Beyond the Headlines Wausau

Building Trust: Law Enforcement, the Media, and You

Sirens wail. TV trucks set up on the end of the block as police cordon off a section of the neighborhood. Something horrible has happened. It’s your neighborhood.

In cities across the nation, some Americans are questioning the transparency and credibility of law enforcement.  Some are concerned about how mainstream news media and social media commentary portray police work.  How does the nature of media coverage affect the ability of law enforcement or the courts to do their jobs?  Are citizens getting the information they need and can trust about what is happening in their communities?

In Wausau, local members of the media, law enforcement, and community are responding to the national conversation.  As part of Beyond the Headlines, they have been meeting since 2017, developing events at which journalists and law enforcement talk about how each does its work, why each shares what it shares with the public, and what effect media coverage can have on the community.

Beyond the Headlines events bring Wausau journalists, law enforcement, and residents face-to-face in an effort to build trust and help citizens sort through these questions and more.  WHC asked several members of the local steering committee for Beyond the Headlines in Wausau why they became involved.

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What's Happening


Building Trust: Law Enforcement, the Media, and You - Kickoff Event

May 9, 2018
7:00 pm
FREE

Northcentral Technical College
1000 W Campus Dr
Wausau, WI

This kickoff event brings the national discussion of law enforcement and media coverage home to Wausau. Reports from the police, the news, bystanders, or even our own observations don't always match up. How can we stay informed about what's happening in our neighborhoods? How do we know who is telling the truth? This kickoff will be followed by four more community discussion events in June, September, October and November.

Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Kathleen Bartzen Culver

Assistant Professor
UW-Madison


Kathleen Bartzen Culver is an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication, the James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics and director of the Center for Journalism Ethics. 

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Mike Leary

Mike Leary

Editor
San Antonio Express-News


Mike Leary, the editor of the San Antonio Express-News, grew up in Rice Lake, where his family operated the local weekly newspaper, The Chronotype, for more than 90 years. 

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Sue Riseling

Sue Riseling

Executive Director
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)


Sue Riseling leads IACLEA, which has more than 3,400 members in 15 countries. She retired from UW-Madison as the Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Police in 2016 after 25 years of service.

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Ben Bliven

Ben Bliven

Chief of Police
Wausau Police Department


Ben Bliven is Chief of the Wausau Police Department.

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Scott R Parks

Scott R. Parks

Sheriff
Marathon County Sheriff's Office


Scott Parks started his career with Marathon County Sheriff’s Office on December 24, 1979 and currently serves as the Marathon County Sheriff. 

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Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray

News Director
WSAW/WZAW TV


Sarah Gray is the News Director at WSAW/WZAW TV in Wausau. She started her career in Green Bay. Gray is a Murrow, Sevareid, and Wisconsin Broadcast Association award-winning journalist.

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Glen Moberg

Glen Moberg

Distinguished Broadcast Specialist
Wisconsin Public Radio


Glen Moberg is a reporter and talk show host for Wisconsin Public Radio, with 47 years of experience in broadcast journalism. He is the former assignment manager for WAOM-TV 9 and former news director and anchor at WSAW-TV 7, both in Wausau.

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Building Trust: What is News and Whose Story Is It?

Jun 13, 2018
7:00 pm
FREE

E101/E102 Northcentral Technical College
1000 W Campus Dr
Wausau, WI

How do law enforcement agencies decide what to release to the public and how do news organizations decide what to publish? This Beyond The Headlines event brings together news media, law enforcement and the public to talk about what is "the news" when covering law enforcement and who decides what details we receive and how we receive them. This event includes a facilitated discussion.

How do headlines, breaking news, and the first few sentences of a reported event frame the story and influence consumers? How do these various outlets influence the public’s opinions?  How does the advent of social media impact what is news and how it is delivered and consumed?

Clayton Schultz

Clayton Schulz

Chief
Everest Metro Police Department


Clayton Schulz started his law enforcement career with the Marathon City Police Department in 1998 after graduating from UW Eau Claire. He moved in the Antigo Police Department in 1999, where, over the next five years, he specialized in Narcotics Investigations and was a sniper on the Langlade County Special Response Team.

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Robert Mentzer

Robert Mentzer

Living & Storytelling Editor
USA TODAY NETWORK - Wisconsin


Robert Mentzer is the Living & Storytelling editor for USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. He oversees features reporters and local business reporters at 10 sites around the state, and is the editor for statewide special projects including Kids in Crisis, a reporting series on youth mental health in Wisconsin. 

