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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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.

Restoring Milwaukee's Movie Palaces

Jul 12, 2019
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As Americans fell in love with movies in the 1910s and 20s, extravagant movie palaces were built. The theater's generally featured a single screen and a stage for vaudeville performances. However, as modern movie theaters came on the scene with multiple screens, many of those older, ornate theaters began to close and fall into disrepair. Over the past few decades, many of these spaces have been brought back to life as atmospheric theaters and music venues.

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The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border may seem far away, but for many Milwaukeeans it hits close to home. That’s why Latinx community members have come together for an event Friday night in solidarity with the Close the Camps movement.

The event will feature a nativity scene surrounded by fencing — to draw parallels between the holy family and migrants detained in border facilities. 

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Summer is finally here  — and it looks like it’s here to stay. But after the cool, damp spring, many gardeners are still working to get plants in the ground and trying to undo some of the damage caused by the weather.

In the early 1990s, the Milwaukee Brewers' Racing Sausages were cartoon characters that raced in a video on the Jumbotron.

Like other fans, graphic designer Michael Dillon would cheer for his favorite sausage in the animated race. But that wasn't enough for him. So he pitched an idea to a Brewers executive: having the sausages run into the park.

"I'll make them; I'll run in them; you won't have to do anything," Dillon told the executive.

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Ruaha National Park in Tanzania may seem like a world away from Wisconsin. But Wauwatosa-native BenJee Cascio calls both of these places home.

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The Human papillomavirus (HPV) is considered the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. Many people know that the disease can cause cervical cancer — but it's also known to cause other kinds of cancer that affect both men and women.

Although a vaccine has been available for more than a decade, vaccination rates remain relatively low, especially among boys and men. According to a CDC survey, around half of teens were up to date with the vaccination as of 2017.  

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The U.S. Supreme Court announced its long-awaited decision on partisan gerrymandering — the practice of writing maps to disadvantage certain political parties. Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, finding that federal courts cannot remedy issues of partisan gerrymandering. The vote was 5-4, along ideological lines with the more conservative justices in the majority.

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From roads and bridges to aging buildings and buses, the Milwaukee area is facing a lot of infrastructure needs. When taken in its totality, the dollar amount required for those needs is enormous and far beyond the area’s financial capabilities.

Friday on Lake Effect:

A report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum looks at the many infrastructure needs facing the Milwaukee-area. Then, a Rohingya refugee talks about their experience living in Milwaukee for our I'm An American series. Later, how the host housing program for the Tour of America’s Dairyland benefits more than just the cyclists. And a local, private archive contains many hundreds of LGBTQ+ stories not found in other media.


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After Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek announced he had stage four pancreatic cancer, many took the diagnosis as a death sentence. The American Cancer Society estimates that just 3% of patients with pancreatic cancer at that stage will survive beyond 5 years after diagnosis.

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Historian John Gurda is the go-to source for all things Milwaukee history.

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For the latest Lake Effect On-Site, the team headed to Cedarburg ahead of the city's annual Strawberry Festival.

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The rivalry between Miller and Budweiser is nearly as old as the beers themselves. However, the century-old fight took a new turn earlier this year when Anheusuer-Busch premiered an ad at the Superbowl attacking MillerCoors' use of corn syrup in two of its flagship beers.

The history of this competition — and its modern incarnation — is documented in this month's Milwaukee Magazine. The article, "The Big Beer Battle," was written by Matt Piper.

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Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul recently announced that he will defend an EPA decision to exempt parts of the Milwaukee area from stricter air quality regulations. Kaul will be siding with the Trump administration and former Gov. Scott Walker in defending the exemption, which contends that much of the area’s air pollution is caused by Illinois and Indiana.