Erik Gunn

Erik Gunn

Senior Reporter 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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Poll: Two-thirds of voters have started the COVID-19 vaccine, but there’s a partisan divide over the shot

By: - August 12, 2021

Wisconsin voters are sharply divided along party lines in their attitudes toward the COVID-19 vaccines, according to the newest Marquette University Law School poll. Overall, 68% of registered voters told pollsters they have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. In that age range, 26% say they have not been vaccinated and 7% […]

Image captured and colorized at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana. Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Cases, hospitalizations continue to increase with COVID-19

By: - August 11, 2021

Wisconsin hospitals are once again filling up with COVID-19 patients as the new surge in the pandemic continues, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant of the coronavirus. New cases each day are increasing, reaching levels last seen in February, the state Department of Health Services (DHS) reported Wednesday. And coronavirus activity — which DHS assesses […]

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Democratic Congress member Ron Kind bows out from ’22 reelection bid

By: - August 10, 2021

La Crosse Democrat Ron Kind won’t seek reelection to Congress in 2022, setting the stage for a wide-open race in Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District. Announcing his decision at a La Crosse elementary school, the longest-serving member of Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation said that “the truth is, I’ve run out of gas,” WEAU-TV reported. Kind first won […]

Native American Elder Art Shegonee

Faith groups challenge bills that would restrict teaching about racism

By: - August 10, 2021

On the steps of the state Capitol Monday evening, about 60 people of differing faiths came together for an hour of prayers, sermons and a call to stand against proposed legislation that that participants charge would silence teaching about the history of racism, and related subjects, in Wisconsin schools. The bills target what Republicans nationwide […]

One employer’s answer to the hospitality hiring crunch: Union? Yes!

By: - August 7, 2021

While other hospitality industry operators bemoan that their cupboard is bare when they try to hire workers, the owners of one Milwaukee venue are pursuing a dramatically different approach.  Bounce Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers union (MASH) announced an agreement Friday that sets the stage for Bounce to reopen in the […]

Lawmakers announcing campaign finance reform bills

The uphill battle to reform campaign finance laws

By: - August 5, 2021

Democratic lawmakers who are circulating draft bills to tighten campaign finance laws acknowledge that their efforts face steep hurdles, including opposition from the Legislature’s Republican majority and a series of Supreme Court decisions that favored looser campaign finance laws instead. Still, “you cannot win if you give up before the fight starts,” said state Rep. […]

Gov. Tony Evers visits a vaccination clinic in March 2021 | Evers' Facebook

New COVID-19 surge brings vaccine mandates as masks return

By: - August 4, 2021

As the resurgence of COVID-19  continues, driven by the especially contagious delta variant of the coronavirus, masks are coming back, and vaccine mandates are cropping up. A growing number of employers, primarily in health care and related fields, have announced they will require employees to be vaccinated or subject them to frequent tests for the […]

Photo of Republican Democrat Undecided voting ad in station on turnstiles

What will it take to turn a red seat blue?

By: - July 26, 2021

On a sunny summer afternoon, Ann Roe stood before an enthusiastic crowd in front of her Janesville home and made public a decision she’d been working on for months: to run for Congress to represent Wisconsin’s 1st District. “It is time for change in this district,” said Roe, “and time to elect a hard worker, […]

COVID-19 rises again as rapidly spreading Delta mutation takes hold

By: - July 23, 2021

Wisconsin’s daily count of new COVID-19 cases has nearly tripled in the last two weeks, and for state health officials, that trend added urgency Thursday to their longstanding plea for more people to get vaccinated. The state’s seven-day average of confirmed cases Thursday was 242 cases per day, said Julie Willems Van Dijk, deputy secretary […]

A Department of Health and Human Services employee holds a COVID-19 vaccine record card. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

COVID-19 cases on the rise again amid concerns about vaccine misinformation

By: - July 21, 2021

Positive tests for COVID-19 are continuing to increase, according to the latest data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). And while vaccinations are increasing, too, they are doing so at a much slower rate. Nationally, cases have been increasing as well, while vaccination rates have also been lagging, according to public health reports. […]

‘Fight for $15’ demonstration, janitor contract talks kick-off coincide in Milwaukee

By: - July 21, 2021

Two union campaigns converged on Milwaukee Tuesday with a common goal: $15 an hour minimum wage. A McDonald’s restaurant on the city’s Northwest Side was the site of a noon rally as workers in Milwaukee’s fast food industry staged a one-day walkout. The action was part of a nationwide day of rallies and walkouts organized […]

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State’s struggling timber industry to get pandemic relief money

By: - July 20, 2021

Wisconsin loggers and timber haulers could share in a federal pandemic relief fund of up to $200 million that was announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH) program in a conference call Tuesday with Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and […]