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.

Ways to Connect

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.

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.

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.

Les Paul, The Wizard of Waukesha

Jun 23, 2008
Lake Effect

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."

Celebrated actor Alan Alda was in Milwaukee last month to read from his new book, Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. He spoke with Bonnie North.

Lake Effect

Alan Alda first rose to fame as Hawkeye Pierce on the TV show, "M*A*S*H*". He also hosted "Scientific American Frontiers" on PBS, and more recently starred as Senator Arnold Vinnick on the NBC drama, "The West Wing". Alda has also acted and written for the silver screen and for the stage. He was in Milwaukee to speak at Alverno College as part of a series sponsored by Schwartz Bookshops. His book, "Never Have Your Dog Stuffed", has just been released in paperback.

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