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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Mitch Teich

Why have Mitch's Google pretzel alerts been going crazy for weeks? What is the "cheese-flavored" filling inside Combos? And is Michelle still addicted to the pretzels of her fond college memories? The answers to those questions WILL BE REVEALED on this very cheesy episode of The Pretzel Podcast.

Audrey Nowakowski

For months, women across the country, and right here in Milwaukee, have been making a concerted effort to share their stories of workplace sexual harassment.

The movement is called #MeToo.

With so many stories being shared, many people are now asking: so what happens now? Where do we go from here?

That was the topic of a community forum, titled Across the Divide: From #MeToo to What Now?, hosted Tuesday night by WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at Good City Brewing in Milwaukee.

Yvonne Wagner

On this special edition of the Pretzel Podcast, musician Trapper Schoepp helps hosts Michelle and Mitch count down the top pretzel songs of all-time, and then sticks around to sample two homegrown Wisconsin pretzels. Plus, we learn why pretzel-making is a dangerous business.

The Pretzel Song (Yum Yum, Pretzels) by The Hungry Food Band

Michelle Maternowski

On this very international episode of The Pretzel Podcast, hosts Michelle and Mitch try pretzels from Budapest, plus they put pretzel-like foods from two surprising countries to the test - but are they actually pretzels? And on Pretzels In the News, we'll hear about exciting times for two booming American pretzel-makers.

Michelle Maternowski

On a year-end holiday edition of The Pretzel Podcast, hosts Michelle Maternowski and Mitch Teich share the sad story of the end of a pretzel era in one Pennsylvania city, plus bring you up-to-date on the Utz Kerfuffle. Plus, we learn how Old Dutch Pretzels got their windmill and give some holiday-shaped pretzels a taste test.

Michelle Maternowski

In this, the pilot episode of The Pretzel Podcast, hosts Michelle Maternowski and Mitch Teich discuss why the world needs a show dedicated to pretzels. In the Pretzels in the News segment, they look at royal pretzel-making in Germany, and they put two staples of supermarket shelves - Snyder's of Hanover and Rold Gold - to the test.

Susan Bence / Milwaukee Public Radio

One point twenty-seven million tons. That’s how much garbage was added to Orchard Ridge last year alone. The landfill is located in the Village of Menomonee Falls. Of the 85 licensed operations in Wisconsin, Orchard Ridge is the largest.

On an average day 400 to 600 trucks haul in garbage from four counties – Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha and Milwaukee.

But, how much more waste can the 23-year-old landfill hold? And what will become of the site once it is full?

Greg Lebrick, Gateway Technical College

The planned Foxconn factory in Racine County will be the largest development deal in Wisconsin history. Company and state officials say the facility, which will make LCD screens, could employ as many as 10,000 people and has the potential to transform the local economy.

But with promises and predictions, have come questions: Who stands to benefit from the jobs? What impact will the factory have on local taxes? How will the environment be impacted?

Courtesy of Componex

Cal Couillard has been intrigued with solar energy since the 1970s. But, it wasn't until this year that he took the plunge, and had solar panels installed at his Edgerton-based business.  He also created a fund to help others "go solar."

Solar energy used to be expensive, Coulliard explains, and therefore, only people who wanted to be green jumped aboard. Now, he says, prices have dropped dramatically and it makes sense financially.

SunVest Solar, Inc.

Pewaukee-based developer Matt Neumann admits he might appear to be an unlikely advocate for solar energy. His political roots are deep, and conservative.

“When I got into solar, I found myself in the extreme minority of Republicans or conservatives who thought solar was a good idea. As a matter of fact, a lot of people thought I was crazy," Neumann explains. "Now we’re cost-competitive, and Republicans and Democrats agree that they want to do the right thing for the environment.”

Milwaukee County Parks

Milwaukee County is home to 15,325 acres of parkland. There are 158 unique parks are rooted across the region – from Joseph Lichter Park in the north to Oakwood in the south; from tiny Pompeii Square nestled beneath a tangle of downtown freeway spurs to 626-acre Whitnall Park.

Lindsay Frost

Environment. Education. These are the huge topics WUWM's beat reporters tackle every day. These issues are so big, it can be hard to decide what to dig into and where to begin.

So, we are opening up the reporting process to you - our listeners, our community. We want to tap into your curiosity to produce community-driven stories.

milwaukeenotebook.com

What happened to the bathhouses that used to be along the Milwaukee River?

That’s the question listener Laura Hatrich submitted to WUWM’s Bubbler Talk. “I see some structural footprints, but wonder how and why they were removed,” she wonders.

Michelle Maternowski

For years, state lawmakers have been expanding school choice throughout Wisconsin, allowing public dollars to follow kids to private schools. Now, the Trump administration is looking to expand voucher programs nationally.

WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel held a community conversation, titled  Across the Divide: Where is School Choice Header Under President Trump?, at Anodyne Coffee in Walker's Point on September 19 to bring together people with different perspectives on school choice.

Jessica Grow, School of Freshwater Sciences

The dangerous blue-green algae in Milwaukee's Veterans Park lagoon continues to pose a risk to human and animal health. Last weekend, organizers of a dragon boat festival moved the event elsewhere because of toxins created by the algae. And this coming weekend, water skiers had planned to compete in a two-day competition.

The water ski event was canceled Wednesday, due to the water's condition.

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