Ann-Elise Henzl

News Director

Ann-Elise Henzl became news director in September 2017.

Prior to her appointment, she worked in the WUWM Newsroom for more than 20 years. She served in a number of roles, including executive producer of the award-winning Project Milwaukee series, substitute news anchor for Morning Edition, and general assignment reporter.

Ann-Elise has been recognized for her work on numerous occasions, such as when she and a colleague shared the national Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (for best use of sound in a story).

Ann-Elise has English and Mass Communication degrees from UW-Milwaukee, and attended Marquette University for two years.

When she's not at work, she often can be found at one of the area's dog parks, with her pal, Peabody.

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This week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill that creates a record-setting $3 billion incentives package for the Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn. The electronics giant plans to build a huge factory that will make LCD screens. The company says it will employ 3,000 people at first, eventually creating up to 13,000 jobs. The plant's likely location will be in Racine County.

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Governor Walker on Monday will sign legislation at Gateway Technical College in Sturtevant that provides around $3 billion in incentives to the Taiwanese company Foxconn. 

The company is expected to build a major manufacturing plant in Racine County. In its initial stages it is supposed to employ 3,000 people and could eventually ramp up to around 13,000.

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After a full day of deliberations, which lasted until late Friday night, a jury in Waukesha County found that Anissa Weier was mentally ill when she and a friend attacked another girl, leaving her to die in the woods. All three girls were 12 years old at the time of the stabbing, three years ago. The victim was able to find help, and survived.

Weier and Morgan Geyser said they planned the stabbing in order to please the internet horror character Slender Man. Attorneys for Weier argued that she believed Slender Man would harm her family if she did not attack her classmate.

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Wisconsin has a nickname. You've seen it on license plates: America's Dairyland. And in Milwaukee, you may have heard this moniker: Cream City.

It intrigues Bubbler Talk listener Anne Bromfield, who asked: "Why was Milwaukee once referred to as Cream City?" The answer might surprise you. It has nothing to do with the dairy industry.

Kenosha state Rep. Peter Barca announced Thursday that he will give up his post as the Democratic minority leader of the Assembly.

In a statement, Barca said:

This afternoon I made the very difficult decision to step down as leader of the Assembly Democrats following deliberate, thoughtful discussions. I am grateful to my colleagues for their support over the last seven years.

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Update, September 5:

According to New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush, David Clarke is joining a pro-Trump PAC. Thrush shared the information on Twitter Tuesday.

Youth Council Members Reflect On Milwaukee's Housing Marches

Sep 1, 2017
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The concerted push for open housing in Milwaukee began 50 years ago this week. Demonstrators marched for 200 consecutive days, trying to convince the Common Council to pass a fair housing ordinance.  The NAACP Youth Council played a major role in the movement. Journalism students at Marquette University interviewed a number of them this year, and shared their stories with WUWM.

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Wendy Peterson has served as superintendent of Lincoln Hills & Copper Lake Schools since April of last year. Next week, she'll begin working as the facility's education director.

Peterson asked officials at the state Department of Corrections for the transfer. She said serving as superintendent at the youth prison near Irma, WI was keeping her from her family.

The facility's deputy superintendent will take over for Peterson, while a search is underway for a permanent replacement.

Peterson's predecessor was Wayne Olson, who held the job for four months.

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Should Wisconsin be the only state making a major investment in the proposed Foxconn factory? Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson asked that question on Tuesday at a Rotary Club appearance in Milwaukee.

The Republican businessman says the huge plant in far southeastern Wisconsin likely would provide jobs for many Illinois residents. As a result, Johnson suggested that perhaps Illinois should share the burden that Gov. Scott Walker wants Wisconsin to take on in order to ensure Foxconn build its plant here.

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The political maps the state's Republican lawmakers drew in 2011 are headed to the nation's highest court. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will consider Wisconsin's redistricting lawsuit.

At the heart of the legal challenge is whether the new Assembly boundaries that Republicans shaped create districts that are too partisan. Democrats accuse republicans of gerrymandering -- drawing the lines in such a manner that makes it nearly impossible for Democrats to win.

Wisconsin's state Supreme Court race suddenly is heating up. Last week, conservative Justice Michael Gableman announced that he would not seek reelection next year.

A couple people had already thrown their hat into the ring. Others followed, after hearing Gableman's news.

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President Donald Trump spent a busy Tuesday afternoon and evening in southeastern Wisconsin.

Just minutes after Air Force One landed at the 128th Air Refueling Wing, he gave a short speech on the tarmac about health care. Trump kept up the pressure on Congress to approve a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

"Obamacare is one of the greatest catastrophes that our country has signed into law, and the victims are innocent, hard-working Americans."

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Many people who live in urban areas take high-speed internet for granted. But in parts of rural Wisconsin, internet service is slow or unreliable. 

State and federal lawmakers are working to expand broadband access. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson held a couple of meetings in Milwaukee on Monday to discuss the issue and search for answers.

Aprelle Rawski of Rhinelander is a typical, frustrated computer user. "It's just unbelievable. You're constantly being kicked out of your computer, no matter what you do. It just says: 'Internet Explorer stopped working. Goodbye.'"

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We Energies uses a variety of means to produce power. But for decades, coal-burning plants were the company's backbone. WUWM wondered whether the utility would beef up its use of coal, now that President Trump is walking away from the Paris climate agreement.

We Energies Spokesman Brian Manthey says don't expect to see additional coal burning. "It's important for our customers that we don't have all of eggs in one fuel basket."

Manthey says We Energies has been working to diversify its portfolio.

At least one worker died, and around a dozen employees were injured, in an explosion at an ethanol plant in Cambria, WI. Two workers are missing. Recovery teams are digging through the ruins of one of the plant's buildings, searching for the missing employees.

The blast happened late Wednesday at the Didion Milling Plant in the Columbia County village, which is about 20 miles northwest of Beaver Dam.

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