Alesandra Tejeda

Digital Intern

Alesandra Tejeda became WUWM’s first digital intern in the summer of 2019. 

Before her start date at WUWM, she spent part of June learning about the Sherpa diaspora in Queens, N.Y., for a personal investigative project. Alesandra loves to travel and has a passion for storytelling in all its forms, but particularly through photography. In recent years she has combined these interests around the world in Hawaii, Iceland, Nepal, and the Caribbean. 

Alesandra attends college in Colorado, where she studies environmental studies and journalism. She calls many places home; among them Mexico City, where she was born and raised, and Milwaukee where she has lived for several years, on and off. 

She hopes to pursue a life in journalism and photography. 

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For some people, it's not an evening out in Milwaukee without a cocktail, a beer, or a glass of wine. But why does so much local social life revolve around alcohol?

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The only thing more popular than the song “Over the Rainbow” is the movie it came from.

The Wizard of Oz was released 80 years on Aug. 15, 1939. Fans all over the world are rejoicing, especially in Oconomowoc, where it was reported that The Wizard of Oz had its world premiere at the Strand Theater.

Ryan Jay, film contributor and Oz historian, goes down the yellow brick road offering little known facts and dispelling myths.

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Humans first left Earth 59 years ago, landing on the moon nine years later. Since then, we’ve orbited the Earth, sent rovers to Mars, and sent people to live on the international space station. And it won’t be too long before we make the journey to Mars to begin our extraterrestrial colonization.

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It’s World Breastfeeding Week, a global celebration organized by the World Health Organization and Unicef that highlights the benefits of breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding can provide important nutrients and antibodies to infants, which move from mother to baby through milk. But breastfeeding can be very difficult and strenuous for parents who just want to make sure their children are getting enough food.

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We’re starting a new partnership on Lake Effect. Matt Wild is one of the co-founders of Milwaukee Record, which he and the other co-founder, Tyler Maas, describe as an online source for music, culture, and gentle sarcasm.


There is an epidemic of reckless driving in Milwaukee. Drivers have been blowing through stop signs, weaving through traffic, and passing in bike lanes — and law enforcement has been cracking down on this behavior.

But there are many solutions to reckless driving, which can include redesigning streets to encourage better driving behaviors. These redesigns are frequently referred to as “road diets,” and they are shown to decrease accidents and reduce the fatalities in crashes. 

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Loop de loops 25 feet high. Guys flying through the air on bikes with no brakes. Death defying tricks done on bikes that look like they couldn’t hold the weight of the rider. It’s Bicycle Motocross, or BMX, and it’s Micah Kranz' passion.

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Our world is a much different place since vaccines became a common part of medical care. Once common diseases like polio and small pox have been eradicated or are rarely contracted today.

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There are many books and articles out there that tell you the best places you should visit in Milwaukee. So it was with a bit of trepidation that Lake Effect agreed to look at one more. While 111 Places in Milwaukee That You Must Not Miss offers up some of the expected — think The Pfister Hotel or The Harley Museum — it also offers up some lesser known places, like the Morris Pratt Institute, Al Capone's rural hideout or visiting Grebe's Bakery for some crullers.

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Cities all over the United States will be celebrating Bastille Day, the national French holiday, this weekend. Milwaukee, the city of festivals, is having its own celebration.

Commemorated every year on July 14, Bastille Day is akin to our July 4 because it celebrates the beginning of a journey to independence. On July 14, 1789, peasants stormed the Bastille prison and ignited the revolution against the existing monarchical rule in France. Though originally a bloody and violent affair, Bastille Day is now celebrated with pageantry.