Regional News

Ralph and Terry Kovel are famous names in the world of antiques and collectibles.

Ralph was born in Milwaukee; when his family moved to Ohio, he met Terry Horvitz on a blind date. The couple's career took off in 1953 with the publication of their first "catalog" called Kovels' Dictionary of Marks. Their success lead to a newspaper column, television show and more.

WUWM's Susan Bence met Terry Kovel when she was in town for a home and garden show at State Fair Park.

Connie and Gordon Lee adopted four bi-racial children in the 1960s.

WUWM’s Susan Bence visited with the family on Christmas Eve and produced a sound portrait. We first heard the Lees' story in a Milwaukee StoryCorps interview that aired on Lake Effect last October, and much earlier, in a 1966 article in the Milwaukee Journal.

We meet Sylvia Bernstein. She was born here 83 years ago. Her parents had fled a small Ukranian village and started their American life in central Wisconsin, before settling in Milwaukee.

WUWM’s Susan Bence talked with Bernstein in her home, where she talked about her newspaper career. Bernstein says it took a lot of guts; that’s because she didn’t have a journalism degree.

A Frigid Night 40 Years Ago

Dec 17, 2007

WUWM Morning Edition host Bob Bach shares a story of a frigid Milwaukee night more than 40 years ago. Bach grew up in Milwaukee near 83rd and Locust. The irresistible girlfriend who drew him across town on that winter evening was Joan, his wife of 35 years.

Cynthia Akey

WUWM's Project Milwaukee: Creating A Vibrant Regional Economy forum was held on Thursday, November 15th, 2007 at the UWM School of Continuing Education.

The 90-minute community forum brought together community leaders and the public to discuss issues of economic development, growth, and jobs in the Milwaukee region.Bob Bach and Jane Hampden served as moderators.

Susan Bence collected some of the comments made during that discussion.

Panelists included:

Public Policy Forum

Nov 16, 2007

Jeffrey Brown is president of Milwaukee’s Public Policy Forum. He talks with Jane Hampden about government redundancy, education and Wisconsin taxes in the final interview of Lake Effect’s Project Milwaukee series.

Regional 'Cooperation' in southeastern Wisconsin

Nov 15, 2007

John Antaramian is mayor of Kenosha; he’s held the office for 13 years. He talks with Jane Hampden about regional cooperation… or lack of it… as part of WUWM’s Project Milwaukee series. WUWM’s community forum, Project Milwaukee: Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy, takes place Thursday at four o’clock on the 7th floor of the Plankinton Building in downtown Milwaukee. WUWM will record the discussion and air the forum on Lake Effect Monday, November 19th.

We asked Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for his perspective on local economic development. He told WUWM's Bob Bach that as mayor, one of his top priorities when it comes to helping the region prosper, is job creation.

As our series on economic development continues, we ask Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker to share his views regarding the challenges the community faces and its successes. Walker tells WUWM's Bob Bach that economic development here is a two-sided tale.

Minorities in Real Estate

Nov 14, 2007

Mark Eppli is founder of the ACRE program at Marquette University, which stands for Associates in Commercial Real Estate. It’s a training program for minorities in commercial real estate. Eppli is Bell Chair of Real Estate at Marquette. Barry Mandel, president of Milwaukee’s Mandel Group, is funding the ACRE program for the next three years with a one-hundred-five thousand dollar grant.