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
3:59 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

How Shakespeare Helps These Wisconsin Veterans Suffering From PTSD

Nancy Smith-Watson and her husband working with participants.
Credit Feast of Crispian

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Nancy Smith-Watson and Shep Crumrine.

A little over a year ago, Feast of Crispian began holding weekend Shakespeare intensives at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

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Arts & Culture
5:05 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

From Whirligigs to Walking Sticks: Folk Art Gets the Focus at Milwaukee Art Museum

The Newsboy, 1888 Carved, assembled and painted wood with folded tin
Photo credit John Nienhuis

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Milwaukee Art Museum exhibit curator Margaret Andera.

You might not think of duck decoys, old quilts or business signs as works of art, but the Milwaukee Art Museum certainly does.

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Health & Science
5:45 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

How Astronomers Conduct Research

Astronomers who stay Earth-bound use telescopes to collect data of objects in space. Here is a telescope at the George Observatory. home to the 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope.
Credit Bill Jacobus, flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Lake Effect contributor Dr. Jean Creighton.

When the whole universe is out there to explore, how do astronomers decide what questions they want to ask?

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Politics & Government
5:41 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Is Big Brother the Government or Private Companies? Analyst Says Both

American actor Edmund O'Brien is pictured in a scene from the film "1984", based on the book by George Orwell (Stepney, London, England. 1955).
Credit Popperfoto, Getty Images

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Jay Stanley.

In a more innocent time, most of us in the United States assumed that unless we were breaking the law, our communications were private.

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Regional
10:51 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Celebrating Milwaukee's Restaurants: A Homegrown Delicacy

Milwaukee's fine dining has a lot to offer people who are looking for an exquisite bite to eat.
Credit Inspirational Food, Flickr

Every month we talk with Lake Effect contributor Kyle Cherek about Milwaukee’s, and the rest of Wisconsin’s, great food traditions. Over the last year we’ve covered farmers markets, new restaurants, James Beard nominations and awards that recognize Milwaukee chefs, and more.

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Economy & Business
2:56 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Federal Agencies in Milwaukee Partner to Connect Artists with Health Insurance

A new government partnership helps artists access health insurance through ACA.
Credit photos.com

A conversation with HHS and SBA representatives about Health Insurance for artists

A first-of-its-kind partnership started here in Milwaukee between two federal agencies is working to help artists and other sole-proprietors figure out their health insurance options.

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Arts & Culture
2:03 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

October, Before I Was Born: a New Play Offers a Personal Account of a Public Tragedy

Raeleen McMillion, Ken T. Williams & April Paul in "October, Before I Was Born."
Mark Frohna

Bonnie North interviews Staughton playwright Lori Matthews about "October, Before I Was Born".

In October of 1960, an explosion ripped through the Tennessee Eastman Company factory in Kingsport, Tennessee. Out of 12,000 men at the factory, 16 people were killed and more than 300 were injured. It threw Kingsport’s largest employer into disarray at the time.

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Arts & Culture
4:09 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Queens of Harmony Strike a Chord at The Pabst

Queens of Harmony in the Lake Effect studio.
Bonnie North, Lake Effect

Milwaukee's Queens of Harmony chat and perform in Lake Effect's Studio B

Milwaukee’s gospel quartet Queens of Harmony has been singing in Central City churches for almost half a century. They have also performed in Washington, DC and as far away as Japan.

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Arts & Culture
4:34 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Don't Worry, There are No Spoilers Here about In Tandem Theatre's 'Chesapeake'

Actor Matt Daniels in In Tandem Theatre's production of Lee Blessing's one-man show "Chesapeake"
Credit Ross Zentner

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews In Tandem Theatre's Matt Daniels and Chris Flieller.

There’s not a lot we can tell you about In Tandem Theatre’s next production, which opens Friday, without giving too much away.

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Arts & Culture
11:26 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Ulrich Photographs American Consumerism

Cleveland, OH, 2004. Brian Ulrich (American, b. 1971). Chromogenic process color print; 101.6 x 127 in. Gift of Katherine Solender and William E. Katzin, The Cleveland Museum of Art 2007.170
Brian Ulrich

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with photographer Brian Ulrich.

Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art is host to a major exhibit of photography that makes us look at and question what it means to be a consumer.

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