Zoe Smith Munson

Lake Effect Intern

Zoe Smith Munson joined WUWM in January 2019 as an intern for Lake Effect.

Originally from Madison, Wis., Zoe is a junior double-majoring in journalism and sociology, minoring in communication and pursuing a certificate in digital art and culture at UW-Milwaukee. Over a couple of semesters, Zoe has reported for UW-Milwaukee's award-winning news website, Media Milwaukee, including doing extensive coverage of the 2018 midterm elections.

Although she's intrigued by most topics, Zoe tends to focus her work on culture, social issues and politics using written and audio methods.

Mary-Ann Bendel

If you look at the list of producers and showhosts at WUWM, with just a couple of exceptions, it consists of nearly all women. While the demographic breakdown varies from newsroom to newsroom, women do make up a large percentage of journalists working in the broadcast industry today. 

One hundred and seven years after it sank, it's hard to believe there's any aspect of the Titanic's tragic voyage that we don't know about. The supposedly unsinkable ship hit an iceberg and went down in the North Atlantic in April of 1912. A new book by a Wausau native takes an unusual approach to the Titanic's history.

Image courtesy Mike Paddock

Parts of the Midwest are still reeling from spring flooding caused by a winter's-worth of snow melting in a very short period of time. The floods have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, even in places with plans for such occurrences. 

Audrey Nowakowski

There are many names for the neighborhoods just south of downtown Milwaukee, but there is one over-arching term that has taken hold: the near south side.

In front of a live audience at Latino Arts in Walker's Square, Lake Effect's Mitch Teich and Bonnie North sat down with some of the neighborhood's residents and entrepreneurs to uncover what makes the area unique: its growing demographic, charming character, entrepreneurs, and music.

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

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The fate of the proposed redesign of the Marcus Performing Arts Center is still undecided. The initial plan included removing the Dan Kiley-designed grove of chestnut trees, which is along the east side of the Milwaukee River adjacent to the Peck Pavilion.

Higher Level Camps

Milwaukee-native Cheryl Mohr always knew that sports, especially basketball, would play a major role in her life. Mohr played varsity basketball for her entire high school career, became a 1,000-point club member, and was the first player to receive a full athletic scholarship for women's basketball. She went on to play Division 1 basketball at the University of Arkansas and then professionally for the Columbus Minks.

Nirmal Raja and Lois Bielefeld

An exhibition currently on view at The Warehouse on west St. Paul Avenue offers some answers to the perpetual question: what does it mean to be an American? 

Mitch Teich

A couple of years ago, Milwaukee-area realtor and writer Kathleen Davis was on the verge of sending her oldest child off to college, and that got her to wondering whether childhood and adolescence had truly prepared him for the indpendence that he'd soon have. The result was her book You Never Told Me That! A Crash Course in Preparing Your Kids for Independence.

Bonnie North

Native American art has not often been characterized as such by the non-Native American world. From intricately-beaded clothing to ceramics to jewelry, the artworks that native peoples here created, and continue to create, are often found in the craft or perhaps the folk art areas of museum exhibitions. 


In 2014, three major Milwaukee academic institutions were undergoing transitions to new leadership. But out of a state of flux, UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Milwaukee Public Schools began an alliance aimed at improving outcomes for students.

They created a network called M-cubed, with a mission of better aligning education so that students who start at MPS will have a smoother road leading to MATC, UWM, or both.

Ron Reiring / Flickr

The economic and other disparities between residents of Milwaukee's central city and other parts of the metropolitan area are well known. The suburbs, in particular, show lower rates of poverty and incarceration and higher income, education and home-ownership than many parts of the central city. That's especially true for one ZIP code.

For many, 53206 has become a metaphor for the challenges facing inner-city residents, especially residents of color. The areas high incarceration rate and low employment rate have attracted national and international reporting.

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

After serving as the managing editor of news at USA Today for nearly two-and-a-half years, Ron Smith is back in Milwaukee as the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service's new editor. Smith, a Marquette University alumnus, has joined forces with the Diederich-School-of-Communication-sponsored organization to rethink how the city does journalism. 

Smith plans to educate and illuminate the community through something new to NNS: original beat reporting; focusing on underrepresented topics, groups and individuals.


Jeff Daniels is most famous for his acting work in movies, but the stage has long been his passion. In fact, he founded the Purple Rose Theater Company in his home state of Michigan. Back in the early 2000s, Daniels commissioned Pulitzer-winning playwright Lanford Wilson to create a new piece for his company.

Trapper Schoepp

Especially in the midst of the #MeToo movement, it's evident that sexual assault is a social epidemic here in America and elsewhere. Beyond the shocking number of sexual assaults that happen every day — one every 98 seconds in America, according to Rainn — there is also a shocking number of offenders who don't receive rightful punishment for their crimes. 

UWM photo/Elora Hennessey

On Feb. 23, the UWM Drag Show will celebrate 20 years of wowing the Milwaukee community. A lot has changed in the last two decades — from the show's beginning at UW-Milwaukee's Union Ballroom to hosting thousands at the Miller High Life Theatre — but what hasn't changed is the meaning behind the glitter, the makeup and the wigs.