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
 
 #RaiseMKE - September 2, 2019
 "Things are getting worse": Drug overdose deaths continue to menace Milwaukee
 If current trends continue, Milwaukee County could record 423 overdose deaths in 2019, its highest total in a decade, according to the medical examiner's office, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 #RaiseMKE - August 17, 2019
 Unrest in Sherman Park, 3 years later: Have police-community relations improved?
 It's the new normal in Sherman Park - although it is not clear whether it's that much different than before, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 Movies & TV - July 27, 2019
 Podcast creators work to change narratives, spur civic action
 In 2017, Kyle Hagge and Ben Rangel launched "Bridge the City," a podcast that investigates politics, criminal and youth justice, elections and more. Instead of just highlighting problems, however, the podcast focuses on solutions - and action, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 Kids & Family - July 22, 2019
 Low-income parents struggle to find affordable child care, report shows
 The number of families participating in Wisconsin Shares that pay more than their family's expected copay amount has been increasing over the past 13 years, according to a Wisconsin Policy Forum report released Thursday, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
 
 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.
 


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