Author Archives: Julia Hunter

DOJ, UW Board of Regents withdraw motion seeking injunction over records released in error

MADISON – The state Department of Justice and the UW Board of Regents have withdrawn a motion seeking to bar a former UW-Oshkosh Advance-Titan reporter from publishing information from documents they argued were released by mistake. The motion sought to force Alex Nemec, who now works for the Oconomowoc Enterprise, to destroy personnel records he received from the school and to prohibit him from publishing any information gleaned from the…

Members asked to help promote Pulse Research shopping survey

The WNA has once again partnered with Pulse Research to conduct a comprehensive shopping survey of newspaper readers across the state. Members are encouraged to help promote the survey in order to ensure the minimum sample size is reached by Jan. 2, 2018. Data, which will be provided at the conclusion of the survey, can…

Charles “Tom” Coe, former owner of the Whitewater Register, dies at 74

Charles “Tom” Coe, former owner of the Whitewater Register and the Palmyra/Eagle Enterprise, died Wednesday, Oct. 24. He was 74. Coe ran the Register from 1982 to 2001, when he ended 128 years of family leadership by selling it to Southern Lakes Newspapers. The family also owned The Enterprise for two stretches totaling nearly 45…

Newspaper’s request for legal costs in Racine records case denied

RACINE – A public records request by The (Racine) Journal Times for legal costs in the city of Racine’s contempt of court case against Alderman Sandy Weidner has been denied. City Attorney Scott Letteney’s office said the requested invoices were under seal, along with the case, meaning the amount the city is spending on the case…

Records: Poynette officer garnered 2 citizen complaints before controversial arrest

POYNETTE – Records obtained by the Lodi Enterprise/Poynette Press reveal that Poynette police officer Sam Yanke received two citizen complaints before a controversial traffic stop last month led to his resignation. During a Sept. 26 traffic stop that was captured on video, Yanke pulled a 37-year-old woman from the driver’s seat of her car and put his arms…

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council celebrates 40 years

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council celebrated its 40th anniversary Tuesday at the State Capitol in Madison. Formed in 1978 under the direction of former Milwaukee Sentinel Editor Bob Wills, the FOIC aimed to provide a forum for news people to share information about their access challenges, advocate for openness and, occasionally, finance open government lawsuits….