Michelle Maternowski

Digital Services Coordinator

Michelle is WUWM’s Digital Services Coordinator. She is 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.

Michelle is 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 is deeply involved.

She, along with WUWM’s LaToya Dennis, created Let’s Talk, Milwaukee, a series of conversations that take place out in the community.

Michelle is 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.

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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On Thursday, the City of Milwaukee announced the first-ever Drug Mail Back Program. It will allow you to easily dispose of unused or unwanted prescription drugs stashed in your medicine cabinet. At select CVS pharmacies, you will find envelopes addressed to the police department. In them, you can pour unwanted medicines and drop the envelopes in the mail.

“While in one way, it is just a small initiative, it is certainly a vital one to stemming this growing crisis,”  says Milwaukee Alderman Jim Bohl.

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Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson became the first state Republican to win election to the U.S. Senate during a presidential year, since 1980. On Tuesday, he again defeated former Democrat Senator Russ Feingold in a rematch of Wisconsin's 2010 Senate race. Johnson's win helped Republicans remain in control of the Senate.

The incumbent argued that Feingold did not deserve to be sent back to Washington. Johnson told the Associated Press that he won Tuesday's election because, "I told the truth... I think the good folks of Wisconsin recognized that."

For the latest electoral count in the race for president, visit NPR's live blog.

As the results come in, projected winners of Wisconsin's Tuesday, November 8, 2016 general election will be marked in bold.

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
Donald J. Trump (R)
Hillary Clinton (D)
Gary Johnson (L)
Jill Stein (Green)

Michelle Maternowski

Milwaukee lost a valuable voice on Thursday, when longtime radio broadcaster and community leader Eric Von died.

Von had more than 25 years in the broadcast industry. He could be heard weekday mornings on his WNOV 860 show.

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At a press conference Monday, Mayor Tom Barrett announced that the existing 10 p.m. weekday curfew for minors will be more strictly enforced.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has also ordered Sherman Park to close to the public at 6 p.m. Monday night. It will reopen at 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Clarke announced that the nighttime park closure will continue until further notice. People angry about the fatal police shooting of an African American man in Milwaukee took to the streets again overnight Sunday.

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For updates, follow @WUWMradio on Twitter or this post from Monday.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn held a news conference Sunday afternoon to share details about the investigation into Saturday's events. Barrett said there is a photo that shows "without a question" that the African American man who was fatally shot by police was holding a gun.

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Projected winners of Tuesday, August 9, 2016 primaries are in bold.

U.S. SENATE

Winner faces incumbent Ron Johnson (R) and Phillip Anderson (L).

Democratic
Russ Feingold
Scott Harbach

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

District 1: Winners face Jason Lebeck (L)

Republican
Paul Ryan - incumbent
Paul Nehlen

Democratic
Ryan Solen
Tom Breu

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On June 15 in front of a packed Pabst Theater, kids and adults who have been touched by gun violence took the stage to perform in Precious Lives: The Live Show.

Listen to the entire performance here:

WUWM and 371 Produced dedicates this performance to those in our community who have lost a loved one to gun violence and to everyone working for peace.

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WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee Public Radio and 371 Productions are pleased to announce Precious Lives: The Live Show. On Wednesday, June 15 at the Pabst Theater, Milwaukeeans heard each week on Precious Lives will take the stage and share stories of how gun violence has impacted their lives.

WUWM has launched a new series and is inviting YOU to participate. We want to know what's got you scratching your head about the Milwaukee area.

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Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Bernie Sanders have been declared winners of Wisconsin's presidential primaries. In local races, both Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele have won their re-election bids.

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In two cases brought to WUWM's attention Tuesday, the voters knew the rules regarding same-day registration and the state's Voter ID law, but the poll workers' initial responses were wrong.

A Shorewood voter posted on Facebook today the troubles his son had registering to vote. Though he had a valid ID with his current address, the poll worker asked for additional Proof of Residence as well as his social security number. Later, the precinct captain confirmed he had everything he needed to register to vote.

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Wisconsin residents will need to show a valid photo ID in order to cast a ballot in Tuesday's election, which includes the presidential primaries.

What kinds of IDs can you use?

Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board put together the "Bring It To The Ballot" website to inform voters about the new voter ID law and created this list of acceptable forms of identification:

These types are accepted, unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election:

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley says, via a written statement, she is "embarrassed at the content and tone" of what she wrote 24 years ago while in college.

The liberal group One Wisconsin Now got ahold of college newspaper columns and letters to the editor that Bradley wrote while enrolled at Marquette University in 1992.

Here are a few excerpts from what Bradley wrote:

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Today has been an exceptionally windy day in southeastern Wisconsin. At WUWM's studios, we have been lulled by the sound of creaky windows and wind gusts.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich watched whole magazines fly past his seventh floor window, while one WUWM guest witnessed a lady being knocked over by a particularly strong gust of wind.

Earlier in the day, we watched water dance across the frozen river.

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