Bonnie North

Lake Effect Producer

Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

Bonnie spent over twenty years working as a director, technician and stage manager in professional, educational, and community theaters. She comes from a family of musicians and artists and grew up playing all kinds of music. But her interest in and love of the arts is not limited to performance. She enjoys other art expressions as well, including painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, and writing.

Bonnie's introduction to Public Broadcasting came at Vermont Public Radio (VPR) in 1992. She spent 7 years there in various positions, including hosting classical and jazz shows and as a production associate and operations manager.

Just prior to joining WUWM, Bonnie worked in the defense industry. She spent two years in the Balkans, first in Sarajevo, Bosnia, where she managed a group of linguists that provided Serbo-Croatian interpreting and translation services for the US and NATO stabilization forces. She then went to Kosovo to manage the overall linguist program for Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Romania.

Bonnie holds a bachelors degree in English Literature/Drama Studies from Purchase College-State University of New York.

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Arts & Culture
3:59 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

How Shakespeare Helps These Wisconsin Veterans Suffering From PTSD

Nancy Smith-Watson and her husband working with participants.
Credit Feast of Crispian

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Nancy Smith-Watson and Shep Crumrine.

A little over a year ago, Feast of Crispian began holding weekend Shakespeare intensives at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

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Arts & Culture
5:05 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

From Whirligigs to Walking Sticks: Folk Art Gets the Focus at Milwaukee Art Museum

The Newsboy, 1888 Carved, assembled and painted wood with folded tin
Photo credit John Nienhuis

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Milwaukee Art Museum exhibit curator Margaret Andera.

You might not think of duck decoys, old quilts or business signs as works of art, but the Milwaukee Art Museum certainly does.

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Health & Science
5:45 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

How Astronomers Conduct Research

Astronomers who stay Earth-bound use telescopes to collect data of objects in space. Here is a telescope at the George Observatory. home to the 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope.
Credit Bill Jacobus, flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Lake Effect contributor Dr. Jean Creighton.

When the whole universe is out there to explore, how do astronomers decide what questions they want to ask?

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Politics & Government
5:41 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Is Big Brother the Government or Private Companies? Analyst Says Both

American actor Edmund O'Brien is pictured in a scene from the film "1984", based on the book by George Orwell (Stepney, London, England. 1955).
Credit Popperfoto, Getty Images

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Jay Stanley.

In a more innocent time, most of us in the United States assumed that unless we were breaking the law, our communications were private.

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Regional
10:51 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Celebrating Milwaukee's Restaurants: A Homegrown Delicacy

Milwaukee's fine dining has a lot to offer people who are looking for an exquisite bite to eat.
Credit Inspirational Food, Flickr

Every month we talk with Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek about Milwaukee’s, and the rest of Wisconsin’s, great food traditions. Over the last year we’ve covered farmers markets, new restaurants, James Beard nominations and awards that recognize Milwaukee chefs, and more.

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