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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Milwaukee is known for its summer festivals. From Summerfest to Irish Fest and German Fest, and increasingly, MKE Punk Fest. The citywide festival celebrating punk music art and culture is into its seventh year. But the history of the punk scene here is much older.

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It was five years ago on August 5th when a gunman walked into the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek and killed six congregants and injured others. It was one of the worst religious hate crimes carried out in this country, but it also brought many disparate parts of Milwaukee together in support of the Sikh community.

Commemorations of the anniversary are planned over the next two weekends. Leaders of the Sikh Temple are planning a major observance on August 6th. But people of other faiths and in the secular community will mark the anniversary as well.

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Earlier this summer, the owners of a longtime staple on the Wisconsin produce scene announced they will shut their doors for good at the end of September.  Brennan’s Markets operated five stores around Wisconsin, including in Brookfield and Oconomowoc.

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Harpers Ferry in West Virginia is a crucial milestone for anyone who hikes the Appalachian Trail. Known as "the mental halfway point," it houses the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the land around it is a National Park steeped with Civil War history.

For contributor Lauren Groh and her wife, Rhesia Baron, arriving in Harper's Ferry was a special day on their journey through hiking the AT.

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Sophia Coppola's latest film, "The Beguiled," is set at a Confederate girls school in Virginia, where a group of sheltered young women take in a union soldier during the Civil War. The film is a remake of a 1971 film of the same name starring Clint Eastwood and both are adaptations of the 1966 book "Painted Devil," by Thomas P. Cullinan. 

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From Solomon Juneau to Jean Nicolet, there are many French names we recognize in Milwaukee.

Anne Leplae and Mary Emory of the Alliance Française de Milwaukee want Wisconsinites to understand the French history and culture that permeates in Wisconsin beyond this week’s Bastille Days celebration.

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The growing shortness of attention spans affects more areas of society than you might think. The food industry has seemed to play into this as well, but there are some chefs that still take the time and care in their cooking. Milwaukee chef Gene Webb of North Shore Boulangerie explains the changes he’s noticed in the food industry and what he’s doing to preserve what he learned while studying in France.

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The battle of the sexes has been long documented - especially in sports. Women have made tremendous strides in both novice and professional competitions, but the question of attaining a truly even playing field remains uncertain.

When it comes to sports performance, things are not equal. Men are generally stronger and faster than women thanks to their physiology. However there have been claims made over the years that the longer an event goes -- think ultra-marathon or even longer -- the more advantages women have over men.

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The Oriental Theatre on Milwaukee's east side turned 90 at the beginning of this month. Its first day in operation was on July 2nd, 1927.

Lake Effect recently highlighted Milwaukee Film’s long-term lease of the Oriental Theatre, which will begin in July of next year.  Milwaukee Film is the latest in a long line of organizations and individuals who have operated the theater during its history.

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Summer is in full swing, and for many that means regular visits to a local farmers’ market. Since 1994, the number of farmers’ markets in the country has grown from less than two thousand to nearly nine thousand - and that's just counting the ones registered in the US Department of Agriculture’s directory. In fact, there are over 350 markets within 100 miles of Milwaukee.

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Doctors define the “perinatal period” as running from before conception, through a woman’s pregnancy, all the way to a year post-partum.  It’s a time when women go through many changes physically - and mentally. But for women who struggle with mental health or substance abuse issues - these changes not only can affect the mother, but the child as well.

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Contributor Lauren Groh has been through-hiking the Appalachian Trail this spring and summer. On her most recent check-in from the trail, she was surprised to report she and her wife had hit the 70-day & 700 mile mark. “I just can’t believe we’ve been doing this for 70 days!” says Groh. “It’s flown by.”

Not surprisingly, Groh says she feels stronger after so many days on the trail. “I was realizing the other day, as we’re climbing up this mountain that my legs were doing most of the work and my poles were more for stability than for moving me up the mountain.”

Walter Paul Minx is one of the more interesting people in Milwaukee's history.  He was the not-quite-mastermind behind a plot to make off with a fortune more than 70 years ago.

But unlike some notorious criminals, Minx was not fated to become the stuff of larcenous folklore.  But his story does live on in the pages of the June issue of Milwaukee Magazine. Writer Matthew Prigge wrote this month's feature about our would-be criminal genius.

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You might have noticed in your gym that some floor space remains clear except for some straps hanging from the ceiling, a frame, or even attached to the wall. They're yellow and gold, with handles, and are called TRX suspension trainers. Although they look pretty simple, they can be confusing if you've never used them before.

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June marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Many religious leaders and laypeople alike came together in the wake of the shooting to provide support, and mourn the loss of the victims killed in the LGBT nightclub.

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