The Badger Herald

The Badger Herald is an independent student digital publication at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Below are some of my favorite articles that I’ve written for The Herald. For a complete list, please follow this link.


‘Space screws up biology:’ UW botanist grows plants in NASA space station

UW botanist, team are preparing to send up their third experiment with NASA later this year

By Cadence Bambenek | February 16, 2016

Taking his research and questions to space, a University of Wisconsin faculty member now works closely with NASA to study how environmental stress affects plants…click to continue reading.


Social media at times ‘scary,’ but crucial means of communication for university

Users engagement with university social media has grown in recent years

By Cadence Bambenek | December 14, 2016

Running the University of Wisconsin’s social media takes quick wit.

With the advent of social, Nate Moll, UW’s social media specialist, said everything moves at lightening speed…click to continue reading.


Panel of UW experts look to make sense of the 2016 election

Identity politics, a misunderstanding of middle America by mass media used to interpret results

By Cadence Bambenek | November 30, 2016

If the large crowd at the University of Wisconsin Center for the Humanities’ event Thursday evening was any indication, many people were left with lots of questions following the results of the 2016 election…click to continue reading.


Revered journalism professor celebrated as historian, teacher, friend

Remembered for having built real relationships with his students and colleagues

By Cadence Bambenek | October 27, 2016

Former students, colleagues, family and friends remembered University of Wisconsin journalism professor James L. Baughman as an academic who loved learning, inspired academic pursuit in others and was a consistent friend in a celebration of his work and life at the Wisconsin Historical Society Thursday evening.

Numerous speakers broke out letters from and notes scribbled on dissertation papers by Professor Baughman to share and express how their relationship with the professor impacted them…click to continue reading.


UW Journalism alum warns against allure of reporting ‘disaster porn’

Investigative journalist, foreign correspondent Jacob Kushner says reporters must give context behind disasters in their coverage

By Cadence Bambenek | October 26, 2016

While Jacob Kushner is an accomplished journalist by any definition — his work is widely published on sites from Al Jazeera and The New Yorker to VICE and WIRED — he said it took until the last year and a half for him to feel comfortable writing opinion pieces…click to continue reading.


From the Amazon to Madison, new science writer in residence talks power of observation

National Geographic contributing writer touts finding the human element behind environmental journalism

By Cadence Bambenek | October 5, 2016

It took getting a Ph.D. in genetics for Nadia Drake to realize she was more interested in writing about science than practicing it…click to continue reading.


Trump pushes tough-on-crime policies at Waukesha rally

Speakers at the event drew comparisons between Trump and Reagan

By Cadence Bambenek | September 29, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hammered home his intent to achieve peace through strength and to restore law and order in the United States at a Waukesha rally Wednesday…click to continue reading.


UW launches first OBGYN rural residency program in nation

One third of Wisconsin’s counties don’t have active practitioners

By Cadence Bambenek | September 27, 2016

One third of Wisconsin’s 72 counties are without a practicing obstetrician or gynecologist — a figure that predominantly affects the state’s rural areas.

It is a gap that the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is looking to fill beginning this November, when they will start interviewing medical students for the nation’s first-ever rural obstetrics and gynecology residency program…click to continue reading.


New Latino Chamber of Commerce executive director wants to revitalize Madison’s abandoned buildings

Jessica Cavazos said even just a few new jobs can bring hope to a community

By Cadence Bambenek | September 19, 2016

Jessica Cavazos is in the business of creating hope.

As the new executive director of the Latino Chamber of Commerce, Cavazos wants to see Latino businesses expand to some of Madison’s abandoned buildings…click to continue reading.


Telling stories in their own voice: UW professor trains tribal youth in digital media

Summer camp empowers tribal youth to tell stories in their own voices, grows next generation of storytellers

By Cadence Bambenek | April 11, 2016

A University of Wisconsin summer camp in northern Wisconsin teaches video and audio technologies to tribal youth, building on the oral tradition of storytelling to amplify native voices in the digital age.

The idea for the Tribal Youth Science Media Camp hatched from a conversation…click to continue reading.