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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Project Milwaukee
9:17 am
Wed November 17, 2010

From Soy Sauce to Seasonings, What We Make Around Milwaukee

Southeastern Wisconsin has a diverse food industry, and we hear about why three vastly different companies – Kikkoman Foods, Inc., Archer Daniels Midland, and Wixon - all call the Milwaukee area home.

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Project Milwaukee
9:11 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Rishi Tea Links Global Ingredients with Local Market

As we're exploring in our series Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate?, Milwaukee’s food and beverage industries don’t just send products out to the world – foreign ingredients also make their way to our market through local companies, like Milwaukee-based Rishi Tea. Ben Harrison is the Co-owner and VP of Sales for Rishi Tea, Todd Wickstrom is the company's chief operating officer. They spoke with Bonnie North.

Project Milwaukee
8:50 am
Tue November 16, 2010

The State of Our Food Economy

Our Project Milwaukee series What’s on Our Plate? continues with an overview of Wisconsin’s place at the food producing table. Kyle Cherek is known to many of us here in Milwaukee as the host of the syndicated television show Wisconsin Foodie, currently in its third season. It profiles where our food comes from, the region’s artisanal resources and culinary high points. Cherek is also a frequent contributor and speaker on culinary topics and the farm to table trend.

Project Milwaukee
5:36 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

Where Principals Enter the Classroom

School administration can have a real effect on how successfully teachers do their jobs, according to Dr. Ellen Eckman. Eckman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership at Marquette University. Her research interests include the role of the principal, leadership in educational organizations, and women in the high school principalship. She spoke with Bonnie North as part of our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

Project Milwaukee
3:10 pm
Wed December 9, 2009

The Call for a Regional Approach to Water

Richard Longworth is a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at DePaul University. He spoke with Bonnie North as part of our series, Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water. You can also read the policy brief he authored calling for a Midwestern Marshall Plan.

Arts & Culture
3:19 pm
Fri August 14, 2009

Remembering Les Paul

Les Paul with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.
Credit Lake Effect

In this archived interview, guitar virtuoso, master innovator and Waukesha native Les Paul spoke to us in June of 2008. He was in town last summer to celebrate the opening of Les Paul's house of Sound at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin. Les Paul died yesterday from complications of pneumonia - he was 94 years old.

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Project Milwaukee
3:21 pm
Wed June 17, 2009

Segregation in Milwaukee's Visual Arts World

Della Wells is a visual artist, founder of ABEA and on the board of the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend. Reynaldo Hernandez is an artist, muralist and illustrator. Dr. Walter Sava is the Executive Director of the Latino Historical Society of Wisconsin, and has worked with Latino Arts, the Greater Milwaukee Education Trust, Latinos United for Political Action, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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Project Milwaukee
3:05 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

Racial Divides in Music

Laura Snyder plays double bass for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Bruce Cole is a working drummer and the Development Librarian for the Jean Cujé Milwaukee Music Collection at Marquette University. Snyder begins the conversation by remembering the racial makeup of Milwaukee Symphony when she arrived from New York City almost 40 years ago.

Project Milwaukee
2:24 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

Legacy Bank Fills a Need

Margaret Henningsen is the Founder and Executive Vice President of Legacy Bank, located on Fond du Lac Avenue in Milwaukee. It was chartered 10 years ago next month. She explains why creating opportunities for entrepreneurship and homeownership in the African American community has been of primary importance to her.

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Arts & Culture
3:03 pm
Mon June 23, 2008

Les Paul, The Wizard of Waukesha

Les Paul with Lake Effect's Bonnie North at the Les Paul's House of Sound at Discovery World.
Credit Lake Effect

Lake Effect's Bonnie North and Tom May interview Les Paul, musician and inventor.

Many of the technologies that are used today in the music and broadcast industries can be traced back to Waukesha native Les Paul, musician and inventor. Lake Effect's Bonnie North and Tom May got the chance to meet with Paul at Discovery World's newly opened exhibit "Les Paul's House of Sound."

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