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.

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.