About Wisconsin Life

"Wisconsin Life" celebrates what makes Wisconsin unique through the diverse stories of its people. Our award-winning producers travel the state in search of stories that are humorous, surprising, emotional, and/or thought provoking. All of the stories are personal and rich with the personality of the state we call home.

"Wisconsin Life" is a co-production of Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television. Wisconsin Life has been recognized with numerous awards from the American Association for State and Local History, the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Milwaukee Press Club, and the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards. 

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Job Titles

Erika Janik spins multiple "Wisconsin Life"-related plates as she acquires, edits, records, and mixes radio stories for broadcast -- all while searching for new roadside attractions, hiking trails  and local beer to explore.  She is the author of five books including "Apple: A Global History", and most recently "Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine

Christine Sloan-Miller is one of the "Wisconsin Life" project producers and believes that enjoying Wisconsin-sourced chocolates on the shores of Vilas County’s Trout Lake would be a sublime way to spend a day.

Eric Cummings is a production assistant for the “Wisconsin Life” project who enjoys exploring state parks, cheering on the Badgers and warm summer nights at the Terrace in Madison.

Kerman produces stories for "Wisconsin Life" when she's not busy coordinating Wisconsin Public Television's Auction.

Angela Fitzgerald

Angela Fitzgerald is the new host of Wisconsin Life on Wisconsin Public Television. In addition to her work hosting the television series, Angela is a member of the Madison College faculty, as well as a professional financial educator with Summit Credit Union.

Frederica Freyberg is a reporter for the "Wisconsin Life" project who once won a sportsmen’s club fly-fishing casting contest up north and turned the tackle box prize into a makeup case.

John Gerbig is a reporter for the Wisconsin Life project who once spent an entire Packer game on the sidelines at Lambeau, working with the on-field commentator for Sunday Night Football.  Green Bay won, 26-23.

James Gill is the staff photographer for Wisconsin Public Television. He has worked for WPT since 1980. A Milwaukee native and Madison resident he enjoys the northwoods, biking and kayaking.

 

Danielle Kaeding is a Wisconsin Public Radio reporter based in Superior.

Trevor Keller is a reporter for the “Wisconsin Life” project who loves photography and is always looking for a new Wisconsin park, trail or scenic overlook to explore.

Rich Kremer

Rich Kremer is a Wisconsin Public Radio reporter in Eau Claire with a passion for the hot ham sandwich with extra house mustard at Ray’s Place.

Rodney Lambright II is an animator and storyteller for Wisconsin Life project who moved from Illinois to the wide open spaces of Wisconsin in the 7th grade and found great opportunities for years to come.

Maureen McCollum is the host of "Morning Edition" on Wisconsin Public Radio. She loves to explore the Midwest in her RV despite being nowhere near retirement age. 

Patty Murray hasn’t seen it all quite yet, but is working toward that goal in her position as Wisconsin Public Radio’s reporter based in Northeastern Wisconsin. 

Kelly Saran is a multimedia producer for the Wisconsin Life project who grew up in Wisconsin and hopes to one day visit all of the large waterfalls around the state.

Zac Schultz is a reporter for the "Wisconsin Life" project who thinks three-minute stories and one-line bio descriptions are woefully brief.

Andy Soth is a reporter for the "Wisconsin Life" project who grew up in a neighboring state but now loves Wisconsin because it’s like Minnesota without the smugness. 

Joel Waldinger is a reporter for the "Wisconsin Life" project and considers a sunset over the “big island” on Manson Lake to be a perfect ending to a day of fishing and fun in the Northwoods. 

Dean Bakopoulos is a novelist and creative writing professor at Grinnell College. His most recent novel is called My American Unhappiness.

Shauna Singh Baldwin is a Canadian-American novelist of Indian descent. Her 2000 novel What the Body Remembers won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and her 2004 novel The Tiger Claw was nominated for the Giller Prize. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband.

Alex Bledsoe is the author of many books, including the Eddie LaCrosse novels, Tufa, and the novels of the Memphis vampires. 

Emily Bright is a freelance writer, educator, and radio producer living in Eagle River. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Glances Back and the co-author of Powerful Ideas in Teaching: Creating Environments Where Students Want to Learn. 

Julie Buckles is a writer in Ashland and the author of Paddling to Winter. She was born in the driftless region of Wisconsin and raised on a 47-acre dairy farm. She now lives near Washburn with her husband, Charly, two children and a team of Siberian huskies. Buckles has worked as a reporter and freelance writer and as an adjunct professor at Northland College, where she currently works in the communications office as the public and media relations specialist. 

Nickolas Butler is a writer based in Eau Claire. He's the author of Shotgun Lovesongs.

Liam Callanan teaches English at UW-Milwaukee and is the author of the novels The Cloud Atlas and All Saints.

Nancy Camden is an independent radio producer and the creator of Spotting Wisconsin.

Crystal Chan grew up as a mixed-race kid in the middle of the Wisconsin cornfields and has been trying to find her place in the world ever since. Over time, she found that her heart lies in public speaking, performing, and ultimately, writing. She has given talks and workshops across the country; facilitated discussion groups at national conferences; is a professional storyteller for children and adults alike; and contributes to Wisconsin Public Radio.

Christi Clancy is a writer and professor at Beloit College.

Ron Davis teaches English at UW-Stevens Point and writes and edits for BMW Owners News.

Jabril Faraj is a journalist and the creator of Milwaukee Stories.

Pam Ferderbar is a photographer and the author of "Feng Shui and Charlotte Nightingale."

