Michelle Maternowski

Managing Editor

Michelle was named WUWM's Managing Editor in January of 2018.

Previously, she was WUWM’s Digital Services Coordinator and was responsible for all things digital — from overseeing WUWM’s digital platforms to managing WUWM's online and social media content.

She is also behind many special projects at the station. Michelle coordinates Bubbler Talk, a series that uses the Hearken platform to engage WUWM’s audience in the reporting process.

In partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, she helped create the Across the Divide event series to foster civil conversations around divisive issues. 

Michelle was also part of the team that created the award-winning web project, More Than My Record, an offshoot of WUWM’s Project Milwaukee: Black Men in Prison series. More Than My Record allowed those who were formerly incarcerated to tell their own stories.

Michelle was involved with Precious Lives, a series on guns, kids and how to stop the violence in Milwaukee. In 2016, she was named station collaborator for Precious Lives: Before the Gunshots, which was part of AIR’s national Localore: Finding America initiative. Through that, came Precious Lives: The Live Show, a live performance series with which Michelle was deeply involved.

Before being named the station’s Digital Services Coordinator in 2014, Michelle was an Assistant Producer for Lake Effect (2007-2008) and WUWM’s Web Marketing Specialist (2008-2014).

She holds bachelor degrees in Marketing and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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Updated Wednesday at 7:41 p.m. CST

Earlier this week, an employee of Aurora Medical Center - Grafton intentionally removed 57 vials of the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine from refrigeration, resulting in more than 500 doses needing to be discarded. This is according to a press release sent out by Advocate Aurora Health Wednesday.

Marti Mikkelson / WUWM

Updated Monday at 6:10 p.m. CST

Hundreds of people who don't accept that President Donald Trump lost in Wisconsin showed up for a rally Saturday at Serb Hall on Milwaukee’s south side. The event was held in the parking lot amid a sea of flags and signs that read “Trump 2020” and “Make America Great Again.” Organizers asked participants to help in a possible recount in Wisconsin.

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Updated 3:44 p.m. CST

It took Wisconsin seven months to log 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. It took only 36 more days to double that number. On Friday — a mere 18 days later — the state blew past 300,000 cases, breaking a record daily high set just a day earlier.

Waukesha County Sheriff

Updated Saturday at 11:06 a.m. CT

A man sought in a shooting that wounded two Wisconsin police officers at a traffic stop in the Delafield area has been arrested. The suspect, identified by the Fargo Police Department as 23-year-old Nathanael Benton, is also wanted in North Dakota for attempted murder.

Two others were also arrested, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Marti Mikkelson / WUWM

Summerfest 2020 is canceled. According to a press release, the Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Board of Directors decided to cancel this year's festival "due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

Emily Files / WUWM

Protests are happening around the country following the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who died when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck. In Milwaukee, protests have been occurring since last Friday over Floyd's death and other cases of police brutality. Here you'll find updates on protests happening in the Milwaukee area.

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Protests are happening around the country following the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who died when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck. Here you'll find updates on protests happening in the Milwaukee area.

Check out all of WUWM's protest coverage here:

Screenshot of Milwaukee County Daily Update on Covid-19 Zoom meeting.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele signed one last ordinance into law Wednesday before leaving office at the end of the week. The measure reaffirms the county’s commitment to racial equity and eliminating health disparities.

This comes a year after the county declared racism a public health crisis.

Audrey Nowakowski / WUWM

Updated on April 28:

Gov. Tony Evers announced that 34 Wisconsin state parks, forests and recreational areas will reopen on May 1.

The parks will open with new conditions designed to minimize overcrowding. Bathrooms, towers, shelters, playgrounds, nature centers, headquarters, contact stations and concession buildings will all remain closed. Camp sites will remain closed until May 26.

Coronavirus: 3 Wisconsin Deaths, At Least 88 Cases in Milwaukee County

Mar 20, 2020
Michelle / WUWM

For the most up-to-date coronavirus information, read WUWM's latest post.

Updated at 10:39 a.m.

There are now three reported COVID-19 deaths in Wisconsin. Friday, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner says it was investigating the death of a 66-year-old man who died from complications of the illness caused by the coronavirus.

Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin / CDC

For more up-to-date information, read WUWM's March 18 post.

Updated Monday 1:52 p.m. CT

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For the most up-to-date information, read WUWM's March 15 coronavirus post.

Updated Saturday at 8:42 p.m. CT

As of Saturday afternoon, state health officials say Wisconsin now has 27 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. This is up from 19 reported cases on Friday. Twenty-six of these cases were confirmed this week and are active, while one case was reported in February in Dane County and that person has since recovered.

Chuck Quirmbach

Updated Friday at 6:20 p.m. CT

From postponing the Brewers' opening day to suspending the Bucks stellar season, the spread of coronavirus is having a major impact on sports in Wisconsin.

>>The Latest WUWM & NPR Coronavirus Coverage

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Updated 4:50 p.m. CT

There have been reports that someone placed a noose several years ago on the locker of the Milwaukee man who last week opened fire on his co-workers at Molson Coors in Milwaukee. But on Wednesday, Milwaukee police issued a statement saying "neither race nor racism" played a role in the shooting.

