LaToya Dennis

News Reporter

LaToya Dennis joined WUWM in October 2006 as a reporter / producer. LaToya began her career in public radio as a part-time reporter for WKAR AM/FM in East Lansing, Michigan. She worked as general assignment reporter for WKAR for one and a half years while working toward a master's degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. While at WKAR, she covered General Motors plant closings, city and state government, and education among other critical subjects.

Before coming to public radio, LaToya interned at the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan. She also took part in NPR's 2005 Next Generation Radio Project in Kansas City, Missouri as well as NPR's summer 2006 Next Generation Radio Project in Indianapolis, Indiana.

LaToya holds both a Bachelor's degree and a Masters degree in journalism from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Dennis is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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The man accused of kidnapping and holding 13-year-old Jayme Closs for nearly three months and killing her parents has pleaded guilty.

Jake Patterson, who's 21, now faces a maximum of two life sentences for the two first-degree intentional homicide charges and 40 years for kidnapping.

READ: Patterson Decided To Take Jayme Closs After Seeing Her Get On A School Bus, Complaint Says

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The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee has removed the names of two former Milwaukee Archbishops — William Cousins and Rembert Weakland — from buildings as part of the church’s response to sexual abuse by clergy.

The Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center, which was named in honor of William Cousins, will be renamed on Friday.  And Rembert Weakland’s name has been removed from the parish center at St. John the Evangelist in downtown Milwaukee.

Cousins and Weakland led the Milwaukee Archdiocese between 1958 and 2002 and helped cover up clergy sexual abuse of children.

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All across the world people are grappling with how to deal with hate crimes. Fifty people were killed last week in New Zealand after someone opened fire at two mosques. It’s in the aftermath of such heinous crimes that questions such as how and why and when will this end are the most prevalent. 

Fatih Harpci teaches religion at Carthage College in Kenosha. He was saddened by the incidents in New Zealand but says hate can also be found here in Wisconsin.

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The state of Wisconsin is famous for a number of things — beer, cheese, the Green Bay Packers and, if you're into this sort of thing, mail order catalogs.

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Technological advances have made some aspects of policing easier. For example, surveillance cameras can help police monitor crime remotely and allow police departments to capture images of criminals and in some cases track them.

But what happens with that data? How else is it used, who has access, and are people in minority communities unfairly targeted?

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Updated 4:05 p.m.

Democrats chose Milwaukee to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC). It was announced Monday that the Cream City beat out Houston and Miami to host the convention.


Questions remain over whether Foxconn will actually open a factory in Racine County — and if so, what the Taiwanese manufacturing giant would produce there. That's according to a Wednesday story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Typically, when police officers serve a search warrant before entering a home or business, they announce themselves. But in certain situations, officers believe the element of surprise works best, which means they enter without knocking or identifying themselves.

So called "no-knock" warrants have received a lot of attention lately after Houston police shot and killed two people while serving a no-knock. Five officers were also injured.

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Cold, snow and ice — Milwaukee has had a lot of all three lately. The winter weather is hard on most people, but when that snow and ice are not removed from public walkways in a timely manner, it can make getting around for people with disabilities even more difficult, sometimes verging on impossible.

“A lot of times when plows plow the streets the snow gets kind of piled up, unfortunately, right at a lot of curb cuts," says 32-year-old Milwaukee resident William Crowley.

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The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has filed a federal lawsuit against legislation limiting the powers of Wisconsin’s governor and attorney general. Wisconsin Democrats say the only reason Republicans, who control both the state Senate and the Assembly, passed legislation taking away powers traditionally reserved for the governor and attorney general is because the GOP lost.

Martha Laning chairs the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. She says Wisconsin’s new laws make it hard to believe in the Democratic process.

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Across the country, the number of opioid deaths continue to rise. In 2017, the state of Wisconsin saw more than 900.

Changes are being implemented in an effort to lessen the number of people addicted. United Healthcare made changes to its opioid policy when it comes to prescriptions being written by dentists for people under the age of 19. The scripts are now limited to a three day supply and no more than 50 morphine milligrams a day.

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Wisconsin labor unions have filed the third lawsuit against legislation signed by former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker before leaving office that limits the power of the new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul.

No one stumped harder for Evers in the race against Republican Walker than Wisconsin labor unions, according to Neal Bisno. He’s executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union.


New Gov. Tony Evers recently toured the troubled juvenile correctional facilities in northern Wisconsin — Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls. While the facilities are slated for closure in 2021, problems remain.

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Across the greater Milwaukee area, businesses remain closed, some flights are canceled and thousands of people are without power as We Energies works to fix issues.

Amy Jahns, a spokesperson for We Energies, says people in Sullivan, Racine and the town of Erin are impacted by wires snapping Thursday morning.  

“The weather with the frigid temperatures are causing our wires to constrict and causing them to snap off. And so we are arriving and finding wires down on the scene,” she says.

Lauren Sigfusson

Updated 1:20 p.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers declared a state of emergency on Monday due to severe winter weather.