Joy Powers

Lake Effect Producer

Joy Powers joined WUWM January 2016 as a producer for Lake Effect. Most recently, she was a director and producer for The Afternoon Shift, on WBEZ-fm, Chicago Public Radio.

Joy grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where she started off her career in radio as an intern at WLKG-fm, The Lake. She has worked as an intern with several companies, including SiriusXm, Fujisankei Communications and the Department of City Planning for the City of New York. At SiriusXM, she was a programming intern and helped launch Studio54 Radio.

She earned a bachelors degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College, Boston, where she worked with several radio and television stations. She was the public affairs director at WERS-fm, and produced the station’s AP-Award Winning program, You Are Here.

She just moved to Milwaukee’s East Side, where she lives with her cats Misses and Marvin. Joy spends much of her free time drawing, painting and practicing the mandolin.

» Twitter: @thejoypowers

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When the Pabst Brewery closed its doors in downtown Milwaukee in 1997, it was unclear what would become of the area. It was littered with abandoned buildings and for almost a decade, the area sat largely unused.

Then in 2006, the complex was bought by Joseph Zilber, a philanthropist and real estate mogul, who was nearing age 90 at the time of its purchase. He passed away just a few years later, at the age of 92.

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The Republican National Convention ended last night with a bang. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took to the stage for the final speech of the convention. The four-day convention was rife with controversy, but is that really so different from any other year?

Milwaukee delegate Bob Spindell was at the convention in Cleveland this year. This marked his sixth convention as a delegate, although he believes he's attended a dozen conventions overall. Although many felt this year's convention would be unlike any other, Spindell had his doubts. 

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Milwaukee real estate prices are on the rise. According to a new report that analyzed apartment listings in major U.S. cities from June to July of this year, Milwaukee saw the highest average increase in the country.

One bedroom rental listings went from an average of $880 in June to just over $1,000 in July. That's an increase of 15%.

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The Republican National Convention kicks off this week in Cleveland. While the party’s presumptive nominee for president has long been known and his vice president pick has been announced, there is still plenty of business the party will conduct over the next few days.

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You might have big plans for the long, holiday weekend, or maybe you're just looking forward to a few lazy days around the house, with a barbecue or beach trip on the agenda. But for the more ambitious, outdoorsy traveler, we've compiled a list of the top three destinations for a weekend getaway. 

"My rule for this is 10 hours or less," says Stacy Tornio. She's the author of several books about nature and outdoor adventures for kids. 

1. Niagra Falls

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Wisconsin boasts one of the largest German populations in the country, and in the early 1900s, Milwaukee was considered one of the most German cities in America. "Milwaukee was known as the Midwest Munich," Steve Schaffer says. "It was, ya know, a German town."

This week’s Bubbler Talk question comes from listener Bruce Campbell, who wanted to know: How were Germans treated in Milwaukee during World War II?

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Income inequality is on the rise, both nationally and locally. While Wisconsin’s income gap is lower than the national average,  recent changes in tax laws may only deepen the growing divide.

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Millions of Americans remember actress Vicki Lawrence for the many characters she played on The Carol Burnett Show, and the spin-off, Mama’s Family. They may also know her as a recording artist and the host of her own talk show back in the 1990s.

Now, Lawrence has become the public face of a campaign to bring attention and empathy for people suffering from a skin condition called Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria, or CIU.

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The history of the Hmong people in Wisconsin goes back decades, to 1975 when thousands of Hmong were resettled in the U.S. after aiding American troops during the Vietnam War. Many landed in cities like Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Wausau. The Hmong are in fact the largest Asian minority in the state and in cities like Wausau, they represent more than 11 percent of the total population.

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On June 23, citizens of the United Kingdom will cast ballots in a referendum to determine whether or not they’ll remain in the European Union. It’s a tense time, with passions running high on both sides of the issue. 

It's a complex issue with roots in Britain's historical reluctance to ally itself with mainland Europe, despite their continued reliance on trade with other countries in the EU. Still, Lake Effect foreign policy contributor Art Cyr, says that leaving the EU could be a decidedly bad business move for the UK. 

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Family, survival and small town values are all on display in Peter Geye’s latest novel, Wintering.

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Musician Christopher the Conquered, also known as Christopher Ford, is giving up on rock & roll. Well, kind of. 

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Milwaukee-based HR consulting firm ManpowerGroup recently released a study called, “Millennial Careers: 2020 Vision.” The report analyzes what millennial workers want from employers, how they differ from previous generations and the kinds of traits employers should be looking for from these employees.

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This Friday, Present Music will hold its Season Finale and Party at Turner Hall Ballroom. The group is finishing its 34th season playing new music in Milwaukee, and will feature guest conductor David Bloom, a founding co-artistic director of Contemporaneous in New York.

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Comedian Lisa Lampanelli is known as the "Queen of Mean,” but if you think that’s all she is, then you’re in for a big surprise.

No one is safe when this insult comic hits the stage, but when the lights go down and she's back to normal life, Lampanelli says it makes her "cringe" when she hears someone use a racial slur.  

"Offstage is a whole different story. You know, I'm very careful with language and things like that just because in my gut, I'm a different person than I am on stage," she says. 

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