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.

▼After covering developments and speculation for weeks, we flew to Washington to cover the announcement that Foxconn planned to build a $10 billion plant in Wisconsin with up to 13,000 workers. We were live from the White House all night.

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▼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 had the unique experience of covering both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s rise to power that year. Here, we went to Washington as Ryan became speaker.

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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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▼One of my favorite stories of my career, because Janesville, Wis., reminds me of my hometown. I pitched and executed this piece for WISC-TV’s “Paul Ryan’s Rise: A News 3 Campaign 2012 Special,” a program about the Republican vice presidential nominee. In Ryan’s hometown, 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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