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Kurt Chandler

Bystanders

A recent report by the Pew Research Center caught my eye the other day. In a study of the Red versus Blue division in American politics, researchers sorted po...
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Julie Helmrich

Ladies and gentlemen, direct your attention to the lovely and learned woman before you. No huckster or quack is she. No ma’am. She holds three d...
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Mallory O’Brien

Shots are fired, someone falls, the body count mounts. Mallory O’Brien reaches for her spreadsheets. O’Brien is an epidemiologist, a supreme number cr...
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Star Gazing

About a dozen years ago, I came up with the idea to write a Milwaukee Magazine profile of Benedetta Balistrieri, the oldest daughter of Milwaukee’s repute...
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Random Acts

Photo by Adam Ryan Morris There’s a worn cliché I’ve seen around that harkens to the days of bell-bottom jeans, patchouli oil and ba...
Kurt Chandler

Kurt Chandler

Kurt Chandler began working at Milwaukee Magazine in 1998 as a senior editor, writing investigative articles, profiles, narratives and commentaries. He was editor in chief from August 2013-November 2015. An award-winning writer, Chandler has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, editor and author. He has been published in a number of metro newspapers and magazines, from The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Minneapolis Star Tribune, to Marie Claire, The Writer, and Salon.com. He also has authored, coauthored or edited 12 books. His writing awards are many: He has won the National Headliners Award for magazine writing five times. He has been named Writer of the Year by the City & Regional Magazine Association, and Journalist of the Year by the Milwaukee Press Club. As a staff writer with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and chosen as a finalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Award. In previous lives, Chandler worked construction, drove a cab and played the banjo (not necessarily at the same time). He has toiled as a writer and journalist for three decades now and, unmindful of his sage father’s advice, has nothing to fall back on. Yet he is not without a specialized set of skills: He can take notes in the dark and is pretty good with active verbs.