UPDATE: Flynn to seek meeting with media

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting this afternoon that Ed Flynn, Milwaukee’s chief of police, said in a news conference this morning that he will be inviting media representatives to talk about police policy and preventing incidents in the future. Read the full story here. This comes after the recent arrests of two Milwaukee photojournalists: […]

Milwaukee police claim ignorance, WNPA sends letter

Milwaukee Police are claiming they didn’t know Kristyna Wentz-Graff, left, was a photojournalist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel until she arrived at the downtown police station. That’s what Anne Schwartz, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn’s PR manager, had to say to the media after Wentz-Graff was arrested along with two protesters in a UW-Milwaukee-area march […]

WNPA’s public statement on the arrest of Wentz-Graff

The Wisconsin News Photographers Association finds today’s arrest of Kristyna Wentz-Graff entirely unacceptable. This is the second time this year that Milwaukee Police officers have arrested a photographer legally going about their job. It is time for the Milwaukee Police to recognize that photography is not a crime. Journalists provide a public service, but in […]

BREAKING: Journal Sentinel’s Wentz-Graff arrested

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photojournalist Kristyna Wentz-Graff was among three people arrested by the Milwaukee Police Department today as she covered a rally connected with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Wentz-Graff was photographing the arrest of a protester who was participating in a march near the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Shortly after that initial arrest, police grabbed […]

AP Photo of the Month – September 2011

AP Photo of the Month – September 2011

** WISCONSIN SEPTEMBER PHOTO OF THE MONTH **Firefighter Thomas Mahar is bent over as he catches his breath after climbing one round of nine stories of stairs , Sunday, Sept.  11, 2011, at a building in Wausau, Wis.  Mahar, and other firefighters and area residents were honoring the firefighters that died in the Sept. 11 […]

Harry Kemp, 78

Harry Kemp, a Milwaukee photographer, died this week at the age of 78. Kemp did work for the Milwaukee Community Journal, the Milwaukee Courier, the Milwaukee Times and the Milwaukee Brewers. He also did work as a freelance and commercial photographer. Read Kemp’s obituary by Ami Rabideau Silvers of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

WNPA receives reply from Milwaukee chief of police

WNPA has received a response to its letter sent last week regarding the arrest of Clint Fillinger, a photojournalist at Fox 6 in Milwaukee. The letter is from the Milwaukee Police Department and is signed personally by chief of police Edward A. Flynn. Read it here: MPD’s Response Letter 9/26/2011 Related Stories: WNPA sends letter […]

WNPA sends letter to Milwaukee Police Chief

On behalf of the organization, WNPA Secretary Michael P. King has sent a letter to Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn regarding the mistreatment of WITI Fox 6 photojournalist Clint Fillinger by Milwaukee Police sergeants. The letter was also sent to Anne Schwartz (Flynn’s public relations manager), the Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission, Mayor Tom […]

Milwaukee police chief says photographer should have complied

Further concerning news is coming out of Milwaukee as Fox 6 News in Milwaukee continues to report on the arrest of one of their photographers Clint Fillinger. They have now aired an interview with Milwaukee police chief Ed Flynn where Flynn states: “If the cameraman had simply complied with the instructions to back off from […]

Sad news to share

WNPA is saddened to hear that Gracie Joles – the daughter of Star Tribune photographers David Joles and Liz Flores – lost her battle with an inoperable brain tumor this morning. She was 8 years old. CBS4 Minnesota has posted a news item. David and Liz used to work here in Wisconsin at the Milwaukee […]

Milwaukee TV photojournalist arrested by police

Add yet another incident to the growing list of police-media altercations. This one, unfortunately, is closer to home. Fox 6 reports (with video) that their photographer Clint Fillinger was arrested by Milwaukee Police at a house fire last Sunday night. The station reports that Fillinger was standing with public bystanders – behind the police line […]

