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Watchdog: 25 Years of Muckraking and Rabblerousing

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A compilation of 73 articles and columns spanning a quarter century, Watchdog includes opinion writing, investigative reporting and personal stories, highlighted with updates. Featured are Lueders' most important investigation: the northern Wisconsin county that allegedly used welfare recipients as slave labor; the white businessmen who siphoned off much of the profits from Indian casinos; the mystique of Gov. Tommy Thompson; the caucus scandal that rocked state government; and an exclusive piece based on communications with Eric Hainstock, who at age 15 killed his high school principal.

"Most of what we journalists produce deserves to go out with the rest of the recyclables," says Lueders. "But two or three pieces a year cry out for preservation, and that's the call this collection tries to answer."

Bill Lueders, born in Milwaukee in 1959, is the news editor of Isthmus weekly newspaper in Madison and the elected president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, a statewide group that works to protect public access to government meetings and records. Lueders has been honored dozens of times for his reporting and commentary, including first place awards for interpretative reporting, business reporting and column writing from the Milwaukee Press Club, three Golden Gavel Awards for legal reporting from the State Bar of Wisconsin, two Golden Quill Awards for editorial writing from the International Society of Weekly Newspapers and a 2009 Genesis Award  for reporting on animal issues from the Humane Society of the United States.

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