Audrey Nowakowski

Lake Effect Coordinating Producer

Audrey is Lake Effect's Coordinating Producer. She edits interviews, posts web articles and aides the production of stories.

Audrey is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University where she majored in Communication Arts and minored in History and English. She has worked with 91.7 WMSE producing public service announcements.

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Colectivo, formally known as Alterra Roasting Company, has been brewing coffee in Milwaukee since 1993. But it turns out they're pretty good bakers too.

The company has been making all the scratch-baked goodies you see at their cafes since 1999. Today, the Troubador Bakery, housed in Colectivo’s Bay View location, is the source of all the scones, muffins, cookies, breads you see in all of their locations.

Photo courtesy of Ellen Alden

Before one fateful trip to her attic, writer Ellen Alden knew next-to-nothing about the life of her ancestors, save for the fact that her red hair was a throwback to her family's life in Ireland. 

However things changed rapidly after Alden found nineteen old letters in a leather box written by her great-great-grandfather Florence Burke to his family during the Civil War.

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Later this month, the documentary Gleason will make its Milwaukee premiere in a private event. The film tells the heartwrenching story of Steve Gleason, a former NFL player who suffers from ALS.

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Keeping up with your individual health can be a challenge, but trying to keep a city healthy is another endeavor completely.

Obesity rates are on the rise nationwide, leading to public health issues such as widespread diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, mental health problems and overall issues with quality of life.

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The World Health Organization predicts that within this century a billion people will die from smoking. Despite rising taxes on tobacco and legal victories against tobacco companies in the late 20th Century, millions of people worldwide continue to start and, in turn, get addicted to, smoking.

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Many high school English classes stress reading the classics of the Western Literary Canon: things like Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, or The Odyssey. But Pulaski High School English teacher Vincent Gaa wanted to give his students some material that they would connect to because it was based on their own interests.

"If you throw some Marx in front of a kid, they're not going to care," says Gaa. "I think the best teaching techniques are leading by example."

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August is national coffee month and to celebrate the occasion, Lake Effect will perk you up with coffee related stories, and bad puns, all month.

Over the past decade, Milwaukee’s coffee culture has expanded and deepened. From old favorites like Colectivo, Stone Creek, and Anodyne, to new kids on the block like Valentine, Kickapoo and Alderaan; coffee and the shops that sell it have become an essential part of who we are.

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New Jersey freelance writer Jen Miller last appeared on Lake Effect in a Fit For You segment tackling the myth of the “runner’s body.” Her New York Times article, Crossing the Finish Line 25 Pounds Lighter, addressed Miller’s journey through weight gain and loss while competing in marathons. 

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There are a lot of bicyclists on the roads and paths here during the summer, but not many of them are women. According to the Wisconsin Bike Federation, only 24% of all cycling trips nationwide are made by women. Compare that to the Netherlands, where women make 55% of all cycle trips and Germany with 49%.

Couresty of the Small Business Administration

Small businesses are a vital part of Wisconsin's and the nation's economies. When these businesses struggle, it often portends deeper issues for the economy at large.

Access to tools and networking needed to start and grow your own business can be difficult to attain without the proper resources.

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The last of golf’s major tournaments tees off next week with the PGA Championship taking place in Springfield, New Jersey. However, golf fans in our area are eager for next year’s U.S. Open, which will be held at Erin Hills in southeast Wisconsin.

There are several golfers associated with the state. The most recent, significant name is Edgerton native Steve Stricker.

Photo courtesy of the East Town Association

More than five thousand participants stormed the Bastille last Thursday in the 35th annual 5K run and walk. The ever-popular race closes Milwaukee’s downtown streets and gives participants the unique experience of not only taking over the city, but racing at night.

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As summer gets into full swing, one common event throughout the city is the 5K run. From color runs, and charity races to beer runs, the 3.1 mile race has become one of the most popular types of races nationwide.

According to Running USA, 7.6 million people finished a 5K in 2015 – making it the most popular race distance.

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Ghostbusters has held a place in our film-loving hearts since the movie’s release in 1984.  It even holds the title of number 28 on the list of 100 best comedies, according to the American Film Institute. So, naturally public sentiment ranged from the cautiously optimistic to the downright negative leading up the all-female cast remake of the classic that opened last week in Milwaukee.

Film contributor Duane Dudek's initial thoughts were not as negative as some online comments, but he still came out of the theater with oddly mixed feelings.

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Thursday night’s attack in Nice, France stunned people here in Milwaukee – attending the city’s annual French festival – Bastille Days. Baron Carl de la Chapelle, Kara Clavis and Sarah Gauthier heard the news, just after they had gathered to celebrate.

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