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
3:44 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

LISTEN: David Mamet's 'Race' Takes No Prisoners with Legal Drama

"Race" by David Mamet performed by Next Act Theatre. (l-r) Tiffany Renee Johnson, Jonathan Smoots, David Cecsarini, and Lee Palmer.
Credit Timothy Moder

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Next Theatre's David Cecsarini, Tiffany Renee Johnson, Lee Palmer, and Jonathan Smoots.

Of all the “isms” that are out there, racism is one of the most enduring, and in this supposedly post-racial age, the most pernicious.

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Arts & Culture
1:08 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

FBI Art Crimes Unit Working on Milwaukee Case of Stolen Stradivarius Violin

The Lipinski Stradivarius
Credit A Violin's Life

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Bob Wittman, retired founder of the FBI's Art Crimes Unit.

Police around the world are still searching for the Lipinski Stradivarius violin, stolen from Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond on Monday night. 

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Health & Science
12:45 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

UWM Scientists Get Multi-Million Dollar Grant to X-Ray Proteins and Viruses

X-ray technology has advanced such that researchers can now observe the molecular level.

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews UWM physicists Abbas Ourmazd, Dilano Saldin, and Marius Schmidt.

We all know X-rays can help doctors see our bones and teeth, but a team of UWM scientists will be using one revolutionary X-ray machine to look at something slightly smaller: our molecules.

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Arts & Culture
3:08 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

PHOTOS: Thoroughly Modern Quilters Update Traditional Patterns

Cosmos Baby quilt
Tommy Semosh

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews "Vintage Quilt Revival" authors Faith Jones and Lee Heinrich.

Quilting is often a considered a traditional craft, but a new generation of modern quilters are bringing a decidedly contemporary flair to the art.

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Arts & Culture
6:50 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

What's an Opera Without a Few Puppets?

Anton, the frog puppet, is one of the featured puppets in the Milwaukee Opera Theatre's production of Ravel’s one-act opera “L’enfant et les sortileges."
Credit Bonnie North

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Jill Anna Ponasik, Joel Boyd, and Edward Winslow.

Part of the mission of the Milwaukee Opera Theatre is to give composers a chance to write smaller-scale works, that might otherwise never make it to a larger company, and audiences a chance to see them.

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