Julian Hayda

Lake Effect Producer

Julian Hayda joined WUWM in March 2020 after producing The 21st, Illinois’ statewide NPR talk show, and Worldview, WBEZ Chicago’s long-standing global issues talk show.

Julian got his start in multimedia journalism by working in Ukrainian community media in Chicago, where he worked on stories about identity, religion, and social justice. His work at VIDIA received international recognition for TV coverage of the now-deposed Ukrainian president’s visit to the 2012 NATO Summit, among other stories. In 2013, Julian co-founded the Euromaidan Journalist Collective, which was among the first English-language teams on the ground of Ukraine’s 2013-2014 revolution and ensuing war. He directed a feature length film about the people who live under the shadow of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, and has also worked on projects in Poland, Slovakia, Chechia, and Cuba.

Julian holds a Master’s degree in International Studies and a Bachelor’s in Film Production and Journalism, both from DePaul University. He comes from a long line of priests, and sees journalism as a perfectly logical continuation of that vocation.

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If all goes according to plan, you might see a $1,200 deposit in your bank account sometime in the next few weeks. The 3 million people who’ve recently filed for unemployment will get an extra $600 a month, and people with kids will get even more money.

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It’s hard to be “safer at home” if you don’t have a home.

Homeless shelters and other social service groups around the world have struggled to keep their communities housed, clothed, and fed during the coronavirus pandemic. Not only does the virus threaten the health of homeless people themselves, transience can also spread the virus to the broader public.

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In times of crisis, most public attention is given to prevention and mitigation. But in places like Italy, which struggled with its early response to the coronavirus outbreak, a lot of local response has shifted on burying the dead.

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Millions of Christians around the world observe Lent this time of year — the traditional 40-day period in preparation for Easter is usually marked by abstaining from certain indulgent foods and behaviors. Milwaukee’s world-famous fish frys owe in part to the Catholic practice of skipping meat during Lent.

READ: Friday Night Fish Fry: The Story Behind A Milwaukee Tradition

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Coffee drinkers around the country got a rare taste of a Panamanian coffee thanks to a deal that Milwaukee, Wisc., roaster Colectivo struck with the Hacienda La Esmeralda plantation.

This particular bean is called “Geisha,” and it’s usually sold in specialty auctions once a year.

The coffee's reputation took off in 2004, when the Peterson family that owns the plantation submitted Geisha beans into an international coffee competition.

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On Wednesday night, President Trump delivered a rare Oval Office address, announcing a European travel ban with an exception for the United Kingdom. The administration later clarified that the ban does not apply to U.S. citizens and their families, permanent U.S. residents, Ireland, or Eastern Europe.  

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The Democratic presidential nominations may still be up in the air, but preparations for the party’s 2020 nominating convention are very much in progress here in Milwaukee.

Thousands of Democratic party officials will gather at the Fiserv Forum in downtown Milwaukee from July 13-16 to decide who will face off against President Donald Trump in November. Milwaukee was chosen over three other finalists: Denver, Miami, and Houston, two years ago.

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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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While the COVID-19 outbreak has led to some heavy handed approaches to public health, many Americans may also feel the effects of the economy’s invisible hand. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by more than 5,000 points since the outbreak took off, and the S&P 500 fell by 8% on Monday alone. These were the biggest drops since the 2008 recession.


Milwaukee may be known for its beer, both brewed and consumed, but few people really understand the inner workings of the local industry. As several industries are taking a more critical approach to gender equity, a group is trying to bring more women into brewing. The Pink Boots Society was started in 2007 by master brewer Terri Fahrendorft after she took a road trip to 70 breweries across the country.