LaToya Dennis

News Reporter

LaToya Dennis joined WUWM in October 2006 as a reporter / producer. LaToya began her career in public radio as a part-time reporter for WKAR AM/FM in East Lansing, Michigan. She worked as general assignment reporter for WKAR for one and a half years while working toward a master's degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. While at WKAR, she covered General Motors plant closings, city and state government, and education among other critical subjects.

Before coming to public radio, LaToya interned at the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan. She also took part in NPR's 2005 Next Generation Radio Project in Kansas City, Missouri as well as NPR's summer 2006 Next Generation Radio Project in Indianapolis, Indiana.

LaToya holds both a Bachelor's degree and a Masters degree in journalism from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Dennis is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Environment
5:23 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Opposition to Open Pit Mine Focuses on Civil Disobedience

Many have protested the proposed iron ore mine

Debate over a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin seems to have died down a bit. Yet, players on both sides are positioning themselves. Within the last few weeks, the company Gogebic Taconite applied for an exploratory license, while an anti-mining group opened an office in Ashland to monitor developments. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, that’s not where things end – at least for mine opponents.They’ll stage a workshop in northern Wisconsin this weekend,on civil disobedience.

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Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Would Milwaukee County Residents Notice Downsized Board?

Wisconsin lawmakers voted to change the structure of the Milwaukee County Board
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Lawmakers in Milwaukee County and Madison have been at odds for months, over the wisdom and effect of shrinking the Milwaukee County Board.

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Politics & Government
11:25 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Assembly Sends Milwaukee County Reform Legislation to Senate

The Milwaukee County Board has already approved its own reform measures
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The Assembly on Wednesday approved legislation to shorten the terms of Milwaukee County supervisors and limit the board’s power.

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Education
5:04 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Raspberry Pi Could Open Doors to Computer Science

Raspberry Pi is a small computer creating a lot of buzz

Have you heard of Raspberry Pi?

Not the dessert, but rather a small computer that’s been on the market a few years.

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Economy & Business
4:51 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Management Tends to Have Upper Hand in Negotiations

Caterpillar and USW Local 1343 are involved in tough negotiations

Caterpillar and its South Milwaukee Union are engaged in tough talks.

Last week, the United Steelworkers Local 1343 voted down a contract that called for allowing the company to temporarily close the plant if needed during downturns, along with wage freezes.

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Politics & Government
10:04 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Lawmakers Push to Strengthen Drunken Driving Laws

It’s not uncommon to tune into the news and learn of another drunken driving arrest or accident. Oftentimes, the perpetrators have numerous offenses.

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Regional
3:37 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Reaction to UWM Study: Young Black Men Should Focus on Education and Entreprenuership

Wisconsin has the highest black male incarceration rate in the country.

According to a new study by researchers at UW-Milwaukee, more than 50 percent of black males in their 30s in Milwaukee County have spent time in state prison. The report also points out that time in prison is the most serious barrier to employment, which helps explain the excessively high unemployment rate among African American men in Milwaukee.

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Economy & Business
9:48 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Millennials Talk About Vision for City

Generation Y will be the next group of Milwaukee leaders.

Young professionals are gathering across Milwaukee this week, not only to network, but to also talk about their visions of the city’s future. Organizers of the second annual Young Professionals Week have arranged more than 20 events.

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Regional
1:23 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Updated: Lockdown at Carroll University Cancelled and Classes Are to Resume

Carroll University in Waukesha, WI
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Updated 12:34 P.M.

Waukesha police say they have a person in custody fitting the description of a man with an alleged gun on the campus of Carroll University. However, at this point, it's believed that he was in possession of an airsoft gun, which very closely resembles a gun.

At around 10:30 A.M., Carroll public safety received a call that there was a man with a gun on campus. Waukesha police arrived soon after.

Police were able to track down the suspect who is known in the area.

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Economy & Business
9:54 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Walker Proposes Changes to State Laws Governing Foreign Land Sale

Gov. Walker has proposed lifting the cap on the amount of land foreigners and corporations are allowed to purchase.
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Wisconsin may soon allow foreign investors to purchase large parcels of land here. For more than 100 years, the state has limited foreign interests from owning more than 640 acres. However, Governor Walker’s proposed budget removes the cap, including for corporations. The Wisconsin Realtors Association asked for the change, according to spokesman Thomas Larson.

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