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Wisconsin Public Television: Keeping up with Current Affairs

Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) has played a role in the recent political activity, as they provided on-air and online election coverage to help voters sift through recent electoral issues including the just concluded recall election that saw the Governor retain office.

As part of their mission to bring unbiased, localized political news and information service to the people of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Television has developed, a unique and highly user-focused collaboration with Wisconsin Public Radio. This site, available on both standard and mobile web platforms, brings a hybrid of local and national political news and coverage to users through a well curated site and searchable web archive derived from Wisconsin Public Television and Radio news services, but also from news agencies around the state and the nation. The site surely doesn't stop there.  

It also features much sought-after information such as polling locations, instructions and links for voter and electoral services, voter registration information, election results, interactive maps by county that contain information such as voter turnout rates and more. Additionally, the site offers live web streams of political events taking place throughout the state, such as debates, and features a video archive of current and past news pieces. One of the more popular features of the site are the series of candidate profiles developed to provide deep, meaningful and politically neutral information to voters throughout the state.  

As a "battleground" state being watched nationally this season, is a much needed service that extends the news and public affairs expertise of the two media partners statewide. The site is proving extremely popular, with more than 120,000 unique visitors on the June 5th Gubernatorial recall election alone, and is used by both citizens and media throughout the state as a resource.  

Other notable content provided by WPT is a documentary entitled: Wisconsin’s Nazi Resistance- the Mildred Fish Harnack Story”. This film captures the life, and death of a Wisconsin woman who joined the Nazi resistance and was eventually captured and executed- under direct orders of Adolph Hitler.

Wisconsin Public Television also broadcast “The Final Forte”. This performance is the culmination of a statewide youth symphony competition in which the 4 finalists perform onstage with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. The performances and profiles of each of these extraordinary musicians (and kids) are shared with our statewide TV and radio audience

Wisconsin’s Veterans Stories are a decade long commitment that yielded hours of interviews with World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans. Two years ago the project included a “Welcome Home” event that attracted 75,000 people over three days. More recently the work has included veterans’ job fairs and a media exhibition remembering veterans at the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse.

For more information about Wisconsin Public Television, visit their website.

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