Audrey Nowakowski

Lake Effect Producer

Audrey is a producer for Lake Effect. She is involved with every aspect of the show - from conducting interviews to editing audio to posting web stories and mixing the show together.

Her regular segments include Fit For You and film discussions. Before becoming a full-time producer, Audrey interned for Lake Effect starting in 2014 and joined the team full-time in the spring of 2015.

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

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Simon & Schuster

There are some notable addresses and iconic homes around the United States, but one has stood the test of time and remains the largest home on U.S. soil.  The Biltmore Estate, built in the late 19th century in Ashville, North Carolina, is a colossal mansion built by George Vanderbilt.

Marvel Studios

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that the 19th installment in the Marvel universe is on screens around the world.  Avengers: Infinity War recently became the fastest movie to earn one billion dollars.

It is jampacked with everyone’s favorite superheroes -  Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther...  But do those epic proportions work to the advantage or the detriment of the story at the heart of the film? 

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In the summer of 2013, 19-year-old Jessie Blodgett was a music education student at UW-Milwaukee, intent on changing the world through music.  She was devoted to the cause of ending male violence against women.

But in July of 2013, Jessie Blodgett was raped and murdered in her own home. The story shook her hometown of Hartford devastating many, especially her father, Buck.

READ: 'I'm Just A Dad Who Wants to Do Something': How Tragedy Sparked A Mission

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Doctors define the “perinatal period” as running from before conception, through a woman’s pregnancy, all the way to a year post-partum.  It’s a time when women go through many changes physically - and mentally. But for women who struggle with mental health or substance abuse issues - these changes not only can affect the mother, but the child as well.

C Fitz

Jewel Thais-Williams is an important figure to people in several communities. She’s the founder of the legendary Los Angeles night club, the Catch One. For four decades, “the Catch” was a place where politicians, and everyday people of all colors, cultures, and backgrounds could come together and dance the night away – and more importantly, be accepted.

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Small farms represented 46 percent of production in the United States in 1991.  But by 2015, that share had fallen to under 25 percent, according to the US Department of Agriculture.  Among dairy farms in Wisconsin, the numbers are striking - the state topped out at 167,000 in 1940 and now has just 9,000.

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This August marks the 6th anniversary of the shooting at  the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.  The hate crime left six people dead and four others wounded, and the killer later committed suicide.  Among those who died was the temple’s leader, Satwant Singh Kaleka.

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The vision of the end of civilization in Emily St. John Mandel’s new novel would be chilling enough – a fast-moving plague from overseas wipes out nearly everyone it touches – even without the real-life Ebola outbreak killing people in Africa.

Her novel, Station Eleven, jumps back and forth between the time leading up to the deadly flu outbreak, and the time after, in which as much as 99 percent of the population is killed.

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Project Milwaukee: To Protect and Serve has been addressing the often strained relationship between Milwaukee’s Police Department and the communities it’s sworn to protect. However, these issues aren’t unique to Milwaukee. Many urban communities are facing the same kinds of problems with police and community members.

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Increasingly, police officers are the first contact for social services. To help with that, the Crisis Assessment Response Team brings the Milwaukee Police Department together with the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division to response to mental health crises. 

The first CART team was launched in 2013. It has since expanded to four teams, three cover the City of Milwaukee and one works throughout Milwaukee County.

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The mission of Community Coalition for Quality Policing is to reduce crime in Milwaukee, increase the cooperation between police and community members, and improve morale among police officers.

CC4QP is made up of a diverse group of 20 plus advocacy, faith and service organizations - including the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP.

Fred Royal, president of the chapter, says, "Policing, just like any relationship, has to be worked on constantly."

Rachel Morello

College students can have a lot of stressors in their lives: school work, jobs, tuition... just to name a few. All these can take quite a toll on one's physical and mental health.

One way Lake Effect producer Audrey Nowakowski and former education reporter Rachel Morello like to relieve stress is through exercise. They've noticed that two Milwaukee university leaders - Marquette University President Michael Lovell and UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone - are also big fitness advocates.

So, WUWM decided to put them to the test - a physical fitness test.

Maayan Silver

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games and the Paralympics that followed it both played out in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Both games were praised for the way they were run and the example it set for unification and sportsmanship.  But for some of us, the Olympics may have sparked a bigger interest in understanding Korean culture.

WUWM's latest Project Milwaukee series, To Protect and Serve, airs March 26-30.  It will focus on relations between law enforcement and the community it is sworn to protect, at a time of major transition.  We preview the series with two of the people that helped shape it - Ann-Elise Henzl, WUWM News director and Audrey Nowakowski, Lake Effect producer and Project Milwaukee co-executive producer.

Paramount Pictures

Many science fiction movies qualify as visual spectacles, but there are only a select few that bring up the essential question of what it means to be human.

Alex Garland has been a novelist since the 1980s and emerged to mainstream audiences as a formidable science fiction screenwriter and director with Ex Machina four years ago.

Both that film and his latest, Annihilation, leave audiences pondering far after the credits roll.

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