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
4:02 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Jason Seed Stringtet Keeps it Loose

The Jason Seed Stringtet will perform in Bay View Thursday night.
Credit Karen Allbright

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews members of the Jason Seed Stringtet.

The genre-bending The Jason Seed Stringtet blends jazz, folk, and classical elements – but keeps it all feeling timeless.

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Arts & Culture
1:52 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Take the Path to Wisconsin's Best Trails

A bicycle path in Wisconsin
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews writer Tom Held about Wisconsin's best trails.

Wisconsin boasts thousands of miles of trails - but which are the best?

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Arts & Culture
6:48 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

'30 Americans' Showcases Black Artists' Experiences

Hank Willis Thomas' "Branded Head, 2003" is on display at the "30 Americans" exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews artist Hank Willis Thomas and Milwaukee Art Museum curator Lisa Sutcliffe.

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s latest exhibition, 30 Americans, opened last month to the public.

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Arts & Culture
2:23 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

'Dog Stars' Imagines Post-Apocalyptic Humanity

Author Peter Heller has written four non-fiction adventure books, but "The Dog Stars" is his first novel.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews author Peter Heller.

Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction tends to be rather bleak. The world as we know it has ended, chaos rules, and humans, or what’s left of them, tend to be reduced to their basest natures. Survival is paramount and all the niceties of so called civilization tend to go by the wayside.

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Health & Science
2:23 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Forget the Dark Side - Explore the Moon's Red, Blue and Super Sides

Astronomy contributor Jean Creighton concludes our moon series.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews astronomy contributor Jean Creighton.

Whether it’s super, or blue, or crescent, the moon has many faces. But what exactly are they?

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Arts & Culture
12:40 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

'The Black Country' Is No Peaceful Setting

Author Alex Grecian
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews author Alex Grecian.

Scotland Yard’s murder squad is on a new case in Alex Grecian's latest novel.

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Arts & Culture
4:21 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Chinese Pianist Brings A Little Chopin to Milwaukee

Pianist Xiayin Wang
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews pianist Xiayin Wang.

Pianist Xiayin Wang performs in concert Sunday with Milwaukee’s Fine Arts Quartet.

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Arts & Culture
1:04 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Okka Fest Reignites Jazz

Saxophones feature prominently in free jazz.
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Okka Disk Records founder and Okka Fest co-curator Bruno Johnson.

Free jazz. If hearing those two words together makes you close your eyes and shudder, Bruno Johnson wants to have a word.

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4:02 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Longtime Music Store Considers Its Place on National Music Day

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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Nathan Honore of Melk Music.

Tomorrow is national music day and at least one local musical institution is getting into the act.

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Arts & Culture
5:45 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Since When Do Running Races Include Mud, Costumes and Monkey Bars?

Races aren't just for elite runners anymore - many have become now social and community events.
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A writer and runner chronicles the evolution of competitive running, from races to events.

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