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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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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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.
Credit Erin Toner

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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1:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Milwaukee Violence Impacts Region's Quality of Life

Milwaukee has seen a sharp rise in violent crime in recent weeks.
Credit Gary Cycles, Flickr

We’ve been reporting recently on a sharp uptick in violent crime in Milwaukee. Since the beginning of August, more than 25 people have been shot, and several died.

The central city of Milwaukee, and all of its problems, can seem very far away if you live at the edge of town, or in suburbs that have safe neighborhoods. But the idea that violence and its impacts are contained in a few, dangerous areas is shortsighted, according to Sam White.

“I would say that it is everyone in the region’s problem.”

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11:22 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Remembering, Healing as Sikh Temple Shooting Anniversary Approaches

Worshippers gather for prayer at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek
Credit Erin Toner

The Sikh community is gathering this weekend to honor the memory of loved ones who died one year ago. 

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