Erin Toner is a reporter for WUWM. Erin was WUWM's All Things Considered local host from 2006 to 2010. She began her public radio career in 1999 at WMUK in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Prior to joining WUWM in 2006, Toner spent five years at WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan.
During her career, Toner has served as a mentor for NPR's Next Generation Radio project, trained and mentored college students and taught a news reporting course at Michigan State University. She holds a degree in journalism from Michigan State University.
Kalamazoo, Mich., is getting a little help from some wealthy friends to solve a growing financial crisis. Two local philanthropists have pledged $70 million to help the city end chronic budget deficits and cut property taxes. While private donors have rescued programs governments can no longer afford, such as public art and parks, rarely do people give millions directly to a city's general fund with no strings attached. But some question the donors' motivations and fear the arrangement could fundamentally change how government functions.
The state's Republican governor, Scott Walker, rejected federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage. But Wisconsin is also bringing more people into Medicaid while moving others to private insurance on the health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.