Michelle Maternowski

Digital Services Coordinator

Michelle joined WUWM in 2007 as an assistant producer for Lake Effect. In 2008, she was hired full-time as WUWM's Web Marketing Specialist. And in 2014, Michelle was named WUWM's Digital Services Coordinator. She is responsible for managing WUWM's digital and social media content, strategizing and implementing WUWM's digital endeavors and overseeing WUWM.com.

Michelle holds bachelor degrees in Marketing and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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Some educators in northern Wisconsin aren't letting the fact that climate change is a politically charged issue sway them from teaching about the subject.

Cathy Techtmann is among them. The UW-Extension environmental outreach specialist decided it was time to rethink climate change education.

“The old model purely based on science were just not resonating with people,” Techtmann says. “A lot of people realize that there’s cultural component, not just a scientific piece but also a cultural piece that makes the issue come alive to people.”

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Late Monday in Madison, Gov. Scott Walker announced, "I will suspend my campaign immediately, I encourage other candidates to do the same." 

Walker said he believes he is being called to lead, by helping to clear a crowded field of Republican candidates. He also encouraged the GOP candidates remaining in the race to "offer a positive conservative alternative to the current front-runner," without naming real-estate mogul Donald Trump.

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Glendale-based produce wholesaler, Maglio Companies, has teamed up with Growing Power for an experiment.

This summer, the Milwaukee-based national leader in urban farming installed eleven hoop houses next to Maglio’s headquarters, just off I-43, to grow some of its own food. Inside, tomatoes grow in lush profusion.

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One part of Milwaukee that hasn't changed over the years is its flag, which some say is a problem. Graphic designer Steve Kodis is leading the charge to update the flag.

The Milwaukee flag doesn’t make too many appearances, to be honest. And when it does, you might be struck by how much stuff is on it – from the head of a Native American chief to a ship’s hull to a picture of another flag to a factory to something that looks oddly like a flying saucer.

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A new analysis of census and other population data shows that the Milwaukee metropolitan area (Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis) is among the regions seeing the most dramatic increases in the number of Black and Latino people living in neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty. 

The report, titled Architecture of Segregation: Civil Unrest, the Concentration of Poverty, and Public Policy, was released by The Century Foundation

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The water slides in the Wisconsin Dells today are a strange, accidental metaphor for the area's geological history. 

An ice dam that broke towards the end of the last Ice Age sent water from a glacial lake down the Wisconsin River, carving the fanatical sandstone cliffs that distinguish the Dells today.

That's one of many reasons why geologist Marcia Bjornerus sees beyond the Wisconsin Dells' water parks, tacky shirt shops, and salt water taffy. 

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Keith Hayes was among the first to recognize the potential of a former rail corridor, where Milwaukee's Harambee and Riverwest neighborhoods intersect. The space, now called the artery, stretches from W. Keefe Avenue up to W. Capitol Drive.

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Finding a way to stop the lethal upswing in youth violence in Milwaukee has become ever more imperative.

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Yesterday’s installment of Precious Lives centered on the story of four people who had been in the crowd just feet from where 14 year old Tariq Akbar was shot and killed following Milwaukee’s Independence Day fireworks along the lakefront.

But the shooting touched more than the victim and those four people in the crowd. And the ways its impacts differ says a lot about the situation that has yielded Milwaukee’s difficult summer of gun violence.

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