Olivia Richardson

Eric Von Fellow

Olivia Richardson became WUWM's Eric Von Fellow in October 2019.

Before that she was an audio production intern for WBEZ’s Curious City, reporting on what it was like to dance at the Warehouse club to a Chicago-born style of music called House during the '80s. She worked as a producer/host for Radio Islam prior, where she got her start in radio journalism.

Olivia has a bachelor's degree in Technical Theater from Guilford College, focusing on sound design and audio engineering. She got a taste for radio as a DJ for her college’s radio station WQFS.

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On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Common Council narrowly confirmed the appointment of Claire Woodall-Vogg as the executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission.

After an hour-long discussion, Woodall-Vogg was approved in a vote of 8 to 7. Woodall-Vogg’s appointment comes with a bit of urgency as the Aug. 11 partisan primary draws near.

The job was open because former Executive Director Neil Albrecht announced plans to retire. Mayor Tom Barrett appointed Woodall-Vogg to take Albrecht’s place.

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Health officials say it’s possible we won’t see a vaccine or cure for the coronavirus for awhile. So in the meantime, they’re recommending testing and contact tracing as ways to help control the spread of the infectious disease.

Contact tracing is the process of informing people that they may need to self-isolate or get tested because they’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Businesses have been reopening over the last few weeks, as local governments have relaxed measures put into place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And in demonstrations for racial equality across the nation, huge groups of people have been assembling after months of social distancing and staying at home.

It might appear, to some, as if the coronavirus is out of the way. But Milwaukee County officials say the region is not in the clear – and things could get worse.

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The eleventh day of demonstrations for George Floyd and black lives took place in Milwaukee Monday.

The original goal of one protest was to stop at sites where black and brown lives have ended at the hands of local police. But the organizer shifted plans after a couple of conflicts over the weekend. The new mission was to show how even seemingly “safe” neighborhoods and businesses can play a role in harming black residents – or helping to heal the community.

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Even though many Wisconsin businesses are reopening and activities are resuming, the presence of the coronavirus can cause a sense of loss in safety and stability for some people. That’s according to Dr. Emily Mazzulla.

“I think we have not seen the end of the traumatic impact. I think it's just beginning,” Mazzulla says. She is the Marquette University Director of SWIM Collaboration and Innovation. Its mission is to drive community-based collaboration to address trauma.

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The Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center and National Guard continue to increase testing and contact tracing capacity for the coronavirus.

Testing and tracing go hand-in-hand with promoting social distancing and taking other precautions at businesses and in public spaces, state Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said during a Tuesday briefing. That’s about a week after the state Supreme Court rejected Gov. Tony Evers’ safer-at-home order.

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While the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers' safer-at-home order last week, Milwaukee still has its own policy in effect. The order has no expiration date, and Mayor Tom Barrett hopes residents willingly comply with the restrictions.

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Gov. Tony Evers on Monday allowed nearly all nonessential retail stores to reopen as long as they serve no more than five customers at a time, partially lifting the restriction that has kept them closed for weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Representatives from Wisconsin’s judicial system are trying to figure out how to protect the health of the public and workers once courthouses resume normal operations. They are among the countless facilities that scaled back operations earlier this year as the coronavirus spread.

On Monday, county and state Supreme Court representatives of the Wisconsin Courts COVID-19 Task Force met. One thing they discussed was how to determine which employees are essential to on-location work and which can work remotely.

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The shooting deaths of four teenagers and a 41-year-old in a Milwaukee home on Monday left people feeling heartbroken. Police are still investigating and haven’t released many details, but a suspect with a history of domestic violence charges is in custody.

Milwaukee County officials say there had been an uptick in domestic violence before the COVID-19 pandemic. But as people have been urged to stay home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, cases have been rising.

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State of Wisconsin officials are providing some details of a plan to contact more people who have tested positive for COVID-19, and even contacting people as they take the COVID-19 test, before results are in. But some Milwaukee-area health officials appear to question part of the proposal.

Contact tracing, health officials say, can help determine how people contracted COVID-19 and learn with whom people connect as a way to potentially reduce the spread of the disease.

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At least 15 poll workers and voters who participated in Wisconsin’s April 7 election have confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to state Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk.

“We have correlation they voted and they were at the polls, but we do not have causation. We don't have a comparison group in order to make that kind of determination. We'd have to have a comparison group of where all the people who have tested negative whether they voted or not," Willems Van Dijk said in a news briefing on Wednesday.

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Wisconsin governors have the most sweeping veto powers in the nation when it comes to spending measures, allowing them to use the veto pen to tweak language approved by lawmakers. But a conservative organization is looking to scale those powers back.

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The results of the Milwaukee mayoral race are in and incumbent Tom Barrett easily won his fifth four-year term. Mayor Barrett defeated Democratic state Sen. Lena Taylor.

Due to the coronavirus, he thanked supporters, virtually, Monday evening: “I'm very honored. And I'm pleased and thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to serve the people of the city I love in a job that I love."

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Wisconsinites voting absentee have more time to request ballots and cast their votes. U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled that requests for absentee ballots can be made until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3. The previous deadline was Thursday, April 2.

And, Conley ruled that voters have until 4 p.m. on Monday, April 13 to get their ballots into the hands of local election clerks. That's six days after election day.

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