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Award-winning investigative journalist Meghan Dwyer joined the FOX6 News Team in February 2013.

Her stories have resulted in huge financial settlements for sources and led to multiple changes in state law and county policies.

In Wisconsin, her investigations have earned three Emmys. She’s been nominated for nine others.

Most recently, her series “Speaking up for Special Needs” was a 2015 IRE Award Finalist. The investigation found that an alarming number of children with disabilities in Wisconsin are dying from abuse or neglect, despite repeated calls to child protective service agencies. Her reporting found cases would be closed or not fully investigated when victims, who had disabilities, had a difficult time communicating or couldn’t speak clearly.

After the stories aired, new legislation was passed and signed by Gov. Scott Walker in the spring of 2015. State agencies are now required to have special protocols for investigating cases of child abuse and neglect when an alleged victim has a disability.

Before coming to Milwaukee, Meghan covered crime and legal stories at the CBS affiliate in Rockford, Illinois. In 2013, she won the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award for Best TV News Reporter. Her work has also been recognized by the Illinois Associated Press, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, and the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association.

Meghan has a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She also has a law degree from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, where she was an associate on the Federal Communications Law Journal.

In college, Meghan worked as a researcher for CNN’s Inside Politics with Judy Woodruff in the lead-up to the 2004 Presidential election. She also spent a summer working for the domestic violence unit of the Office of the Attorney General in Washington, D.C.

In law school, Meghan clerked at the United States Attorney’s Office in Louisville, Kentucky. She worked on the high-profile case of Steven Green, an ex-GI accused of killing and raping Iraqi civilians.

Meghan previously practiced law in Chicago, specializing in commercial litigation and representing large corporations like Sears and Motor Coach Industries. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois.

As a practicing attorney she handled cases involving illegal search and seizure, child custody, environmental remediation, employment and labor disputes, medical malpractice, and prisoner rights violations.

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