Teran-Powell-Eric-Von-Fellow_860wnovTeran Powell joined WUWM in the fall of 2017 as the station’s very first Eric Von Fellow.

WUWM 89.7 – Milwaukee Public Radio has established a fellowship in Eric’s name to give recently graduated journalism students the opportunity to work in a professional news environment, preparing stories for broadcast and digital platforms. This fellowship is being formed in honor of the late Eric Von. Mr. Von was a 25-year
veteran of the radio industry.

This fellowship not only honors a man considered to be the “voice of the Black community in Milwaukee” but it also seeks to address an important reality underrepresentation of people of color in broadcast journalism.

Teran began her journalism career during her years as a student at Marquette University. She worked as a reporter for Marquette student media and the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service covering local events and community activists. She has also freelanced for the Shepherd Express and worked as a show editor for Fox 6 News.

A Chicago native, Teran’s passion for journalism lies within being up close and personal with people in the community and the happenings that affect them directly. With a genuine passion for storytelling, Teran’s goal is to tell the stories that need to be told.

How You Can Help

Donate-Button-860wnovThere is an urgent need for this position in Milwaukee; by having equal representation of voices in broadcast, Milwaukee–the most segregated city in the country–has the opportunity to bridge divisions and foster understanding through awareness building.

“This is an incredible project to honor my late husband’s life, impact and commitment to making our community better,” Eric Von’s wife, Faithe Colas shares. “He was a professional journalist and a dynamic commentator and I’m grateful to have the support of WUWM to keep his vision alive.”

An estimated annual budget of $70,000 is needed to fund this fellowship, which covers salary and benefits as well as program and travel expenses. WUWM seeks to secure 3 years ($210,000) with the long term hope of endowing the position.

Click here to give online.

Send a check made out to Milwaukee Public Radio with “Eric Von Broadcast Fellowship” included in the notes to: Milwaukee Public Radio / 111 E Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 700 / Milwaukee, WI 53202.

Contact WUWM at 414-¬270-¬1225 to make a gift over the phone.
Please refer questions to Danielle Nelson, Senior Development Specialist for WUWM at 414-270-1122 or

Source: WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio