Michelle Maternowski

Managing Editor

Michelle was named WUWM's Managing Editor in January of 2018.

Previously, she was WUWM’s Digital Services Coordinator and was 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.

In partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, she helped create the Across the Divide event series to foster civil conversations around divisive issues. 

Michelle was also 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 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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With two Wisconsin basketball teams heading to the "Big Dance," March Madness has hit Milwaukee hard.

Ann-Elise Henzl

One of Milwaukee's most outspoken advocates for racial justice is calling Wisconsin's disproportionate incarceration of black men an "undeclared state of emergency."

Feast of Crispian

A little over a year ago, Feast of Crispian began holding weekend Shakespeare intensives at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Ben Habanek

If you're hoping to take advantage of the extended winter season to visit the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore ice caves, you certainly won't be alone.

Milwaukee Brewers, Instagram

The Milwaukee Brewers are taking a cue from Olympic athletes saving the street dogs of Sochi.

News outlets have scanned thousands of emails and documents that a John Doe investigation uncovered and the court released on Wednesday. Here is some of what has been reported so far:

Buzzfeed called attention to two racist emails. One was sent by Thomas Nardelli, Gov. Walker’s chief of staff when he was Milwaukee County Executive and the other by Kelly Rindfleisch, Walker’s then-deputy chief of staff.

Wisconsin to Get Tougher on Pot Possession

Jan 21, 2014

Nearly half of America’s states have eased up on the use of marijuana, but Wisconsin is moving toward further criminalization of the drug.

Steve Ottmann/Sheboygan Falls News

The Sheboygan Falls School District administration has overturned the game suspension for two African American brothers on the high school basketball team, over what some called gang signs.

Susan Bence

MPS is among those cancelling classes for Monday, because of the wind chill warning that took effect at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5.

Icicles Hanging from Your House?

Dec 27, 2013
Michelle Maternowski

Our fluctuating weather has been perfect, for creating icicles. Warm roofs melt snow, but it can refreeze if it hits colder spots near the gutter.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Credit and debit card information of about 40 million Target shoppers has been stolen.

Colectivo Coffee

Colectivo Coffee will auction off its Alterra cafe signs and letters to raise money for the Hunger Task Force.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

The Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation the released traffic cam video showing how a massive pileup developed during Sunday's heavy snow, on Highway 41/45 near Germantown.

Washington Post

The Washington Post recently created an interactive map that lays out, by zip code, where the nation's richest and most educated populations reside.


A 2013 ranking reaffirms Milwaukee's place as the overall most segregated metropolitan area in the United States. The Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis metropolitan statistical area also ranked high in segregation between whites and blacks.

>> This story is from 2013. For WUWM's complete 2017 series on segregation, visit Project Milwaukee: Segregation Matters.