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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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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Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday that the Wisconsin State Emergency Operations Center is opening two voluntary self-isolation facilities on Wednesday to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. One will be at a Super 8 hotel in Milwaukee near Mitchell Airport; the other at the Lowell Center in Madison. Together, the locations have about 250 beds.

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State health officials said Monday social distancing is helping to flatten the curve, controlling the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. But they urge Wisconsinites to stay indoors to ensure cases are slowed.

In a news conference with the state Department of Health Services, Gov. Tony Evers urged action to bring medical equipment to the state as cases for COVID-19 are expected to rise in the next few weeks.

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For this week's Bubbler Talk, we answer a question from a mom of two teen kids. She wanted to know if she could send her kids to their friends’ houses, including for sleepovers. Her take was no, but friends and family members thought it could be fine.

So did her kids, although to them she may have sounded like a character from the Peanuts comic strip.

The mom asked us to investigate. Turns out, she was right.

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For the most up-to-date coronavirus information, read WUWM's latest post.

Updated at 10:39 a.m.

There are now three reported COVID-19 deaths in Wisconsin. Friday, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner says it was investigating the death of a 66-year-old man who died from complications of the illness caused by the coronavirus.

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Since Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers ordered a ban on gatherings of 10 or more people and restaurants are limited to only take-out and delivery services, business has been slow at many food establishments.

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Last year, the city of Milwaukee won a two-year grant to target vacant lots deemed blighted in neighborhoods that are underfunded. After focusing on the allocation of grant money, the city is now ready to distribute the bulk of it's remaining mini grants to residents.

The Love Your Block program focuses on beautifying nine specific neighborhoods where residents may want to fix up an odd lot that could serve the community better if it had a little love.

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For the most up-to-date information, read WUWM's March 19 coronavirus post.

  

Updated at 5:35 p.m. CT  

At least three people in Wisconsin have contracted the coronavirus, state health officials said on Tuesday.

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The Milwaukee Jewish Federation released a report Monday that found anti-Semitic incidents in Wisconsin increased by 55% from 2018 to 2019.

The organization says it believes the numbers have gone up because more people feel comfortable expressing harmful — even dangerous — commentary.

Paul Wellington and Rick Banks, creators of the MKE Black app, stand before art of Africa on display at the Sherman Phoenix.
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A new app in Milwaukee — called MKE Black — is promoting black-owned and operated businesses.

Co-creators Paul Wellington and Rick Banks say they wanted to make it easier to find black businesses as well as make people think a little bit harder about where they spend their money.

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All Zeddie Hyler wanted to do in 1955 was build a home in Wauwatosa, Wis. But that wasn’t easy for a black man to do at the time. 

Hyler had to overcome many obstacles — like angry neighbors concerned about property values, and vandals. He even had to get a white friend to buy the property for him before he could even begin to build. Once the building began that’s when the vandals and arsonists hit.     

But his persistence paid off: Hyler became the first black man to build a home in Wauwatosa. When he died in 2004 he left the home to his nephew, Gerald Williamson.

Fidel Verdin sits in front of the Villard Public Library's "North Milwaukee," sign.
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As part of Black History Month, kids in Milwaukee are learning about the history of hip-hop and how they can still be involved in the culture if they want. 

A group of high school kids met inside Villard Square public library on Milwaukee’s north side earlier this week.

Fidel Verdin handed out papers and pencils so they could take notes. The kids have their heads down, they're a little quiet, but they're engaged as Verdin gives a presentation on the history of hip-hop — a form of music and dance that he says started in the U.S. in 1973.

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The Wisconsin prison system is facing a lot of challenges for both adults and young people. Wisconsin is second in the country for racial disparity among African Americans and whites who are in prison. The ratio is 11.5 African Americans to one white prisoner in the state, according to census data gathered by the Sentencing Project.

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