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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Education
5:05 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Extra Credits Add to Student Loan Debt

Students at the University of Whitewater graduate with on average 136 credit hours.

Whether you are in the process of paying back student loans or just beginning to figure out how to pay for college, there is no question it is expensive. The average cost of attending a four-year UW system school, including tuition, fees, room and board and books totals around $17,500 a year. The number of loans students have taken out over the past decade has tripled, and now account for more than a trillion dollars former students must repay. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis has learned about one specific factor that adds to the cost of a college education - students graduating with more credits than needed.

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Sikh Temple Shooting
5:01 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Community Remembers Sikh Shooting Victims

The daughter of Prakash Singh, who died on Sunday, is being consoled.

National Night Out is typically about promoting partnerships between communities and law enforcement.

However, this year the night took on new meaning, particularly in Oak Creek.

WUWM’s LaToya Dennis attended Tuesday night's event and offered voices and observations during Morning Edition.

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Sikh Temple Shooting
10:26 am
Sun August 5, 2012

Police: Gunman among the 7 Dead in Sikh Temple Shooting Incident

A crowd gathers outside the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, awaiting answers.
Credit Sara Derge

Officials say four people were found dead inside the Sikh temple on Oak Creek, after a shooting Sunday. Three others were found dead outside the temple.

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Sikh Temple Shooting
10:23 am
Sun August 5, 2012

Police say Seven People Killed at Sikh Temple in Oak Creek

Worried people near temple.
Sara Derge

Police in Oak Creek say seven people have been killed at the Sikh Temple, off Howell Avenue.

Four people were reportedly killed inside and three outside - including a suspect. Police say an officer "took down" a suspect, with the officer also being injured, but his wounds are not thought to be life-threatening.

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Health & Science
4:57 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

High Deductible Plans Benefit Some, Headache for Others

High Deductible Health Care Plans are growing in popularity.

One of the biggest financial burdens individuals and businesses face is the rising cost of health care. In order to ease that weight, some people and employers have been turning to High Deductible Health Care Plans. They keep monthly premiums low by requiring patients to spend a significant amount of money before their insurance kicks-in. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, those high deductible plans can pay off, but are a gamble.

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Milwaukee River Revival
3:11 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Condo and Apartment Projects Attract Outsiders

View from the balcony of Hansen's Landing condominiums in the Third Ward.

Before the economic downturn of the last decade, housing development – and sales, along Milwaukee’s downtown river were booming. The administration of former Mayor John Norquist and civic leaders at the time championed the resurgence of the historic corridor. It had decayed and people ignored the river. In Tuesday’s installment of our series, Milwaukee River Revival, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports that much to the delight of realtors, developers and local leaders, waterfront properties are again moving off the market.

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Drought
4:53 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Farmers Hoping for Rain to Salvage Season

Corn farmers are worried that this year could be a total loss because of the extreme heat and dry conditions.

Farmers in southeastern Wisconsin are wondering just how bad this growing season will be – or what might be salvageable. The drought in southern Wisconsin last week intensified from moderate to severe. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis visited Rob -N-Cin’s Farm in West Bend.The family-owned farm tends around 400 dairy cows and raises crops - alfalfa, corn, soybeans and winter wheat. Son Rick Roden fears this season could be devastating.

Recall Election
4:24 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Much of Country Focused on Recall Election of Gov. Walker

Signs at a Rally attended by former President Bill Clinton in Milwaukee.

Tuesday is the big day. Voters across Wisconsin will head to the polls to decide whether Gov. Scott Walker keeps his job. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, Wisconsin eyes won’t be the only ones riveted on the results. If the tens of millions of dollars groups have pumped into Wisconsin are not enough to prove how significant the recall race is, maybe this did the trick…

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Economy & Business
4:49 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Investors Betting on Real Estate

Some investors are using their retirement accounts to purchase foreclosures such as this one on Milwaukee's northwest side.

The northwest side of Milwaukee has been a hotbed of real estate activity in recent months. Investors have been purchasing foreclosed homes and turning many into rental properties. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis found that some of the entrepreneurs are using their retirement accounts.

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Economy & Business
2:36 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Investors Turn to Foreclosures to Make Money

Home on Milwaukee's northwest side recently purchased by Michael Baron.

Milwaukee will host a home ownership fair Saturday. The goal is to unload many of the foreclosed properties both banks and the city own. City Hall estimates there to be 4,000 such houses. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis learned of potential buyers who view foreclosures as a great business opportunity.

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