Gretchen got her start as a crime reporter, covering breaking news and the criminal justice system in rural Minnesota. She then headed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she produced public radio talk shows and wrote articles for the station's website, wpr.org, on everything from local and national politics to millennial truck drivers and cooking with foraged mushrooms. Gretchen is passionate about public media as a public service for all kinds of people. She's also into music and really good coffee. Follow her on Twitter @gretch_brown.