Bills aim to strengthen local journalism, State Rep. Jerry O’Connor on his first session, Creating greater access to local foods for students

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We learn about legislative proposals in Wisconsin that aim to support local newspapers. Then, Republican Rep. Jerry O’Connor discusses bills recently signed into law. Then, a Wisconsin grant program bolsters students’ access to local foods. We hear from four of the recipients.

Featured in this Episode

  • Can state funding help save local journalism and democracy in Wisconsin?

    Introduced in March, three bills aim to bolster journalism in rural and underserved communities in Wisconsin. The legislation would, among other things, distribute grant money to local media projects. A publisher and editor of newspapers join us to discuss the pros and cons of the bills.

  • State Rep. Jerry O’Connor on his first session in the Assembly

    We catch up with Republican Rep. Jerry L. O’Connor after the end of his first legislative session in the Assembly. We talk about several new laws he introduced that are now law.

  • Farmers and educators discuss Wisconsin Farm to School Program

    The Wisconsin Farm to School Program Grant Program seeks to improve access to local food for students. This year, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection awarded eight organizations grants. We talk with some of the grant recipients about their project goals.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Kris O’Leary Guest
  • Brian Wilson Guest
  • Jerry O'Connor Guest
  • Ryan Laswell Guest
  • Jenny Shanks Guest
  • Amy Meinen Guest
  • Christy McKenzie Guest
  • Keegan Kyle Executive Producer
  • Joel Patenaude Producer
  • Avery Lea Rogers Producer
  • Courtney Everett Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director