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Just a few of the people behind the editorial work at the Milwaukee Independent, committed to transformational journalism.

The news we report is our focus, not getting credit for it. Often we use generic attribution when our staff wants to make sure the attention goes where it belongs, on the story. Our mission is to inspire and transform the Milwaukee community. However, the individuals listed here deserve recognition for their efforts.

Alonzo Kelly

Alonzo Kelly is a dynamic executive coach, three-time best-selling author, radio host, and internationally recognized as a consultant, strategist, and speaker on professional goal achievement. He has appeared on major networks across the country including ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX.

Anna Miller

A Green Bay native, Anna moved to Milwaukee in 2014 and has never looked back. She has since come to love the city, and uses her past experiences as a travel writer and health & technology journalist to report impactful stories about her adopted community and its vibrant neighborhoods for the Milwaukee Independent.

Carl Swanson

Carl Swanson explores and writes about his adopted hometown of Milwaukee. He has worked in the publishing industry for more than 25 years. He lives in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood with his wife, three children, and two cats. Milwaukee Notebook: The people and events that shaped a city.

Dominic Inouye

Teaching for over twenty years, Dominic Inouye helps students develop their unique voices. He was appointed as The Pfister Hotel Narrator, is the co-City Organizer of Jane's Walk MKE, and currently manages the ZIP MKE photo project that promotes cultural understanding.

Hannah Dugan

Hannah Dugan is a judge for the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, with a previous career of 28 years as a practicing attorney in federal, state, and municipal courts. She is a frequent presenter on topics such as legal ethics, elder law, poverty law, and access to justice issues.

Janan Najeeb

Janan Najeeb is president of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition and publisher of the Wisconsin Muslim Journal. Najeeb grew up in Milwaukee and is a highly sought after speaker on issues related to Islam, women, diversity, and social justice.

Joe Brusky

As a public school teacher and union organizer, Joe Brusky became an integral part of the Overpass Light Brigade (OLB) in Milwaukee through his documentary-style photography, and is credited with expanding community awareness through his relationships with national Occupy networks.

Karl Herschede

With a deep passion for his Milwaukee hometown and its history, Karl Herschede captures the built city and its flowing life with his photography. From street art, to former industrial sites, to urban lifestyles and multi-cultural civic events, his camera’s lens is focused on documenting visual stories that improve the community.

Lee Matz

Former Creative Director and Photojournalist for the Milwaukee Business Journal, Lee brings his years of international experience as an award-winning foreign correspondent in Asia and Europe. Lee proudly uses MCTS as the exclusive mode of transportation for covering all his news reports.

Mike Mangione

As a singer-songwriter and guitarist, Mike Mangione leads the Milwaukee-based orchestral folk band Mike Mangione & The Union. He is also the host of the Time & The Mystery podcast that talks with public figures to discuss their inspiration, process, and connection with others through their work.

Pardeep Kaleka

As a former Milwaukee Police Officer and co-founder of, Pardeep is author of "The Gifts of Our Wounds," and a Licensed Therapist specializing in utilizing a trauma-informed approach to treat survivors of violence. He is also the Editor and a Community Relations Writer for Milwaukee Independent.

Pat A. Robinson

His passion for photography started with a plastic Kodak film camera in junior high school, and has spanned a career of over three decades. From his early days as a US Navy photographer to work for the iconic Life magazine, the photos of Pat A. Robinson have captured a generation of people and events around Milwaukee.

Paul Haubrich

Paul A. Haubrich, PhD is professor emeritus at the UW-Milwaukee, and author of the book “A Journey through the History of St. Paul’s Church 1838 to 2013.” As chair of the Board of Directors for the Forest Home Historic Preservation Association, he has extensive knowledge of Milwaukee’s history and its founders.

Reggie Jackson

As the Community Relations Writer for the Milwaukee Independent, Reggie Jackson covers a range of African American issues. He is also a former Board Chairman of the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation, and serves as the Head Griot for America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) in Bronzeville.

Virginia Small

Virginia Small has written for publications throughout the United States, was a senior editor for a national magazine, and wrote a book on great gardens. Having grown up near Whitnall Park, she appreciated Milwaukee County’s well-designed system of parks and its Olmsted legacies.


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