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.

More than half a dozen states have pushed back presidential primaries because of the coronavirus outbreak. Wisconsin, which has a primary on April 7, hasn't. State leaders are holding on tightly to that date, despite Monday's stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Tony Evers.

Evers urged voters to cast mail-in ballots, saying he and his wife have already done so.

"It's very easy," Evers said Monday. "If we can do it, you can do it."

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Updated at 7:31 p.m. CT

On Wednesday, state health officials reported 106 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin — that’s up from 72 people on Tuesday — with 47 of those in Milwaukee County. It was also announced that a veteran inpatient at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Updated Wednesday at 7:29 a.m. CT

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Updated Tuesday at 1:31 p.m. CT 

Maayan Silver

Election and other government officials in Milwaukee indicated Sunday that the April 7 presidential primary and spring election are currently going forward in Wisconsin. 

Mayor Tom Barrett says officials are planning around the coronavirus pandemic and have several changes already in place. He says this election is about “preparedness." He wants people to know where and how to vote while minimizing their exposure to coronavirus. 

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Updated Saturday at 8:42 p.m. CT

As of Saturday afternoon, state health officials say Wisconsin now has 27 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. This is up from 19 reported cases on Friday. Twenty-six of these cases were confirmed this week and are active, while one case was reported in February in Dane County and that person has since recovered.

President Trump has been spending a lot of time this year talking about his record on criminal justice reform, a low black unemployment rate and his support for historically black colleges.

It's part of his re-election campaign's quest to peel off some support from one of Democrats' most loyal constituencies — black voters — particularly in battleground states like Wisconsin, where the race in November may be tight.

Maayan Silver

The mass shooting at Molson Coors Wednesday night is still under investigation and the community is still raw. At Ridge Community Church in Greenfield, about 100 people gathered Thursday night to mourn those who lost their lives, and to show support for their families and friends. 

People who attended the vigil had a lot on their minds, as they try to process the tragedy.

Today, Wayne Janusiak lives about 40 minutes northwest of the Wisconsin Dells. But he says he was an electrician at Molson Coors for about 28 years, until he retired two years ago.

Angelina Mosher Salazar

Wednesday, a Molson Coors employee opened fired on co-workers at the Milwaukee brewery campus in the "Miller Valley."

READ: 6 Dead In Milwaukee Shooting At Molson Coors

Six people died, including the shooter. It was the deadliest mass shooting in Wisconsin since the Sikh Temple Shooting in Oak Creek in 2012.

Maayan Silver

Milwaukee is reeling after several high-profile murders and other attacks involving domestic violence.

Thursday night, community members and advocates expressed frustration, sometimes aimed at the Milwaukee mayor, during a forum to discuss the problem at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society Museum. The forum was hosted by the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention.

Maayan Silver

The newly opened Republican field office in Milwaukee has been vandalized. The GOP office is notable for being the first-ever in one of the city's black neighborhoods.

Windows and doors with posters for President Trump and conservative state Supreme Court candidate Daniel Kelly have been splattered with black and white paint.

Courtesy of Tom Barrett and Lena Taylor

Updated Wednesday at 12:23 p.m. CT

After Tuesday’s primary, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is moving forward in his quest for another four-year term. He and Democratic state Sen. Lena Taylor survived the four-way contest.

>>Wisconsin Election Results — 2020 Spring Primary Elections

Maayan Silver

Milwaukeeans are lining up at the polls for the spring primary on Tuesday. Voters will decide which candidates for many state and local races will move on to the general election in April.

About 60,000-70,000 voters are expected to turn out in the city of Milwaukee, according to the executive director of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission, Neil Albrecht. While turnout numbers will be much smaller than the nearly 300,000 voters the city projects for the presidential election in the fall, he says that's still significant for a February primary.

Lauren Sigfusson

Heading into the library is a dazzling form of adventure. And with nearly 6 million books in circulation in the Milwaukee County Federated Library System, there are a lot of places to go and people to read about. 

For your browsing pleasure, our latest Bubbler Talk aims to find out the most sought-after books in the Milwaukee area. 

Steve Weinstein, our questioner, wonders: 

"What is the most checked out item from the Milwaukee Federated Library system? ... 

