My name is Erik S. (Stephen) Hanley. I’m a red-headed Irishman with a God-given gift of creative writing as well as feature reporting, investigative journalism and advertising/promotion. I strive to incorporate my faith into my daily life by using my gifts to their fullest potential. I also strongly believe in maintaining integrity through objectivity in journalism and honest promotion.
I currently work as a full-time reporter for Gannett (The USA Today Network) where I cover Port Washington, Cedarburg, Grafton, and Saukville. Previously, I covered Oak Creek, Greendale, Mequon, Mukwonago, Franklin, Hales Corners, and others. I have experience with breaking stories, features, general news, education stories, and more. In addition to writing, I have photo, video, and audio editing experience.
I received my Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee, graduating cum laude with a triple concentration in print journalism, advertising/public relations, and media studies. I also achieved Pi Sigma Alpha status in my minor of Political Science. While at UWM I was also an intern at University Christian Ministries on campus where I designed flyers, hosted a Bible study, organized a game night, and helped with the free lunch program.
While at UWM I interned at Patch.com for a semester where I covered various news stories and feature articles in Oak Creek. I've also had articles published in the Waukesha Freeman, Irish American Post, Media Milwaukee and in the MATC Times newspaper. In high school, I was the Editor-in-Chief of our school paper, the Shoreland Navigator, which worked with ASNE's Youth Journalism Initiative. My hobbies outside of writing include: hiking, reading, video games, darts, archery, and researching as I'm always trying to learn and better myself.
Prior to UWM, I received my Associates in Arts and a Certificate in American Indian Studies at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), graduating Phi Theta Kappa. I also graduated from Shoreland Lutheran high school (SLHS) in 2008 in the top 10 of my class.