Reporters

amelia_rufer
Name: Amelia Rufer, Editor and Teaching Assistant
Hometown: Brookfield, Wis.
Favorite story I’ve covered: Analysis of firearms recovered in D.C. homicide cases from 2009 through 2014
Favorite journalists: Dominick Dunne, Michael Sokolove, Nate Silver
(Slacker) Dream job: Netflix Content Tagger (yes, “taggers” get paid to watch Netflix at home!)
Favorite spot in Madison: Bradbury’s. I’m a sucker for Nutella, and their homemade version of the hazelnut spread with bananas, almonds and whipped cream all stuffed in a crepe is, in a word, exquisite.

 

andrew_bahl
Name: Andrew Bahl
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Assigned to cover: Wisconsin’s 85th Assembly District, New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race
Favorite story I’ve covered: The passage of Wisconsin’s Right-to-Work law last year
Favorite journalists: The Washington Post’s John Feinstein and David Maraniss, The Baltimore Sun’s Dan Rodricks and Erica Green and The New York Times’ Andrea Elliott.
Dream job: Covering politics or education for The Washington Post.
Favorite spot in Madison: The outdoor deck at the state Capitol.

 

max_bayer
Name: Max Bayer
Hometown: San Francisco
Assigned to cover: The Wisconsin 94th district assembly and Ohio Senate races.
Favorite story I’ve covered: The solidarity protest in Madison in response to the events unfolding at the University of Missouri.That was the first time I was on the ground at an event like that and the energy was electric.
Favorite journalists:Frank Bruni, from The New York Times, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight, and ESPN senior baseball writers Buster Olney and Steve Kurkjian.
Dream job: I really want to run Google, but I don’t know how to write computer code.

 

noah_broder
Name: Noah Broder
Hometown: Ridgefield, CT
Assigned to cover: Hillary Clinton and the 18th State Senate District in Wisconsin
Favorite story I’ve covered: The impacts of diversity initiatives on the UW campus
Favorite journalists: Myself
Dream job: General Manager of the Miami Dolphins
Favorite spot in Madison: Anywhere with free food

 
 

chris_bumbaca
Name: Chris Bumbaca
Hometown: Rockville Centre, New York
Assigned to cover: Wisconsin’s 75th Assembly District race between Rep. Romaine Quinn (R) and challenger Joe Huftel (D), as well as the open Indiana U.S. Senate seat between Rep. Todd Young (R) and former Senator Evan Bayh (D).
Favorite story I’ve covered: Feature story about the admissions process for student-athletes for The Badger Herald.
Favorite journalists: Mike Vaccarro, Steve Politi, Wright Thompson, Andy McCullough, Jeff Passan, anyone at The Kansas City Star and Wisconsin State Journal, Tim Layden, Richard Deitsch, Jesse Temple, Marc Carig, Jared Diamond and Eli Saslow.
Dream Job: Sports Illustrated features writer or presidential speechwriter
Favorite spot in Madison: The Camp Randall Stadium press box.

 

peter_culver
Name: Peter Culver
Hometown: Madison, Wis.
Assigned to cover: The Assembly race in District 70 (Tomah), between Republican incumbent Nancy VanderMeer and her Democratic challenger Mark Holbrook. I am also covering the Pennsylvania Senate race between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and his Democratic challenger Katie McGinty.
Favorite story I’ve covered: My coverage of the 2016 awards season, especially my piece discussing the results of the Golden Globes.
Favorite journalists: Rachel Maddow, Brooke Gladstone and Anderson Cooper.
Dream job: Working for the A.V. Club as a film critic, and my favorite place in Madison is the Frederic March Play Circle in the Union.

 

will_hoverman
Name: Will Hoverman
Hometown: Minnetonka, Minn.
Beat: Wisconsin US Senate Race, Wisconsin Assembly District 72
Favorite story in portfolio: Interviewing a homosexual Syrian Refugee
Favorite journalists: Jamelle Bouie, Chris Hayes, Matt Taibbi, Jelani Cobb
Dream Job: Chief Political Correspondent for NBC News
Favorite Spot in Madison: Michelangelo’s Coffee

 
 
 

kerry_huth
Name: Kerry Huth
Hometown: Appleton, Wis.
Assigned to cover: District 24 for the Wisconsin State Senate race, as well as the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire.
Favorite story I’ve covered: My first story was on the hunting mandates for wolves in Wisconsin. I can’t say why it has stuck with me, but I’m never going to forget it.
Favorite journalists: I’m a huge fan of Joel Stein. He writes about important issues but always seems to spin it in a humorous way, which I really appreciate in today’s world.
Dream job: I would love to write for a food magazine, such as Bon Appetit. The idea of being paid to explore food sounds deliciously delightful.
Favorite spot in Madison: My Madison heaven is an early Saturday morning strolling the Dane County Farmers’ Market, coffee in hand and nowhere to be.

