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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Recall Election
4:30 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Report Shows Record Spending For Recall Campaigns

Recall election campaign spending exceeded $80 million in Governor's race alone.

A new report from the government watchdog organization, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says 15 recall races in 2011 and this year cost $137 million. More than $80 million was spent on the effort to recall Governor Scott Walker. Money spent on the governor's race was more than twice as much as the $37.4 million spent in Waker's 2010 campaign.Walker won a recall election versus Tom Barrett. Three Republican senators were removed from office, giving Democrats a 17-16 majority.

Milwaukee River Revival
4:35 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Looking to the Future

Not many dull moments in summer.

In this concluding segment of our series, WUWM's Bob Bach and Marge Pitrof chat about the visions people shared with our reporters about future plans for the Milwaukee River, as well as its ongoing challenges.

Milwaukee River Revival
2:24 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Along the Milwaukee River, Optimism Abounds

The Milwaukee River, on a somewhat colder day.
Credit Wiki Commons

All this week, WUWM News is exploring recent efforts to revitalize what was once a key thoroughfare through the city, but one which fell into decline decades ago. The Milwaukee River once was the catalyst for commerce and industry during the city's formative years and also provided recreation for the people who moved here. However, disregard for the river's health led to decades of decay.

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Milwaukee River Revival
2:21 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

New Housing and Commerce Highlight River Renaissance

New apartments and landscaping hugs the Milwaukee River.

We now continue our series about the revival of the Milwaukee River.

As we reported earlier, the City of Milwaukee exists here because of the river. It, with its mouth in Lake Michigan, supported commerce and industry in the early days, and provided recreation. However, no one tended the health of the river, so it decayed; and manufacturers left its banks, as trains and trucks replaced boats. The community abandoned the ailing Milwaukee River for decades, but a turnaround began in the 80s. The city initiated improvements, including Riverwalk, and worked with developers.

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Economy & Business
8:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Wisconsin Once a Leader in Creating Public Unions, Now in Weakening Them

Ken Germanson next to historical marker at the corner of Russell and Superior in Bay View.

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO held a pro labor rally in Milwaukee on Wednesday. The event was part of a statewide tour that will end in Madison on Saturday, to mark the one-year anniversary of Governor Walker restricting collective bargaining rights for public workers.

As WUWM’s Bob Bach reports, Wisconsin is at the forefront of retracting public union gains that opponents insist went too far, while the state was once a leader in creating worker protections.

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Veterans
7:57 am
Tue December 27, 2011

War's End Rekindles Grief For Educator

Pat Farrell studies the names of former Catholic Memorial students killed in action.

American troops have been leaving Iraq this month, as President Obama adheres to the schedule for ending the war and the task of rebuilding the country which began nine years ago.

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Project Milwaukee
2:50 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Economist Critical of Gov. Walker's Job Claims

Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval

Our series, Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval draws to a close Friday.

Today, we’re examining how new legislation and a shift in state policies in 2011 have positioned Wisconsin for the future.

In 2010, Gov. Scott Walker ran on a pro-jobs agenda, promising to help create tens of thousands of jobs. He's been struggling to meet his goal.

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Project Milwaukee
2:43 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Public Policy Analyst Discusses Future of Local Government Funding

Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval

Public Policy Forum Analyst Rob Henken talked to Bob Bach Friday, as part of our special Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval broadcast at Cudahy's Irish Pub, inside the Pabst Theater.

Henken discussed the direction he feels Wisconsin is headed in, after volatile year in state politics, which saw numerous changes in state law and policy.

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Project Milwaukee
2:34 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Liberals Find Many Flaws in 2011 Republican Legislation

Karen Royster

As our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval series concludes, Bob Bach talks to a variety of people about where they think the state is headed, after the sweeping and divisive political changes Republican Gov. Scott Walker promoted this year.

He spoke with Karen Royster of the left-leaning Institute for Wisconsin’s Future. She finds flaws in the GOP legislation.

Project Milwaukee
2:32 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Could State Government be Scaled Back Further?

George Lightbourn

WUWM concludes our week-long series, Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval Friday.

Bob Bach talks with a variety of guests about where they think Wisconsin is headed, based on big policy changes made by GOP leaders in 2011.

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