Jenny Peek


Jenny Peek is a tried-and-true Madisonian. Born and raised on the east side, she went from Purgolder to Badger to pursue her passion for writing. Since graduating from UW-Madison's School of Journalism, Jenny has worked as a freelance writer, covering a variety of topics from animal research to political races to infectious diseases. She loves becoming an expert on a topic in order to tell an interesting and important story to her readers. If you have a lead, let her know!

Twitter: @JennyPeek88



Jenny Peek

Thousands of people marched in Madison on Saturday as part of a nationwide call to defend and promote science-based policies and solutions. But they also urged empathy and dialogue over dogma. more

Apr 22, 2017 12:00 AM News


Sarah Maughan

There are an estimated 467 million Arabic speakers in the world. With the help of Mahmoud Hegazy, some students at East High are joining them. more

Apr 6, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot

Six candidates are running to fill two seats on the Madison school board. more

Feb 16, 2017 5:00 AM News

Tony Evers is being challenged by three candidates for state superintendent of public instruction. Although the candidates share some goals, their solutions are vastly different. more

Feb 9, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


Isthmus Montessori Academy

Supporters of Isthmus Montessori Academy want to make it more inclusive by making it a part of the Madison school district. But they have failed to win over Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham. more

Jan 26, 2017 5:00 AM News

Substantial research shows that making middle and high school children get up early for school can damage their health and education. But it could cost Madison schools $2 million to delay middle school starting times. more

Dec 8, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

The Madison school district is rolling out a new career-focused program designed to help close the achievement gap. But some parents are confused and concerned by Personalized Pathways. more

Nov 23, 2016 5:00 AM News


Jenny Peek

Broken tabulators. An early interruption in voting at East High. Confusion over voter ID. Despite these minor hiccups, voting in Madison and Wisconsin appears to have gone smoothly. more

Nov 8, 2016 9:11 PM News




David Michael Miller

It’s been a long, weird presidential campaign. Now, election officials and voter advocates are bracing for confusion and chaos as Wisconsin residents head to the polls with voter ID in effect. more

Nov 3, 2016 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

The Nov. 8 ballot includes a $26 million request from Madison schools, which officials say is needed to maintain operations. Without the money, they say deeper cuts are inevitable. more

Oct 27, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


Andy Manis

One in seven adults in Dane County struggles with literacy. The Literacy Network of Dane County offers help and has moved into a new, larger space off of Park Street. more

Sep 22, 2016 5:00 AM News

With shrinking state aid and strict levy limits, every school is feeling strapped for cash these days. Parents at Shabazz High School, a small, alternative school, have turned to Facebook in hopes of making up some of the difference. more

Sep 8, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


Rick Marolt

As traditional education tools go high-tech, teachers are forced to figure out how to use them effectively. UW-Madison’s Distance Teaching & Learning Conference hopes to offer guidance. more

Aug 4, 2016 5:00 AM News


Lauren Justice

A Madison schools’ program has helped dozens of pregnant and teenage moms become better parents, while staying in high school. But when a state grant runs out after next year, the program may have to be scaled back. more

Jun 30, 2016 5:00 AM News


Jenny Peek

Summer means freedom, but also challenges for families trying to find structured learning opportunities for kids. A new partnership hopes to connect families with available programs. more

Jun 6, 2016 4:24 PM News


Summit Credit Union has opened a new bank in East High as a way to increase financial literacy among students. more

Mar 17, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


James Heimer

Homelessness is on the rise, both in Dane County and around the country. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth are especially vulnerable. But a new shelter run by Briarpatch now gives them a place to turn. more

Mar 10, 2016 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories