Wayne Smith, 52, collects cans to pay bus fare and look for work. Smith, born in Texas and raised in Milwaukee, said he plans to keep to himself and stay busy working this summer.
About Edgar Mendez
Edgar is a senior staff reporter for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. Mendez is a proud graduate of UW-Milwaukee, where he double majored in Journalism and Sociology, and of Marquette University, where he earned a master’s degree in Communication. As an accomplished journalist, Edgar’s awards include a 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow award, several press club awards and a Society of Professional Journalists’ regional award for columns dealing with issues such as poverty, homelessness and racism.