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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Pabst Blue Ribbon, Miller High Life and Blatz beers are an integral part of Milwaukee history. And beyond their place of origin, they have another thing in common: each beer is a lager. Milwaukee is a city built on lagers, so it may come as no surprise that a festival this weekend is honoring that legacy through modern lagers.


Since the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced it will hold its 2020 convention in Milwaukee, there have been a lot of conversations about what that means for the city. One issue that continues to raise questions is the number of available hotel rooms for delegates and everyone else that will be in town for the event.

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Over the past 10 years, milk prices have been declining. Amid production increases and waning demand, Wisconsin’s dairy farmers are finding themselves in an increasingly difficult predicament.

In the late 1800s, Milwaukee was a city defined by industry. Among other things, the city was the world’s largest primary wheat market, which made the city a hub of business. Like other wealthy Milwaukeeans, grain trader Daniel Newhall capitalized on the influx of people by creating a luxury hotel known as the Newhall House. At six stories, it was one of the largest buildings in the country when it was built in 1857.

When Alex Kotlowitz’s book There Are No Children Here first came out in 1992, the United States was facing unprecedented violence. Homicides in the nation’s largest cities were at an all-time high — triggered by gangs and a drug trade that dominated many of the country’s poorest neighborhoods. His book was set in the Henry Horner Homes, a public housing project on the west side of Chicago.

Joy Powers

Milwaukee band Saebra & Carlyle sees itself as an outlier in a music scene that is often dominated by men. But lead-singer Saebra Laken hopes to change that with more women-led shows like the group's upcoming "Celebration!" event at Club Garibaldi. The March 9 event honors heroines in the arts and donations will benefit Planned Parenthood. 

It is hard to deny Wisconsin’s love of cheese. Its nickname is "America’s Dairyland," it produce more cheese than any other state, and Wisconsin is home to some of the most award-winning cheesemakers in the world.

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There are many ways to measure segregation. In the Milwaukee area, we often hear about hyper-segregated schools and neighborhoods. But the impact of segregation can be felt in every part of our lives, including where we work.

Earlier this year, a group of researchers published a report on residential and workplace segregation in the U.S. The research found that while cities throughout the country continue to be segregated, our workplaces are half as segregated.

The musical Hamilton is unlike many in its class. The show centers around the story of Alexander Hamilton, using a diverse cast to explore the founding of our nation, through rap and more classical musical theater melodies.

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Visual artist Nigel Poor has spent years offering us a glimpse of life behind bars. Poor is not incarcerated, but she has worked with people inside California’s San Quentin Prison to tell the stories of everyday life.  Among the ways she’s done that is through curating a remarkable group of large-format photographs taken over the years by prison staff — some of which are on exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

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You may know the beer that made Milwaukee famous, but how about the man? Reggie “Da Crusher” Lisowski was a pro-wrestler from South Milwaukee, whose career spanned from the 1950s through the 80s. His tagline, “The man who made Milwaukee famous,” was a nod to his character, which was pure Milwaukee.

In the 1960s, there were few Black people on television outside of civil rights or Vietnam War images. There were a couple of sitcoms that had Black characters, but by and large, TV was created for and reflective of white audiences.

Ellis Haizlip wanted to change that and was the driving force behind the television show, Soul!, which showcased Black artistry and activism. 

Chris Kessler

Valentine's Day is just a couple days away and for many that means one thing and one thing only: candy. The annual lovefest has become a celebration of all things sweet - whether it's a piece of chocolate cake at the end of a romantic night out or anticipation of half-priced candy the following day. 

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The Lake Effect team headed to East 'Tosa for the latest Lake Effect On-Site event. Despite the weather, the crowd was near capacity at Birch on North Avenue. Co-hosts Bonnie North and Mitch Teich, highlighted some of the people and businesses that make Wauwatosa what it is today. 

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For many, staying outside in the cold isn’t a choice, it’s a necessity. Delivery people, police officers, and EMTs are just some of the people whose work forces them to stay outside despite the weather.