Maayan Silver

The political parties are doing everything they can to court voters in swing-state Wisconsin, and this includes a GOP first: a campaign office in Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin Republican Party ventured into Democratic territory Thursday, opening its first-ever campaign office near Milwaukee’s central city. About 75 people attended the grand opening in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood.

READ: New Milwaukee GOP Office Vandalized

Courtesy of Oliver Bestul

Two graduates of the University of Minnesota are nearly half way through their year-long tour of the United States. But they’re not just sightseeing — along the way, they're performing a play that one of them penned.

Oliver Bestul wrote The Birding Body. It’s a bird-themed tongue-in-cheek murder mystery. Veronica Swanson illustrated a booklet that accompanies the play and it allows for audience members to play along as the characters try to figure out who-done-it. 

Maayan Silver

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly and challenger Jill Karofsky intensified their attacks against each other at a forum between the Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates on Thursday.

Wisconsin is known for both high turnout elections and razor thin margins.

President Trump won the state by fewer than 23,000 votes, and in 2020, it could be the pivotal state that decides the presidency. That means Wisconsin could be fertile ground for those who want to disrupt the election.

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Wisconsin leads the nation in farm bankruptcies.

Gov. Tony Evers addressed the plight of dairy farmers in his State of the State address on Wednesday night. He's calling for a special session on Tuesday to take up a package of bills aimed to help farmers. The bills address challenges from exports to mental health support.

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Updated Tuesday at 2:46 p.m. CT

A Wisconsin appeals court has put on hold an order to immediately remove up to 209,000 names from the state's voter registration rolls, handing Democrats who had fought the move a victory in the battleground state. The appeals court also put on hold an ealier decision that found the Wisconsin Elections Commission to be in contempt.

Original story Monday at 5:23 p.m. CT

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Updated Thursday at 12:18 p.m. CT

The Democratic National Convention Committee invited local and national media outlets to Milwaukee for a day of logistics planning and presentations on people and politics. Hundreds attended informational breakout sessions and a city bus tour.

The day started early with a tour of the Fiserv Forum, along with speeches from Wisconsin politicians like Gov. Tony Evers, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and convention CEO Joe Solmonese.


A conservative law firm is asking a judge to find the Wisconsin Elections Commission in contempt for not purging more than 200,000 voters from the rolls.

A judge last month ordered the purge because the voters may have moved.

The conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty says the Elections Commission is violating state law and must immediately drop the voters from the rolls or face fines.

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People will soon be allowed to smoke marijuana in Illinois. The law was passed in May and will take effect in January 2020. That could spark a whole new type of "weed tourism," where Wisconsinites travel south to use the drug.

So, what do people traveling through this state need to know about possessing marijuana or even driving after ingesting it?

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Updated Dec. 23, 2019 at 2:11 p.m. CT

Maayan Silver

A Wisconsin judge ruled the state elections commission can’t wait up to two years to deactivate voters if they’ve moved and don’t confirm their address. The decision could affect roughly 234,000 voters.

Trial judge Paul Malloy found that in expanding the deadline to up to two years, the Wisconsin Elections Commission violated state law. He says the law gives potential movers 30 days to confirm their addresses or be deactivated.

Maayan Silver

Republicans are trying to ensure that Wisconsin reelects President Donald Trump in 2020. Meanwhile, Wisconsin Democrats are gearing up to support the person who wins the Democratic Party's nomination, and one of their strategies is getting out to knock on doors and listen to residents.

Maayan Silver

It may not seem like it, but the November 2020 elections are fast approaching. Wisconsin is one of several states expected to be key in whether Republican President Donald Trump wins a second term.

Wisconsin Republicans are already mobilizing to ensure that happens. 

Last month, strategist Bill McCoshen addressed about 200 fellow conservatives in a hotel conference room in West Allis. It was the Conservative Political Education Conference.

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View the 2020 Wisconsin election results.

By many accounts, Wisconsin will be one of the most important states in next year's presidential election. But why? In part, it's because Wisconsin is one of a handful of true "two-party states."

Maayan Silver

The executive director of Milwaukee's Fire and Police Commission has come under fire in recent weeks for personnel and policy decisions. So, a Common Council committee hastily took up the issue on Thursday.