Bonnie North

Lake Effect Producer / Co-host

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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Lake Effect’s wine contributor Ray Fister has been racking up the frequent flyer miles in the past few weeks.

Between trips to California and wine events closer to home, he made time to speak with Lake Effect's Bonnie North while in Milwaukee. 

"’13 was another great one, followed by ’14 – everybody’s sitting on the edge of their chair to see what’s gonna happen in ’15," he says. "Three in a row is pretty unusual – certainly for Napa and Sonoma, they’re very happy."

Facebook, Cooperative Performance Milwaukee

A world premiere on a slightly less grand scale opened Friday night in a space located in the historic Third Ward.  MKE Carries is the work of a two-year-old group called Cooperative Performance Milwaukee, and it is born from the improvisation tradition.

Florentine Opera

Sinclair Lewis’s 1927 novel, Elmer Gantry, is considered one of the masterpieces of early 20th Century American literature.

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When most people think about French cuisine, multiples courses, immaculate preparation and presentation, and maybe even intimidation comes to mind.

The fine French meal is often a night out that people aspire to. Many steps above that impulsive trip out to Applebee’s, or even the night on the town at the brewpub. 

It turns out that much of what we think of as the fine French meal can trace its history back to a single source – Auguste Escoffier. 

Wisconsin Rocks!

Mar 12, 2015
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In case you hadn’t noticed it for the past few months, there are things like grass and pavement under what until recently were persistent piles of Wisconsin snow.

The rocks that can be found even further underneath all of it formed over hundreds of millions of years.  All of these rocks of many different kinds can be more interesting than you might have thought.

Rob Graziano, instructor and an instructional lab manager in the Department of Geosciences at UW-Milwaukee, already knows they're interesting.

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You can take John Statz out of the Midwest, but you can’t take the Midwest out of John Statz.

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At first blush, the combination of sounds in Zakir Hussain's Pulse of the World: Celtic Connections band might seem unlikely.

Express Yourself Milwaukee, exyomke.org

The arts of all kinds, whether poetry, music, painting, or acting, have been proven to help people face and even overcome the challenges in their lives. And that’s especially true for kids who are at risk.

Esai Baca

By most accounts, Jimmy Santiago Baca shouldn’t be alive, let alone an award winning poet.

Ross Zentner

What happens when you combine the loss of a loved one with a road trip? At In Tandem Theatre, you get the new play Come Back by local playwright Neil Haven.

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