Teran Powell

Race & Ethnicity Reporter

In 2018, Teran became WUWM's Race & Ethnicity Reporter. She joined WUWM in the fall of 2017 as the station’s very first Eric Von Fellow.

Teran began her journalism career during her years as a student at Marquette University. She worked as a reporter for Marquette student media and the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service covering local events and community activists. She has also freelanced for the Shepherd Express and worked as a show editor for Fox 6 News.

A Chicago native, Teran’s passion for journalism lies within being up close and personal with people in the community and the happenings that affect them directly. With a genuine passion for storytelling, Teran’s goal is to tell the stories that need to be told.

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The Second Annual Minority Health Film Festival kicks off in Milwaukee Thursday through Sept. 24. Fifty films, events and discussions will highlight how relationships, communities and institutions impact the health of marginalized groups.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is virtual, except for some drive-in events.

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People gathered in Kenosha continue to demand justice in the police shooting of Jacob Blake that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Chants of "No Justice, No Peace" and "Say His Name: Jacob Blake" echoed through the streets of downtown Kenosha Saturday as protesters once again rallied to Civic Center Park, across the street from a fenced off Kenosha County Courthouse where armed guards stood.

Blake’s family led the rally seeking justice for him and for the two men who were killed Tuesday by an armed 17-year-old during a night of protesting.

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Milwaukee activists and about 50 marchers started a journey to Washington D.C. — on foot — at the beginning of August. The group arrived Friday, the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream" speech delivered during the March on Washington in 1963.  

But their journey has been met with some resistance.  

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Protesters continue to take to the streets in Kenosha, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

The nation’s eyes are now on the southeastern Wisconsin city, three months into the daily demonstrations across the country that were sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Updated Wednesday at 9:39 a.m. CT

One person was wounded when a shooting broke out as demonstrators marched from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C., in response to the police killing of George Floyd, police said.

Milwaukee activist Frank "Nitty" Sensabaugh, one of the march's organizers, told WJAC-TV in Johnstown that the shooting happened around midnight Monday in rural Pennsylvania.

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Black people in Milwaukee are generally worse off today than 40 or 50 years ago compared to Black people across the country, in indicators like poverty, mass incarceration, economic mobility and segregation. That’s according to the latest study from UW-Milwaukee’s Center for Economic Development.

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The coronavirus continues to highlight disparities in health outcomes among marginalized groups. In this time of social distancing, telehealth or online video appointments have kept many people connected with doctors and therapists.

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According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 5 women report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner, or IPV, in their lifetime.

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A citizen oversight commission has given Milwaukee's police chief a long list of directives as it works to revise the police department procedures. Failing to comply with those directives could lead to discipline against Chief Alfonso Morales, even his termination.

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Local activist Vaun Mayes has been released from the Milwaukee County Jail. Mayes’ arrest stemmed from what police allege were his actions pertaining to an incident at a house at 40th and W. Lloyd streets last week.

Milwaukee police believe he should be charged with burglary as a party to a crime, and criminal trespass to a dwelling.

Mayes was on the scene with neighbors and others who surrounded the home, believing missing children were housed there. The home was eventually set on fire.

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The Marquette University community is mourning Jacqueline Walker — a woman many came to know simply as "Miss Jackie." She was the Educational Opportunity Program’s financial aid counselor for more than 20 years.

EOP is an academic, federally funded TRiO program that helps low-income and first-generation students pursue a degree in higher education. It was established in 1969 at the university to make a Marquette education more accessible to "culturally distinct students." 

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About a week ago, photos of Black people who were killed by police and private citizens were attached to nooses and hung from a tree in Riverside Park on Milwaukee’s east side. Those pictured were Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, and Botham Jean.

People who saw the photos and nooses were angry and shocked, and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation.

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Cases of the novel coronavirus in Milwaukee County are on the rise. More than 10,700 people have tested positive, and more than 330 county residents have died from COVID-19. Health and political leaders remain concerned about how the virus is trending.

According to data, the number of coronavirus cases continues to climb in the Hispanic community, surpassing the rates in other groups in Milwaukee County. 

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For many Americans, when they mention Independence Day, they’re talking about July 4, which commemorates the Declaration of Independence. But for African Americans, a different date signifies independence: June 19, 1865.

The date has been referred to as Freedom Day, Black Independence Day, or most commonly, Juneteenth. 

Wisconsin is one of at least 40 states that observe Juneteenth Day. Milwaukee was one of the first cities in the north to celebrate it; there's been an annual festival for over 40 years.

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WUWM is partnering with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee PBS and the Milwaukee Public Library on an initiative called Listen MKE. Its goal: help north side residents get the information they want and need.

More specifically, we want to better understand what's most important to people who live in these Milwaukee neighborhoods and help fill information gaps.