Project Milwaukee: Youth Violence

Spring of 2008, Lake Effect and WUWM News journalists teamed up to examine the deep roots of youth violence in Milwaukee, along with possible solutions.



From May 29 to June 6, 2008, WUWM explored youth violence through more than 30 radio reports and a community forum. These reports introduced listeners to children who live with violence, as well as those who are perpetrators of violent crimes. WUWM also looked at the economics of violence, and how it affects the entire community. The stories and interviews featured both the causes and the solutions to the problem.

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Project Milwaukee
5:10 pm
Thu May 29, 2008

Rounding Out Youth Violence

Bruce Murphy is editor of Milwaukee Magazine; Kurt Chandler is a senior editor of the magazine. Ricardo Pimentel is editorial page editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. They join Jane Hampden at the end of each month for the Lake Effect Reporter Roundtable. Today the journalists share thoughts about youth violence in Milwaukee.

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Project Milwaukee
5:05 pm
Thu May 29, 2008

History of Violence in Milwaukee

Milwaukee-born writer and historian John Gurda is a Lake Effect contributor He’s the author of eighteen books including The Making of Milwaukee. He talks with Jane Hampden about the roots of violence in the city.

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Project Milwaukee
4:57 pm
Thu May 29, 2008

Poem Decries Violence Striking Young Children

As part of our series on youth violence, 14 year old Sheldon Fountain, Jr. reads the poem he was inspired to write about a wayward bullet killing a young girl, an innocent bystander. The poem is titled, Generally Speaking, A Reason for Poetry.

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Project Milwaukee
4:49 pm
Thu May 29, 2008

Guns Proliferate for Milwaukee Youth, Yet Hope Prevails

Milwaukee officials note that a proliferation of guns and other weapons has accompanied an increase in youth violence here. However, an army of dedicated professionals staff programs designed to reach out to young people whose lives can be turned upside down by the effects of violence.

Starting today, WUWM News and the Lake Effect program are examining the causes of youth violence and possible solutions to what some have called an epidemic afflicting Milwaukee.

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Project Milwaukee
4:46 pm
Wed May 28, 2008

Project Milwaukee Series Examines Youth Violence, Solutions

WUWM began a new series about youth violence in Milwaukee. We'll be airing stories and interviews on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Lake Effect that will take an in-depth look at the problem and most importantly, explore possible solutions.

Friday morning, we’ll have a story by WUWM's LaToya Dennis. She spoke with WUWM's Erin Toner.

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Project Milwaukee
5:23 pm
Thu May 8, 2008

53206, The Evolution of a Zip Code

Barbara Moore (red shirt) talks to Mary Pickens as she stands in front of her house in the Amani neighborhood

WUWM has begun a series of reports on youth violence in Milwaukee. That’s in light of the upcoming summer months, which are often a rough time for the city. Friday, we visit what is arguably the most dangerous zip code area for both kids and others. 53206. In 2005 and 2006, 51 homicides were recorded there. That’s more than twice as many as in neighboring areas. A few decades ago, residents say 53206 was thriving. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis explores the changes that have taken place.

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