Audrey Nowakowski

Lake Effect Producer

Audrey is a producer for Lake Effect. She is involved with every aspect of the show - from conducting interviews to editing audio to posting web stories and mixing the show together.

Her regular segments include Fit For You and film discussions. Before becoming a full-time producer, Audrey interned for Lake Effect starting in 2014 and joined the team full-time in the spring of 2015.

Audrey is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University where she majored in Communication Arts and minored in History and English. She has also worked with 91.7 WMSE producing public service announcements.

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Over the past several months, data has shown rising mortality rates among a surprising population - middle-age, largely rural white people.  But many who study public health say focusing solely on that data ignores the historic disparities in other areas, such as the extraordinarily high maternal mortality rate among African-American women.

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The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only public foot path in the world. It runs 2,190 miles from Georgia all the way to the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine. It takes months to complete and a good amount of preparation for novice and experienced hikers alike.

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The complex political times continue in Washington this week with the shadow of a Democratic filibuster looming over Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. There’s also news of revived talks of repealing the Affordable Care Act, and more reported disclosures of connections between Russian officials and members of the Trump transition team.

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Many of us dream of becoming Olympians. Most of us content ourselves with watching them on television. But despite having her right leg amputated at age five due to a birth defect, Bonnie St. John lived her Olympic dream - and was the first African American to win Winter Olympic medals. She took home a silver and two bronze at the 1984 Winter Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

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It’s not too often that a physician will completely change specialties.  But local doctor Philip Troiano, or Dr. Flip as he’s known to his patients, did an about face after more than 27 years as an emergency room physician.

"Over my time in the emergency room I found that we were fixing less and less problems and seeing more chronic situations where we weren't changing things," Troiano says.

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Humans have always been in search of a fountain of youth. We enjoy the wisdom age brings, but are not so enamored with the physical breakdowns that come along with it. And, many have come up ways to try to reverse, or at least stall, the ageing process.

There’s an election next Tuesday, and one of the contested races is for an open seat in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

The Branch 47 race is between Fox Point Municipal Judge Scott Wales and Attorney Kristy Yang.

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The month of March is marked as a time to celebrate women’s history in America, and for many, Jewel Thais-Williams is an important figure in that history.

She’s the founder of the legendary Los Angeles night club - the Catch One. For 42 years, the Catch was a place where politicians and everyday people of all colors, cultures and backgrounds could come together and dance the night away – and more importantly, be accepted.

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Lake Effect has invited some notable authors for younger readers in the studio in the recent past, from national names like Kwame Alexander, to local authors such as Sandy Brehl and Deanna Singh.

Public Policy Forum

Every day, thousands of people depend on Milwaukee’s bus system.  Despite dozens of bus lines, there are many existing jobs that workers just can’t reach easily without a car.

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A few years ago, the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum reported the state was facing a looming nursing shortage, due to an aging population and an aging workforce.

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It takes a special relationship with biking - and yourself - to embark on a solo bike tour from Seattle, Washington all the way to Milwaukee. That’s exactly what Milwaukee native David Howell did, and his journaling during that experience spawned a book, The Descent Into Happiness: A Bicycling Journey over the Cascades and Rockies and across the Great Plains.

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Released earlier this month, Logan, starring Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, is not your typical superhero – or even your typical X-Men movie. Since the first comic was released in 1963, X-Men has been a part of pop culture, serving as a moral force and connecting to people who felt like outsiders.

Skylight Music Theatre

While most of us might be familiar with the Disney version of Beauty & the Beast, the opera of the same name is an entirely different spectacle. Based on the original, darker fairy tale, Skylight Music Theatre's staging of the 18th century light opera is a unique reimagining - featuring dance and larger than life puppetry.

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It’s winter again in Milwaukee, three months after we got our first - and until now, only snowstorm this season.  This week's snowstorm was initially expected to bring three and eight inches of snow to the region, but it proved to be a lake effect snow and brought with it some prodigious snowfall totals.

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