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Team investigates region's high infant mortality rate

Milwaukee has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation and a persistent, troubling gap in birth outcomes for African Americans when compared to whites.

Milwaukee has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation and a persistent, troubling gap in birth outcomes for African Americans when compared to whites.

In late 2010, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel decided to do something about it by launching "Empty Cradles," a yearlong effort by a team of journalists. The reporting effort, which began with a package of stories in January, is being done by a team of reporters who cover children's issues, health, economics and more, as well as a database reporter, a photographer, a graphic artist and a multimedia producer.

The project's editor, Greg Borowski, explains their approach to the project, how they have worked on it and what they hope to accomplish.

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