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Young People and Gun Violence
1 Place | 2 Years | 100 Stories
Precious Lives, created by 371 Productions, is a two-year, 100-part radio series about young people and gun violence in Milwaukee.
Brad is the president of 371 Productions, a company that makes media for the common good. He has been making documentaries for PBS, Al Jazeera America, Discovery Channel, the BBC, and other broadcasters for over 20 years. His PBS Independent Lens feature documentary, As Goes Janesville, was nominated for a national Emmy. 371 builds impact campaigns for its projects,
Emily comes to Milwaukee from KCAW in Sitka, Alaska where she reported on a range of stories, including Native American fishing traditions, scientific discoveries about ice age goats, and the unlikely path of Alaska’s newest Orthodox bishop. Her work has also aired on NPR and Alaska Public Radio Network. Emily is a graduate of the prestigious Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.
Aisha is a writer and producer from Baltimore, Maryland and cut her teeth in broadcasting while based in Washington, DC as a Reporter-Producer at the PBS NewsHour (originally the MacNeil/Lehrer Report). She’s also done brief stints at Al Jazeera America and local news.
Aisha has covered a range of national and international affairs stories and has a special interest in social justice issues. To that end, she has worked and studied in various countries throughout Europe and Africa.
Aisha has a joint-MA in Global Studies from the Universities of Leipzig and Vienna and a BA in Public Policy and Sociology from Duke University.
Host / Producer
For twenty five years, through three successful stints in both morning and evening drive, Eric Von was behind the microphone as host of one of Milwaukee’s most popular talk shows, the original Morning Magazine and The Eric Von Show, for radio station 1290 WMCS-AM.
Von has received many awards and commendations for his on-air and community service work. His deft handling of national and local issues is widely acknowledged as the primary reason 1290 WMCS has been nominated twice for the radio industry’s coveted Marconi Award.
Paul’s foundation has been working at the intersection of art, media, and action. As a member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, an international decentralized network of visual artists, he has produced work with and for social and environmental justice movements. He is a co-founder of the Riverwest24, an annual 24 hour bicycle race and community project in Milwaukee that was started in 2008 and attracts thousands of participants and spectators from around the country. Paul is also a co-founder of a ReciproCity, a public art and urban agriculture collaboration whose most recent projects include the development of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Place in the Harambee neighborhood. Paul co-founded Climate Prints, a web based platform to disseminate visual art in the global climate justice movement. The site was used heavily during protests around the COP21 international climate summit in Paris. He was a 2013 Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellow and his visual artwork can be found in various collections and public places, including on permanent display at the Villard Square Library in North Milwaukee.
Taylor Thomas is the Engagement Assistant for Precious Lives. When she isn’t at 371 Productions, she is also the Development and Communications Assistant at Pathfinders. As an activist and communications professional, she enjoys working in freelance editing, event organizing, and fundraising. She is mission driven and passionate about building relationships through common goals. Taylor recently completed an internship in social media and marketing at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and is finishing her degree at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in English, Professional and Technical Writing.
Program and Music Director – WNOV
Homer Blow is currently the Program Director/Music Director of WNOV & Blowradio.com. He has been Awarded 12 Consecutive (Milwaukee Area) “DJ of the Year Awards” and was a 2012 National & International “Global Spin Award Nominee”. Homer is a proud 32nd Degree Prince Hall Mason and a Shriner. Other contributions include his annual “Homer Blow’s B-Day Party For The Kids” (19yrs and Counting!) and motivational speeches at MPS, CYD, SDC, YMCA’s, United States of America Boys & Girls Clubs, Safe Nite’s and more.
LAKE EFFECT EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / CO-HOST
Mitch joined WUWM in February 2006 as the Executive Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect. He brings over 20 years of broadcasting experience from radio stations across the country – in Iowa, Minnesota, New York, and Arizona. Prior to joining WUWM, Mitch served as News Director of KNAU – Arizona Public Radio, Executive Producer of the station’s monthly news magazine program, and anchored and produced news programming. He has won many awards including several regional awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association and national awards from PRNDI – Public Radio News Directors Inc.He holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa. He lives in Wauwatosa with his wife Gretchen, daughter Sylvi and son Charlie. Mitch fills his copious spare time watching baseball, writing and looking for his reading glasses.
ASSISTANt MANAGING EDITOR – MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINAL
Greg Borowski is assistant managing editor/projects and investigations at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he has overseen projects that have won the Pulitzer Prize, the George Polk Award and the Gerald Loeb Award, as well as awards from IRE, SPJ, ONA, ASNE, APME, Barlett & Steele and more. Borowski, who spent nearly 20 years as a reporter before becoming an editor, is an award winning author of nonfiction and fiction books.
REPORTER – MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
Ashley Luthern is a crime and breaking news reporter of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Prior to joining the Journal Sentinel in 2013, she worked for The Vindicator in Youngstown, Ohio, where she covered crime, local government, neighborhood development, education and retail business. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and anthropology from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She is a native of Youngstown, Ohio.
Executive Director – WisconsinWatch.org
Hall, Executive Director at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and former Investigative Reporters and Editors board member, won dozens of awards for his reporting in 26 years at the Wisconsin State Journal and The Arizona Republic. He began his career in 1982 as a copyboy at The New York Times. At The Republic, Hall helped break the “Keating Five” scandal involving Sen. John McCain. At the State Journal, Hall’s stories held government and the powerful accountable and protected the vulnerable through coverage that addressed the racial achievement gap in public schools and helped spark the creation of the nationally noted Schools of Hope volunteer tutoring program, revealed NCAA violations by University of Wisconsin athletes, and exposed appalling conditions in neglected neighborhoods such as Allied Drive and Worthington Park.
Hall won a first-place award in 2008 for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association. He also has received National Headliner, Gerald Loeb, James K. Batten and Inland Press Association awards for investigative, financial, deadline and civic journalism coverage. Hall has served as a mentor to the staff of La Comunidad, a Spanish-language newspaper in Madison, and has taught numerous courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication. He currently serves on the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Board of Directors, Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism Board of Directors, and Indiana University Journalism Alumni Advisory Board. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.
Kiran Vee is a creative director and youth advocate specializing in media-based mentorship. He received his B.A. in Music and Creative Writing, and an M.L.S. in American Cultural Studies from UW-Milwaukee. Over the past six years, Kiran has been an active musician and multi-media artist, most well known for his work with Fresh Cut Collective (Best of Milwaukee Award, 2014). For his continued dedication and engagement with the city of Milwaukee, he was named “Most Influential Milwaukeean in Arts and Culture” in 2012 by the Young Professionals Network. Since that time, Kiran has been using his experiences as a professional artist and scholar to mentor young people and open up opportunities through the collaborative creation of music, poetry, and video. His goal is to strengthen the connection between young people, the professional arts and culture community, and non-profit organizations in order to make a positive impact.
Script Editor and Advisor
Celeste Wesson is the Script Editor and Advisor of Precious Lives. She brings her deep experience in radio story-telling and a passion for understanding how the world works to her editing. She developed a groundbreaking new beat on economic inequality at Marketplace, as the founding Senior Editor of the Wealth and Poverty Desk. Before that she was Senior Producer of Marketplace for 8 years. She was a show producer and editor at NPR, and a reporter in the network’s Los Angeles Bureau. She has also worked at community and public radio stations in Durham, N.C., New York City and Los Angeles. She is now a freelance editor for audio stories and projects.