Shawn Johnson covers the State Capitol for Wisconsin Public Radio. Shawn joined the network in 2004. Prior to that he worked for WUIS-FM, a public radio station in Springfield, Illinois. There, Shawn reported on the Illinois legislature. He also managed the station's western Illinois bureau, where he produced features on issues facing rural residents. He previously worked as an Assistant Producer for WBBM-AM radio in Chicago.

Shawn's work has earned awards from the Associated Press and has been featured on National Public Radio.

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Gay Rights
7:52 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

CNY Pride Event Attracts Thousands to Syracuse's Inner Harbor

Hundreds of gay rights supporters watch live song-and-dance routines along the shores of Onondaga Lake at the annual CNY Pride Festival on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
Valerie Crowder, WAER News

A colorful family of gay rights supporters celebrated love, openness and equality on Saturday, June 15, along Syracuse’s Inner Harbor .  The CNY Pride Parade and Festival attracted church groups, businesses, community organizations and hundreds of families and individuals. 

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Politics & Government
3:14 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Onondaga County Lawmakers Don't Get Much Feedback On OCC budget

An empty podium greeted Onondaga County lawmakers at a public hearing on OCC's budget.
Credit John Smith, WAER News

County legislators are considering Onondaga Community College’s budget proposal.  


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End of Slavery Remembered
2:04 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Juneteenth Cultural Celebration in Syracuse is This Weekend

Credit John Smith / WAER News

From its small beginnings at the South West Community Center, the Annual Syracuse Juneteenth Festival this weekend is estimated to attract a record 25-thousand people this year.


The event marks the date of the emancipation of a quarter million slaves in Galveston, Texas in 1865.  At Friday’s flag raising ceremony, Juneteenth committee board member Gale Barnes addressed the diverse significance of the festival.

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New Study
12:53 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

How Good of a Home is Syracuse for Refugees Resettled From Other Countries?

Refugee Report "World at our Doorstep" examines how Syracuse is meting needs of thousands of people resettled from other countries
Credit onondagacitizensleague.org

Chris Bolt report on new Onondaga Citizens League study "World at our Doorstep."

The process to help refugees resettle in the Syracuse area could be a little easier on the people and families that have come from places such as Sudan, Bosnia, and other troubled countries. 

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Life After Military
4:06 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Federal Veterans Leader in Syracuse says Unemployment for Servicemen Improving

Veterans Unemployment Down
Credit veteranstoday.com

The city of Syracuse is being reminded that the phrase “support our troops” holds true both on and off the battlefield. Politicians, business owners, and community organizers came together today to discuss veteran unemployment, and the role that the city and local employers can play in solving this problem.

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Politics & Government
3:16 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Common Councilors Nix Plan to have Businesses Pay for Upkeep of Connective Corridor

Businesses spared extra tax for upkeep of Connective Corridor
Credit connectivecorridor.syr.edu

With an overwhelming “no,” the Syracuse Common Council shot down a plan to have businesses along the Connective Corridor pay a special maintenance tax. 

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11:57 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Newhouse School To Name New Studios After Legendary Dick Clark

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The Newhouse school announced plans to rename its newly renovated studios after legendary icon and alumnus Dick Clark '51.
The Newhouse School today revealed plans to name its renovated studio facilities Dick Clark Studios in honor of legendary entertainer and alumnus Dick Clark '51. The announcement was made by Clark's widow, Kari Clark, at the school's annual Mirror Awards ceremony honoring excellence in media industry reporting.
11:44 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Inspector Who Surveyed Building Prior to Philadelphia Collapse Commits Suicide

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Inspector who surveyed the Philadelphia building that collapsed killing 6 people died from apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
PHILADELPHIA -- An official says an inspector who surveyed a Philadelphia building before it collapsed last week, killing six people, has committed suicide. Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison says the inspector was found fatally shot in a pickup truck Wednesday night. The man was a Department of Licenses and Inspections employee who had inspected the building May 14.
War Casualties
6:35 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Three from New York Latest Victims of War in Afghanistan

Fort Drum suffers two more casualties in Middle East fighting
Credit veteranstoday.com

Three people from New York will be honored this week after losing their lives in the war in Afghanistan. 


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