Project Milwaukee

Springing from conversations with concerned community members, WUWM journalists developed Project Milwaukee -- in-depth reporting on vital issues in the region. Each Project Milwaukee consists of WUWM News reporters and Lake Effect producers teaming up to create a series of interviews and reports on a specific topic culminating in a public forum or live broadcast.

WUWM tackles subjects of importance to southeastern Wisconsin by focusing on issues that warrant extensive coverage. The topics chosen are based on concerns we've heard from residents and community leaders.

WUWM hopes that our coverage helps to further the understanding of broad, significant subjects, and encourages additional debate in the community.

WUWM's Project Milwaukee. Our region. Our future.



Black Men in Prison - November 2013
Why are so many Wisconsinites behind bars? And, what are the costs?

Power Switch - June 2013
The Promise and Reality of Green Energy in Wisconsin

Help Wanted - October 2012
Uncovering the Truth Behind Wisconsin's Skills Gap

State of Upheaval - December 2011

Southern Connections - June 2011
Cultivating a Regional Corridor

What's On Our Plate? - November 2010
The Impact of Wisconsin's Food Economy

Barriers to Achievement in MPS - June 2010

The Currency of Water - December 2009

Black & White - June 2009
Race Relations in Milwaukee

Wise Today, Well Tomorrow? - November 2008

Youth Violence - June 2008

Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy - November 2007


Project Milwaukee
4:27 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Cutting WI's High Black Male Incarceration Rate: Progress, But a Long Way to Go

Over more than six months, WUWM reported on the reasons for the state’s high black male incarceration rate, the impact of the numbers, and possible solutions

It’s been one year since WUWM began an in-depth series on the state's high rate of African American male incarceration.

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Project Milwaukee
12:14 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Milwaukee Moms Share Stories of Sons Lost to Gun Violence, Prison System

Two mothers share the stories of their sons and why they believe the criminal justice system is broken.
Credit ThinkStock

In their own ways, Milwaukee mothers Afriqah Imani and Barbara Robinson have both lost sons – Imani’s were killed by gunfire, and Robinson’s are serving hundred-year sentences in Wisconsin prisons.

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Project Milwaukee
10:02 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Former Milwaukee Inmates: 'I Am More Than My Record'

Carl Fuller of Milwaukee is a father of six, including two “lovely boys” and four “beautiful, beautiful” daughters. His necklace is a picture of a young Carl, and represents his attempt to return to “that innocence.” Fuller was found guilty of felony and misdemeanor cocaine possession, felony firearm possession, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing, and misdemeanor battery, and spent time behind bars.
Credit Cynthia Hoffman

Tens of thousands of black men living in Milwaukee have criminal records. In many people’s eyes, the men’s records define them. We asked how they define themselves. 

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Wisconsin Lawmakers Will Consider Alternatives To Prison For Non-Violent Offenders

State lawmakers will gather at the capitol this summer to consider alternatives to prison.
Credit Justin Kern

Wisconsin’s prison population has swelled over the past four decades from 3,000 to well over 20,000.

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Project Milwaukee
11:04 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Bi-Partisan Call in Wisconsin to Revisit 'Truth in Sentencing', Amid Swelling Prison Population

Two Milwaukee area Assemblymen think there could be thousands of inmates who would be better served with treatment
Credit Thinkstock

A state Republican and a Democrat agree that Wisconsin's 'truth in sentencing' policy has produced unintended consequences and should be amended.

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1:02 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Counselors: Wisconsin Must Invest More Resources, Time into Helping Offenders with Mental Illnesses

Former inmate says plenty of young black men in Milwaukee need treatment for mental illnesses and trauma they've experienced in life.

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Project Milwaukee
9:16 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Forum: Numerous Changes Needed, if Wisconsin is to Reduce Black Male Incarceration

Moderators Mitch Teich and Joanne Williams with panelists Lois Quinn and Andre Brown


Dozens of people shared suggestions this week, for how to reduce the state's high rate of African American incarceration.

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Project Milwaukee
8:18 am
Wed May 21, 2014

A Life Of Caring, Mother Clara Cultivates Love and Hope On Her Milwaukee Block

Mother Clara with a young helper on orchard planting day.
Credit S. Bence

Over the last quarter century, one block at 1st and Center in Milwaukee has become an oasis. It took years of caring and prayers pouring out of Clara Atwater.

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Project Milwaukee
9:34 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Black Men in Prison Series: What We've Learned So Far

Wisconsin incarcerates a greater percentage of black men than any other state. One in every eight African American men of working age was in prison or jail at the time of the 2010 census.

In preparation for Tuesday night's town hall forum, WUWM reviews the causes and impact of Wisconsin's high rate of black male incarceration.

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Project Milwaukee
6:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Milwaukee Urban Farmer Hopes to Train Ex-Convicts Build Entrepreneurial Skills

Venice Williams hopes to set up urban farm on this city parcel.

The impact of Wisconsin’s high rate of incarcerated black men ripples through families and neighborhoods. We meet a woman determined to contribute to a solution through urban farms.

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