Nayantara Mukherji

Everyone in Madison seems to have an opinion about who the next superintendent of the school district should be. Suzanne Swift, president of the Franklin Randall Elementary School PTO, wants a superintendent who can motivate a "demoralized staff," develop relationships and advocate for the district at the state and national levels. more

Aug 16, 2012 2:00 PM News


Nayantara Mukherji

Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold broke a lot of progressive hearts when he declined to run in the recall election against Gov. Scott Walker. But even if he had, he says now, the outcome would have been the same. "I wouldn't have won either," he said more

Jul 13, 2012 6:24 PM News

The last day for Madison schools Superintendent Dan Nerad will be July 27. Nerad, who led the Madison Metropolitan School District for four years, will be replaced by newly appointed interim superintendent Jane Belmore. In March, Nerad submitted his resignation to the school board and was subsequently offered the job of schools superintendent in Birmingham, Michigan. He will start there in August. "Isthmus" recently sat down with Nerad to discuss his tenure in Madison and his new post. more

Jul 7, 2012 1:40 PM News


Nayantara Mukherji

It's been over three weeks since Gov. Scott Walker survived a recall election, breaking 46% of Wisconsin voters' hearts, and groups around the state are looking for ways to bridge the partisan divide. The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosted a panel on June 21 to discuss whether and how the state can begin to heal. more

Jun 22, 2012 11:16 PM News

The reelection of Gov. Scott Walker on June 5 might have concluded one of the most contentious elections in recent memory, but it's only the start of election season. Over the next six months, voters will elect a president, one U.S. senator, all eight congressional representatives, 16 state senators, all 99 Assembly representatives and all 72 district attorneys. more

Jun 9, 2012 7:05 PM News

Arthur Kohl-Riggs won only 3% of the votes in the Republican primary election against Gov. Scott Walker, but he's still celebrating. "This is my victory party, and I'm declaring victory" he said to a group of supporters at the Fountain in downtown Madison. more

May 9, 2012 4:57 AM News



At first glance, Hamilton Middle School student Kaelan Guetschow is an average teenager. He loves playing video games with his friends and riding his bike through the arboretum. He hates school lunches. But unlike many of his peers, 14-year-old Kaelan has already had his first taste of fame. more

Apr 27, 2012 6:43 PM FOOD & DRINK


Nayantara Mukherji

To say food writer Mark Bittman has a fan following in Madison is an understatement. His talk at the Isthmus Green Day expo at Monona Terrace drew about 1,000 people, many armed with his cookbooks, all hanging on to his every word. more

Apr 22, 2012 2:08 PM Scenes


Nayantara Mukherji

In early 2001, then U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) was on a foreign relations trip in Nigeria when he noticed that Osama Bin Laden had a fan following in the country. His face was plastered on postcards and T-shirts, but Bin Laden, who was kil more

Apr 11, 2012 5:07 PM News

With temperatures in the mid-60s, Saturday was a perfect day to be out in a hooded sweatshirt. And that's exactly what hundreds of protesters wore to a hoodie rally on the steps of the Wisconsin State Capitol, commemorating the deaths of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, and Bo Morrison in Slinger, Wisconsin. more

Apr 8, 2012 2:03 AM News


Nayantara Mukherji

Covering such topics as Islamic heavy metal and punk bands, democratic traditions within Islam and the practice of polygamy and Shamanism, the show has attempted to portray the diversity of Islam without whitewashing it. more

Mar 7, 2012 10:05 PM A & E

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Roger Allen has criticized his opponent, Ellen Berz, for referring to him as the "Scott Walker's appointee." But only Allen himself used the label during a debate Tuesday organized by the Dane County Bar Association. more

Feb 29, 2012 2:34 PM News


Nayantara Mukherji

It's rare for an appointed judge to get challenged at election time. Rarer still for there to be a primary. So Ellen Berz scored no small victory Tuesday night in besting Circuit Court Judge Roger Allen, who was appointed to the bench in December by Gov. Scott Walker. According to preliminary election results, Berz won 44% of the vote, Allen, 31%, and Francis Sullivan, 24%. The City Clerk's Office reports that 1,276 absentee ballots remain to be counted. more

Feb 22, 2012 3:54 PM News


Nayantara Mukherji

One year to the day after announcing a bill to eliminate collective bargaining for most public employees in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker continues to draw vociferous opposition. Hundreds of protesters returned to the Capitol Square on Saturday afternoon to kick off a week commemorating the anniversary of the announcement and weeks of demonstrations that followed. more

Feb 12, 2012 1:32 AM News


Nayantara Mukherji

Over 60 people defied below zero wind chills and blowing snow in downtown Madison to protest the second anniversary of "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission", the controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibits limits on political more

Jan 21, 2012 5:22 AM News

With over one million signatures collected to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, there was an overwhelming sense of optimism at the recall victory party on Tuesday. But supporters were also keenly aware that if the election is certified, it will only be the first step towards changing leadership in the State. more

Jan 19, 2012 8:00 PM News


Nayantara Mukherji

It is 7:30 p.m., and Jeff Plantz is standing atop an escalator in Monona Terrace. He holds a simple white sheet of paper on which he has written in black ink "Come on Russ please! "As people exit the Recall Victory Party on Tuesday evening, celebrating the collection of over 1 million signatures to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, they cheer him on and give him high-fives. Some even sigh dreamily. more

Jan 18, 2012 5:37 AM News


Nayantara Mukherji

Thousands of people supporting the campaign to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gathered in downtown Madison on Tuesday evening for the Petition Turn-in Celebration. This exultant political rally filled the Exhibition Hall at Monona Terrace, capping a day in which United Wisconsin and its partners filed more than 1 million signatures to recall Walker, along with more petitions to recall Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators. View photos of the citizens and officeholders joining in the celebration. more

Jan 18, 2012 5:37 AM , News

Olinka Clark never thought she would finish college. She tried it once, in 1993, and it didn't really work out. As a single mother of three, she had more important things on her mind. Then a series of bad checks sent her to jail for four years. "I met a lot of inmates that had mental health issues, and being incarcerated wasn't where they should have been," she says. "It inspired me to go to college... [to work with] offenders in the criminal justice system, especially those with mental health issues." more

Jan 11, 2012 8:25 PM News

Despite budget cuts and limited resources, staff and parents at Thoreau Elementary School have come up with creative ways to combat bullying. But the effectiveness of their efforts is limited by inconsistencies in their implementation. more

Feb 8, 2010 3:00 PM News