Maayan Silver

News Reporter

Maayan Silver started as a reporter for WUWM News in March 2018. Before that, she spent two years as an Assistant Producer for WUWM's Lake Effect.

Maayan was previously a criminal defense attorney.

She loves listening to people's stories, learning about different cultures, music of all sorts, and dogs.

Chuck Quirmbach

Updated at 5:11 p.m. CT

Some local health officials in Wisconsin rescinded their stay-at-home orders Friday after attorneys warned they could be vulnerable to legal challenges after the state Supreme Court wiped out Gov. Tony Evers' statewide order.

>>Latest WUWM & NPR Coronavirus Coverage

Ann-Elise Henzl

There have been reports about humans infecting felines with the coronavirus, such as big cats at the Bronx Zoo. That led researchers at UW-Madison to start looking into cat-to-cat transmission.  

Peter Halfmann is one of the lead researchers. He says the study included three pairs of cats. 

"We took one cat from the pair and infected it by internasal inoculation, some virus in the eye and then in the mouth. And then we house that cat by itself for 24 hours," he explains.

Chuck Quirmbach

Updated at 9:18 p.m. CT

The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers' coronavirus safer-at-home order Wednesday, ruling that his administration overstepped its authority when it extended it for another month without consulting legislators.

Michelle Maternowski

Wisconsin is still grappling with how to approach school and business closings, soaring unemployment, and a still-deadly virus that could overwhelm hospitals. But a majority of Wisconsinites support COVID-19 restrictions, according to the latest Marquette Law School poll that was released on Tuesday.

Dena Aronson

Many of us have been holed up since mid-March because of the coronavirus. So, we’ve been walking for exercise and a change of scenery. In Shorewood, there’s been a special treat for walkers: a family of great horned owls nesting in a blue spruce tree.

Dozens of people have strolled to the tree daily – while social distancing – to check out the owls. They’ve seen the birds in action, like when the mother brings freshly-caught meat to the nest.

Eitan Silver

The modern piano keyboard has 88 keys. And the late Joan Wildman was a master of all of them.

Her improvisations would go from low, low bass notes to the very high upper register. She played stride, blues, bebop, eighth notes, quarter notes, intervals, you name it. And sometimes she'd play the inner strings and sides of the piano — not just the keys.

Alesandra Tejeda

At the Milwaukee County House of Correction in Franklin, 94 inmates have COVID-19 as of Thursday – out of an on-site population of about 600. There are three cases at the jail in downtown Milwaukee. To help prevent the coronavirus from spreading among people incarcerated, some key players are trying to limit the number of people in custody. 

Maayan Silver

The coronavirus has altered countless plans — including those by people coordinating the U.S. census.

Taken every 10 years, the census is a tally of the nation's population. It leads to the redrawing of political districts in states and the reapportionment of representation in Congress. The census drives more than $675 billion in federal spending over the next decade on things like hospitals, roads and vital programs.

Maayan Silver

Updated at 2:57 p.m. CT  

Hundreds of people demonstrating against the Evers administration’s safer-at-home order gathered outside the Wisconsin Capitol on Friday, ignoring social distancing recommendations and crowding together on the steps of the state Capitol.

There were lots of American flags and anti-Evers signs. Some people were sporting Trump gear and signs. 

Some people wore masks or bandannas per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But many did not.

Courtesy of Tony Evers

Updated Thursday at 11:49 a.m. CT

Republican leaders of the Wisconsin Legislature asked the conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday to block an order from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' administration extending the safer-at-home order until May 26.

At least seven people may have become infected with the coronavirus as a result of Wisconsin's controversial decision to go forward with in-person voting for its April 7 election, Milwaukee's top public health officer said Monday.

"As of today, we have identified seven individuals that contracted, or at least it appears, COVID-19 through election-related activities," said Jeanette Kowalik, the city's health commissioner.

Maayan Silver

Gov. Tony Evers unveiled Monday his plan to reopen Wisconsin if certain public health conditions are met. He's calling it the Badger Bounce Back plan.

Lauren Sigfusson

Voters and advocacy organizations have been crying foul over voter access in Wisconsin's spring election and presidential primary and questioning the decision to go forward with in-person voting during a pandemic.

>>Wisconsin Election Updates

Teran Powell

It was a very unusual spring election and presidential primary in Wisconsin on Tuesday. It happened in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and due to a court order, results won't be made public until April 13.

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