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Mike Gousha On Media Relationships And Local Politics Today


The latest Marquette University Law School Poll showed the races for governor and attorney general in this state were dead even.  It was the latest in a series of polls showing very close races.

They've been covered closely by many of us in the news business.  But one long-time Milwaukee journalist is closer to those results than the rest of us.  Mike Gousha was a reporter and anchor at WTMJ television for a quarter century before leaving daily news in 2007 to become a senior fellow at Marquette University Law School - where he interviews people in a series called On The Issues.  

Gousha spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich for the latest in our own series of interviews recorded at the University Club in downtown Milwaukee. Among the topics discussed, he compared how elected officials and journalists relate to each other today versus the relationship that existed when he first went into news.

"I think the relationship has changed in a couple of key ways...many elected officials don't need the 'mainstream media' in the same way they needed us twenty or thirty years ago, they have many alternative ways to get their message out...I also believe that politicians today do not have the same relationship with the people covering them. I believe that there is a sense that it is even more adversarial today," says Gousha.

Mike Gousha is a senior fellow at Marquette University Law School, and host of a series of interviews there called On the Issues

Audrey is a WUWM host and producer for Lake Effect.