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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.

Testing

State unveils expanded community testing for COVID-19

By: - October 29, 2020

With COVID-19 cases surging — including 51 deaths in one day from the coronavirus — the state has opened new testing sites in 56 counties and 7 tribal nations around the state. The state Department of Health Services (DHS) announced the new testing sites on Thursday as demand has been rising for tests along with […]

Acting on faith to protect voters and the vote

By: - October 29, 2020

Rev. Richard Shaw recalls growing up in Alabama and hearing of Jimmie Lee Jackson, murdered by police while marching for voting rights in 1965. Shaw’s mother ran a café in Marion, Ala., that was a center for Civil Rights organizing, and brought him up with accounts of the movement. Seeing the challenges that Black and […]

Gov. Tony Evers

‘No way to sugarcoat it’: Records shattered for COVID-19 cases, deaths

By: - October 28, 2020

Stay home. Stick to your immediate family or household. Keep your circles to five or fewer people — total. Restrict your shopping to once a week or less. Focus on the essentials. In short: Do what you did between March 25 and May 13 — if you followed the Safer at Home order that was […]

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What government could do still to combat COVID-19’s effects

By: - October 26, 2020

It’s been more than six months since the Legislature last met, and the total number of Wisconsin residents infected with the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 is now 51 times what it was then. As of April 16 — the day after Gov. Tony Evers signed the Legislature’s only bill to address the COVID-19 pandemic — […]

Health director

As virus spreads, it overwhelms contact tracers

By: - October 22, 2020

As the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin reaches wildfire proportions, one of the key strategies to control it is nearing collapse: contact tracing. Public Health Madison & Dane County has shifted to the “crisis model” of contact tracing. People who test positive for the virus will be notified, and “our contact-tracing team will try their […]

Foxconn tax credits look increasingly out of reach

By: - October 21, 2020

State tax credits for Foxconn’s Mount Pleasant operations — once pegged at potentially $3 billion — appear increasingly unlikely. But even without them, the Taiwan-based company’s installation in southeastern Wisconsin will carry a hefty price. The most recent audit report from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) on the tech company’s 2019 job-creation record all […]

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Baldwin sends new demands to postmaster general

By: - October 20, 2020

Despite federal court orders to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to reverse actions suspected of delaying mail, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) told DeJoy in a letter Tuesday that postal workers are reporting violations of the orders. The U.S. Postal Service “needs to comply with these court orders and reverse the operational changes that led to — […]

Beer in Bar

Do public health and protecting small business have to conflict?

By: - October 20, 2020

Among public officials and the business trade groups, the quarrel over trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus has frequently put public health and the economy at odds. The tools that public health officials have used include orders aimed at keeping people home and out of crowded places of commerce — bars and restaurants […]

Evers’ 25%-capacity limit order is back on, rules judge

By: - October 19, 2020

A Barron County judge on Monday reinstated the state’s 25%-capacity limit order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, denying a temporary injunction against the order and lifting a temporary restraining order that was instituted last week after the Tavern League of Wisconsin had sued to block the measure. Ruling from the bench, Barron County […]

Waukesha County exec tests positive for COVID-19

By: - October 17, 2020

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow announced Friday he has tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and was remaining isolated to avoid passing the illness on. In a statement, Farrow said a member of his household developed COVID-19 symptoms in the last week and tested positive. After the individual reported feeling ill, “I self-quarantined […]

Faith leaders call for stronger COVID-19 public health measures

By: - October 16, 2020

Some religious leaders have called measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus — including limits on crowd gatherings and mask requirements — an assault on their religious liberty. The Rev. Sonja Ingebritsen, a Madison pastor, strongly disagrees. “When Jesus is asked which of the commandments is most important, he answers, to love God with […]

State works to ramp up community testing for virus

By: - October 16, 2020

With COVID-19 cases continuing to soar, Wisconsin is expanding community testing around the state. The goal is “to maximize our use of our capacity, so that everybody who needs a test really has more ready access to it closer to home,” said Andrea Palm, secretary-designee at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), at a […]