Gail Folkins is the author of Texas Dance Halls and teaches at UW-Stevens Point.

Mary Ellen Gabriel is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Midwest Living, Horticulture Magazine, Wisconsin Trails, and the Wisconsin Magazine of History.

John Hildebrand is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the author of several books, including his most recent, The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac. He has been awarded a Minnesota Book Award, Banta Award from the Wisconsin Library Association, Bush Fellowship, Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, and his articles and essays have appeared in Harper's and Outside magazine.

BJ Hollars is a writer, author, and an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Justin Isherwood is a fifth-generation farmer and an award-winning writer. His most recent books are Pulse: A Farmer’s Take on the Universe and Walking on Water II.

 Natalie Jablonski is a freelance journalist.

Catherine Jagoe is a translator, poet and author of Bloodroot and News from the North. Her essays have appeared in the 2016 Pushcart Prize XL anthology, The Gettysburg ReviewChautauquaAmerican AthenaeumNinth LetterApeiron Review and other journals.

Seth Jovaag is a journalist and independent radio producer. 

Lesley Kagen is an actress, voice-over talent, former restaurateur, sought-after speaker, and award-winning New York Times bestselling author of five previous novels including Mare's Nest.

Robert Kennedy is a retired science teacher, writer, and sometime poet living in Oconomowoc, WI.

The arc of the hawk, when it circles near . . .

Lifts the heart and tunes the ear.

Kristian Knutsen is a writer, editor and Wisconsin Public Radio contributor who is based in Madison but gravitates towards its Great Lakes.

Wendy Lutzke is the museum educator at the Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.

David McGlynn is the author of A Door in the Ocean and The End of the Straight and Narrow. His stories and essays have appeared in Men’s HealthThe Huffington PostBest American Sports Writing, and numerous literary journals. He teaches at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and sons.

Mike Paulus is the online editor for Volume One Magazine in Eau Claire, where he's been writing his "The Rear End" column for over a decade. 

Jill Sisson Quinn is a nature writer and teacher living in central Wisconsin. Her essays have appeared in EcotoneOnEarthOrion, and many other magazines.

Dean Robbins

Dean Robbins is a journalist and author based in Madison. He has won state and national awards for arts, features and news stories, and has contributed to magazines and newspapers around the country.

Finn Ryan is an independent producer and director. His work can be viewed at finnryan.com.

Breann Schossow is a journalist and radio producer. She was the 2013-14 Lee Ester Fellow at Wisconsin Public Radio and a research assistant for Barbara Bradley Hagerty.

Patti See is a writer from Lake Hallie, near Eau Claire.  Her blog “Our Long Goodbye: One Family’s Experiences with Alzheimer’s Disease” has been read in over 90 countries.

Chris Seroogy is a retired teacher, writer, and poet in De Pere.

Ken Szymanski teaches English at South Middle School in Eau Claire.

Ron Weber is a forester in Weyerhaeuser

Mike Baron is a videographer and editor for the "Wisconsin Life" project and lives in a divided home of Packers and Vikings fans.

Michael Eicher is a videographer and editor for "Wisconsin Life," and his love of downhill skiing prompts the winter mantra; more snow, more snow, more snow.

Inga Foley is a video editor and engineer for the "Wisconsin Life" project and enjoys riding her bike through the dangerous Madison traffic.

Joe Hardtke is technical director and sound designer for "Wisconsin Life" radio segments.  He was raised on a dairy farm in Kewaunee County, spending most of his youth milking cows and bailing hay. If that isn’t Wisconsin enough, his first broadcast gig was at a polka radio station.

Bruce A. Johnson specializes in video from unusual angles for the "Wisconsin Life" project, such as 110 feet below the surface of Lake Michigan, hanging off the end of a 300-feet-tall construction crane, dangling from a hovering helicopter or in a pool surrounded by 12 people with hockey sticks.

Tom Micksch does something for the "Wisconsin Life" project (though no one is quite sure what); and being born and raised in Green Bay, Tom bleeds green and gold … a condition that can be managed with therapy.

Caryl Owen is the technical director of To The Best of Our Knowledge.

Ryan Ward is a videographer and editor for the "Wisconsin Life" project and can rest easy after he finally found the perfect jar of homemade dill pickles at the farmer's market in Madison. ... just like his Grandma Shirley use to make!

Wendy Woodard is a videographer and editor for the "Wisconsin Life" project who spends her free time playing in a women's percussion ensemble, specializing in West African, Middle Eastern and Guadalupe rhythms.  

Philip Ashby is an animator for the "Wisconsin Life" project who enjoys road tripping on the classic Wisconsin highways with no destination.

Jen Hadley is a motion graphics designer for the "Wisconsin Life" project who says the only tattoo that she would ever consider getting would be the outline of the state of Wisconsin.

Erika Kachama-Nkoy is a web developer and designer at Wisconsin Public Television with a keen interest in exploring Wisconsin.

Brandon Ribordy is an animator for the "Wisconsin Life" project who also designs scenery for theatre, other Wisconsin Public Televisions productions and "The Antiques Roadshow" … and spends his spare time at home, playing with his two boys.  

Scott Stetson is an illustrator/animator for the Wisconsin Life project. He is a lifelong Midwesterner and Wisconsinite since 2007.

Michaela Vatcheva is a motion graphics designer, producer and videographer for the "Wisconsin Life” project. A passionate sailor, she feels fortunate to live in a state with over 15,000 lakes.