Zac Schultz is a reporter and anchor for PBS Wisconsin's Here & Now, a live weekly program that covers news concerning state issues and feature segments about matters in local communities throughout the state.
When a hiker goes missing in a forest or a senior with dementia wanders away from a nursing home, who searches for them and under what authority? Or when authorities suspect that a person may have drowned in a lake, how do they go about recovering any remains?
Every year in Wisconsin, dozens of people get lost in the woods or need rescuing on the water. The people who are called out to look for them are trained like professionals, but get paid like volunteers.
The 2019 gun deer season marks the 18th since the discovery of chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin's herd. Four hunters explain why they do and do not get their harvest tested for CWD. Meanwhile, researchers are using a depopulated deer farm to investigate how the disease is spread.
Lafayette County officials proposed a resolution threatening to prosecute journalists if they did not quote county news releases verbatim. Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council President Bill Lueders discusses freedom of the press and the Lafayette County Board's activities.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments whether the Trump administration has the right to shut down the DACA program. Voces de La Frontera's lead youth organizer and Alverno College student Alejandra Gonzalez discusses the status of the program and what it means to her as a DACA recipient.
Tyrese Mosbey was shot in the head at a bus stop after school, and the teenager and his family have struggled through the recovery process. Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention Director Reggie Moore discusses the trauma of non-fatal shootings and their impacts on the community.
Gov. Tony Evers has signed his first four pardons, the first granted in Wisconsin since 2010. The state Pardon Advisory Board member and former Madison police chief Noble Wray discusses how the group makes recommendations about pardons to the governor's office.
Facing low commodity prices, trade uncertainties and challenging weather, Wisconsin's farmers are struggling on multiple fronts. U.S. and state agriculture secretaries Sonny Perdue and Brad Pfaff share their perspectives on the state of small dairy farms and the industry as a whole.
The Foxconn project has taken a toll on residents of Mount Pleasant who have sold their properties to accommodate the development of new roads. WPR reporter Corrinne Hess discusses divisions between homeowners and the local government over these land acquisitions.