Friday, January 28, 2022

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The Indiana House passes a controversial bill barring schools from teaching about Critical Race Theory; and President Biden pledges to place a Black woman on the Supreme Court for the first time.

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Justice Stephen Breyer formally announces his retirement; the Dept. of Education will help students who fell behind during the pandemic; and AZ lawmakers consider a bill granting them control over elections.

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Free COVID tests by mail but some rural Americans need to go the extra mile; farmer storytellers join national campaign to battle corporate consolidation; specialty nurses want more authority; and rare bat gets credit for the mythic margarita.

Jonah Chester

Born and raised in Indiana, Jonah Chester has been covering issues in Wisconsin for the past several years. He previously worked at WORT 89.9 FM in Madison, where he earned awards for his coverage of everything from law enforcement and policing to the 2020 presidential election.


Honors and Awards: Silver in Best Continuing Coverage for Radio, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association 2020 Gold in Best Spot News for Radio, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association 2020 Silver and Bronze in Best Coverage of a Single or Ongoing Breaking News Story for Radio, Milwaukee Press Club 2020 Bronze in Best Use of Audio in Radio News, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association 2020

Languages Spoken: English

Topic Expertise: Policing, law enforcement, Wisconsin state politics

Local Expertise: Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois

Location: Wisconsin

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