POLITICS


ky capitol croppedTheo has extensively covered House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He followed Ryan’s 2012 bid for the vice presidency, the historic recall against Gov. Scott Walker, and four U.S. Senate races. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin accused Theo of working for his political opponent in the 2015 election after Theo reported on Bevin’s tax delinquencies.

▼I spent four days in Washington, D.C., covering the many Wisconsin connections to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. As part of our coverage, I enterprised a story on how President Obama’s legacy would be a mixed bag in Wisconsin.

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▼Having worked in both Louisville and Milwaukee in 2015, I’m the only local reporter who covered the ascendancy of both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that year. Ryan’s rise was more uncertain: a few weeks earlier, he announced he didn’t want the job.

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▼My two weeks covering the 2016 political conventions included 40 live shots and dozens of stories. Here, I demonstrated the GOP’s unease over Donald Trump by showing the disagreement between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the state’s biggest voice in conservative talk radio, Charlie Sykes. The two are normally allies.

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▼I have launched the political fact-checking franchise “Reality Check” at two stations. Here, I show how one ad in 2016’s nasty Wisconsin Supreme Court race is misleading.

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▼I went to Iowa for three days leading up to the first-in-the-nation 2016 caucuses. We stopped in Davenport, Iowa City and Des Moines for stories on how the candidates and their supporters were preparing.

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▼Election Night is a political reporter’s time to shine after months on the campaign trail following a big race. I was there when Sen. Mitch McConnell thrashed Alison Lundergan Grimes in a way no poll saw coming.

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▼Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson defended his hiring of a personal friend who allegedly used the N-word and had gotten fired from his previous job.

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▼I pitched and executed this story for WISC-TV’s “Paul Ryan’s Rise: A News 3 Campaign 2012 Special,” an hourlong program about the Republican vice presidential nominee. I went to Ryan’s hometown, Janesville, where I found city leaders and thousands of former autoworkers struggling to reinvent themselves. The city’s economy, long reliant on auto jobs, has recovered slowly in part with government aid that Ryan has criticized yet fought for.

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