WCIJ awarded Best Investigative Story or Series from Milwaukee Press Club
Nearly half the private wells in Wisconsin have tested unsafe: Frank Michna buys bottled water for drinking and cooking in his Caledonia home because of high levels of molybdenum and boron in his well. Cole Monka/WCIJ

Nearly half the private wells in Wisconsin have tested unsafe: Frank Michna buys bottled water for drinking and cooking in his Caledonia home because of high levels of molybdenum and boron in his well. Cole Monka/WCIJ

Best Investigative Story or Series
Failure at the Faucet: Wisconsin’s drinking water in peril

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism staff and University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication J475 students. Katy Culver, assistant professor in the journalism school, coordinated the project. Ron Seely, a Center editor and reporter, was project editor. Other Center contributors included Kate Golden, Bridgit Bowden, Dee J. Hall, Haley Henschel and Abigail Becker, along with UW-Madison student Katie Kowalsky, who produced maps. The investigative reporting class that participated in Failure at the Faucet was taught by Deborah Blum, a former UW-Madison journalism professor and now director of the Knight Science Journalism program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Students in the class were Rachael Lallensack, Gabrielle Menard, Tierney King, Silke Schmidt, Kathi Matthews-Risley, Jane Roberts, Mary Kate McCoy, Elise Bayer and Fern Schultz. | Read more ...

Rachael Lallensack