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Kurt Chandler

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Radio Head

Photos by Adam Ryan Morris Marcus Doucette sits at a sidewalk table outside Nomad World Pub drinking a can of Mother's Lil' Helper Pale Ale. He’s ...
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The Hot Seat

Photos by Adam Ryan Morris It was in May 2003 that Milwaukee Art Museum officials met with Sheldon Lubar and asked him to take the lead in bailing out the mu...
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The Tree of Life

Birds can be the bane of Ken Weston’s life. They peck at his apples and knock his cherries to the ground. Weston is up in the trees one June afternoon, st...
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Me Myself and I

Few are more well-versed in state politics than Margaret Farrow, the former lieutenant governor and longtime legislator. But she was stumped recently when a fel...
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Easy Prey

  This story appears in the May 2011 issue of Milwaukee Magazine. He’s a smooth talker with a sly smile. He’s got dollars in his pock...
Tender is the Night

Tender is the Night

This story appears in the March 2011 issue of Milwaukee Magazine. On that Saturday summer night, Daniel and Katherine Gute made the short drive from their Ri...
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Thoughts from Kurt

The two brick smokestacks at the west end of the Menomonee Valley were torn down last week because they had become too costly to repair and preserve. I won&rsqu...
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.