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
10:42 am
Thu August 8, 2013

A White Piece of Art Makes Life Colorful: Milwaukee Chamber Theatre performs Reza's "Art"

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's production of Yasmina Reza's "Art" is opening tonight, featuring (l-r) Tom Klubertanz, C. Michael Wright & Brian Mani.
Credit Bill Finn

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with actors Tom Klubertanz, C. Michael Wright & Brian Mani about their newest production, "Art."

Would you spend $200,000 on a painting of a white background with white stripes?  How would your closest friends react if you did?

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Health & Science
10:28 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Exo-Planets Could Hold Key in Search for Extraterrestrial Life

The "gap" in this young star's surrounding disc of gas and dust indicates that new exo-planets are being made.
Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews astrophysicist Dr. David Latham.

An astrophysicist says the search for extraterrestrial life is about to get interesting.

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Education
11:38 am
Mon August 5, 2013

After Sikh Temple Shooting, Organization Promotes Social Peace Among Students

Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thorton at Serve 2 Unite press conference.
Serve 2 Unite

The tragic shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin one year ago ignited an organization to form to help prevent future tragedies from happening.

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Economy & Business
11:31 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Colectivo is the new Alterra: Fowler Explains the Name Change

The same taste of Alterra can be found in Colectivo.
Credit Jason Gessner, flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with Lincoln Fowler, co-founder and co-owner of Colectivo Coffee.

Colectivo is the new Alterra and a lot of people are needing a strong cup of coffee to swallow the news.

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Regional
11:22 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Remembering, Healing as Sikh Temple Shooting Anniversary Approaches

Worshippers gather for prayer at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek
Credit Erin Toner

The Sikh community is gathering this weekend to honor the memory of loved ones who died one year ago. 

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Regional
2:19 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

8th Annual Comedy Festival Places Milwaukee on the Map

The comedy duo The Union, performing at the Milwaukee Comedy Festival.
Credit Guy F. Wicke/Flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with Matt Kemple, founder of the Milwaukee Comedy Festival.

Back in 2006, Matt Kemple decided that Milwaukee’s comedy scene was sparse and could benefit from expansion - thus the Milwaukee Comedy Festival was born.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

The Please Please Me 'Shake a Little Harder' on New Record

The Please Please Me just released "Shake a Little Harder," their first EP. The band is Alissa McClure, Jessie Torrisi, and Agustin Frederic
Credit thepleasepleaseme.com

Take a last-minute line-up change, a Craigslist ad and three talented musicians, and you have the origin story of the band The Please Please Me.

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Arts & Culture
2:19 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The Dunwells - Live in Studio C

The Dunwells
Credit Piper Ferguson

The Dunwells came into the studio today ahead of their gig tonight at the Peck Pavilion. We've got a taste of the what you'll hear if you go to the concert. Blind Sighted Faith is the name of the tune, and of their 1st album... in the coming weeks we'll air the full interview plus two more songs recorded live in our studio today.

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Milwaukee Police Department
10:26 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Duplicate Data Entries Show Some Crime Stats Higher

If you were thinking of moving to a particular neighborhood in Milwaukee, you’d likely want to know a number of things: how is public transportation, say, and are there parks and libraries nearby? But perhaps most important would be the crime rates – what are they and are they going down, or up?

The Milwaukee Police Department maintains a public website for just such searches, but it turns out their data contained many duplicate records – which would obviously skew search results.

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Arts & Culture
11:56 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Syrians Speak Out Through Their Art

"Transformation" by Fadia Afashe.
Credit Fadia Authentic Art, Facebook

Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with artist Fadia Afashe and actor Jihad "Jay" Abdo.

As violent conflict continues in Syria, some natives are expressing their feelings on the revolution through art. The artists, however, are not free from consequence.

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