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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.

Backup health care facility for COVID patients

State will use backup facility for COVID-19 patients for the first time

By: - October 7, 2020

As hospitals around the state report they are overwhelmed with patients, a backup facility at State Fair Park in suburban Milwaukee will begin taking COVID-19 patients next week. Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday that the Alternate Care Facility (ACF) will open Wednesday, Oct. 14, to receive patients who are less severely ill, most likely after […]

New order limits mass gatherings to reduce COVID spread

By: - October 7, 2020

With COVID-19 infections three times what they were a month ago, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers instituted a new limit on indoor mass gatherings Tuesday in another effort to curb transmission of the coronavirus. The new order, issued by state Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm under Evers’ direction, officially takes effect Thursday, Oct. […]

An array of face masks for COVID-19

Lawyers argue for, against latest Wisconsin health emergency

By: - October 5, 2020

Lawyers for the state of Wisconsin and for a conservative law firm that wants to throw out Gov. Tony Evers’ newest health emergency declaration related to the COVID-19 pandemic argued Monday over whether the order should be blocked immediately — and with it, the state’s mandatory mask requirement. Evers’ emergency declaration that took effect Aug. […]

A display made in Civic Park, Kenosha, the site of recent protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Newspaper tells the stories of the victims in Kenosha protest shootings

By: - October 5, 2020

The Washington Post has published an in-depth account of the Aug. 25 Kenosha shootings in which an Illinois teenager killed two men and wounded a third — going deeper than the heavily politicized narratives of the incident. The Post’s reporting about the third night of demonstrations following the police shooting of Jacob Blake focuses on […]

Lt. Gov. Barnes: To stop the spread, change our behavior

By: - October 2, 2020

With public health almost entirely dependent on voluntary behavior and few enforced restrictions, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes telephoned Friday to get the word out: Wisconsin residents need to do what it takes to stop the spread of COVID-19. “We’re encouraging extreme caution for people across the state,” Barnes said in a phone interview. Compared especially […]

‘We need to have compliance’

By: - October 2, 2020

With COVID-19 continuing to soar in Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers warned Wisconsin residents on Thursday that they need to stay home as much as possible. A little more than six months ago, he clothed the same preventive measure in an executive order that carried the weight of law. But since the state Supreme Court stripped […]

British TV investigation shows how Trump 2016 campaign tamped down Black voters

By: - October 1, 2020

Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign didn’t just strive to appeal to white working-class voters who believed they had been forgotten — it actively sought to discourage Black voters from going to the polls, a British television news team is reporting. Among those voters targeted for suppression were residents of Milwaukee, in an election upset that […]

Homeland Security pushed talking points sympathetic to Kenosha gunman

By: - October 1, 2020

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) is calling for an oversight hearing to investigate an NBC News report that the Trump administration prepped federal law enforcement officials to provide a sympathetic description of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Illinois gunman charged with killing two protesters in Kenosha and wounding a third. The network obtained a talking points document […]

Report offers guarded optimism for manufacturing comeback

By: - September 30, 2020

Wisconsin manufacturing is recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has strained shipping schedules but also given a boost to domestic suppliers in the face of uncertainty about international sources. The Marquette ISM Manufacturing Survey for September paints a guardedly upbeat picture for the sector in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, the focus […]

‘The virus is everywhere’

By: - September 30, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin continues to get worse, Gov. Tony Evers and state health officials warned Tuesday — and unless more people take it seriously, many more people may die from the virus in the coming weeks and months. “We are in a crisis,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, chief medical officer of the […]

A surgical mask and an N95 mask hang on display for sale at a pharmacy. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Plaintiffs want court to order immediate end to mask requirement

By: - September 28, 2020

As the number of positive tests for COVID-19 has skyrocketed in Wisconsin, the conservative law firm that wants to stop Gov. Tony Evers from declaring a health emergency or requiring masks to curb the spread of the virus now wants the court to immediately block all of those orders, including new ones the governor issued […]

Unemployment benefits application (photo by Getty Images)

Less than 1% of callers seeking unemployment got through

By: - September 25, 2020

Telephone calls from people seeking unemployment compensation in Wisconsin so overwhelmed the state’s system in the first three and a half months of the COVID-19 pandemic that only half of 1% got through, according to a new audit released Friday. The report, produced by the state Legislative Audit Bureau, offers a glimpse of just how […]