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.

Maayan Silver

Human trafficking affects millions of people around the world, including in Milwaukee. And federal law views human trafficking as a contemporary form of slavery, says U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger, of the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

“It’s a horrific crime particularly because it involves the exploitation of another human being’s liberty and inflicts lasting damage to its victims,” he explains.

Human trafficking has two forms: sex trafficking and labor trafficking.

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There’s a new effort underway to help low and moderate-income food entrepreneurs in Milwaukee. UpStart Kitchen is an incubator kitchen set to open late summer in the Sherman Park neighborhood.

It’s a shared, commercial kitchen space for chefs and caterers with dreams of opening or expanding their food businesses. It also has services to help the businesses get off the ground.

One Milwaukee man with a dream of opening his own restaurant is Eric Young. He’s a retired air traffic controller.

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Updated on Aug. 5 at 10:15 a.m.

It’s been about a week since 500 Lime scooters legally emerged on Milwaukee streets as part of a Dockless Scooter Pilot Study. City officials report more than 100 complaints about improper scooter use in the first week of the pilot program.

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Milwaukee has faced devastating road range incidents this summer. In two of the most extreme incidents, drivers opened fire on cars with children, killing a 3-year-old and wounding a 5-year-old. As a result, community members and officials alike are seeking to understand how these road rage incidents happen.

So, why do people react with rage in their cars?

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Stand-up electric scooters are back in Milwaukee, after about a year-long hiatus. This time, they’re hitting the streets in a framework approved by city leaders. The company Lime has rolled out 500 scooters in various neighborhoods this week, as part of a pilot program.

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The anti-abortion group Operation Save America is converging in Milwaukee this week for its annual national event. The controversial group will be staging a number of protests, rallies, and other events around the city — placing a particular focus on getting youth involved.

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Several Democratic presidential hopefuls met Thursday night for a town hall organized by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in downtown Milwaukee.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro and former U.S. Rep.  Beto O’Rourke all spoke, as part of the four-day convention that’s drawn thousands of people. The discussion focused largely on immigration.

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Two women from an Israeli peace group spoke in Milwaukee in June. Nadia Hamdan, a Druze-Israeli, and Roni Yavin, a Jewish-Israeli, are part of Women Wage Peace. It's an organization seeking a “non-violent and mutually acceptable” solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Both women have lost family members in the conflict. The organization started in Israel the summer of 2014, right after the last Gaza operation. 

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Updated on July 12 at 3:45 p.m. CT

A Wisconsin man has been convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner. The 17-year police veteran died by gunfire as he executed a no-knock search warrant in February.

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There's a special archive that's been curated in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood for the past 15 years: the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP). Zines are typically small, self-published magazines with a limited circulation, covering certain topics or communities. The zines in the Riverwest archive are written by LGBTQ folks or focus on a wide variety of LGBT issues. 


Wisconsin's next biennial budget is now in the hands of the state Senate. That’s after the Republican-led Assembly approved the spending plan Tuesday night, on a party-line vote of 60 to 39.

Democrats were unsuccessful in efforts to amend the budget. But Assembly Republicans made some changes, in an attempt to make the proposal more palatable to skeptical colleagues in the Senate.

The 31 GOP amendments include one that slightly reduces property tax increases and another that would give counties more prosecutors.

Updated at 4:19 p.m. (CT)

A county coroner official says two people are dead after a semi crashed on Interstate 94 Wednesday, exploding and setting fire to other vehicles. The interstate has been closed since.

I-94 may be closed past rush hour — 7 p.m., 8 p.m. — says Scott Stiff, a spokesman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department. Although the incident happened in Racine County, his department is serving a supporting role.

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Some Wisconsin lawmakers are trying to prevent suicide among young people in the state. Youth suicide rates have continued to rise over the last 10 years. And while it affects every demographic, some groups of young people report higher rates of suicidal thoughts and acts than others.

As a result, the Speaker's Task Force on Suicide Prevention convened Monday to address risk factors and solutions to the problem. Experts, survivors and family members affected by suicide spoke at Ripon College during the meeting.

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The GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted Thursday to approve a roughly $321 million middle-class tax cut. It was the third attempt to find an income tax cut that both the GOP and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers can agree on. But Democrats on the committee were skeptical.

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There’s been a new opportunity at two MPS schools this year for students with special needs: the chance to learn drumming. The goal of a new "adaptive drumming" class is to make percussion accessible to all students.

The two schools offering the drumming classes are Frederick J. Gaenslen K-8 School in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, and Neeskara Elementary School in Washington Heights.