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.

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? 

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.

Matt Sayles/A.M.P.A.S./Getty Images

On Feb. 24, film lovers of all sorts will gather around their televisions to cringe, cry, laugh and cheer during the 91st Academy Awards. For the first time since 1989, the show will be hostless. However, this doesn't mean it won't be entertaining, as the show has already been the center of controversy after officially announcing the nominees. From Black Panther to BlacKKKlansman, to A Star is Born and Green Book, there is much to be said regarding the diverse films up for the golden statuette.

Carpe Diem Events Milwaukee

It might be cliche to say that Susan Miller dealt with a parent's worst nightmare — but it's also true. Ten years ago, Miller's previously healthy 14-year-old daughter was suddenly diagnosed with a brain tumor and died just days later.

Milwaukee native Chris Multerer - known professionally as Chris Curtis - made a name for himself in the world of pro-wrestling. He spent more than 25 years in the ring, competing largely in the midwest against some well-known opponents, including national names like Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura.

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. 

Elizabeth Masslich

A lot of us probably think back on our days in high school math classes and puzzle over how we're using our algebra, or geometry, or calculus lessons in our lives today. The chances are good, though, that the students of at least one teacher at Cedarburg High School should be able to do the math ten or fifteen years from now.