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 October 9, 2013

Advocates Report Slow Progress in Healthcare Exchange Enrollment

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It has been difficult for people in Milwaukee to sign up for health coverage on the new exchange.

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Around the Nation
2:05 am
Thu October 3, 2013

While Others Underfunded Pensions, Milwaukee Held Firm

Bill Averill, 62, has retired from the City of Milwaukee assessor's office and is collecting his pension. Milwaukee's fund is consistently rated as one of the best-performing in the country.
Erin Toner WUWM

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 11:53 am

After more than two decades in city government, Bill Averill has a pretty impressive mental inventory of Milwaukee real estate. He started in the city assessor's office when he was 34, after leaving a private sector job that paid better but had no retirement benefits.

"That was one of the main reasons I went to work for the City of Milwaukee," he says. "And so I knew the pension at some time, way out in the future, would be a benefit to me."

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Regional
3:54 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Healthcare Exchange Off to Rocky Start in Wisconsin

Consumers and advocates reported widespread problems on the opening day of Wisconsin’s new health care exchange.

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Politics & Government
12:49 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Barrett Budget Raises Taxes to Hire Police Officers, Tackle Foreclosures

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett delivers his 2014 budget address to the Common Council

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett introduced a budget Tuesday that would modestly raises taxes. The typical homeowner would pay about $18 more in 2014.

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Education
4:26 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

MPS Dumps Letter Grades for K-8

Milwaukee Public Schools is following a trend in education - moving away from traditional letter grades. 

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Education
1:08 am
Tue September 17, 2013

MPS Continues to Fill Teaching Positions

Milwaukee Public Schools remains short-staffed two weeks after the start of the school year.

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Regional
1:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Milwaukee Doctor from Syria Hopeful for Diplomatic End to Civil War

A Syrian refugee family from the Deir el Zour, Syria pauses in their doorway in a neighborhood with a high concentration of Syrian refugees in Beirut, Lebanon.
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A Syrian expatriate in Milwaukee is optimistic about a possible diplomatic solution to the crisis in his native country, after President Obama agreed to consider a plan by Russia.

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Education
4:56 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

School Districts Struggle To Get Principals To Stay Put

Lila Hillman is starting her first year as principal at Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts in Wisconsin. Nearly one-fifth of the city's public schools have new principals this year.
Erin Toner WUWM

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 11:06 am

At Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts on the south side of Milwaukee, kids are back in class and getting their bearings in the sprawling building. So is Lila Hillman, the school's brand-new principal. She has to figure out where everything is, who everyone is, how to run a school — and how to answer everyone's questions.

As Hillman walks through the halls, one teacher wants to know where to hang a cutout of a tree trunk. A few steps later, a janitor asks why all the lights went out in the school the night before.

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Regional
1:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Leaders Hope to Rise Above Rhetoric to Curb Violent Crime in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (right) shows up unexpectedly at a neighborhood walk organized by Ald. Bob Donovan.
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Politicians have been pointing fingers in recent weeks, as they look to place blame for a rash of shootings in Milwaukee.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Milwaukee Mayor's Budget Adds 100 Police Officers

In the wake of a violent summer in Milwaukee, Mayor Tom Barrett proposes putting more police officers on the streets

Milwaukee’s recent violent crime wave is on the mayor’s mind as he plans the city budget for 2014.

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