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Behind the Headlines: Violent Crime in MKE: Time for Solutions

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11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Regency Ballroom (5th floor) Milwaukee WI, 53203

As part of its continuing effort to encourage in-depth analysis of important issues, the Milwaukee Press Club and are pleased to present this Behind the Headlines luncheon.

Although crime in Milwaukee decreased more than six percent overall from 2021 to 2022, a review of crime data from the past several years from some area media outlets and the Milwaukee Police Department shows a disturbing trend. Because crime spiked in 2021, the 2022 crime rate appeared to improve. But a look back to 2019 shows that overall crime in Milwaukee increased 22.6 percent over those three years, with violent crime up 15.6 percent and property crime up 26 percent. And despite the overall crime decrease from 2021 to 2022, year-over-year increases in some categories were significant: homicides more than doubled (121 percent) and non-fatal shootings nearly doubled (98 percent).

What: Community leaders will answer questions from a panel of journalists about the increase in violent crime in Milwaukee and what is being done to make residents safer.

When: Tuesday, June 13 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Hilton Hotel, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., Regency Ballroom (5th floor). See parking information below.

Community panel (listed alphabetically):

  • Ashanti Hamilton – Director, Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention
  • Kenneth Harris, Jr. – Associate Professor of Justice & Public Policy, Concordia University; Radio Host, 101.7 FM
  • Aaron Lipski – Chief, Milwaukee Fire Department
  • Nicole Waldner – Assistant Chief, Milwaukee Police Department

The community panel will answer questions from the media panel and from the audience.

Media panel:

  • Vince Vitrano [Moderator] – Host, 620 WTMJ Wisconsin’s Morning News
  • Ashley Luthern – Reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Aaron Maybin – Anchor/Reporter, FOX6 News

Event Partner:

Supporting Sponsors:
Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
VISIT Milwaukee

Hosted by: Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Parking instructions: A reduced parking rate of $8 will be available in the Hilton’s attached parking garage. This garage’s entrance is on the southwest corner of 5th Street.  Please press 2 in the parking garage to access the walkway into the Hilton.

Cost and Registration: The cost to attend is $30 for MPC members, $35 for non-members. Lunch is included. Seating will be limited.  Advanced registration and payment are required and may be done by booking below. Checks may be mailed to the MPC at PO Box 176, North Prairie, WI  53153-0176.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund. Please contact Joette Richards at the Milwaukee Press Club with any questions at or call 262-894-2224.

Event Sponsors

Event partner:


Supporting sponsors:

  • Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS

  • MMAC

  • VISIT Milwaukee

Hosted by:

  • Marcus Hotels & Resorts


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Ticket Type Price Spaces
Non-Member - BTH: Violent Crime in MKE $35.00
MPC Member - BTH: Violent Crime in MKE
Must be a Milwaukee Press Club member and current on membership dues.

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