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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Health & Science
2:00 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

2013's Top 5 Astronomical Stories

Curiosity is testing rock samples on Mars.

Throughout 2013, Dr. Jean Creighton kept her eye on astronomical news. From a fireball in Russia to the Kepler Telescope, Creighton highlights her top five stories of the year.

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6:39 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Milwaukee High Schoolers to Perform with Master Singers

The Master Singers of Milwaukee will perform with local high school students this Saturday.
Credit Master Singers of Milwaukee

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Dr. Eduardo Garcia-Novelli of the Master Singers of Milwaukee and Raymond Roberts of the Milwaukee High School of the Arts.

An upcoming holiday choral concert in Milwaukee will be a musical mash-up of the younger and older, the novices and the masters.

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Health & Science
4:50 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

PHOTOS: New Sports and Fitness Center for Milwaukeeans with Disabilities Planned for 2016

The Ability Center would have modified fitness equipment, basketball courts and other amenities to cater to people with disabilities and their able-bodied peers.
The Ability Center

If Damian Buchman has his way, a remarkable new community resource for Milwaukee County's 100,000-plus residents with disabilities will be built within the next couple of years.

Buchman is the founder and executive director of The Ability Center, a community sports center for people of all abilities - disabled and able-bodied.

Buchman himself suffered from childhood cancer and almost lost both legs.  But he grew up to be an active, athletic adult, and wanted to give others the opportunity, as well.

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Arts & Culture
2:32 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Report: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Needs $5 Million to Avoid Shutdown

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra needs several million dollars in order to stay open.
Credit Marcus Center

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Mark Niehaus, the president and CEO of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra needs an immediate $5 million to avoid a shutdown, according to reports from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Economy & Business
1:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Survey: Most Wisconsin Voters Support Higher Minimum Wage and Kenosha Casino

Wisconsin is one of twenty-two states where the minimum wage is set at the lowest possible level allowed by federal law, $7.25 per hour. Over three-fourths of registered voters in the state would support a minimum wage hike.
Credit Wisconsin Economic Scorecard

Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with Joseph Cera of UWM's CUIR Survey Center.

More than three quarters of Wisconsin voters favor a hike in the minimum wage, so do business owners, according to the Wisconsin Economic Scorecard.

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Economy & Business
5:42 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Milwaukee Magazine Colleagues Remember Publishing Icon Betty Quadracci

Milwaukee Magazine president Betty Quadracci has died. She was 75.
Credit Kevin J. Miyazaki/Milwaukee Magazine

Milwaukee Magazine president and publishing icon Betty Quadracci died on Monday night. She was 75.

Quadracci co-founded the printing company Quad/Graphics with her late husband Harry in 1971.  The company purchased Milwaukee Magazine in the 1980s, and Quadracci served as its publisher until earlier this year.

Milwaukee Magazine's chief editor Kurt Chandler says Quadracci wanted to make sure her publication wasn't just another city magazine.

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4:34 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Book Highlights: Patrick Ness Takes on Death and Teenage Pain in New Book

Author Patrick Ness takes on the complexities of death and loss in a new book aimed at young adult readers.
Credit Patrick ness

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews writer Patrick Ness.

In his latest novel, More Than This, writer Patrick Ness takes on death, a mature topic to be sure. But interestingly, he's written this book for young adult readers.

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Arts & Culture
2:27 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Prize-Winning Japanese Quilts on Display in a Cedarburg Barn

The two first place winners: "Grasslands" (center) and "Stars in Heaven."
Bonnie North, Lake Effect

Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with Luella Doss and Melissa Wraalstad of the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts.

The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg has been selected as one of only three museums in the nation to host an internationally renowned Japanese quilt exhibit.

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Arts & Culture
4:41 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Original Chagall Works on Display at UWM Art Gallery

A piece by Marc Chagall on exhibition at the UWM Art History Gallery
Credit UWM Art History Department

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Cassie Sacotte, a Master's student in Art History at UWM.

Unbeknownst to many in the city, UW-Milwaukee's art history department holds a significant number of original prints by the Russian Jewish artist Marc Chagall.

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Arts & Culture
3:56 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Milwaukee Playwright Finds Muse in Actor Brother of John Wilkes Booth

Edwin Booth as Hamlet, circa 1870
Credit J. Gurney & Son, N.Y.

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Milwaukee actress and playwright Angela Iannone and actor Simon Provan.

History may remember the name "Booth" as the surname of President Abraham Lincoln's assassin, but before, and well after, John Wilkes Booth fired that fateful shot, his family was known as America's theatrical royalty.

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