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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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State program to support training, recruiting more meat processing workers

By: - January 12, 2022

After the COVID-19 pandemic made the shortage of meat processors in Wisconsin worse than ever, the state is spending $5 million to help train a new generation of workers who can prepare beef, pork and other meats for sale to the public. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and Gov. Tony […]

Clinicians depart a patient room after re-positioning a COVID-19 patient. (Mario Tama | Getty Images)

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to soar

By: - January 12, 2022

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 reached a new peak in Dane County, officials said Tuesday, while in Wisconsin as a whole, it reached a number just short of the record set 14 months ago. The number of people in Dane County hospitals with COVID-19 was at an all-time high of 184 on Monday, […]

Photo contains a COVID19 face mask, needs, shots and vials of the vaccine

Hearing set for three bills to soften employer vaccine mandates

By: - January 10, 2022

A state Senate public hearing will take up a trio of bills Tuesday aimed at undercutting COVID-19 vaccine requirements. The Senate Labor and Regulatory Reform Committee hearing was postponed from December. According to a published report, the original hearing was canceled in response to a report of COVID-19 in the office of state Sen. Steve […]

COVID-19 test swab and gloved hands testing demonstration

Hospitals: Don’t use emergency rooms to get COVID-19 tests

By: - January 10, 2022

Wisconsin hospitals urged the public Monday not to go to hospital emergency rooms in search of a COVID-19 test. Patients with COVID-19 and people with health emergencies such as stroke, heart attacks, injuries from car crashes and other urgent problems are already overwhelming hospital emergency rooms, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA). In a […]

Johnson will seek third Senate term

By: - January 9, 2022

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) announced Sunday that he will run for a third term in the U.S. Senate, despite his earlier pledges not to seek re-election. He released a statement Sunday and also explained his decision in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal under the headline “Why I’m seeking a third Senate Term: I’d […]

Evers endorses UW Health nurses’ union campaign

By: - January 7, 2022

Nurses who want union representation at UW Hospital and Clinics amped up their campaign this week, meeting online with Gov. Tony Evers as the governor reiterated his support for their cause. The COVID-19 pandemic “has really underscored how critical your roles are in keeping our state healthy,” Evers told several hundred UW Health nurses and […]

COVID-19 Vaccination Site | Photo by U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. government works

State breaks new COVID record, announces health care help

By: - January 7, 2022

For the second day in a row, Wisconsin reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases, with 11,574 added to the state’s rolls on Thursday. That follows a previous record, 10,288 new cases that were reported on Wednesday, according to the state Department of Health Services (DHS) The new surge is driven by the fast-spreading […]

Stop the Mandate reads a sign at the "freedom march" against vaccine mandates. Also lots of American flags, no masks

As COVID-19 cases top 1 million, legislators seek to loosen vaccine requirements

By: - January 6, 2022

Wisconsin lawmakers heard more than two hours of testimony Wednesday in favor of a bill that would let COVID-19 survivors claim so-called natural immunity as an alternative to complying with a vaccine mandate from an employer. Only witnesses supporting the bill spoke at Wednesday’s public hearing before the Assembly Constitution and Ethics Committee. Several health […]

Novel coronavirus SARS CoV2, which causes COVID-19. Meanwhile, new COVID mutations called variants are now spreading across the U.S., including the Delta variant. Microphotography by National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Omicron variant drives new, faster spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

By: - January 4, 2022

In the last week, one in four people in Wisconsin who have gone for a COVID-19 test have been found to be infected with the novel coronavirus. As of Sunday, according to the state Department of Health Services (DHS), on average, 24.5% of tests given for COVID-19 over the last seven days were positive. That’s […]

‘A wake-up call for employers’: Survey uncovers dissatisfaction among working women

By: - January 3, 2022

In the autumn of 2021, Kimberly Kane saw a dramatic data point: One in three women had considered leaving the workforce or cutting back on their careers. That was from a national survey, but there were no state-specific numbers. Kane wanted to know if Wisconsin working women were feeling the same way, so her consulting […]

Barber cuts hair

In Prairie du Chien, Main Street is bouncing back

By: - December 27, 2021

After six years of cutting hair in his home country of Macedonia, Mendim Tairi emigrated to the United States and began working in the trade in Wisconsin — in Janesville for a year, then moving to Prairie du Chien, where a close friend from his native land owned a restaurant. There Tairi took a job […]

Close up Doctor wearing surgical gloves and use infusion for patient infected Covid-19 Novel Coronavirus(2019-nCoV)

Navy unit to aid Green Bay hospitals amid COVID-19 surge as omicron accelerates

By: - December 21, 2021

A team of U.S. Navy health care personnel will go to Green Bay to provide support in local hospitals stretched thin by the latest resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 20-member team is being deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday and will be assigned to Bellin Health System, […]