CoPA Milwaukee is excited to welcome Kristyna Wentz-Graff as speaker for the October Schmooze!

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photojournalist Kristyna Wentz-Graff is passionate about telling stories from her local community. With an emphasis on social and cultural issues, she’s delved into the lives of those who are often overlooked. She’s reported on a wide array of topics such as Milwaukee County’s substandard and dangerous housing conditions for people with mental illness, the adverse effects of the Iraq war on children of soldiers, investigating child deaths in the Milwaukee County foster care system,  and exposing fraud in the day care system.

Prior to joining the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in October 2005, she worked at The Post-Crescent (Appleton, WI), The Grand Rapids Press (MI) and freelanced for The Orange County Register. She graduated from California State University-Fullerton with a degree in Mass Communications.

Wentz-Graff has been honored with numerous state and national awards from the National Press Photographers Association, ASNE, SND, Best in Photojournalism, National Press Club, America’s Promise Alliance, and the Journalism Center on Children & Families. She was named Wisconsin Photographer of the Year for the three consecutive years, 2008-2010, and a reporter in the Pulitzer Prize winning project on day care fraud.

She is a native of Prosser, WA, which is also where she met and married her husband. She is a mother to an energetic two-year-old, and resides in Fox Point.

When she’s not photographing news, she enjoys running, competing in dog agility trials with her pug, chasing her toddler, knitting, and traveling. 

Join us at the October Schmooze! Directions here.

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