Angelina Mosher Salazar

Updated at 10:07 p.m. CT

Six people were killed in a shooting on the Molson Coors Brewing Co. campus on Wednesday, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said. The dead include the shooter, a 51-year-old Milwaukee man. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Just after 2 p.m., Milwaukee police responded to a shooting at the 4100 block of West State Street — the site most people know as the old Miller brewery. During a press briefing, Morales said the scene is secure and all employees have left the campus. 

Marti Mikkelson

Updated at 4:41 p.m. CT

For most of the day, the official MyVote site had been experiencing technical problems. The MyVote Wisconsin website is the official site for Wisconsin voters to find out where to vote, see what's on the ballot, and other important voting information.

The website began experiencing issues this morning — the day of Wisconsin's 2020 spring primary elections. At last check, the site seemed to be fully functioning. 

Courtesy of David Crowley and Chris Larson

Updated Feb. 20 at 11:10 a.m. CT

The Wisconsin general election is on April 7, the same day as the presidential primary. One of the biggest races is for Milwaukee County executive.

The 2020 elections are fast approaching. And, Wisconsin is expected to play a crucial role in the race for president.

Come July, all eyes will be on Milwaukee, as the city hosts the Democratic National Convention.

On top of all of that, there are also a number of important local races on the ballot — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is up for reelection, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele's post needs to be filled, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner's seat is up for grabs, there's a state Supreme Court race ... the list goes on and on.

Updated on Nov. 1 at 5:01 p.m. CT

A second child has died as a result of a hit-and-run crash in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says 4-year-old A'Mea Gee was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital about 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Her 6-year-old sister, Lisa Gee, died at the scene of Thursday's crash on the city's north side.

Their 10-year-old cousin, Drevyze Rayford, was seriously injured.

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Heavy rains are expected across southern Wisconsin Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. A flash flood watch is in effect until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Susan Bence

Imagine you’re rushing to catch a flight at Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport — maybe for business or a long-anticipated vacation. What's on your mind? If you’re Dan Schley, you’re wondering: What’s the story behind the floor mosaics?

"It caught my attention and I thought, 'I’m just going to ask this,' " the Bubbler Talk question asker says.

Susan Bence

Updated on July 9, 2019  

It looks like Wisconsin's largest landfill is putting off retirement. The owners of Orchard Ridge are asking the Department of Natural Resources to allow them to dig up some 1.3 million cubic yards of contaminated waste and move it elsewhere on the 725-acre property.

Strength Through Pretzels

Jun 17, 2019
Michelle Maternowski

Co-hosts Mitch and Michelle talk with the owners of two pretzel companies — one packed with protein and another that calls itself "the people's pretzel." And, Mitch finds himself making some pretzel news.

>> Visit WUWM.com/PretzelPodcast to listen to all of our pretz-tacular episodes.

Trademarked Crunch Time

May 24, 2019
Michelle Maternowski

Co-hosts Michelle and Mitch make their triumphant return to Chicago and the 2019 Sweets and Snacks Expo. While they're on-site, they learn which company may have "inadvertently" been influenced by The Pretzel Podcast. Plus, they hear the story of a serendipitous meeting at last year's expo that yielded a surprisingly tasty result.

>> Visit WUWM.com/PretzelPodcast to listen to all of our pretz-tacular episodes.

Touring Pretzeltopia

Apr 26, 2019
Michelle Maternowski

Who would have thought that National Pretzel Day is upon us again already?  Or is it National Soft Pretzel Day?  Mitch and Michelle dig into that question, and also learn about a place that goes against the grain and celebrates its own Pretzel Day.  Plus, a tour of a grocery store with more varieties of pretzel than you can shake a pretzel stick at, and two new varieties of seasoned pretzels are put to the test.

Bartolotta Restaurants


Joe Bartolotta, co-owner of The Bartolotta Restaurants, died in his sleep, the restaurant group shared Tuesday. He was 60 years old.

For the past 25 years, Bartolotta's name has been synonymous with fine and quality dining in southeastern Wisconsin. He oversaw some of the area's most successful eateries, including Ristorante Bartolotta, Lake Park Bistro, Harbor House and Bachhus.

Treats of Philadelphia

Feb 20, 2019
Mitch Teich

For Episode 20, Pretzel Podcast co-host Mitch Teich goes on location to Philadelphia, where he meets up with one of the show's biggest fans at Center City Pretzel.  The bakery plays a huge role in the pretzel-loving lives of thousands of Philadelphians.  Plus Mitch and Michelle try some hard pretzels purchased at Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market.  And we hear a delicious pretzel memory from a woman who went to elementary school in South Philly.

Michelle Maternowski

Following our New Year's break, the Pretzel Podcast is back with another trip to Europe, courtesy of Michelle's Aunt Linda.  We try two brands of Slovakian pretzels and a German snack called "Gypsy Wheels" all direct from a Polish grocery store - plus some Polish pretzels brought back from a German Christmas market in Milwaukee.  Also, Mitch relates his family's effort to make German New Year's Pretzels.  And we use an online snacking calculator to figure out how many bags of snacks Michelle might need to feed an experimental carnival party, whatever that might be.