Matt Mencarini

Matt Mencarini

Matt Mencarini joined the Center for Investigative Reporting in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2022 as an investigative reporter covering voting rights and threats to democracy. Previously, he worked as an investigative reporter for the Louisville Courier Journal where he was part of the team that won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for coverage of hundreds of last-minute pardons and commutations by an outgoing governor. He and a colleague revealed a racial disparity in who received commutations for drug offenses. Before that, he worked at the State Journal in Lansing, Michigan, as well as newspapers in Illinois and Florida.

Jamie Wells of Fond du Lac, Wis.

‘A hammer in search of a nail’: AG candidate prosecutes eligible voters for address snafus

By: - July 11, 2022

Jamie Wells doesn’t want to vote ever again. The one and only time she did was back in November 2020. That single ballot caused so much stress and turmoil and mounting debt that she will probably never again do it. Wells, 53, is one of five people charged with election fraud for having a UPS […]

Erick Kaardal delivers remarks to members of the Wisconsin Assembly elections committee at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., on March 1, 2022. Kaardal and the nonprofit law firm, Thomas More Society, are playing unofficial but central roles in the ongoing investigation into Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election. (John Hart / Wisconsin State Journal)

Private lawyer plays starring role in taxpayer-funded Wisconsin election probe

By: - April 26, 2022

Wisconsin Watch is a nonprofit newsroom that focuses on government integrity and quality of life issues. Sign up for our newsletter for more stories straight to your inbox. A two-story office building in a Milwaukee suburb houses three entities that have led a months-long campaign sowing doubt about Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election. The gray, indistinct building in […]