Angelina Mosher Salazar

News Reporter

Angelina Mosher Salazar joined WUWM in October 2018 as the Eric Von Fellow. She became a reporter for WUWM News in October 2019.

She has told stories from the jungles of Costa Rica, the mountains of Lebanon, and from the chaos of Cairo. Angelina comes from Gimlet Media where she worked as an associate producer for Gimlet’s flagship show StartUp.  

Angelina has studied Arabic at universities in Beirut, Bethlehem and Birzeit. Before her foray into audio storytelling, she worked for the U.S. State Department promoting higher education in the United States. Angelina holds a degree in Comparative Cultures & Politics with a double specialization in Muslim Studies and Peace and Justice Studies from Michigan State University.

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The 2020 presidential race highlighted just how diverse Latino voters are and just how important by playing  a key role in helping Democrat Joe Biden become president of the United States.

Latinos turned out in large numbers for President Biden, despite his role as vice president in Barack Obama's administration, and and they want him to deliver on his promises. 

Christine Neumann-Ortiz of Voces de la Frontera said for many Latinos the legacy of the Obama administration was one of betrayal.

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Updated 4:09 p.m.

Police and firefighters in Wisconsin will be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine starting Jan. 18, state health officials said Monday, while Gov. Tony Evers estimates that members of the general public won't be vaccinated until June.

Evers renewed his call for faster distribution of the vaccine from the federal government on Monday and state Republicans introduced a new scaled back response bill and scheduled it for a vote Tuesday.

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A Wisconsin prosecutor announced Tuesday that he will not file criminal charges against a white police officer who shot a Black man in the back in Kenosha last summer, leaving him paralyzed and setting off sometimes violent protests in the city.

2020 was a year that was especially hard on artists — shows were cancelled, collaboration disrupted. And for many, the year was marked by loss, pain, and isolation. Milwaukee native Matthew Gutierrez is a creative writer and author of "Notes I Took Along The Way," a bilingual book of poems.

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For four years, Milwaukee journalist Georgia Pabst and media producer Ralph Pabst worked to document the Latino community’s impact in Wisconsin. Narrated by voices in the Latino community, the documentary film, Latino Wisconsin, looks at five different regions of impact — from farm workers to future entrepreneurs.

What comes through in the film is that while overcoming poverty, education barriers and immigration and civil rights challenges, the Latino community in Wisconsin has and will continue to contribute to the economic livelihood and growth of the state.

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For months, the state Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has been criticized for its backlog of unpaid unemployment claims. Currently, it's at more than 35,000. That's a reduction from nearly 400,000 last summer. The backlog led to the resignation of the department's secretary, Caleb Frostman, in September.

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Wisconsin set another record for COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday as Gov. Tony Evers begged people not to celebrate Thanksgiving with anyone outside their households as the diseases rages across the state.

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Wisconsin's partial presidential recount entered its fourth day Monday, with very few changes in vote totals as President Donald Trump's attorneys appeared to be focused on a legal challenge seeking to toss tens of thousands of ballots, including the one cast by an attorney for the campaign.

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced Tuesday that police officers will now accompany city health inspectors as they conduct inspections at local bars and other dining establishments.

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In 2020, Latinos became the largest minority voting bloc in the United States. To put that into perspective, a young Latino turns 18 every 30 seconds. And as votes were tabulated last week, the power of the Latino vote was demonstrated.

It both gave President Donald Trump the numbers to win Florida and President-elect Joe Biden the numbers to flip a historically red state like Arizona.

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If there’s one thing the 2020 presidential election showed us, it's that many polls were wrong again. Yes, they did correctly predict that Joe Biden would win, but they got all kinds of details wrong. Some national polls projected that Biden would win Wisconsin by more than 8 points. That was a gross overestimate, as he only won by less than 1 point.

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President Trump made a campaign stop in the key battleground state of Wisconsin late Saturday evening, marking his seventh trip to the state this year.

His visit to the conservative stronghold of Waukesha comes as the state continues to see surging COVID-19 cases. But that did not stop thousands from gathering for the outdoor rally. Some wore masks, but there was little to no regard for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended guideline of social distancing.

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Voters in Kenosha County, Jefferson County and a handful of other counties and municipalities in Wisconsin are seeing a question on their Nov. 3 general election ballot asking about redistricting, or the redrawing of political maps.

The advisory referendum asks: 

Should the Wisconsin legislature create a nonpartisan procedure for the preparation of all district maps at all levels of government: federal, state, county and municipal in the State of Wisconsin?

