Benjamin Kantarovich

Carl Luft

Lee Matz

Reggie Jackson

Kenneth Cole
Pardeep Kaleka
Hannah Dugan


John Pavlovitz
Heather Richardson
Thom Hartmann
Robert Reich

Dominic Inouye
Kristen Leer

Oleh Pinta
Amanda Ali
Anna Miller
Riley Reed

Lee Matz

Joe Brusky
Claudio Martinez
Rich Zimmermann
Tim Holte
Edwin Gonzalez
Pat A. Robinson
Nicholas Alan Hansen
Karl Herschede
Jessi Paetzke
LaTasha Sangster Lux

Sherrill Weller Knezel

Carl Swanson
Paul Haubrich
Mike Mangione
Richie Burke
Virginia Small
Janan Najeeb
Brianna Joy Seipel
Art Heitzer
Daisy Kiekhofer

Yaroslav Zdyrko

“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

– Marianne Williamson

A Vision for Transformational Journalism that inspires social engagement

The Milwaukee Independent is an award-winning and advertising-free daily news magazine that advocates for inclusive social understanding in Milwaukee by publishing positive news content that covers a wide range of topics as a catalyst for community development. With a heavy emphasis on photojournalism and analytical reporting to fulfill this mission, our editorial staff is focused to being translators and storytellers more than traditional news correspondents.

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Transformative Journalism is an activating, engaging, solution-focused approach to covering news in Milwaukee that works at the intersection of differences. It goes beyond the essential goal of keeping people informed. We insist on playing an active role in enabling social engagement, and helping our community focus its energy into tangible progress about issues that bring positive change.

“Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation abolished slavery. The Civil War, for the most part, dismantled the treasonous Confederacy. Yet Frederick Douglass inherently understood it would take more than words and war to grant African-Americans public register of their humanity. He had seen enough caricatures of blacks, their faces nose-deep in watermelons, or dangled above lakes as alligator bait. He despised drawings portraying his people with exaggerated features, slack-jawed expressions, or as giddy slaves. Such images, Douglass knew, reinforced White Supremacy by presenting black people as simple-minded and subjugated. Douglass soon embraced a technological weapon to challenge his nation’s racism: photography. Long recognized as a great orator, Douglass used pointed rhetoric to rebuke slavery and promote freedom for African-Americans. In posing for dozens of portraits, he showed what black freedom and dignity looked like. To Douglass, a picture wasn’t worth 1,000 words, its potential impact was immeasurable. His images still shape and affect policy and public perception. In his writings and speeches, Douglass forced the nation to reckon with its racism. Yet, it was in his photographic record that Douglass may have found his purest vessel of truth.” – Renee Graham

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