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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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. It’s 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.

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Protests against police violence and injustices facing the black community are still going strong internationally.

In Milwaukee on Thursday, peaceful protests crossed the city for several hours for the seventh straight night, following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Demonstrations also call attention to the April death of Joel Acevedo, in Milwaukee. An officer, who was off-duty at the time, is charged in Acevedo’s death.

"Black Lives Matter" and "Walk with us" are just a few of the chants you can hear coming from the crowds. 

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WUWM's Race & Ethnicity reporter Teran Powell talks with local community and political leaders about protests against police violence happening in Milwaukee and across the country.

Following the death of another black man at the hands of police, the phrase Black Lives Matter is once again echoing through streets across the United States.

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For most kids, the summer signals the end of the school year and the return to summer sports and camps. But with the arrival of the coronavirus, things are different this year.

With many states, including Wisconsin, lifting their stay-at-home orders, people who run camps or youth sports may be considering – or working on – reopening. But local health professionals want parents to weigh the risks before enrolling their kids.

>>Latest WUWM & NPR Coronavirus Coverage

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While there's no mandate, statewide or locally, requiring residents to wear face masks to protect against COVID-19, some Milwaukeeans have incorporated them into their daily lives.

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People eligible for unemployment benefits are starting to see an extra $600 a week from the federal government. That's due to Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, which is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. 

People who receive regular unemployment insurance, pandemic unemployment compensation, work share or trade readjustment allowances are eligible for the additional $600

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Forty people in Milwaukee County may have become infected with the coronavirus as a result of participating in Wisconsin elections on April 7.

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People across the globe have been showing support for health care workers on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19. That includes at the Aurora Medical Center in Summit, where parade of fire engines and law enforcement vehicles blared their sirens in salute as hospital workers watched and waved from the lawn.

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Gov. Tony Evers has called COVID-19's impact on Milwaukee’s black community a "crisis within a crisis.”

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After a bitter battle, incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly has lost his bid for a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky defeated Kelly Monday in an unusual election that took place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the office is nonpartisan, Karofsky is backed by Democrats and Kelly is backed by Republicans. Karofsky’s victory narrows the court’s conservative majority from 5-2 to 4-3.