Edgar Mendez

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Edgar Mendez is a beat reporter for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, covering Clarke Square, the neighborhood in which he lives. Prior to joining the team at NNS he was a feature writer for El Conquistador Newspaper in Milwaukee, and a web writer/reporter for Scene262.com in Racine.

Mendez, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, graduated from UW-Milwaukee, with a double major in Journalism and Media Communications and Sociology. In 2008, he won a Society of Professional Journalists' regional award for social columns dealing with diverse issues such as poverty, homelessness and racism. Currently, he's a master's degree student at the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University.

His interests include scholastic research, social networking and the Green Bay Packers.



Recent Articles
 
 Dining - May 5, 2019
 Taco truck issue on West National Avenue still unsettled, group says
 The last-minute deal between Arandas taco truck owner Francisco Santos and Ald. Bob Donovan - which came after a proposal from the alderman to ban food trucks along a stretch of West National Avenue was vetoed by Mayor Tom Barrett in March - has failed, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 #RaiseMKE - April 20, 2019
 Police chases nearly triple since change in Milwaukee pursuit policy
 Milwaukee police chases increased from 369 to 940 from 2017 to 2018, with more than one-fourth of those chases resulting in accidents, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 #RaiseMKE - March 24, 2019
 Milwaukee inmate's death raises alarms about Corrections facilities
 The death of an inmate in the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility has prompted concerns about safety at the facility while a new report alleges other serious lapses by Wisconsin Department of Corrections staff, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 Dining - March 16, 2019
 Will the Common Council override the mayor's veto of the taco truck ban?
 Although Mayor Tom Barrett has vetoed a ban of food trucks along a stretch of West National Avenue that runs from South 27th to South 39th streets, the issue appears to be far from over, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 #RaiseMKE - March 10, 2019
 MATC Promise program gives thousands an education lifeline
 Launched in 2017, MATC Promise, which provides a free education for low and middle-income students, was originally open only to new high school graduates in the Milwaukee area. Last year, it expanded to include adults who started but didn't finish college, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 Living - March 3, 2019
 Is Milwaukee safe? What you need to know about the city's lead crisis
 The issue of lead poisoning continues to be a magnet for controversy in Milwaukee, where more than 1 in 10 children tested in 2016 had blood lead levels above five micrograms per deciliter. Here's some things you need to know about the lead controversy in Milwaukee.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - January 13, 2019
 Daughter of famed muralist carries on family tradition with new COA murals
 Rozalia Hernandez-Singh is carrying on her father's love of creating art for the community with two murals inside the COA Riverwest Center, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 #RaiseMKE - December 23, 2018
 BID hopes to return vibrancy to Villard Avenue
 The Havenwoods EDC is working with stakeholders on Villard Avenue to help turn the neighborhood around by attracting new businesses and spurring other improvements in the area, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 Buzz - November 17, 2018
 Legislators hope to build on momentum created by results of marijuana referendum
 The voters have spoken, and it's clear that they are ready to see marijuana legalized in Wisconsin, said Rep. Melissa Sargent, discussing the results of last week's referendums on the issue, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 Buzz - November 3, 2018
 Milwaukee groups urge residents to vote "yes" for legalizing marijuana
 WJI, ACLU of Wisconsin, MICAH and several state leaders are calling for voters to support legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana by voting yes to the non-binding referendum question on their ballots Nov. 6, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 


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