you look at the business of selling pens — or "fine writing instruments," as shop owners call them. With their writing tools becoming obsolete, pen stores have folded, including a century-old shop in New York.

But despite the tech-heavy trends, a few old-fashioned pen stores are still holding on.

Wood Shelves, Ink Bottles, And Sinatra

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Milwaukee Sells Foreclosed Homes for a Dollar

Bobby McQuay stands on the porch of the tax-foreclosed home he's renting from the city on N. 40th Street.

Milwaukee is trying a new tactic to put foreclosed homes back in use.

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Health & Science
1:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

State Encourages Healthcare Exchange Enrollment by Phone, Mail

The federal online healthcare exchange has experienced problems since its debut earlier this month.

President Obama has promised a “tech surge” to fix the problems with the online healthcare exchange. Time to enroll in the exchange is shrinking for thousands of Wisconsin adults who will lose their Medicaid coverage in January. Gov. Walker rejected federal money to expand Medicaid here, so in 2014, the state program will drop all adults living above the poverty level. Instead, his administration will refer them to the exchange. Claire Smith is a spokesperson for the state Department of Health Services.

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Politics & Government
2:17 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Gov. Walker's Tax Cut Plan on Legislative Fast Track

State lawmakers Tuesday are batting around a plan by Gov. Walker to cut property taxes by $100 million.

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8:51 am
Wed October 9, 2013

MPS Considers Turning Former Dover School on South Side Into Apartments

The former Dover Street School on the south side of Milwaukee could be redeveloped into apartments for teachers and other young professionals. MPS will hold a community meeting Wednesday to discuss the idea.

School Board member Meagan Holman says ideas floated in the past for Dover have not gained traction, including as an arts center or charter school. But Holman says people seem excited about the possibility of apartments.

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