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Melissa Langbehn

Melissa Langbehn

Anchor
WAOW


Melissa Langbehn anchors Newsline 9's Live at 5pm and co-anchors Newsline 9 at 6pm with Phil Aldridge. Her work has been recognized by both the Associated Press and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. 

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Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray

News Director
WSAW/WZAW TV


Sarah Gray will moderate this discussion. She is the News Director at WSAW/WZAW TV in Wausau. She started her career in Green Bay. Gray is a Murrow, Sevareid, and Wisconsin Broadcast Association award-winning journalist.

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Building Trust: Credibility of Law Enforcement and the Media

Sep 12, 2018
7:00 pm
FREE

E101/E102 Northcentral Technical College
1000 W Campus Dr
Wausau, WI


Can we trust the media? Can we trust law enforcement? Why or why not? And why is that credibility important? Join us in a facilitated community conversation that brings together news media, law enforcement and the public to talk about the issue of how do we ensure we’re getting the true story. This discussion may touch on the use of methods such as body cams, squad cameras and interview cameras and the impact of the release of law enforcement video. It may also explore the impact of social media on public trust and claims of “fake news.”

Scott R Parks

Scott R. Parks

Sheriff
Marathon County Sheriff's Office


Scott Parks started his career with Marathon County Sheriff’s Office on December 24, 1979 and currently serves as the Marathon County Sheriff. 

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Shereen Siewert

Shereen Siewert

Founder and Publisher
Wausau Pilot & Review


Shereen Siewert is the founder and publisher of Wausau Pilot & Review, a nonprofit, local, online news organization covering Wausau area issues. She is a former USA TODAY-Wisconsin investigative team reporter who has written extensively about the criminal justice system, winning five Golden Gavel Awards from the State Bar of Wisconsin for her work. 

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Glen Moberg

Glen Moberg

Distinguished Broadcast Specialist
Wisconsin Public Radio


Glen Moberg is a reporter and talk show host for Wisconsin Public Radio, with 47 years of experience in broadcast journalism. He is the former assignment manager for WAOM-TV 9 and former news director and anchor at WSAW-TV 7, both in Wausau. He is a former reporter and national correspondent for Fox News WFLD-TV Chicago. Moberg has served on the Board of Directors for Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, Rotary Club of Wausau and the Center for Visual Arts.  He owns the Northwest Goldsmith jewelry store in downtown Wausau with his with Mary Beth and is the father of Melody and Thomas. 

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Meg Turville-Heitz

Project Manager, Grant Program Director
Wisconsin Humanities Council


Meg Turville-Heitz will moderate this discussion. Turville-Heitz joined the WHC in 2016 after eight years teaching communications, most recently at UW-Madison's College of Engineering after earning her Ph.D. in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her diverse background includes operating an non-certified organic farm, fiction writing, editing and reporting for newspapers and magazines, and water quality planning for the DNR. Her proudest achievement is her son, Morgan, who recently turned in his Pointer colors to be a Badger.

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Building Trust: The Impact of Race

Oct 3, 2018
7:00 pm
FREE

E101/E102 Northcentral Technical College
1000 W Campus Dr
Wausau, WI

How do news headlines, pictures and language that identifies race, ethnicity or religion affect how we understand the news and the people in the news? What is the responsibility of media and law enforcement in reporting incidents that involve minority populations? Join us in a facilitated community conversation that brings together news media, law enforcement and the public to talk about the impact of media coverage of incidents involving minority populations, including undocumented residents. How does this coverage affect public perceptions of policing? How does it affect public perceptions of minorities?

Note: Location the room is in the main building adjacent the Timberwolf Union/cafeteria.

Ben Bliven

Ben Bliven

Chief of Police
Wausau Police Department


Ben Bliven is Chief of the Wausau Police Department.

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La'Tanya Campbell

Transitional Living Program Coordinator
Women's Community in Wausau


La’Tanya Campbell began her career in 2008 helping to empower victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking to become safe, stable, and self-sufficient by providing advocacy, crisis intervention, and supportive counseling.
Campbell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service, from Upper Iowa University, and is pursuing her Masters from Capella University.

