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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Regional
3:23 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

City Struggles to Remove Condemned Houses; Asks State for Help

It costs about $15,000 to demolish a house, and takes 2-3 days to remove the debris, leaving the lot ready for redevelopment.

The cost of demolishing condemned properties in Milwaukee is squeezing city finances. So this week, leaders will ask the state for more aid to combat the problem. It grows bigger by the day. We took a first hand look.

Huge metal teeth bite into the second story of a house on North 26th Street. Moments later, support beams crack and the walls fold. Finally, the roof collapses. Perhaps that’s an apt metaphor for the effects of the recent economic downturn. The recession caused the roof to fall in on many homeowners. Hundreds, unable to make monthly payments, abandoned their homes.

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Regional
3:27 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Milwaukee Native McGinn Familiar Face in Courthouse

Neil McGinn has represented thousands of clients as a public defender in Milwaukee for decades.

Neil McGinn was born and raised in Milwaukee, then headed to California for law school. While there, he worked in the Oakland-Alameda County public defender's office, and it ignited a passion. He pursued a career defending people who could not afford legal representation. When McGinn was offered a public defender job back in his hometown, he grabbed it.

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Life's Voices
3:30 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Lester Carter Offers Rx For Community Health on City's North Side

Lester Carter has owned his drug store at 24th and Burleigh since 1967.

Customers stream in and out of Carter’s Drug Store on 24th and Burleigh in Milwaukee.

The store is more than just a place to get a prescription filled, according to owner Lester Carter. He supplies everyone with healthy doses of respect and re-assurance. Those have been the ingredients of his figurative elixir, since he bought the business in 1967 after arriving here from Omaha, Nebraska.

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World
8:16 am
Tue December 18, 2012

What's it Like, Living at Sea? Captain of Last International Ship to Leave Milwaukee, Shares His Sto

ederal EMS freighter at the Port of Milwaukee

The Port of Milwaukee bid farewell this month, to its final international visitor of the season.

The ship “Federal EMS” deposited a load of steel and then hurried off to other Great Lakes ports – needing to pass through the St. Lawrence Seaway before it closes for winter.

Before the ocean-going vessel departed, I visited Captain, Andrzej Lasota to learn about life at sea.

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Project Milwaukee
11:57 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted - Forum Audience Q&A

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted Forum
Susan Ruggles/ MATC

Our Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted forum recorded Tuesday evening at Milwaukee Area Technical College, included a 45-minute question and answer session between the audience and our six panel members, which we present here in its entirety.

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Project Milwaukee
10:47 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Workers Follow Different Paths to Build Skills For New Jobs

A worker operates a plastics molding machine at Pereles Bros. in Milwaukee. The company crafted its own training program for workers.

Businesses in the Milwaukee area say there are not enough skilled workers to fill available jobs.

We heard about that frustration Tuesday when WUWM’s LaToya Dennis spoke with local managers. Today, in our Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted series, we learn how people seeking jobs are striving to acquire the skills needed.

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Project Milwaukee
10:39 am
Wed October 31, 2012

The HIRE Center Helps Workers Retrain

HIRE Center logo

All this week on Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted, we’re exploring the so-called skills gap and ways area business, governments, and workers are addressing it. Today on Lake Effect, we’re focusing on the workers themselves and will begin with a roundtable conversation with people at the HIRE Center, which is located inside Milwaukee Enterprise Center-South at 8th and National.

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Azana Spa Shooting
5:05 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Local Advocate: Domestic Violence Epidemic in Metro Milwaukee

Azana Spa in Brookfield
Credit Sara Maternowski

Perhaps ironically, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

According to Carmen Pitre, co-executive director of Milwaukee's Sojourner Family Peace Center, "the incidence of of domestic violence is at epidemic proportions in Milwaukee County."

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Death and Dying
3:05 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Know Your Dying Loved Ones Values and Wishes

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci will conclude her series Friday on death and dying in the 21st century. She joined WUWM's Bob Bach during Morning Edition, to discuss the reasons she addressed the subject and what the series uncovered.

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Regional
9:08 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Wauwatosa Embarks on Its Largest Ever Public Works Project

Wauwatosa Block Looking East

The landscape is now barren in front of dozens of Wauwatosa homes.

In June, their city launched its largest public improvements project ever, and it entails cutting down trees. Wauwatosa is replacing miles of aging sewer pipes, in hopes of ending basement back-ups.

While some residents are thrilled, we found others wondering if the cure is worse than the problem.

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