Urban Milwaukee seeks to provide an informative and open dialogue on the issues, events, and people affecting Milwaukee’s most urban neighborhoods, and to promote urbanism within the city of Milwaukee.
President and Co-founder
Jeramey is passionate about building a better Milwaukee. Since moving to Milwaukee to attend college in 2005, he has become passionate about cities and the social, economic, and environmental benefits of living, working, and playing in walkable neighborhoods.
Jeramey founded Urban Milwaukee in 2008 with business partner Dave Reid. A serial entrepreneur, he founded Fresh Coast Ventures in 2007, a Milwaukee-based firm specializing in creating “community-minded, people-driven” web properties. Outside of the Urban Milwaukee news website, Jeramey co-manages Urban Milwaukee: The Store with Dave Reid.
Jeramey serves on the Milwaukee County Transit Services Advisory Committee and is a board member of MetroGO!, an organization focused on promoting regional transit in Milwaukee.
Publisher and Co-founder
Dave currently lives in East Town and has become a strong advocate for urbanist ideals. In October 2009 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Friends of Lakeshore State Park. He also sits on the Board of the Directors of the Downtown Neighbors Association of Milwaukee. He believes for Milwaukee to grow we need to improve mass transit, encourage density, and promote place making.
Murphy served seven years as editor of Milwaukee Magazine and three years as a senior enterprise reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he did numerous front page stories, including exposes of a generous state pension plan hatched by Gov. Tommy Thompson and a hard-hitting series on corporate executive pay.
Murphy was an online innovator, as co-founder and editor/writer of the website MilwaukeeWorld.com, and has TV credentials as well, having worked as a reporter for the WMVS-TV show “Interchange.” He also forged a path in alternative weeklies, as editor of the upstart Metro Milwaukee Weekly in the late 1990s, until the paper was purchased by the Shepherd Express, where Murphy served as editor in 1999. He also had a two-year stint with the Madison alt weekly Isthmus in the mid-1980s, where he was an arts and entertainment editor and occasional political columnist.
Murphy has won more than 30 national and state writing awards, including nine from the National City and Regional Magazine Association, including back-to-back honors for investigative writing in 1995-1996. He was nominated for best blog of 2011-2012 by the association, whose judges declared that “Murphy has created a gem with his politics blog, ‘Murphy’s Law.’ Thoroughly researched and known for putting fact ahead of opinion and argument, it stands out as a prime example of journalism as public service.”
Director of Sales and Marketing
Michael Henszey has had a unique and varied career working in the music industry, publishing, real estate, and corporate finance. His involvement in several start-up ventures includes a nationally recognized recording studio, and an alternative weekly newspaper in Milwaukee. He served for three years (1998-2000) as an account executive handling sales for the alternative weekly Metro and for the Shepherd Express after it purchased Metro. From 2001 to 2005 he worked for a commercial real estate developer as a project manager, and from 2006 to 2009 as a marketing manager and sales associate for a Prudential Real Estate affiliate. Henszey has an undergraduate degree in finance and from 2009 to 2013, worked in finance for Diversey, now Sealed Air, a global manufacturing company.
During all these years Henszey has also pursued a musical career, producing music for dozens of national advertisements at his recording studio, and performing with his rock group, The Bystanders, at clubs and festivals in the area.