Bob Bach

News Reporter / Host

Bob joined the WUWM news department in January of 1991. He served as host of WUWM’s weekday magazine program At 10 from 1999 to 2001.

Bob, a Vietnam veteran, began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey in Merrill, Wisconsin in 1975. From 1976 to 1990, Bob covered news and sports at stations in Milwaukee. And for nearly 12 years, he announced Marquette basketball on WISN Radio. Also, Bob anchored sports on the Nine o’clock Nightly News on WVTV/Channel 18, from 1988 to 1990.

Bob has won dozens of local, state, and regional awards for his reporting, writing, and producing.

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Health & Science
10:23 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Responders Ready If Rail Mishap Occurs

More than 200 freight trains travel through the metro area each week, some comprised solely of tank cars.

Milwaukee Fire Department Deputy Chief Aaron Lipski says emergency responders are specially trained to handle train derailments, including ruptured tank cars transporting hazardous cargo through urban areas.

Recent rail mishaps, including tragic derailments in Canada and Texas have put the focus on rail safety here and in other urban centers.

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Economy & Business
10:32 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Freight Rail Shipments Up Across Wisconsin

A Canadian Pacific locomotive approaches a crossing at 68th and State in Wauwatosa.

Wisconsin's railroad commissioner says railroads are shipping more goods than ever, and several have spent millions to upgrade lines throughout the state.

Have you noticed longer and more frequent delays at railroad crossings in Milwaukee and throughout the state?

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Politics & Government
4:12 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Senate President Mike Ellis Won't Seek Re-Election in Wake of Secret Video

Ellis says he never acted on the idea he discussed, after realizing the plan was illegal.

Republican state Sen. Mike Ellis of Neenah is dropping out of the race for the seat he's held for decades.

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Education
8:37 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Wisconsin Schools: Test Scores Up, Racial Gaps Persist, Voucher Schools Gain

Statewide, test scores have improved over five years, by 1.8% in math and 1.1% in reading.

According to test scores released by the Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin students overall have improved in math and reading.

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Economy & Business
11:31 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Former Downtown Office Building May House New Apartments

A developer may bring new housing to the former Blue Cross/Blue Shiled building (background left).

New apartments in the former Blue Cross/Blue Shield building would be a big plus, according to one downtown resident and Westown Association member.

A former insurance company headquarters in downtown Milwaukee may be transformed into new apartments.

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Environment
8:47 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Spring Clean Up in Milwaukee Targets Rats

City inspector Ken Kenitz checks what may be an abandoned rat colony dug into a small mound on a vacant lot.
Credit Bob Bach

Milwaukee's Dept. of Neighborhood Services makes a special effort this time of year to combat rats energized by warmer temperatures.

The city of Milwaukee has started its annual spring-cleaning and is urging residents to pick up trash, excess bird feed and pet waste.

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Project Milwaukee
9:19 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Police Seek End to "Get Even" Violence

Capt. Tom Stigler (l) and Sgt. Louis Staton are assigned to Milwaukee Police Precinct Number Five at 4th and Locust St.
Credit Bob Bach

Milwaukee police are trying new ways of ending what they call "retaliatory" violence that often results in homicides.

A Milwaukee police commander disputes the contention that officers are stopping too many African American males.

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Project Milwaukee
11:12 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Police Say 'More Traffic Stops Mean Less Crime'

Milwaukee police say they have increased traffic stops by hundreds of thousands in the last seven years, causing a decrease in auto thefts and burglaries.
Credit Thinkstock.com

Milwaukee police say traffic stops help stabilize neighborhoods and protect personal property.

Traffic stops are just one of several strategies Milwaukee police are using to curtail disorder in high crime neighborhoods.

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Project Milwaukee
11:40 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Derelict Properties Often Havens For Wrongdoers

Abandoned homes in Milwaukee challenge law enforcement
Credit Bob Bach

Police officers spend countless hours trying to bring stability to neighborhoods burdened by disorder.

Milwaukee police must be vigilant to stop a myriad of illegal activities in vacant homes.

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Environment
1:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Thick Ice on Wisconsin Rivers Could Lead to Ice Jams This Spring

Milwaukee River upstream from Humboldt Avenue.
Credit Susan Bence

This year’s spring thaw, when it begins, could produce hazardous conditions on some waterways in Wisconsin - ice jams.

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