Michelle Maternowski

Digital Services Coordinator

Michelle is WUWM’s Digital Services Coordinator. She is responsible for all things digital - from overseeing WUWM’s digital platforms to managing WUWM's online and social media content.

She is also behind many special projects at the station. Michelle coordinates Bubbler Talk, a series that uses the Hearken platform to engage WUWM’s audience in the reporting process.

Michelle is part of the team that created the award-winning web project, More Than My Record, an offshoot of WUWM’s Project Milwaukee: Black Men in Prison series. More Than My Record allowed those who were formerly incarcerated to tell their own stories.

Michelle was also involved with Precious Lives, a series on guns, kids and how to stop the violence in Milwaukee. In 2016, she was named station collaborator for Precious Lives: Before the Gunshots, which was part of AIR’s national Localore: Finding America initiative. Through that, came Precious Lives: The Live Show, a live performance series with which Michelle was deeply involved.

Before being named the station’s Digital Services Coordinator in 2014, Michelle was an assistant producer for Lake Effect (2007-2008) and WUWM’s Web Marketing Specialist (2008-2014).

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

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August 5th marks the one year anniversary of the Sikh Temple shootings. Activities have been planned in Oak Creek and Milwaukee to remember the six victims and those injured - Baba Punjab Singh and Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy.

The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin's website reads, "Your presence would show that this is not only a Sikh tragedy, but also an American tragedy. We must fight this violence not with more violence but by coming together with kindness and love."

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The heat and humidity will stick around all week, until cooler temps arrive this weekend.

ESPN The Magazine collected stories from Major League Baseball players who've experienced strange things while staying at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. And, Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviewed some players for NPR's Only A Game back in 2010. Listen here: http://bit.ly/pfisterhaunts

Sherman Park Senior Living

Sherman Park Senior Living Community celebrated its grand opening this week.

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Starting Memorial Day, and running through Labor Day, more than 45 museums across Wisconsin will allow active duty military personnel and up to five family members to visit for free.

The Blue Star Museum program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across the county.

Museums participating in Milwaukee:

Wisconsin ranked 16th in the nation for highest average debt among students who graduated from a 4-year college in 2011, according to a study released by the Institute for College Access and Success.

Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks

The website Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks pulled together a map of median household incomes for every neighborhood in America.

Here's the breakdown of the Milwaukee area:

Wednesday morning at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin questioned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the attacks that took place on September 11, 2012 at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

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Weather Conditions as of 5 pm:

People across Wisconsin are coping with the season’s first widespread snowstorm. A Winter Storm Warning for all of southeast Wisconsin is in effect until 3 am Friday. The DOT is recommending no non-essential travel in areas west and north of Milwaukee.

Gov. Walker
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Gov. Scott Walker announced Friday that Wisconsin will not create its own health insurance exchange, as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. Walker says he will leave the responsibility to the federal government.

Update: Gov. Walker announces that Wisconsin will not create its own health insurance exchange.

Gov. Scott Walker has until Friday Nov. 16 to announce whether Wisconsin will create its own health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act. If the state refuses, the federal government will create Wisconsin's exchange.

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Governor Walker will announce his decision Friday, as to whether Wisconsin will create a state-run health insurance exchange or rely on the federal government to develop a plan.

WUWM inquired about Kentucky’s plan – that state is months ahead in planning its exchange.

The polls will be swarming with people on Tuesday as voters cast their ballots in the presidential election. Lately, poll watchers and observers have also become a fixture at polling places.

To limit any confusion at the polls, the Government Accountability Board created a list of 10 things Wisconsin voters should know. Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, went over some of the list’s highlights with WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele's office confirms that Sue Black is no longer Milwaukee County Parks Director. No reason has yet been stated. Members of the Milwaukee County Board are not yet commenting, many saying they did not have advanced notice about Black's departure.

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