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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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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Regional
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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Arts & Culture
6:08 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

More Than Deja Vu: Book's Heroine Relives Her Life Over and Over

Author Kate Atkinson explores fate and our choices in her newest novel.

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews author Kate Atkinson about "Life After Life."

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

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Regional
4:02 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

News Rundown: Abortion Laws, Medicaid, Committee Woes

Each week, our news analyst Bruce Murphy brings us the top headlines of the past seven days. This week's top stories include:

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Arts & Culture
3:38 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Water, Milwaukee Landmarks Inspire New World-Premiere Dances

Summerdances at the North Point Water Tower and Cudahy Gardens at the MAM
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Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews choreographer and director Steven Koplowitz and UWM dance professor Luc Vanier about Summerdances.

Choreographer Steven Koplowitz takes over two iconic Milwaukee locations to explore water through dance.

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Project Milwaukee
11:39 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Wisconsin Researchers Try to Clear a Solar Hurdle

Hongrui Jiang speaks with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

As we’ve heard on our Project Milwaukee series this week, Wisconsin utilities are required to generate 10 percent of their electrical power by renewable sources – such biomass, wind – and solar.  That last source has been harnessed for decades.  But only recently have its costs come down enough to make wider-spread use more appealing. 

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