Kristin Byrne, TODAY'S TMJ4

Kristin Byrne


Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Recent articles by Kristin:

I-Team helps Waukesha man get urgent care COVID visit covered

On August 3, 2020, Joe Burke of Waukesha got a sore throat and some body aches. Around the same time, one of his good friends who he was around, was sick too and was going to get a COVID test. Burke did the same. → Read More

Single mom gets back on her feet during COVID-19 thanks to nonprofit

Like everyone else in Spring, when the pandemic hit, Lyndsay Pfankuch of East Troy had to homeschool her kids' ages three to fourteen. It wasn't easy. → Read More

Here are four items consumers are buying more of during the pandemic

It's no secret COVID-19 has disrupted consumer buying trends. → Read More

Renters feel relief with national eviction moratorium, but announcement comes with criticism

The White House says it wants to help hard-working Americans stay in their homes during the pandemic and so President Trump has announced a national ban on evictions until December 31st. → Read More

3 Milwaukee drive-thru job fairs held in areas hardest hit by COVID-19

The City of Milwaukee Office of Workforce Development held three simultaneous drive-thru job fairs in the city Thursday to offer job seekers, "immediate employment opportunities," according to a news release. → Read More

'Edith's Bill:' Lawmakers push for bill named after local woman in next COVID-19 relief package

This week, Senator Tammy Baldwin's team sent a news release to media detailing the progress and support behind the Edith Shorougian Senior Victims of Fraud Compensation Act, also known as "Edith's Bill," named after Edith Shorougian of Waukesha County. → Read More

'They're getting paid and I'm not': Tour guide waits months for unemployment pay

Charlette Michel of Fontana, Wis. used to work as a tour guide in Chicago, making about $20,000 during spring and summer. Then COVID-19 hit. → Read More

Menomonee Falls mom turning two-bedroom apartment into small classroom for daughter, friends

There are a lot of learning options are out there: In-person, virtual, hybrid -- and not every school or parent has figured out a plan. But families are coming up with their own, like Kris Piotrowski of Menomonee Falls. → Read More

How long should parents expect kids to keep their face masks on?

If your child is under age two, The Centers for Disease Control and The American Academy of Pediatrics don't recommend a mask. → Read More

How parents can manage back-to-school anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic

Diny and Lindsey Hurwitz of Whitefish Bay are eight weeks away from welcoming another child into their family. → Read More

Unemployed? These local photographers will take a professional headshot for free

COVID-19 has devastated the workforce in Wisconsin. Since March 15, 801,306 people have filed for unemployment. Some told TMJ4 News they're trying to get back to work, but the competition is intense. → Read More

What do to if you lost your employer health insurance

TMJ4 News interviewed a woman named Joni. She wanted to maintain some privacy and didn't want to give her last name. She told us when she lost her job during COVID-19, she had no idea signing up for health insurance would be so challenging. → Read More

About 10% of PUA unemployment benefits have been paid out

Unemployment for self-employed and individual contractors → Read More

Milwaukee grandfather was sleeping in his car during COVID-19: Here's how he got housing

In the photo below, 73-year-old Leroy Strickland of Milwaukee stands beside what to used to be his home -- this four-door Chevy is where he slept every night for a month in early March when COVID-19 cases spiked in the city. → Read More

Signs you are being scammed while applying for a job during COVID-19

Amber Sawall of Kensoha needed part-time work during the pandemic. Then a text came through from a construction company she had never heard of before. She thought that seemed strange. → Read More

Local female veteran, single mom bounces back after losing job and getting COVID-19

Crystal Euclide wasn't prepared for what the pandemic would do to her family. She's a single mom with four children. → Read More

Considering filing for bankruptcy during the coronavirus pandemic? Read this first

The economic pain COVID-19 has caused in Wisconsin is undeniable. Since March 15, more than 620,000 people have filed for unemployment compared to about 50,000 around the same time last year. → Read More

One woman, armed with a bullhorn, fights COVID-19 in Milwaukee's Metcalfe neighborhood

Every other week, Melody McCurtis and volunteers with Metcalfe Park Community Bridges drive to the same spot -- Milwaukee's Metcalfe neighborhood, on the north side of the city. → Read More

Milwaukee nail salon finds ways to survive economic hit from COVID-19

COVID-19 can do a lot of financial damage to businesses relying on close contact, like Bijou Nail Salon and company on Milwaukee's M.L.K. Jr. Drive. → Read More

Racine mom gets back to work after four-week furlough

Cassandra Suarez of Racine has been quarantining at her home with her two kids after being furloughed for four weeks. On Sunday, she goes back to Firestone where she works as a sales representative. → Read More