Barbara McCrory

BS’83 Agricultural Journalism
Alice in Dairyland 2010

Barbara McCrory’s ag journalism background has been vital to her success as a circuit court judge—she graduated from the UW–Madison School of Law in 1992—in that it provided her with the ability to distill large amounts of information down to what is most important for her ruling, she says. Her experience as Alice required McCrory to be able to change gears quickly, from spending the morning at a local TV station to teaching a fourth grade ag history class in the afternoon. Her reign saw the founding of “Something Special from Wisconsin” (SSfW), a program promoting local food systems. McCrory presented country music legend Willie Nelson with a “SSfW” T-shirt at the Wisconsin State Fair—which he quickly modified by removing the sleeves.