Audrey Nowakowski

Lake Effect Producer

Audrey is a producer for Lake Effect. She is involved with every aspect of the show - from conducting interviews to editing audio to posting web stories and mixing the show together.

Her regular segments include Fit For You and film discussions. Before becoming a full-time producer, Audrey interned for Lake Effect starting in 2014 and joined the team full-time in the spring of 2015.

Audrey is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University where she majored in Communication Arts and minored in History and English. She has also worked with 91.7 WMSE producing public service announcements.

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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.

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All baby boomers will be over 65 by 2030, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. So, one in every five residents will be of retirement age. That means more people will be living with chronic conditions and general age-related issues, even as their life expectancy increases. Here in Wisconsin, Waukesha County is home to the state’s largest senior population.

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Milwaukee native Madeline Glaspey began drawing and painting at an early age. To hone her craft, she went to arts centered public schools, including Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts and Milwaukee High School of the Artsup until college. In 2013, Glaspey graduated with a BFA in drawing and painting from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University and decided to come back to Milwaukee as a professional artist.

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The Latino population faces many challenges when it comes to barriers to care for addiction — including English proficiency, lack of insurance, and the stigma surrounding the issue. But the programs at Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, including its Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction (AODA) and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), are especially geared toward the population it serves.

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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.

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Earlier this week we aired an interview with the Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Sara Meaney at Lakeshore State Park. It happens to be one of the many public parks and greenspaces accessible from Milwaukee County’s Oak Leaf Trail.

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Have you assembled your summer beach reads yet? While there's lots to do in Milwaukee during the summer, there’s always time to read. Daniel Goldin, of Boswell Book Company, put together a list of books perfect for the wide ranging festivals and activities the city has to offer all summer:

For Germanfest: Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini


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Fifty years ago, the Stonewall riots in New York’s Greenwich Village kicked off the modern pride movement. But eight years before that, the patrons of an unassuming gay bar in Milwaukee took a stand against intolerance and disrespect.

"The fact there was a sizeable LGBT community that was large enough to have their own spaces and large enough to fight back when those spaces were endangered, shocked Milwaukee like nothing else," says historian Michail Takach.

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In general, an estimated 80%  of people needing treatment for substance abuse in Wisconsin are not either seeking it or receiving it.

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From alcohol to the misuse of opioids, addiction issues are a national crisis. In 2017, more than 900 people died from opioid overdoses in Wisconsin alone.

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There are approximately 50 million people living with some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. This rate is expected to nearly double by 2030, and triple by the year 2050. The global costs of dementia was estimated to be around $1 trillion in 2018 and are expected to rise drastically.

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Editor's note: This piece originally aired on May 29, 2017. We are revisiting it in honor of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day observations started early for some in Milwaukee with the official dedication of the Captain Lance P. Sijan Memorial Plaza in front of the General Mitchell International Airport on May 26th.


Memorial Day Weekend is here. But the gardeners among us are casting an anxious look at the sky, or at least at the weather forecast, in hopes that it will be a good weekend to get gardens going and yardwork done.

While typical gardening and planting is a bit delayed this year, garden contributor Melinda Myers offers some suggestions about what you might want to take on during one of the busiest and maybe most important gardening weekends of the year:

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The United States is home 59 national parks — from Yellowstone (the first, established in 1872) and to Pinnacles in California (the newest, created in 2013). Writer and photographer Becky Lomax has lived and breathed the parks her whole life. Her dad was a park ranger and as a kid, she and her family would regularly visit Washington state's national parks.

As an adult, Lomax lived outside of Glacier National Park in Montana, where she worked as a backpacking and hiking guide. That experience inspired her first guide book.

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If the Smithsonian Institution is known as “The Nation’s Attic,” the Wisconsin Historical Society holds that distinction here in this state.  But leaders from Historical Society believe the attic could use some significant work.