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Early voting began Tuesday as COVID-19 cases hit record-breaking levels in Wisconsin.

In Milwaukee, people began forming lines outside of voting booths in the pre-dawn hours, ready to cast their ballot in person. According to Claire Woodall-Vogg, executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, there were lines at each of the 13 early voting sites that were open Tuesday.

Spaced 6 feet apart, many people waited for up to an hour. But Sarah Burrell, who voted at Washington Park Library, said she was fine waiting if it means her vote will count.

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Updated at 2:29 p.m. CT

Only about 180 poll workers out of roughly 30,000 are still needed to staff polling places in battleground Wisconsin, despite surging cases of the coronavirus in the key battleground state, the Wisconsin Elections Commission reported Thursday.

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Alarming new records have already been set this month in Wisconsin when it comes to the coronavirus. As of Tuesday, Oct. 6, 136,379 people in Wisconsin have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 1,399 have died from COVID-19. The current situation has prompted Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to call this a crisis.

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With five weeks left until the presidential election, there is a concerted effort underway to get people registered to vote. Shape Up the Vote is a campaign targeting barbershops in an effort to get more African American males engaged in voting. Gee's Clippers in Milwaukee's Bronzeville neighborhood is the first barbershop in the country to inaugurate the initiative.

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a new emergency order Tuesday extending a statewide mask mandate. The action is in part an attempt to curb outbreaks of the coronavirus on university campuses. The start of a new school year has brought a surge in cases, especially among young people. Positive tests are five times higher among 18- to 24-year-olds than any other age group over the past month.

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Democratic presidential Nominee Joe Biden made his latest campaign stop in Wisconsin. On Monday, he traveled to Manitowoc, a city of about 32,000 people on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Joe Biden gave his address at the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry, where he stood at a lectern wearing a face mask and flanked by aluminum products.

Biden told plant workers he's the better candidate for American manufacturing because he'll invest in clean energy that will help boost demand for manufactured goods, like the castings made at the foundry. 

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Kaiden Schmidt is a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee majoring in physics. After the killing of George Floyd, he’s been hitting the streets, protesting for racial equity. Schmidt says it's his responsibility as a citizen of this country to do so. On Wednesday evening in Kenosha, he fled on foot from men in unmarked vehicles making arrests.

Schmidt says he met up with other protesters at a park. One of the protesters was Adelana Akindes, a 25-year-old environmental studies student at UW-Parkside and a member of Students for a Democratic Society.

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Editor's note: There are graphic videos in this story.

Based on multiple videos from social media, WUWM constructed a timeline of events during the shootings that took place on Sheridan Road in Kenosha Tuesday evening.

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It’s been a horrific year for the city of Milwaukee, according to the Office of Violence Prevention Director Reggie Moore. He says there’s been an increase in incidents with multiple victims of gun violence.

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The Democratic National Convention was expected to have a $200 million economic impact in Milwaukee. In the days following the announcement that Milwaukee beat out its competitors to host the DNC, there was a lot of energy and excitement, especially among those hoping to get a piece of that $200 million pie.

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After the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in May, there's been an emergence of local activist groups in and around Milwaukee.

El Pueblo MKE was founded to galvanize the Hispanic and Latino community on the south side to reflect upon racial justice. The group is dedicated to igniting community-based change to create a more socially just future.

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After the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in May, there's been an emergence of local activist groups in and around Milwaukee.

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After the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in May, there's been an emergence of local activist groups in and around Milwaukee.

They’re working toward raising awareness around racism and fighting for racial equity. One of those groups is Ozaukee Youth United. This group was founded by Natalie Peters and Nathan Baker, both soon-to-be seniors at Grafton High School. It was created to be a bullhorn for student activists for all different issues. 

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Minority Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed each July since 2008. Formally known as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, it honors the late American author, journalist and teacher Bebe Moore Campbell. Her work centered on bringing awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding mental illness in the United States.

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Federal agents are headed to Milwaukee, according to an announcement from the Trump administration.

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Updated Friday at 10:25 a.m. CT  

Newly elected Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa is receiving a salary from the Wisconsin Legislature and Milwaukee City Hall. In April, the Democratic state Assembly member was elected to the Milwaukee Common Council as the first Latina and first openly out member of the LGBTQ community.

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Updated Thursday at 12:56 p.m. CT

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Wednesday that he plans to seek federal approval to restart a long-stalled project to expand a 3.5-mile stretch of Interstate 94 around Milwaukee.

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