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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Recall Election
3:08 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Republicans Defend Gov. Walker, Vow to Fight Recall Attempt

Gov. Scott Walker
Credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

While Democrats move into recall petition mode Tuesday, WUWM’s Erin Toner spoke with a few of Governor Walker’s supporters. They defend the Republican leader’s record and vow to fight the recall attempt against him.

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Veterans
4:34 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Wisconsin Woman Army's First Black, Female Two-Star General

Anderson in her office at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Madison.

A Wisconsin woman has become the U.S. Army’s first black, female two-star general. Marcia Anderson, of Madison, was promoted after a military career spanning more than three decades. She recently returned to her hometown, and that’s when she shared her journey with WUWM’s Erin Toner.

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Veterans
10:11 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Program Offers Guitar Lessons, Therapy for Military Veterans

Army veteran Mark Duran

Here in Milwaukee and in cities across the country, military veterans are on waiting lists for a type of therapy to treat war-related mental health problems. But they’re not waiting to see doctors or counselors at VA hospitals. These vets are lining up to take part in a growing program that uses music instruction and free guitars to soothe symptoms of trauma.

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Project Milwaukee
1:29 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Project Milwaukee: How Land Use is Planned

Caledonia is a rural village of 26,000.

As Project Milwaukee continues, we hear how communities in the southern corridor approach land-use planning. Each city, town and village has its own comprehensive land use plan, but some wish planning was conducted more regionally.

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Regional
1:06 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Residency Rules: The Detroit Experience

An abandoned home in Detroit.
Credit Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The debate over where city of Milwaukee employees are allowed to live takes center stage at the state Capitol Tuesday. A Senate committee will hold a public hearing on a bill that would do away with the requirement that Milwaukee police officers and fire fighters reside within the city limits. Gov. Scott Walker’s budget would also scrap the residency rule for Milwaukee’s 6,000 public school teachers. More than a decade ago, state lawmakers in Michigan made a similar move, giving city of Detroit workers the freedom to live wherever they want. WUWM’s Erin Toner spoke with a few people about how those changes have impacted the Motor City.

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Politics & Government
2:21 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Phony Walker, Koch Call Raises Political, Journalistic Ethics Questions

Gov. Scott Walker

Democrats are accusing Governor Scott Walker of breaking ethics and campaign finance laws during a phone conversation he thought he was having with billionaire David Koch. The state Democratic Party Monday filed a formal complaint with the Government Accountability Board. WUWM’s Erin Toner reports that the case has raised ethics questions, not only in the political realm, but also in the field of journalism.

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Project Milwaukee
5:34 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

The Challenges of Special Education

An area at Gaenslen School where special education teachers work with students.

Project Milwaukee is underway this week on WUWM. We’re examining the barriers that block some students in Milwaukee Public Schools from achieving at a higher level. Today, we report on the growing number of MPS children facing learning, behavioral and physical challenges. As Erin Toner reports, the district has been fighting a lawsuit that claims MPS has failed such students, while the district insists it is making progress.

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Dairy Farming
12:31 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Dairy Farming Families Survive Worst Year Ever - Mayer Family

Calves at the Mayer farm
Erin Toner

In 2009, milk prices dropped so low that dairy farmers lost up to half their income. Some had to slaughter their cows because they couldn’t afford to feed them anymore. Others decided enough was enough, and sold their animals and their land.WUWM’s Erin Toner visits a family near Slinger who made it through last year, but just barely.

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Dairy Farming
10:33 am
Thu April 22, 2010

Dairy Farming Families Survive Worst Year Ever - Goeller Family

The Goeller's barn
Erin Toner

2009 was a make or break year for dairy farmers in Wisconsin. Milk prices dropped so low that most farmers had to go deeper into debt just to survive. Some lost so much money they had to sell their farms. Today, we begin a series profiling two dairy farming families in Wisconsin. Both managed to weather the worst year they can remember, and hope to stay in the business they love as long as they can.

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Project Milwaukee
3:25 pm
Fri December 11, 2009

Water Efforts Criticized as Misguided

All week, we’ve been reporting on local efforts to position Milwaukee as the world’s hub for water technology and research. We visited companies already here, and reported on incentives to grow the industry, such as tax breaks. But there’s been limited criticism. Today, we delve into a report that calls the initiative financially risky and unlikely to succeed. WUWM’s Erin Toner has today’s installment of Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water.

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