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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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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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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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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