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Kurt Chandler

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Fun Press Releases

Reporters get a shipload of press releases. Usually they end up in the trash bin faster than you can say “flack.” But occasionally, for cheap amusem...

Past Imperfect

Kenosha native Thom Bierdz ran from home to become a Hollywood star. But his brother's brutal murder of their mother forced Bierdz to confront his troubled past....
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The Joker

Late morning, Aug. 24, 1991, a Saturday. Ron Schroeder sits before a mirror in the back room of the Ground Round Grill and Bar on Brown Deer Road. A light coati...
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Justice Denied

On a chilly November morning 26 years ago, Larry Anstett pulled himself out of bed before the sun rose; bundled up in corduroy pants, long johns, sweatshirt and...
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The Lion in Winter

Photos by Peter DiAntoni When Mike Cudahy was just 9 years old, he created an international incident. It was the mid-1930s and he lived with his family in Wa...

Blood Simple

A DNA test proved Steven Avery innocent of a 1985 crime. Now it points to him as a fiend who savagely raped and murdered Teresa Halbach. Why would he do it?...
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Charlie’s Bully Pulpit

Charlie Sykes the critic politicians fear, the moralizer liberals love to hate. Smart, articulate, connected, he can swing elections and reshape public policy. But beneath his media image is a complicated, isolated man, a walking contradiction....
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.