Smartphone seminar at Journal Sentinel next week

From Sherman Williams: Smart Phones, Smart Journalism, a one-day workshop presented by ASNE, Freedom Forum New Media Training at the Diversity Institute and hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Using mobile technology to report faster and add multimedia on the go is an essential skill for today’s journalist. This workshop will teach you to extend […]

AP Photo of the Month – August 2011

AP Photo of the Month – August 2011

** WISCONSIN AUGUST PHOTO OF THE MONTH ** A rainbow appears over the field during Green Bay Packers NFL football training camp Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Evan Siegle)

AP Photo of the Month – July 2011

AP Photo of the Month – July 2011

** WISCONSIN JULY PHOTO OF THE MONTH ** Berron Hill is treated for heat-related complaints at Festival Hall in Racine, Wis. Thursday, July 21, 2011.  Hill was delivering Pepsi products to the facility when he said he felt faint because of the heat. Liz Hojan-Figge, left, the hall’s business manager, put a bag of ice […]

2011 Election Results

2011 Election Results

Congratulations: Evan Siegle, Green Bay Press Gazette, who was reelected to his position as President. Dan Powers, The Post~Crescent, who was elected Vice President. Jim Matthews, Green Bay Press Gazette, who was reelected to his position as Treasurer. Michael P. King, Wisconsin State Journal, who was elected Secretary. Thank you Evan, Dan, Jim and Mike […]

Final day to vote in WNPA election

Today is the last day to vote in the 2011 WNPA Election. We need every WNPA member to vote. The entire online process takes only a couple minutes. To register, do one of two things: 1) Go to this link and enter your email address to receive a link to the ballot. 2) Send a […]

Possible site outages this week

Hi folks… just giving you a heads up that some upgrades are being performed on our website hosting server this week. We hope that this will be a seamless process, but there’s a possibility the site may go down at some point. Please be patient and we’ll work diligently to get things back up and […]

Vote now in WNPA officer election

The virtual “polls” are open. We need every WNPA member to vote. The entire online process takes only a couple minutes. To register, do one of two things: 1) Go to this link and enter your email address to receive a link to the ballot. 2) Send a blank email to with the subject […]

Despite few nominations, election to begin Aug. 1

An online election for WNPA officers will begin Aug. 1, 2011, with the voting period remaining open until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 15. The winners of the election will take office Sept. 1, 2011. Registration details and candidate information will be posted closer to the election. No incumbents were nominated for reelection. Only two people […]

AP Photo of the Month – June 2011

AP Photo of the Month - June 2011

** WISCONSIN JUNE PHOTO OF THE MONTH **Neenah High School’s Codey Sauer reacts after losing 11-1 to Eau Claire North High School during their WIAA Division 1 championship baseball game Thursday, June 16, 2011, at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Dan Powers – The Post-Crescent)

Call for nominations and resolutions

We’ll preface this message by saying, “You’re allowed to say ‘no’,” but we sincerely hope you won’t. You – yes, you – are passionate about what you do. You’re invested in visual journalism’s survival. And you – yes, we say, you – possess great ideas that could help photojournalism thrive again in Wisconsin. WNPA is […]

AP Photo of the Month – May 2011

AP Photo of the Month - May 2011

** WISCONSIN MAY PHOTO OF THE MONTH ** A boat filled with protesters floats Saturday, May 7, 2011 near where Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (not pictured) was fishing on the Chippewa River near Jim Falls, Wis. Walker was participating in the Governor’s Fishing Opener, a tourism promotional event held each year on opening day of […]

Job opening: Manitowoc Herald Times

The Manitowoc Herald Times has an opening for a photojournalist. It was recently posted at

2011 Business Meeting

As required in our bylaws, WNPA held its annual business meeting at the 2011 Convention in Milwaukee. Below is a summary of what was discussed. In attendance: Board members Evan Siegle, President; Katie Gardner, Vice President; Dan Young, Secretary; approximately 30 WNPA members.