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.

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Editor's note: This piece was originally published Feb. 20, 2018.

What is hygge?

According to Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, the main ingredients of hygge are: relaxation, togetherness, equality, savoring simple pleasures, and the right lighting.

"The shorthand of explaining hygge [pronounced 'hue-guh'] is the art of creating a nice atmosphere," he adds.

Vennture Brew Co.

Milwaukee is known as one of the best cities for beer in the world. It's the headquarters of major beer companies, and, the city has seen an explosion of craft breweries in recent years. Milwaukee Magazine’s executive editor Chris Drosner writes about beer and tweets about it at @WIBeerBaron.

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Editor's note: This piece was originally published on Oct. 24, 2018.

The documentary 16 Bars explores how music can bring healing and rehabilitation to people who are locked up.

Andy Manis

Republican state lawmakers recently advanced bills that would strip power from both the incoming Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul.

For one, the new bills would require a legislative committee rather than the attorney general to sign off on withdrawing from lawsuits. This would prevent Kaul from withdrawing from a national lawsuit that’s seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act.

Maayan Silver

Milwaukee has had a controversial legacy in its sheriff’s department.

Sheriff David Clarke headed the post for 15 years. He was recognized for his cowboy hat and outspoken support of Republican policies, despite running as a Democrat. Clarke resigned from the post in 2017 to join a conservative political action committee, and Richard Schmidt took over as acting sheriff. 

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Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Dothan, Alabama. Butte, Montana. Laredo, Texas.

These aren't names synonymous with a large Jewish presence. In fact, many would be surprised that there actually is Jewish life in those places. 

Paul Ruppa

Mandolin players these days are making music as varied as Bach to bluegrass. And a cadre of Milwaukee mandolin players, the New Vintage Frets & Friends, are teaming together to play songs from a more uncommonly drawn from era and style.

They've dug out mandolin compositions with Wisconsin ties from 1892-1919. To play the compositions, they’re using antique mandolins — instruments built by the Boston-based Vega company before 1925. 

Eliz Greene

Current Nicolet High School students are getting a musical education from those who came before them.

This week, 2004 alumna violinist Hanna Hurwitz came back to the school to be part of the music department’s Artist in Residence Program. She’s mentoring the school orchestra in preparation for Thursday night's world premiere of a new modern concerto called The Little Bird.

It’s composed by alumnus Yotam Haber who's assistant professor of composition at the University of New Orleans. He graduated from Nicolet in 1994.

Yinan Wang

Yen Ching Restaurant on Good Hope Road in Milwaukee’s northwest side has been serving up Chinese-American dishes for decades.

A few years ago, local film student and Chinese national himself, Yinan Wang worked as a driver for the family-run restaurant. He became interested in the family story, specifically its generational dynamics.

Josh Kaul will become Wisconsin's new attorney general in just more than six weeks, after defeating Republican incumbent Brad Schimel. It'll be the first time in a decade that the justice department will be led by a Democrat. And this likely means changes at the agency.

Kaul will be Wisconsin's chief legal representative and able to decide how to enforce state laws and defend statutes. He'll also choose whether to join national investigations into issues of statewide importance and decide whether to join challenges to federal government policies.

Maayan Silver

Most Milwaukeeans are familiar with the recent construction downtown: the new Bucks arena, the streetcar and the Northwestern Mutual building.

But just a bit to the west, in the Marquette University neighborhood and beyond, Milwaukee’s near west side is hoping to revitalize its housing and business districts. And it takes vision and investment to bring new life to a neighborhood. 

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Update Nov. 16

 Gov. Scott Walker made his first comments to reporters on Thursday after losing his re-election bid. He promised he wouldn't "retreat." Walker also signaled potential support for a variety of Republican-backed efforts to limit the power of his Democratic successor, including moving the date of the 2020 presidential primary.

Original Story Nov. 12

Maayan Silver

It was Kimberly-Clark’s first chance to appear before lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday. The company asked for approval of a $100 million incentive package to keep its Cold Springs plant open in Wisconsin.

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A Wisconsin school district is investigating a photo of a group of several dozen high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute before their junior prom last year.

The Baraboo School District says it only became aware of the photo Monday after it was posted on social media — drawing widespread condemnation.

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Democratic Governor-elect Tony Evers says he's busy putting together his transition team. His comments came after Gov. Scott Walker conceded defeat Wednesday afternoon. The Republican had won statewide office twice, surviving a recall election. So, why couldn't Walker pull off a win this time around?

UW-Madison political science professor David Canon says that Evers won, in part, because of demographics — namely age, gender and education.

1. What was behind Evers' Win?