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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Politics & Government
10:48 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Afterschool Programs in Milwaukee County Get Low Grades

Reaching for the Stars: Examining YoungStar and its effect on the quality of Milwaukee County’s afterschool workforce.
Credit Public Policy Forum

A study by the Public Policy Forum finds only a small number of after school programs in Milwaukee County have earned bonuses for high quality service.

A review of the state's "YoungStar" rating system finds most afterschool programs in Milwaukee County are failing to make the grade.

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Politics & Government
10:57 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Messages Shine Light on County Executive Walker Private Email System

Governor Scott Walker
Credit Spencer Platt, Getty Images

Emails released Wednesday are giving the public a rare look inside a politician’s office.

The 27,000 electronic communications between former County Executive Scott Walker’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Kelly Rindfleish, and a host of personnel describe how Walker cabinet members and others addressed campaign, constituent and other issues.

The messages were part of a John Doe investigation.

It ended with no charges filed against Walker, but six aides and associates were charged with crimes.

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Economy & Business
1:52 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Expanding Grocery Chains Mean More Competition in Milwaukee

There's increased competition among grocery retailers in the greater Milwaukee area.
Credit Photos.com

The grocery retailer Meijer is building a store on Burleigh in Wauwatosa. The community will soon be home to about a half-dozen major grocers.

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Education
4:36 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

MPS Superintendent Thornton Leaving for Job in Baltimore

Superintendent Gregory Thornton has held his MPS post for nearly four years

MPS board member Terry Falk told WUWM's Bob Bach that Gregory Thornton's decision to move is not a great surprise. Falk says he expects a current MPS employee will be tabbed as interim superintendent.

Gregory Thornton, who’s served as superintendent of the state’s largest school district since 2010, is stepping down from his post.

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Politics & Government
11:17 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Emails Uncovered During John Doe I Investigation Will Be Released Mid-Week

27,000 emails will be released.
Credit Photos.com

MU Pollster Charles Franklin says it’s impossible to predict the impact the content of thousands of emails exchanged between a Walker appointee and others may have on voters.

Thousands of pages of emails will be released on Wednesday following a court order.

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Economy & Business
10:49 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Change in Command Coming for Skilled Trades Group

Lyle Balistreri (r) welcomes Dan Bukiewicz, the incoming President of the Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council.

Long time labor leader Lyle Balistreri reflects on a career that's spanned more than four decades.

The Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council welcomes new leadership this week.

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Education
10:51 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Construction of UWM Research Facility Reaches Milestone

Construction continues on UWM's new Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex just south of Lapham Hall on campus. View is to the northwest.

Research facility construction continues on and off campus at UWM. Dean Rodney Swain provides details regarding some of the newest projects including the KIRC.

Crews on Thursday hoist a beam atop the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex as construction continues.

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Environment
6:27 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Unusual Tracks on Milwaukee River

Snowmobile and cross country ski tracks on Milwaukee River between Clybourn and Michigan Street bridges

Some outdoor enthusiasts seem to have discovered a new use for the Milwaukee River this winter.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

War On Poverty Brought About Change in Milwaukee

Jesus Salas recalls the origins of United Migrant Opportunity Services, a program begun as part of during LBJ's Great Society.

The war on poverty had a lasting impact on community activism that is both revered and reviled today. Some of those affected by programs begun a half-century ago, reflect on the origins of the anti-poverty efforts they in which they participated.

Fifty years ago this month, in his State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty,” part of what he coined “The Great Society.”

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Economy & Business
10:49 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Wisconsin Addresses Propane Shortage, for Homes that Need it for Heat

Residential propane tank
Credit Mark Evans, Flickr

A propane shortage affecting thousands of Wisconsinites can be traced to demand that started last fall.

Frigid temperatures early this week will put an even greater strain on propane supplies.

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