Bonnie North

Lake Effect Producer / Co-host

Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

Bonnie spent over twenty years working as a director, technician and stage manager in professional, educational, and community theaters. She comes from a family of musicians and artists and grew up playing all kinds of music. But her interest in and love of the arts is not limited to performance. She enjoys other art expressions as well, including painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, and writing.

Bonnie's introduction to Public Broadcasting came at Vermont Public Radio (VPR) in 1992. She spent 7 years there in various positions, including hosting classical and jazz shows and as a production associate and operations manager.

Just prior to joining WUWM, Bonnie worked in the defense industry. She spent two years in the Balkans, first in Sarajevo, Bosnia, where she managed a group of linguists that provided Serbo-Croatian interpreting and translation services for the US and NATO stabilization forces. She then went to Kosovo to manage the overall linguist program for Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Romania.

Bonnie holds a bachelors degree in English Literature/Drama Studies from Purchase College-State University of New York.

Ways to Connect

The Center for Media and Democracy in Madison says the group ALEC has too much secretive influence on legislation. Mary Bottari is the Director of the Madison-based Center for Media and Democracy’s Real Economy Project and BanksterUSA. She has also served as a Senior Analyst in Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division. She spoke to us from Madison as part of our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval series. There’s a link to the group’s ALEC Exposed report here.

How has Wisconsin’s business climate fared in 2011? Mark Erhmann is an attorney with Quarles & Brady, LLP in Madison, and the Chairman of the Board of Forward Wisconsin, a non-profit organization created in 1984 to foster economic development in Wisconsin.

This past year saw a major reorganization for the Wisconsin Arts Board – which lost its agency level status and was absorbed within the state’s Department of Tourism. George Tzugros is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Arts Board. Tzugros spoke with Bonnie North as part of our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval series.

Education dominates the first part of our news roundup this week, starting with a report that MPS students have again scored lower that most of the rest of the country on standardized math and reading tests. Then, most of Wisconsin’s teachers unions voted to re-certify, despite the now annual requirement that they do so. There was also news of the large racial disparity in traffic stops by Milwaukee Police. Lake Effect Weekend’s regular news analyst and Milwaukee Magazine editor Bruce Murphy joins us now to put it all into perspective.

Time may not seem all that controversial, but to scientists it’s a debatable topic. Adam Frank is a professor of Astrophysics at the University of Rochester in New York and a regular contributor to Discover and Astronomy magazines. He's also the co-founder of the 13:7 Cosmos and Culture blog on NPR.

A Wisconsin master of glass work discusses the medium’s artistic appeal. Beth Lipman is an internationally renowned glass artist based in Sheboygan Falls, Wis. She spoke with Bonnie North. Lipman will be leading a Glass + Kiln Weekend Workshop this Saturday and Sunday at the John Michael Kohler Center in Sheboygan.

Our Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections series asks whether cities the size of Racine or Kenosha can support a distinct arts community, or if regional approaches to culture is the way to go. Bruce Pepich is the Executive Director and Curator of Collections at the Racine Art Museum. He was recently awarded the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award for his 37 years at the museum. He spoke with Bonnie North.

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We turn the tables on one of America’s most famous interviewers when we interview Dick Cavett, who spoke with Bonnie North this summer at Ten Chimneys in Delafield. To hear more of Bonnie's interview, click on Supplemental Audio below.

Southeastern Wisconsin has a diverse food industry, and we hear about why three vastly different companies – Kikkoman Foods, Inc., Archer Daniels Midland, and Wixon - all call the Milwaukee area home.

As we're exploring in our series Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate?, Milwaukee’s food and beverage industries don’t just send products out to the world – foreign ingredients also make their way to our market through local companies, like Milwaukee-based Rishi Tea. Ben Harrison is the Co-owner and VP of Sales for Rishi Tea, Todd Wickstrom is the company's chief operating officer. They spoke with Bonnie North.

Our Project Milwaukee series What’s on Our Plate? continues with an overview of Wisconsin’s place at the food producing table. Kyle Cherek is known to many of us here in Milwaukee as the host of the syndicated television show Wisconsin Foodie, currently in its third season. It profiles where our food comes from, the region’s artisanal resources and culinary high points. Cherek is also a frequent contributor and speaker on culinary topics and the farm to table trend.

School administration can have a real effect on how successfully teachers do their jobs, according to Dr. Ellen Eckman. Eckman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership at Marquette University. Her research interests include the role of the principal, leadership in educational organizations, and women in the high school principalship. She spoke with Bonnie North as part of our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

Richard Longworth is a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at DePaul University. He spoke with Bonnie North as part of our series, Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water. You can also read the policy brief he authored calling for a Midwestern Marshall Plan.

Remembering Les Paul

Aug 14, 2009
Lake Effect

In this archived interview, guitar virtuoso, master innovator and Waukesha native Les Paul spoke to us in June of 2008. He was in town last summer to celebrate the opening of Les Paul's house of Sound at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin. Les Paul died yesterday from complications of pneumonia - he was 94 years old.

Della Wells is a visual artist, founder of ABEA and on the board of the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend. Reynaldo Hernandez is an artist, muralist and illustrator. Dr. Walter Sava is the Executive Director of the Latino Historical Society of Wisconsin, and has worked with Latino Arts, the Greater Milwaukee Education Trust, Latinos United for Political Action, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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