Alan Borsuk was pretty serious about going to law school in the early 1970s, but decided to work for a year or two first. Somehow, that became 37 years at the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a reporter, columnist and editor. Finally, in November 2009, he made it to Marquette Law School, not as a student but as a senior fellow in law and public policy. His duties include writing for the Law School faculty blog about Law School programs and public policy issues, working on the Marquette Lawyer magazine, and undertaking research projects related to public policy. He also writes a weekly column about education, appearing Sundays in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
During his newspaper career, Borsuk covered a wide range of subjects, including federal courts, environmental issues, Milwaukee city government, abortion, and philanthropy and foundations in Milwaukee. He covered several presidential campaigns and numerous presidential visits to Wisconsin, as well as wide range of state political stories. He is probably best known for his work as editor of Wisconsin, the Sunday magazine of the Milwaukee Journal, from 1986 to 1994, and for his reporting on education issues in Milwaukee from 1998 to 2009, when he took early retirement from the newspaper.