• "The way we see things is affected by what we know and what we believe. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled."John Berger, essayist.

  • I am a Milwaukee-based writer and photographer. For more than 30 years I have worked as a reporter, writer and editor, specializing in social issues. In the last decade I have added photography. Different tools, same goal: to focus on something important to me and to try to communicate to others why.

  • My most recent book is Lessons from the Heartland: A Turbulent Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City (New York: New Press, 2013.) Among its awards is the "Studs and Ida Terkel Prize," given annually by New Press to celebrate authors "who share Studs Terkel's commitment to exploring aspects of America that are underrepresented by mainstream media."

  • "53206MKE: A Dream Deferred," my feature article with photos on the 53206 Milwaukee ZIP code, was published in the February 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

  • This website focuses on my photography. Among my photography books:
  • This is what democracy looks like, chronicling the protests in Madison in the spring of 2011 against Gov. Scott Walker's attack on collective bargaining rights.
  • Anatomy of an Avenue, chronicling the 16 miles of North Avenue in metropolitan Milwaukee as it connects more neighborhoods, communities, cities and counties than any other major thoroughfare in the region. It is a microcosm of Milwaukee — one of the country's most segregated cities.

© Barbara J. Miner 2018