McGraw Fellow Investigates Wisconsin Industrial Factory

  • By Ellen Lai
Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A special watchdog report by McGraw Fellow John Diedrich of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found that Mid-America Steel Drum of St. Francis is emitting industrial pollutants that are creating nuisance odors. The Journal Sentinel tested the air and examined other testing documents that both show the St. Francis plant is emitting pollutants that may be leading to residents’ health ailments.

The article was produced in partnership with the McGraw Center for Business Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. McGraw provided funding for air testing done by RHP Risk Management.

The McGraw Fellowships for Business Journalism  support reporting on a variety of issues, from the environmental and financial concerns surrounding the closing of abandoned American coal mines, to the rise of student loan debt that parents are now taking on, and the ability of highly-indebted energy companies to fund the safe removal of aging offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

The McGraw Fellowships, an initiative of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, were created in 2014 to support ambitious coverage of critical issues related to the U.S. economy and business. The Fellowships – awarded twice a year – enable experienced journalists to produce deeply reported works of investigative or enterprise business journalism.