 

emily_neinfeldt
Name: Emily Neinfeldt
Hometown: Elkhorn, Wis.
Assigned to cover: The Wisconsin State Assembly race between incumbent Gordon Hintz and Jordan Hansen.
Favorite story I’ve covered: A piece I wrote for The Badger Herald on UW alum Matt Desmond’s book EVICTED and how high eviction rates in Milwaukee contribute to higher levels of violence.
Favorite journalists: I really enjoy reading The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Dream job: My dream job would be writing long-form feature stories for a magazine.
Favorite spot in Madison: Vilas Zoo

 

briana_reilly
Name: Briana Reilly
Hometown: Chilton, Wis.
Assigned to cover: The state Senate race in District 30 between incumbent Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, and Republican challenger Eric Wimberger, along with the national Senate race between U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis, and Democrat Russ Feingold.
Favorite story I’ve covered: A feature on student homelessness at the UW-Madison, entitled “In the shadows: UW’s homeless students struggle to succeed.”
Favorite journalists: Wisconsin reporters Jessie Opoien and Jason Stein and New York Times’ N.R. Kleinfield.
Dream job: A career in international reporting, covering specifically China and southeast Asia.
Favorite spot in Madison: Vilas Park

 

luke_schaetzel
Name: Luke Schaetzel
Hometown: Germantown, Wis.
Assigned to cover: Wisconsin’s 32nd State Senate District, Florida’s U.S. Senate race
Favorite story I’ve covered: Homelessness in Madison and Wisconsin
Favorite journalists: CBS’s Edward R. Murrow (past), CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Fox New’s Shepard Smith
Dream job: Feature writer for Time Magazine
Favorite spot in Madison: Monona Lakefront path

 
 

paige_scobee
Name: Paige Scobee
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
Assigned to cover: Senate District 10 and the Indiana U.S. Senate race between Evan Bayh and Todd Young.
Favorite story I’ve covered: A multi-media project I did on mental health resources on the UW-Madison campus.
Favorite journalist: Anna Palmer, co-author of Politico’s Playbook and Washington correspondent
Dream Job: Senator, but my back-up plan is political consulting.
Favorite spot in Madison: Tenney Park

 

lauren_sklba
Name: Lauren Ann Sklba
Hometown: Racine, Wis.
Assigned to cover: Wisconsin’s 51st Assembly District and Donald Trump
Favorite story you have covered: Video journalism story covering Madison’s growing creative community
Favorite journalists you read/watch/listen to: Ezra Klein, Arwa Damon, Delayed Gratification
Dream job: writer for travel magazine or international lifestyle publication
Favorite spot in Madison: The Arboretum and Picnic Point

 
 

hayley_sperling
Name: Hayley Sperling
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
Assigned to cover: Wis. Senate district 12 and Hillary Clinton
Favorite story you have covered: Covering the GOP debate in Milwaukee for The Badger Herald
Favorite journalists Liz Plank, Jenna Johnson, Amy Chozick, Anderson Cooper, Jessie Opoien, Hunter Walker
Dream job: Breaking news somewhere or sending tweets for someone
Favorite spot in Madison: The Chazen

 
 

madeline_sweitzer
Name: Madeline Sweitzer
Hometown: Wauwatosa, Wis.
Assigned to cover: Wisconsin’s 81st Assembly District, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump
Favorite story I’ve covered: Fighting Bob Fest 2016
Favorite publications: PolitiFact, The New York Times, Wisconsin State Journal, The Cap Times
Dream job: Investigative reporter with PolitiFact
Favorite spot in Madison: Bascom Hill

 
 

riley_vetterkind
Name: Riley Vetterkind
Hometown: Holcombe, Wis.
Assigned to cover: Ohio U.S. Senate Race, Wisconsin Assembly District 68
Favorite story in portfolio: Reporting on student wages
Favorite publications: The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Cap Times
Dream Job: Feature reporter for NPR
Favorite Spot in Madison: Picnic Point

 
 

evan_winter
Name: Evan Winter
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
Assigned to cover: District 14 State Senate race between incumbent Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and Waupaca Mayor Brian Smith, as well as Pennsylvania’s Senate race between Katie McGinty (D) and incumbent Senator Pat Toomey (R).
Favorite story I’ve covered: Music culture and resources on the UW-Madison campus.
Favorite journalists: Jamelle Bouie, Sarah Kendzior and Sam Sanders.
Dream job: Favorite spot in Madison: is a stretch of Williamson Street that includes some of my favorite restaurants, a thrift store, the skate park and the co-op.