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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.

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Advocate sees pandemic’s toll as it presses on the elderly

By: - December 14, 2020

Wisconsin has been working to try to keep nursing homes safe from COVID-19. But as the pandemic has surged across the state this autumn, it has hit nursing home residents and employees hard, too. Just how hard was made clear by a new analysis from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), which every four […]

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Report: Nursing home infections, deaths from COVID-19 rose sharply in November

By: - December 11, 2020

One in 50 Wisconsin nursing home residents died from COVID-19 in the four weeks ending Nov. 15, and infections from the coronavirus have tripled in the same period, according to new government data. Along with the surge in recent infections and deaths in that four-week period, COVID-19 cases among nursing home employees have doubled in […]

COVID-19 numbers are down. That’s no cause for celebration.

By: - December 11, 2020

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin have been easing in the two weeks since Thanksgiving. But state health officials worry that the coronavirus isn’t in retreat — just hiding. On the surface, the number of newly recorded cases every day suggests that a much-feared Thanksgiving surge — brought on by larger gatherings that increase the […]

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State gets medical help from U.S. Army to combat pandemic

By: - December 10, 2020

With the state’s healthcare workforce strained by the autumn surge of COVID-19 cases, Wisconsin is enlisting help from the U.S. Army’s medical corps. About 45 Army medical personnel will be deployed at Marshfield Clinic facilities in Marshfield, Eau Claire, Beaver Dam and Rice Lake, Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday. They will supplement volunteers from the […]

Progressive organizing group faces worker-rights backlash

By: - December 10, 2020

When workers at Wisconsin Voices told the progressive organizing and fundraising group that they had formed a staff union, they hoped the group’s leaders would accept their choice. Wisconsin Voices has for years partnered with dozens of like-minded grass-roots activist groups involved in voter registration, racial justice, climate change and other issues. Many of its […]

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Advocacy group sees sharp rise in dementia deaths during the pandemic

By: - December 9, 2020

Deaths for Wisconsin residents with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia rose nearly 14% during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new analysis — another sign of how the coronavirus has been ravaging the healthcare system. Data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was reviewed by the Alzheimer’s Association, which […]

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Evers to Texas: Don’t mess with Wisconsin

By: - December 8, 2020

While the Texas attorney general is suing Wisconsin and three other states for allowing people to vote from home  during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Tony Evers calls the accusation “outrageous” and points out that the accuser is under federal investigation. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the lawsuit Tuesday, taking the case directly to the […]

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COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon, but public access months away

By: - December 8, 2020

While the first COVID-19 vaccines could be administered before New Year’s Day, it will be well into 2021 before immunization is widespread enough to relax other public health precautions in Wisconsin. The exact timeline isn’t yet certain as public health officials await formal federal approval of the first two vaccines. But Julie Willems Van Dijk, […]

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Deadline approaches to sign up for individual health insurance

By: - December 7, 2020

With barely one week left for people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of Wisconsin residents who have enrolled is about the same as it was at this time last year. But state officials are urging people who don’t have health insurance through their employer to seek […]

DHS shortens quarantine times for people who have been exposed to coronavirus

By: - December 4, 2020

Hoping to improve compliance with quarantine for people who have been exposed to the coronavirus, state health officials are now saying they can end quarantine after 10 days instead of the previously recommended two weeks. The new guidelines from the state Department of Health Services (DHS) take effect Monday. They follow revisions from the Centers […]

Hospitality industry gets help, but everyone says more is needed

By: - December 4, 2020

Wisconsin is doling out more than $75 million in new aid to help the hospitality industry cover losses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, but restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues will need still more to tide them over. And both Gov. Tony Evers and members of those industries agree: It will have to come from […]

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Baldwin, Moore hope Biden administration will boost transitional jobs proposal

By: - December 4, 2020

Will a Joe Biden administration give new life to a jobs program to help the chronically unemployed? Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) hope so. The two Wisconsin lawmakers are talking up their bill to expand transitional jobs programs, which use government subsidies to offset wages in order to help people […]