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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Many of us are sitting at home to make our community safer as we weather the coronavirus pandemic. It’s an opportunity to reflect on our civic duties, what that means to us and our personal responsibilities to the people around us.

A new project by Kevin Miyazaki and Mary Louise Schumacher, called "This Is Milwaukee," is asking and answering these questions through intimate portraiture and interviews of people who call Milwaukee home.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has most of us staying at home. But that can be difficult when you’re trying to sell or buy a home — and perhaps most difficult when you’re the person trying to help people buy or sell a home.

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But despite the obvious complications, realty agent Ginger Lazovik says business is charging ahead at full speed with the help of some digital aids. 

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Matt Wild is one of the co-founders of Milwaukee Record, which describes itself as an online source for music, culture, and gentle sarcasm. Among the many cultural things Milwaukee Record keeps track of is a nearly exhaustive list of new music from local musicians. 

Here's a selection of Matt's Milwaukee Music Roundup, which includes some special, and timely, songs:

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There are a lot of buildings currently under construction in the heart of Milwaukee. New hotels, apartments and office buildings — the city is experiencing a huge transformation. But with the COVID-19 pandemic and a looming recession, there are lots of questions hanging over these projects. 

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As the nation hunkers down at home, we’re simultaneously staring down an impending recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s still unclear how the recession will unfold, but economists fear we could be looking at an unemployment rate higher than during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

It was just over a decade ago that the Great Recession led to skyrocketing unemployment, home foreclosures, and stagnated wages. But it seems that Wisconsin has learned some things in the time since the Great Recession.

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Most museums in Milwaukee are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. That’s left museum workers in an interesting predicament: how do they bring their work to people without actually visiting the museum?

Tuesday on Lake Effect:

The chair of the Wisconsin Election Commission defends the decision to move forward with the April 7 election. We look at how it could be impacted by the “safer-at-home” order. Then, Italy’s funeral homes are struggling to keep up with respectful burial practices during the pandemic. How prepared are we in Wisconsin? And at a time when senior living facilities are being placed on lock down, we explore the effects of senior isolation.


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Tarot cards have an interesting reputation. Their link to the occult can make them see taboo or sacrilegious. Some people connect them to hustlers or crooks, looking to make a quick buck. But those who believe in it, often see the cards as a way to reconnect with their feelings and aspirations.

Now as many of us stay locked inside our homes for an unknown amount of time, our collective future can feel more uncertain than it once did. Tarot practitioner Laurence Ross, believes these cards can provide a window into the possible and direction when we feel most directionless.

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Although social distancing has many of us stuck at home, there are still opportunities to reconnect with nature. Health professionals suggest getting fresh air, taking walks, and even adding some greenery to your life.

March is a bit early to start digging in the ground, but there are still some ways to work out your green thumb. Gardening expert Melinda Myers has a lot of useful tips for starting seeds indoors, including what plants you should start in March. 

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COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, is rapidly transforming the way we live our lives. Many of us, including the Lake Effect staff, have transitioned to working from home for the foreseeable future. But as most of us avoid contact with the outside world, Wisconsin's April 7 spring election and presidential preference primary is quickly approaching.

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The Affordable Care Act is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The landmark legislation has had a huge impact on the way health care operates in the United States. More than 20 million people have health insurance as a result of the ACA, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Still, since it passed in 2010, the ACA has challenges that threaten its efficacy.

Joy Powers

The Hughes Family Band has a sound that's a unique blend of grit and southern fried country. They like to call it "bar-boogie" —  the kind of music you might hear at your local corner bar, which makes it a good fit for a city like Milwaukee.

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Colorectal cancers are one of the most common cancers in the United States. More than 4% of people will develop one of these cancers during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society.

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Most psychotherapists spend their day listening to other people’s problems. But that job becomes complicated when a psychotherapist is dealing with their own, catastrophic life events. So how do they handle all of it?

Writer and psychotherapist, Lori Gottlieb, talks about her own journey dealing with a difficult breakup and her day-to-day work in her newest book, Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed.

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Just about every morning, Ryan Klussendorf wakes up at 5 to get his cows ready for the day. He milks them, feeds them, and then it’s time to start on paperwork before doing it all again in the afternoon. It’s a job that he and his wife Cheri have done for most of their lives.