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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Updated 2:10 p.m.: Gov. Scott Walker has conceded the election to Tony Evers.

He initially refused to concede because of the close margin and questions about more than 40,000 ballots in Milwaukee that were tallied in the eleventh hour.

In a statement, the Walker campaign said it determined that "any change in the result would not be significant enough to determine the outcome of the election, despite its close margin and questions about how the city of Milwaukee executed its election night operations."

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Milwaukee Police on Thursday released body camera video of a fatal officer involved shooting from August. Before the video was shown to media, Police Chief Alfonso Morales noted that the fatal officer involved shooting was still under investigation.

If the numbers from the latest Marquette University Law School Poll are right, Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Tony Evers are tied. Each has 47 percent of the vote amongst the 1,154 likely voters polled by phone Oct. 24-28. 

“It’s not just 47 percent-47 percent, it’s exactly the same number of respondents picking Evers as Walker. Do I need to say that’s inside the margin of error? It obviously is,” says Charles Franklin, the poll director.

With just days left until Wisconsin voters go to the polls on Nov. 6, campaigns are in are in high gear. When it comes to the race for U.S. Senate between Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin and her challenger Republican Leah Vukmir, most polls suggest Baldwin has the edge.

Between August and mid-October, more than $20 million was spent on television ads for both candidates in the race for U.S. Senate and governor of Wisconsin. But is the money having the impact hoped for?

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On Nov. 6, voters across Wisconsin will head to the polls to vote on whether marijuana should be legalized in 16 Wisconsin counties and two cities. Questions concerning marijuana will range from should it be legalized for medical purposes to recreational use.

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According to a recent report called "Bearing Faith: The Limits of Catholic Health Care For Women of Color," 52 percent of black women in Wisconsin give birth at a Catholic hospital.

Kira Shepherd, director of Columbia Law Schools Racial Justice Program, is behind the study.

The two candidates vying to become the next U.S. Senator from Wisconsin met for a second debate on Saturday Night. Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin went head to head with Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir. If there was one thing Baldwin and Vukmir wanted people to take away, it’s that they are different. 

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Have you ever heard the saying “everything old is new again?” When it comes to the hemp industry in Wisconsin, that old saying is holding true.

Just ask former Milwaukee Alderman Mike McGee Junior and his business partner Maya Mays. They opened their first kiosk selling hemp-based products at Mayfair Mall back in July. Since then, they kiosk has turned into a store and they’ve added three others: 414 Hemp, 262 Hemp, 920 Hemp and 608 Hemp.

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The two candidates for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat faced off in their first debate on Monday night. Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin has been described by some as one of the country’s most liberal lawmakers, while her opponent Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir is considered one of Wisconsin’s most conservative.

Health care was the first topic of the debate. Baldwin admitted that a plan she supports that would provide health care for all is expensive — an estimated at $32 trillion over a decade — but says something has to give.

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The Milwaukee Brewers won their first playoff game 3-2 on Thursday. Diehard fans showed up to Miller Park hours before their game against the Colorado Rockies. Fans were busy playing music, grilling and tailgating.

“Do you want to see my tattoo to show you I really love the Brewers?" said Donald Matovich, a tailgater who loves the Brewers so much that, yes, he has a tattoo to prove it.

A former student of the Kenosha Unified School District has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the school system. According to legal documents, Guadalupe Paredes says the bullying he experienced because he’s gay started in about third grade. He didn’t identify as gay then, but he also didn’t conform to stereotypical norms for little boys, according to his attorney, Rock Pledl with McNally Peterson.

The new Marquette Law School Poll shows Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers has pulled ahead of Republican incumbent Scott Walker. At the same time, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has a sizable lead over her challenger, Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir, according to the survey.

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There are three types of people in this world: Those who notice nothing. Those who notice but don’t care to question. And then there are those who ask why. David Wagner is the last one.

David reached out to Bubbler Talk — our series where you ask, we investigate, and together we unveil the answers — to learn about a road he often passes.

What is Seven Mile Road 7 miles from?

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Madison has overtaken Milwaukee, in terms of the cities' overall property values. That's according to the Wisconsin Policy Forum, a nonpartisan organization that looks at state and local government.

WUWM's LaToya Dennis talks with Research Director Jason Stein about the reasons for the change and what the property value indicator means. Stein says the shift was a long time in the making.

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Milwaukee County is facing a deficit of more than $23 million in the 2019 budget.

There are a few ways for municipalities to balance a budget. Leaders can create new revenue sources, raise taxes or cut spending. But at this point, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele says any cuts are going to hurt.

Abele says he’s started the last seven budgets $20 million-plus in the hole and has tried to impact residents as little as possible.

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