Renee Hickman

Renee Hickman is a reporter for the Wausau Daily Herald. At the Wisconsin paper, she covers population loss and its consequences, including everything from examining the dearth of tax revenue on school districts to the difficulties staffing hospitals face during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hickman has covered local government for the Unified Newspaper Group in Verona, Wisconsin, after completing a Fulbright Fellowship to Ukraine, where she researched and reported on local journalism. She has covered agriculture, foreign affairs and other topics while freelancing and interning at the NBC News Political Unit and Bloomberg BNA. In 2018, she graduated with a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, where she worked as a research assistant at Investigative Reporters and Editors, was awarded a scholarship from the White House Correspondents’ Association, and won the school’s O.O. McIntyre Writing Award. Prior to her career in journalism, Hickman worked for several years in a variety of non-profit roles and received an undergraduate degree in history from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is from Rome, Georgia.

Wausau Daily Herald

The Daily Herald has been Wausau’s primary source of local news and information since 1908. We focus on delivering core local coverage essential for a healthy community and democracy as well as providing journalism readers can’t get anywhere else. The Daily Herald is part of the USA Today Network, which has 11 newspapers in Wisconsin covering local news and working closely together on broader stories that are important to readers in every corner of Wisconsin. The Daily Herald covers the city of Wausau as well as the sprawling four county rural area around Marathon County. It is part of a larger news network in Wisconsin.