Erin Toner

News Reporter

Erin Toner is a reporter for WUWM. Erin was WUWM's All Things Considered local host from 2006 to 2010. She began her public radio career in 1999 at WMUK in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Prior to joining WUWM in 2006, Toner spent five years at WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan.

During her career, Toner has served as a mentor for NPR's Next Generation Radio project, trained and mentored college students and taught a news reporting course at Michigan State University. She holds a degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

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Regional
1:00 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Civil Liberties Advocate Says DA Decision in Hamilton Case Leaves Unanswered Questions

A marker rests in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee, where a former police officer fatally shot 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton last April.
Credit Erin Toner

The U.S. Department of Justice will begin a civil rights probe of the police shooting death of Dontre Hamilton, after local prosecutors determined no criminal charges were warranted.

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Regional
3:27 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Aldermen Call for Police Body Cameras, Diversity Training After Hamilton Decision

Milwaukee Ald. Milele Coggs and some of her colleagues on the Common Council announce proposals for police reforms Tuesday.
Credit Erin Toner

Some Milwaukee aldermen are calling for policing reforms in the wake of Monday’s decision in the Dontre Hamilton case.

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Regional
1:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

As Co-Sleeping Deaths Mount in Milwaukee, Officials Want Attention on Premature Births

Officials say prematurity is the leading cause of infant deaths in Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee’s medical examiner this week is investigating another suspected co-sleeping death, though officials want more attention paid to a bigger problem in the city - premature births.

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Regional
1:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Milwaukee Officials Report Suspected Redlining

In areas hit hard by the foreclosure crisis in Milwaukee, some homeowners say their insurance companies are threatening to end coverage without costly roof repairs.
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Milwaukee officials say some homeowners are facing a new form of redlining - the practice by insurance companies of charging more to people in low-income areas, or denying coverage.

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Regional
1:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Protesters Demand Action in Dontre Hamilton Case

A protest this week in Milwaukee organized by a Marquette University student mirrored recent demonstrations around the country.
Credit Erin Toner

As they’ve done for months, protesters gathered Tuesday in Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee to demand action in the Dontre Hamilton case. They're calling for former police officer Christopher Manney to be charged in Hamilton’s death.

The incident occured in April in Red Arrow Park downtown. Manney says he shot Hamilton after he became combative with the officer and struck him. Hamilton, who was 31, had schizophrenia.

Manney has since been fired from the Milwaukee Police Department for failing to follow protocol leading up to the shooting.

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Regional
1:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

After-School Programs in Milwaukee Lose 2015 Grant Funding

Running Rebels serves thousands of children and teenagers in Milwaukee through after-school programs and other activities
Credit LaToya Dennis

Children in Milwaukee may have fewer after-school options next year after an organization cut funding for the programs.

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Regional
1:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Decision on Charges in Dontre Hamilton Case Expected Soon

Protesters in Milwaukee call for justice for Dontre Hamilton, who was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer in April.
Credit Credit Dontre - Never Forget, Facebook

The Milwaukee County District Attorney says he’ll issue a decision soon in the Dontre Hamilton case.

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Regional
1:00 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Mental Health Group Honors Family of Dontre Hamilton

A memorial left at Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee, where a police officer shot and killed Dontre Hamilton.

A local mental health group will present an award Wednesday to the family of Dontre Hamilton.

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Regional
4:30 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Group Aims to Make Wisconsin a Right-to-Work State

In 2011, protesters swarmed the state Capitol to protest Act 10, the law allowing public workers to opt out of unions. Conservatives are pushing to enact the same rules for the private sector.
Credit Marti Mikkelson

Unions in Wisconsin are bracing for another battle.

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Regional
1:00 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Hundreds of Wisconsin Soldiers Deployed for Thanksgiving

First Sergeant Bryan Mohoric and his daughter, Hannah. Mohoric missed two Thanksgivings with his family while deployed with the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
Credit Photo courtesy of Bryan Mohoric

As Wisconsin families sit down for a big Thanksgiving meal today, some will be missing loved ones who are deployed.

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