Erik Gunn reports and writes on work, the economy, health care & policy, and related subjects for the Wisconsin Examiner. He spent 24 years as a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine, Isthmus, The Progressive, and other publications, winning awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, beat coverage, business writing, and commentary.
Former Kenosha alder is proud of urging militia members to descend on Wisconsin city
By: Erik Gunn - August 27, 2020
The man who called gunmen to gather on the streets of Kenosha Tuesday night — culminating in the deaths of two people and an injury to a third — says he did so to keep the city safe. Despite the deaths, he believes they made it safer. Kevin Mathewson is a former Kenosha alder who […]
Fact check: Trump’s speech mingles truth with fantasy on economy
By: Erik Gunn - February 5, 2020
To anyone who heard President Donald Trump speak at a rally in Milwaukee last month, the State of the Union opening would probably have sounded familiar — down to the litany of his professed accomplishments three sentences in: “Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling…” — what has clearly become a favorite stump […]
Trump mocked an ejected protester in Wisconsin. Her story is nothing like he imagined.
By: Erik Gunn - January 18, 2020
President Donald Trump was just eight minutes or so into his Tuesday evening campaign speech in Milwaukee’s Panther Arena when for a moment the crowd turned its attention from the podium. Trump’s audience booed at someone off to the side, out of view. Trump looked over, shrugged, turned back to the microphone, and dismissed what […]
At Wisconsin rally, Trump’s facts launch flights of fancy
By: Erik Gunn - January 15, 2020
He promised to protect people with pre-existing conditions, while his administration pursues a lawsuit to throw out the Affordable Care Act that protects people with pre-existing conditions. He insisted unemployment had hit the lowest point in history at 3.3% — ignoring that it was less than half that toward the end of World War II. He bragged […]
Wisconsin governor signs pipeline protest bill over critics’ objections
By: Erik Gunn - November 25, 2019
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers last week signed a widely supported, yet also controversial, bill escalating penalties for trespassing on pipelines and other energy and water sites. The Democrat on Wednesday signed AB 426, which passed with bipartisan support and was backed by business groups as well as labor unions whose members work in pipeline construction […]