Joy Powers

Lake Effect Producer

Joy Powers joined WUWM January 2016 as a producer for Lake Effect. Most recently, she was a director and producer for Afternoon Shift, on WBEZ-fm, Chicago Public Radio.

Joy grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where she started off her career in radio as an intern at WLKG-fm, The Lake. She has worked as an intern with several companies, including SiriusXm, Fujisankei Communications and the Department of City Planning for the City of New York. At SiriusXM, she was a programming intern and helped launch Studio54 Radio.

She earned a bachelors degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College, Boston, where she worked with several radio and television stations. She was the public affairs director at WERS-fm, and produced the station’s AP-Award Winning program, You Are Here.

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Since President Donald Trump was elected, there has been an increased focus on the fate of undocumented immigrants in the United States. But long before Trump’s ascendancy to the presidency, the U.S. had ramped up deportation efforts. And in 2012, the National Immigrant Youth Alliance decided to fight these deportations from the inside.

Wisconsin-native Jon Phillip is no stranger to Milwaukee. He spent two decades here as a working musician, performing with a variety of groups in the area. He co-founded a record label based in Milwaukee, called The Good Land (a reference to Alice Cooper's line in Wayne's World). 

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The name Parkland — like so many other American cities — has become synonymous with a mass shooting. But in many ways, the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland is different from those that came before it. 

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Although Harry Houdini died nearly a century ago, the famed illusionist and stunt performer is still a household name. Over time myths and legends have become such an integral part of Houdini's life story — even now it can be difficult to figure out fact from fiction.

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It’s believed that Halloween stems from a variety of European cultures — a mix of Christian and Pagan traditions, where the spirits of the dead roam the earth. While modern Halloween celebrations may include more candy than they once did, it's still a time when many choose to reconnect with the spiritual world. 

The website Atlas Obscura, which showcases the world's quirkiest wonders, has only been around for a decade. And in that time, the company has visited and catalogued more than 20,000 places.

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The idea of the American dream is a core part of our national identity. Starting with nothing and working your way up is what many of us believe it means to be an American. But that dream has always been complicated, as Aarti Shahani experienced firsthand. 

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Halloween, Oktoberfest, and Dia de los Muertos all make October a time to party in Milwaukee. This month there are so many community events in the area, both to celebrate the holiday and celebrate what it means to be a Milwaukeean. 

Ana Martinez-Ortiz is a community engagement reporter for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. Here are her top picks for must-attend events this October.

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In the early '80s, formerly healthy gay men began developing an unknown disease. Men started dying. What started as a few men, skyrocketed into thousands. Communities in New York, San Francisco, and other U.S. cities were decimated.

"We had no effective treatment. We had a government that was not particularly concerned. There was a lot of stigma. There was a lot of bigotry, a lot of hateful and ignorant behavior. And people suffered," recalls Cleve Jones, who experienced it firsthand.

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In 2015, the documentary series Making A Murderer reached millions of viewers around the world. The series tells the story of Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey. Both were convicted of murdering Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County. Now, Dassey is asking Gov. Tony Evers for executive clemency. 

Dassey was just a teenager when he was sentenced to life in prison. And the series raised a lot of questions about his conviction, which largely hinged on a confession that his legal team says was coerced.

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Editor’s note from Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service: Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service has changed the names of youths in New York’s justice system upon request to ensure their safety and privacy.

Although they already face obstacles, the real challenge for young people in New York’s youth justice system comes when they return home, those who work with them say.

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Imagine you’re playing a trivia game at a bar. Your question: what’s the Wisconsin state animal? That seems like an easy question, especially if you grew up here. And if you answered “the badger,” you’re right. That is the official Wisconsin state animal. But here’s your follow up question: what seven other animals hold titles?

Milwaukee Record’s Tyler Maas didn’t know either, so he started digging through various state archives. He discovered an entire world of state symbols and icons he didn't know about.

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It’s been dubbed the "Witch’s House.” Urban legends portray the former owner and creator as a loner, shut in her home, creating the concrete statues that adorn the yard.

But artist Mary Nohl was no witch. She was a prolific artist, an innovator, and a caring friend. That’s what attracted Marielle Allschwang to her work.

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Until 2018, there was a federal ban on commercial sports gambling. But that changed with a Supreme Court ruling last year, legalizing it.

Because of state constitutions, sports betting is still not legal in many states, including Wisconsin. But the potential repercussions would impact sports fans throughout the country. Historically, gambling has had a corrosive effect on the spirit of competition, creating financial incentives for fixing games. A famous example of this issue came in the early 20th century, in what is now known as the "Black Sox Scandal." 

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The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, known as The Domes, is one of the most iconic buildings in Milwaukee. These large, glass structures are home to a wide array of plants — from cacti and succulents in the desert dome to fruit trees and ferns in the tropical dome.

But The Domes have needed repairs for a long time and there are many opinions on what the path forward should look like. The county is facing a funding shortage which complicates any plan for The Domes' future, according to reporter Tom Daykin.