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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Politics & Government
8:05 am
Fri March 21, 2014

State Assembly Passes and Amends Controversial Legislation

Lawmakers in Madison take on controversial legislation
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The state Assembly pulled another all-nighter. Lawmakers went into session at around 2 p.m. Thursday and did not adjourn until just before 5 a.m. on Friday.

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Politics & Government
5:04 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Senate Approves Changes to Election Laws

Wisconsin Senate approves changes to Wisconsin's election laws
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Election reform is underway in Wisconsin. Republicans calls new changes essential, while Democrats are up in arms.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Public Union Dust Still Settling in Wisconsin, Three Years After Act 10

Protestors gather in opposition to Act 10
Credit Andy Stenz

Tuesday marks the third anniversary of Gov. Walker signing Act 10 into law, restricting public unions.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Wisconsin Debates Whether DPI or Legislature Should Set Education Standards

Some lawmakers want to create board to set educational standards
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Wisconsin continues its tug of war over Common Core standards. They spell out what American students should learn and when. 

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The Salt
2:48 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Europe Tells U.S. To Lay Off Brie And Get Its Own Cheese Names

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 8:19 am

What's in a name? It's an age-old question Juliet once asked Romeo in Shakespeare's famed play.

Today, it's a serious question between the U.S. and the European Union, which has said it wants U.S. food makers to stop using European names.

But depending on what food you're talking about, a name could be a lot, says Kyle Cherek, the producer and host of a TV show called Wisconsin Foodie.

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Health & Science
6:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Cold Weather Could be Impacting Your Mood

Cold weather could mean mood swings for some
Credit Susan Bence

We’ve been experiencing one of our coldest winters, in decades. Maybe you’ve added your voice to the chorus of complaints.

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Regional
4:33 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Mayor Barrett Applauds Milwaukee's Efforts But Says It Must Do More

Mayor Barrett delivers 2014 State of the City Address
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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's State of the City address on Monday was upbeat. He covered issues ranging from jobs to violence to teen pregnancy.

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Economy & Business
1:52 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Expanding Grocery Chains Mean More Competition in Milwaukee

There's increased competition among grocery retailers in the greater Milwaukee area.
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The grocery retailer Meijer is building a store on Burleigh in Wauwatosa. The community will soon be home to about a half-dozen major grocers.

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Education
10:23 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Legislation Aimed at Improving School Accountability Draws Reaction

Lawmaker pushes for changes when it comes to school accountability
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The bill would require all students using state funding to take the same tests, whether attending public, charter or choice schools.

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Economy & Business
6:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

EU Wants U.S. Cheese Makers to Stop Using European Names

Feta cheese, along with other foods made in the U.S. with ties to Europe might be called something else in the future
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Names such as Gruyere, Brie, Parmesan, Havarti, Feta, Asiago, Gorgonzola and Fontina.

Shawna Morris of the U.S. Dairy Export Council says the European Union does not want cheese makers in other parts of the world using names that originated in Europe. Otherwise, the EU claims, the brands are not authentic.

Morris says the EU began imposing restrictions on cheese branding in the mid-1990s and American companies aren’t the only ones targeted.

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