Avi Lank

Essayist, Freelance Writer

Avi Lank was an award-winning reporter and columnist at the Milwaukee Sentinel and Journal Sentinel for more than 35 years and is the co-author of The Man Who Painted the Universe, the story of a planetarium in the north woods of Wisconsin, to be published in 2015 by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. He is an occasional panelist on the Interchange program on Milwaukee Public Television and his freelance work has appeared in Milwaukee magazine, among other places. He holds degrees in economics from Antioch College and journalism from Northwestern University and lives in Whitefish Bay.


Health & Science
10:50 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Essay: Sunday is NOT the Shortest Day of the Year

Hundreds mark the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge.
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Sunday is the solstice, an important marker in the progression of the year.

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Economy & Business
1:54 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Essay: Dollar Bill

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The next time you open your wallet to pay for something with cash, it’s likely you will have a couple of 'ones' in there. They are the lowest denomination that US paper money comes in, and Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank hopes we keep it that way.

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Politics & Government
2:14 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Essay: John Doe

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Lawyers arguing on both sides of the John Doe investigation were in Chicago Tuesday as prosecutors sought to restart the investigation, which was brought to a halt in May.  

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3:19 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Essay: No Easy Answers for Immigration Crisis

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The immigration crisis involving thousands of undocumented immigrant children has fallen off the front page. But as Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank notes, that doesn’t mean it’s gone away.

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Politics & Government
5:22 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

ESSAY: Unpacking Sen. Ron Johnson's Comments and Lawsuit over 'Obamacare'

When U.S. Senator Ron Johnson announced he was suing the federal government over the Affordable Care Act, a lot was made over the difference of opinion within Republican circles over the suit. 

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12:41 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

ESSAY: Consider That Not Everyone Celebrates Christmas

Essayist Avi Lank says there's been an "undue public emphasis" on Chanukah to coincide with the Christmas holiday.
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I once worked at a social service agency filled with people who truly cared about humanity and toiled diligently for small pay to understand and help everyone.

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Economy & Business
2:14 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Essay: Influential Milwaukeean Mitchell Fromstein, 85, Fought Manpower's Takeover

The late Mitchell Fromstein (left) was a former CEO of Manpower, who led the business through upheaval. Also pictured: current ManpowerGroup CEO Jeff Joerres and co-founder Elmer Winter
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Mitchell Fromstein died recently at the age of 85. History’s currents are broader than the life of a single individual, but Fromstein’s life certainly captured an era in Milwaukee.

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Politics & Government
11:11 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Essay: The Bottom Line of Treating Government as a Business

Ever since the Reagan administration, there have been increasing demands that government be run like a business.

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Economy & Business
5:20 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Essay: Why Amazon Will Now Collect Wisconsin Sales Tax

Amazon's logo
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The news hit late last week that a new stream of sales tax revenue will soon be coming to the Badger State.  Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank tries to put the development in perspective.

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Essay: Anticipating New Year's...Already

School has just started, and already some of our listeners are looking ahead to New Year’s.  Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank is one such person.

Lank was an award-winning reporter and columnist at the Milwaukee Sentinel and Journal Sentinel for more than 35 years. He lives in in Whitefish Bay and his freelance work has appeared in Milwaukee Magazine and Corporate Report Wisconsin magazine, among other places.

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