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Chris Conley

Chris Conley

Operations Manager
WSAU


Chris Conley joined WSAU in 2004 as News Director and morning news anchor, became Brand Manager, and then in 2009 was named Operations Manager for the Midwest Communications broadcast group in Central Wisconsin. 

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Mark Treinen

Mark Treinen

News Director, Central Wisconsin
Watchdog Team Leader, USA TODAY Network-Wisconsin


Mark Treinen will moderate this discussion. Treinen is the top editor for the Wausau Daily Herald as well as daily newspapers in Marshfield, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids. In addition, he leads a team of 20 journalists on a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin watchdog and investigations team. 

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Yauo Yang

Yauo Yang

Hmong Liaison, D.C. Everest School District
Pastor, The Cross


Yauo Yang is the Hmong Liaison for D.C. Everest School District and is the Pastor for The Cross.  His service to the community has included the Healthy Marathon Council, the Housing and Homelessness Coalition, the Joseph Project, jail ministry, Hmong Language and Camp.

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Shining a Light on Democracy

Nov 14, 2018
7:00 pm
FREE

D100 Northcentral Technical College (Timberwolf Conference Center)
1000 W Campus Dr
Wausau, WI

What role do media have in society to inform the public and protect democracy? What do residents expect from media and law enforcement? The national dialogue reveals a shaky trust between the public and law enforcement or media. Where does Wausau fit in this picture and what has this exploration of Beyond the Headlines told us about where we’re succeeding, and what yet needs to be done?

Clayton Schultz

Clayton Schulz

Chief
Everest Metro Police Department


Clayton Schulz started his law enforcement career with the Marathon City Police Department in 1998 after graduating from UW Eau Claire. He moved in the Antigo Police Department in 1999, where, over the next five years, he specialized in Narcotics Investigations and was a sniper on the Langlade County Special Response Team.  

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Lisa Rasmussen

Lisa Rasmussen

Alderperson
Wausau City Council


Elected to Wausau Common Council in April 2008, Rasmussen is beginning her sixth term in public office, having served as council president for four years. She currently serves as Chairperson, Wausau Public Health & Safety Committee; Chairperson, Wausau Finance Committee; Member, Wausau Economic Development Committee; Member, Wausau Capital Improvements & Street Maintenance Committee; Chairperson, Wausau Municipal Airport Committee; and is a Past President of the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School PTO. 

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Curtis Miles

Curtis Miles

General Manager
WAOW Channel 9


Curtis Miles is the General Manager at WAOW Television, the local ABC affiliate in Wausau, WI. He joined the award winning Newsline 9 team in July of 2017. 

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Rick Reyer

Central Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio


Rick Reyer will serve as moderator for the evening. Reyer began his career at Wisconsin Public Radio in 1989 in Green Bay as the first business development representative outside of Madison. After relocating to Madison in the early 1990s, Reyer and his family returned to their Central Wisconsin roots in 1995 and opened the Wausau regional bureau at UW-Marathon County, now UW-Stevens Point at Wausau.

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All Event Locations


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Events List


May 9

Building Trust: Law Enforcement, the Media, and You - Kickoff Event


Jun 13

Building Trust: What is News and Whose Story Is It?


Sep 12

Building Trust: Credibility of Law Enforcement and the Media


Oct 3

Building Trust: The Impact of Race


Nov 14

Shining a Light on Democracy


Resources

What is Beyond the Headlines?

“Beyond the Headlines” brings Wisconsinites together for discussions that explore journalism’s crucial role in enabling productive citizen engagement in American democracy.

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Local Partners


Thanks to our local steering committee members!

Ben Bliven,  City of Wausau Police Department
LaTanya Campbell, The Women's Community, Inc.
Chris Conley, WSAU Radio
Eric Giordano, Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy Service
Tony Gonzalez, EAG Interpreters
Sarah Gray, WSAW Channel 7
Sharon Hunter, Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy Service
Melissa Langbehn, WAOW Channel 9
Rob Mentzer, USA TODAY Network - Wisconsin
Scott Parks, Marathon County Sheriff's Dept.
Lisa Rasmussen, Wausau City Council
Rick Reyer, Wisconsin Public Radio
Clayton Schulz, Everest Metro Police Department
Shereen Siewert, Wausau Pilot & Review
Mark Treinen, USA TODAY Network - Wisconsin
Yee Leng Xiong, Marathon County Board
Yauo Yang, DC Everest School District, The Cross


We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.