Joy Powers

Lake Effect Producer

Joy Powers joined WUWM January 2016 as a producer for Lake Effect. Most recently, she was a director and producer for Afternoon Shift, on WBEZ-fm, Chicago Public Radio.

Joy grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where she started off her career in radio as an intern at WLKG-fm, The Lake. She has worked as an intern with several companies, including SiriusXm, Fujisankei Communications and the Department of City Planning for the City of New York. At SiriusXM, she was a programming intern and helped launch Studio54 Radio.

She earned a bachelors degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College, Boston, where she worked with several radio and television stations. She was the public affairs director at WERS-fm, and produced the station’s AP-Award Winning program, You Are Here.

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The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump began Tuesday. Trump is charged with abuse of power and obstruction of justice, making him only the third president to be impeached. Two thirds of the Senate must find President Trump guilty in order to convict him. If that happens, he’ll be the first president convicted in an impeachment trial.

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Although Milwaukee singer-songwriter Tae is just 21-years-old, she’s not exactly a newcomer. She’s been performing as a solo artist for nearly a decade, and she began touring with her music last year.

On New Year's Day, she released her first full-length album called “What Love Is.” It explores different parts of her life and experiences, which Tae says is reflective of her creative process.

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This July, the Democratic National Convention is expected to bring tens of thousands of people to the city of Milwaukee — and many Milwaukeeans aren’t sure what to expect.

As part of our Wisconsin 2020 series, we've been asking you tell us what you want to know about the DNC. Now, it's time to answer them. 

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President Trump recently came to Milwaukee for yet another rally — to the delight and dread of people in the area. There were protests, as has become the custom. And there were the familiar faces of the “Front Row Joes,” the group of mostly retirees who go from one Trump rally to the next, like Deadheads with a political bent.

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So much has changed in Milwaukee over the last decade. Over just the past few years, the Hop streetcar has connected downtown neighborhoods, the Northwestern Mutual Tower has transformed the city's skyline, and the Fiserv Forum has redefined the neighborhood now known as "The Deer District." 


January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month — an effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which hopes to shed light on the issue of fetal health. While there are many birth defects which can’t be prevented, with the right care there are steps that mothers can take to make certain birth defects less likely. 

Birth defects include a wide array of issues, including both mild problems and life-threating conditions. 

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Wisconsin’s fight over a potential purge of voter registrations has garnered national attention. The issue began with a lawsuit brought by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, a conservative law firm based in Milwaukee. The group, also known as WILL, sued Wisconsin’s Elections Commission after it recommended waiting until 2021 to deactivate the registration of voters who may have moved.

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Milwaukee Magazine has created a winter playbook that offers a range of tips for staying happy and healthy through the winter season.

"One of the ways to survive winter, just in general, is to develop a hobby that makes you want to go outside," says Milwaukee Magazine's Carol Nicksin. 

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The 1960s was a decade of change in the United States. The civil rights movement brought intense focus on human rights abuses against minorities, including Native Americans. As the American Indian Movement was occupying Alcatraz, Louis Clark III (Two Shoes) was here in Wisconsin, growing up on the Oneida Reservation and dealing with his own abuse.

Clark is a member of the Iroquois Confederacy and the Bear clan. He faced difficulties growing up as one of just a few Native American children in his Catholic church.

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The assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani has brought renewed attention to the complex relationship between the United States and Iran. For decades, there have been major conflicts between Iran and the U.S. Over the past two years, this adversarial relationship has intensified and the future remains unclear.

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January's events are about getting to know your neighbors, diversifying your worldview, and celebrating icons of civil rights. Sorting through the lists of community events can be overwhelming, which is why we turn to Adam Carr.

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Gemütlichkeit is a key part of Wisconsin culture. And perhaps nothing embodies that idea of good cheer more than our neighborhood bars. Milwaukee bars, in particular, can be a great place to experience that sense of community while warming up with a good drink.

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When teenagers started showing up at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin with severe lung damage, doctors weren’t sure what to make of it.

Normally, a young, healthy lung would be full of cavernous airways. Instead, doctors found a complex web of gunk filling the chambers of the lungs. It looked like a severe kind a pneumonia, but that diagnosis didn’t make sense. Then, doctors found something linking these teens: they all vaped.

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It’s a common scene in sitcoms and films: Something chaotic happens, an older character looks overwhelmed, and they begin to grab at their chest. We all recognize it as the classic signs of a heart attack. But for many women, these scenes can be misleading.

Although heart disease is the most common cause of death for women in the U.S., cultural representations of heart attacks rarely present many of the typical symptoms for women

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Although most of us have sworn off gardening until the spring, the holidays bring a wealth of plants and flowers into our lives. Christmas trees, wreaths, and other plants like pointsettias, all require a lot of care to stay beautiful throughout the winter season. Gardening expert Melinda Myers spoke with Lake Effect's Joy Powers about how to care for these plants when they come inside.