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Erik Gunn

Erik Gunn

Deputy Editor Erik Gunn reports and writes on work and the economy, health policy and related subjects, for the Wisconsin Examiner. He spent 24 years as a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine, Isthmus, The Progressive, BNA Inc., and other publications, winning awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, beat coverage, business writing, and commentary. An East Coast native, he previously covered labor for The Milwaukee Journal after reporting for newspapers in upstate New York and northern Illinois. He's a graduate of Beloit College (English Comp.) and the Columbia School of Journalism. Off hours he is the Examiner's resident Springsteen and Jackson Browne fanboy and model railroad nerd.

FORT KNOX, KY: The masked faces of the Honor Guard can be seen as they stand in a row during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Fort Knox Main Post Cemetery on May 31, 2021 in Fort Knox, Kentucky. The cemetery is burial ground to 967 U.S. Military personnel, foreign personnel, civilian dependents, POWs, and Unknowns. The ceremony also commemorated the centennial of the first soldier buried in the cemetery in 1921. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

Health department suggests COVID-19 caution heading into Memorial Day weekend

By: - May 27, 2022

With a three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend coming up, the state health department is warning Wisconsin residents to pay attention to COVID-19 risks where they live or where they will be visiting.  Gather outdoors as much as possible and wear masks indoors in areas where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported […]

UVALDE, TX - MAY 24: Members of the community gather at the City of Uvalde Town Square for a prayer vigil in the wake of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022. According to reports, 19 students and 2 adults were killed before the gunman was fatally shot by law enforcement. (Photo by Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images)

For a gun safety activist turned lawmaker, a grim reminder of why she ran

By: - May 26, 2022

In the autumn of 2019, after an Assembly floor session that had already lasted more than seven hours, State Rep. Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva) gaveled open a special session called by Gov. Tony Evers to take up two bills addressing gun violence — then immediately gaveled it out. For Deb Andraca, that was the moment […]

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Sarah Godlewski claims a ‘common sense, pragmatic’ lane

By: - May 24, 2022

In the Democratic contest to challenge Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s bid for a third term, each of the leading candidates has hit hard on the anticipated U.S. Supreme Court ruling to overturn the federal right to abortion. But one candidate has hit it harder than any other. In the weeks since Politico posted a draft […]

Health department recommends COVID-19 boosters for ages 5 and up

By: - May 24, 2022

Following a recent federal recommendation, the state health department is recommending COVID-19 booster shots for anyone age 5 or older who has had the Pfizer two-shot vaccine at least five months earlier. The Department of Health Services (DHS) issued the recommendation Monday, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last […]

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COVID surges as masks decline, hurting the most vulnerable

By: - May 19, 2022

As COVID-19 cases rise again in Wisconsin and across the country, there are even fewer universal requirements than in the past to help protect people from contracting the novel coronavirus or spreading it to others. As a consequence, people who all along have been the most vulnerable to illness are still  at risk while they […]

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COVID-19 cases rise again, testing CDC’s new assessment tool

By: - May 17, 2022

With another surge in COVID-19 infections, new cases and hospitalizations in seven Wisconsin counties are high enough combined that new federal guidelines call for everyone to wear masks when gathering indoors.  In those counties, “there’s enough community transmission that the number of cases is high,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard of the Wisconsin Department of Health […]

Capitol building at night light from below with a sign spelled out below in lights: Stand with WI Women"

Providers consider what they’ll do if abortion is outlawed in Wisconsin

By: - May 11, 2022

With a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would overturn the constitutional right to abortion looming in the coming weeks, health care providers are preparing for how to best serve their patients seeking to terminate a pregnancy. “We are all, unfortunately, preparing for every possible outcome and looking for where we can hopefully send our patients […]

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Democrats hoping for better odds in 1st District congressional race

By: - May 9, 2022

Wisconsin Democrats are hoping that the state’s new congressional map and the pending Supreme Court ruling to overturn abortion rights will reset the political dynamics in the state’s 1st Congressional District, where voters last elected a Democrat three decades ago.  The state’s congressional map, affirmed in April, redraws the 1st District’s boundaries to include the […]

Gov. Tony Evers gives the 2022 State of the State address in the Capitol | Screenshot via YouTube

Evers leads letter from governors calling for passage of federal abortion rights bill

By: - May 3, 2022

Responding to the  leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the decision that legalized abortion, a group of 17 governors led by Gov. Tony Evers called on Congress Tuesday to pass legislation guaranteeing abortion rights under federal law. “Reproductive healthcare decisions are deeply personal and should be made by patients […]

Alex Lasry in a scene from a Lasry for Wisconsin campaign video | Screenshot via Youtube

Lasry’s 3-point shot: Running for Senate as someone who can ‘get things done’

By: - May 3, 2022

A political newcomer with a fat wallet to help finance a campaign and private sector experience that will help him do things in  public office that career politicians can’t. That’s the niche Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry is carving out in the 2022 Democratic contest to challenge Republican Sen. Ron Johnson in November. But Lasry […]

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UAW, environmental group team up to challenge postal truck contract

By: - April 29, 2022

A union that wants jobs returned to Wisconsin and an environmental group that wants to pressure the Post Office into committing to an all-electric fleet have made common cause in a lawsuit filed Thursday against the U.S. Postal Service. The federal suit charges that the postal service failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy […]

A Starbucks Coffee location in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Oak Creek Starbucks employees choose union, first in Wisconsin

By: - April 27, 2022

Employees at a Starbucks outlet in Oak Creek voted 15-8 to be represented by Starbucks Workers United, the union announced Wednesday after the ballots were tallied. The store is the first of seven Starbucks locations in Wisconsin to hold a union representation election. Employees have organized at three other outlets with Starbucks Workers United, a […]