Kathy Flanigan is a seasoned journalist who started her career as a features and entertainment reporter in the Chicago suburbs. That was followed by feature writing for newspapers in Atlanta, Orange County, California, and finally, Milwaukee.

Kathy specializes in stories that give insight into how we live. Sometimes that means writing about what it’s like to drive the true path of Route 66. Sometimes it’s telling people what 24 hours in a Milwaukee casino is like. Hint: They won’t let you sit down. And sometimes it’s writing about four women whose lives and livelihoods felt the blunt impact of Covid-19. 

Kathy has spent the last several years chronicling the craft beer movement for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, coverage that started with a story about women’s roles in craft beer (still a struggle, by the way). She is the author of “Beer Lover’s Wisconsin: Best Breweries, Brewpubs and Beer Bars.”

Kathy lives in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, with her husband, Duane Dudek.

All Stories by Kathy Flanigan

April 27, 2021

Glitz and glamour, plus fire skills and push-ups

At niche pageants, women – and men – get their moment in the spotlight, and not just because of their looks. The underlying idea, some pageant experts say, is to offer contestants something more than a crown.

March 8, 2021

Enterprising crafters help fulfill a critical need

With every stitch, solo mask makers have helped to keep millions safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. More than a year after the pandemic emerged, their face coverings are still necessary.