Allison Dikanovic

Lake Effect Volunteer

Allison Dikanovic joined WUWM in May 2019 as a volunteer producer for Lake Effect.

She is a reporter for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service where she covers local news in Milwaukee’s central city and focuses on issues related to criminal justice and incarceration. Her multimedia series on human trafficking in Milwaukee won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and her writing has been published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Associated Press and the Solutions Journalism Network.  

One of Allison's favorite Milwaukee experiences was getting to work with students from Urban Underground to create Youth Rise MKE, a digital magazine project that elevated youth voices. She holds a degree in international affairs and journalism from Marquette University.

Sundeep Morrison


On a fateful Sunday morning seven years ago, Sundeep Morrison received a phone call from her brother in Wisconsin that shook her to her core. A white supremacist had attacked the Oak Creek Sikh Temple, where her parents usually went to pray.

Morrison’s parents happened to have gone to a different gurdwara that morning, but six people lost their lives at the hands of the hate crime. 

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Accessing government data can be extremely difficult. It's not only challenging to find the right reports, but parsing through data and trying to make sense of it can be an incredibly daunting task. 

Allison Dikanovic / Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Editor’s note from Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service: To protect the privacy of the children included in this story, Camp Reunite requested that NNS only use first names for campers.

Bridget Davis eagerly waved one hand in the air and wiped a tear from her eye with the other one as a yellow school bus pulled up in front of Taycheedah Correctional Institution. Her son Lawson was on the bus, and the last time she saw him was more than a year ago, when she dropped him off at school.

“I can’t wait to see him,” she said.

Libby Lang / Milwaukee Magazine

Now that the warm weather is finally here, many people are taking advantage. From backyard projects to exercise, it's as if everyone in the greater Milwaukee area is putting on sunblock and getting outside.

One of our favorite ways to celebrate the summer is by dining al fresco. Restaurants put tables on the sidewalk and long enclosed patios are opened up and filled up by hungry patrons eager to enjoy the fresh air.

Photo courtesy of Karen Larson

The Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) is the largest competitive road cycling series in the United States. It attracts cyclists from the U.S, Europe, South America and Australia. This year is the biggest series yet, boasting 11 days of racing in 11 different communities throughout southeast Wisconsin and more than 1,100 athletes participate.

Image courtesy of Pinehold Gardens

Summer officially begins this week, but it hasn’t felt like it. All around the region, and even the country, farmers’ fields are flooded, preventing many farmers from both planting and harvesting crops they depend on for their livelihood.

Courtesy Mitch Teich

For more than 20 years, one of the funny staples of weekend public radio listening has been the comedy quiz show Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me! The show features a regular panel, special guests, and callers who weigh in on current news, events and pop culture in a way that blends improv with information.

Courtesy of Gianofer Fields

Artist Iris Haussler will tell you that she grew up in a house free of any objects of curiosity. However, her mother was a pharmacist and her father a veterinarian, so many of the objects in her childhood home were actually quite evocative.

As one of nine people in a busy household, Haussler was often left to her own imagination. She created narratives for imaginary characters to entertain herself. Some were based on experiences from when she joined her father as he was caring for farm animals in the countryside. Sometimes, the two would end up visiting slaughterhouses.  

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Engineering touches everything — from our cars to our smartphones, to how our roads work and to putting humans in space. But sometimes, it seems that products or designs aren’t completely thought through before they come to market. Ideas might seem really good on paper, but they don't always make sense for the reality of a person's lifestyle, culture or identity. 

Today is graduation day for many high school students around the region, including Kelley Schlise, who graduates at the top of her class at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee. At today’s ceremony, she’ll share her thoughts about the last four years with her classmates, and her hopes for the future.