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.

Protesters gather in Kenosha the second night of protests on August 24th, 2020. This was before the clashes with police later that night. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Groups call for Kenosha chief, sheriff to lose their jobs

By: - August 28, 2020

Jacob Blake survived being shot seven times in the back by Kenosha police, but his father says he is paralyzed from the waist down. Despite that, Blake’s father told the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday, Blake has been handcuffed to his hospital bed. Asked at a news conference in Kenosha Thursday afternoon whether that report concerned […]

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 25: Residents confront protestors near the Kenosha County Courthouse during a third night of unrest. Rioting as well as clashes between police and protesters began Sunday night after a police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back in front of his three children. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A ‘call to arms’ that filled Kenosha with combat weapons

By: - August 27, 2020

The man who called gunmen to gather on the streets of Kenosha Tuesday night — culminating in the deaths of two people and an injury to a third — says he did so to keep the city safe. Despite the deaths, he believes they made it safer. Kevin Mathewson is a former Kenosha alder who […]

Gov. Tony Evers

Lawsuit challenges Evers’ latest health emergency

By: - August 26, 2020

A conservative public policy law firm filed suit Tuesday to overturn Gov. Tony Evers’ July 30 health emergency declaration, and with it the statewide mandatory mask requirement. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), which has been involved in several challenges to Evers’ powers as governor, sued on behalf of three Wisconsin residents. The […]

Michael Bell on one of the many billboards his father bought to draw attention to internal police investigations after his son was fatally shot by Kenosha police in 2004. (Photo via Bell's Plea For a Change Facebook site.)

Kenosha shooting feels all too familiar for city resident Michael Bell

By: - August 25, 2020

For Michael M. Bell, word Sunday that Kenosha Police had shot Jacob Blake in the back at close range replayed events from nearly 16 years ago. A Kenosha Police officer shot Bell’s son, Michael E. Bell, in the head Nov. 9, 2004, killing him — and sending the father on a crusade to reform the […]

Mail carrier sorting the mail via Getty Images.

Baldwin letter demands postal service reverse ‘harmful changes’

By: - August 25, 2020

In a letter Tuesday to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Sen. Tammy Baldwin is demanding that the postal service restore disconnected mail sorting machines, reverse orders that had barred letter carriers from making extra trips to deliver mail and ensure overtime for postal employees to provide timely mail delivery. “I am writing to demand that you […]

Testing for COVID-19 hits a slump

By: - August 22, 2020

Testing for COVID-19 has hit a lull in Wisconsin, with many fewer people getting tests for the coronavirus than the state Department of Health Services (DHS) says is possible. There is more than one reason, and what’s behind that trend is unclear. Public concern about the disease may be diminishing, and reducing the demand for […]

"Unemployment" by Philippe Lhote picturing a mural of headless workers in uniform on the wall of an abandoned factory in Völklingen, Germany

State job picture improves, but full recovery is far off

By: - August 20, 2020

Wisconsin’s pandemic jobs recovery continued in July, with the state restoring 30,500 jobs and the unemployment rate falling to 7%, the state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday. The numbers are an improvement as the economy struggles back from record-breaking job losses in March and April that came with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Utility customers behind on their bills avoid cutoffs for another month

By: - August 20, 2020

A statewide moratorium on shutting off power, water and other utilities got another extension Thursday, this time until Oct. 1. The state Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Thursday to extend the moratorium because of the continued COVID-19 pandemic and its disruption to the economy. The change prevents utilities from disconnecting service to customers who don’t […]

Factory worker via Upsplash

Pence paints a vibrant economic picture, but the numbers don’t match

By: - August 20, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence got a friendly reception at a Walworth County factory on Wednesday, where he poked fun at the Democratic National Convention in its third day and boasted of numbers that depict an economy “roaring back” from the COVID-19 pandemic. Pence mocked the DNC organizers for forgoing an in-person convention, and Democratic nominee […]

Complaint questions omissions in Vos ethics filings

By: - August 19, 2020

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has omitted certain business holdings from his most recent Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) filed with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission, state records show. Vos’ press secretary said shortly after an official complaint was filed Wednesday about the omissions that two of them were due to a “clerical error” that would be […]

USPS Postal Service delivery vehicles trucks all in a row black and white

Green Bay man sues over post office turmoil

By: - August 17, 2020

A Northeast Wisconsin man filed a lawsuit Monday in an effort to stop what he described as “the sabotage” of the U.S. Postal Service by the Trump administration. Russell Beckman, a public school special education teacher, is representing himself in the lawsuit, although he told the Wisconsin Examiner he hopes a public interest law firm […]

Camille Mays at the Anvil

Turning guns into garden tools

By: - August 17, 2020

Fred Martin pulled out his tongs, gripping a piece of red-hot steel, from the forge and turned to place it on the anvil. Camille Mays brought the hammer down, pounding methodically at the glowing metal: a shard from a gun barrel. She hammered again and again, the metal head making a quick, sharp bark as […]