Dave Edwards

Director / General Manager

Dave Edwards has been Director / General Manager of WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio since 1985. Under his leadership, the station has expanded its local programming efforts, community based fund raising and partnerships with many organizations in Southeastern Wisconsin.

During his years as General Manager, WUWM has been the most listened to public radio station in Southeastern Wisconsin. In 2010, the station was recognized as “Best Radio Station of the Year” by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and “Best Radio News Operation of the Year” by the Milwaukee Press Club.

In addition to his work at WUWM, Edwards has served as Chairman of the National Public Radio Board of Directors and has held board positions on the Station Resource Group, Public Radio In Mid-America and the University Station Alliance. He is currently the Chairman of the Radio Research Consortium Board of Directors and a member of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Board of Directors.

Edwards also served as a consultant to public radio stations around the country.

Prior to 1985, Edwards’ professional career included stints as a radio program manager, news director, news reporter, and anchor for public radio, commercial radio, and television stations. He won numerous local and regional awards for journalism and was a regular contributor to National Public Radio news magazines in the early 1980's.

Edwards has also been involved in civic activities including the Milwaukee Rotary Club and he served for 15 years as an elected member of the Franklin WI Board of School Directors including 7 years as its president. He teaches courses in professional communications and journalism for Alverno College and has been an instructor at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

He and his wife Lauri live in Franklin WI. They have two grown children who grew up believing that the first button on all car radios was fixed on WUWM.

Twitter: @DaveEdwardsWUWM

Jon Strelecki

A collaboration between UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College and Milwaukee Public Schools is working to improve education opportunities for students in southeastern Wisconsin.

WUWM's Dave Edwards talks with UWM Chancellor Dr. Mark Mone, MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver and MATC College President Vicki Martin about goals of the M-cubed program and projects already underway.

HELAINE HICKSON

UW-Milwaukee Mark Mone discusses the clean-up following the fire in the Peck School of the Arts Theater building and how the community has rallied its support. Also, Mone talks about how UW-Milwaukee's role as the state's only public, urban, research university continues to be important as well as "cooking with the Chancellor."

HELAINE HICKSON

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone talks about the message he shared with members of the Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Finance Committee regarding future funding. He makes the case for urban access institutions as well as funds for remodeling the Northwest Quad, wage increases and the impact of federal funding on UWM.

President Lyndon Johnson formalized federal support for public broadcasting with the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. It created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, or CPB, as a government sponsored corporation to distribute federal funds to public broadcast stations.

Helaine Hickson

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone says that Governor Walker's proposed state budget is a good first step to re-investing in the University of Wisconsin System and UWM. Also, how changes in Washington may affect UWM and recent concerns over the viability of the Innovation campus.

HELAINE HICKSON

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone discusses the importance of moving the university forward with UWM 2020 - strategic opportunities to bolster research, student success and enrollments while managing long-term budget cuts. Also he talks about trends in the higher education landscape.

HELAINE HICKSON

Reflecting back on 2016, UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone says budget cuts and the continued disinvestment in public education posed challenges for his institution. And as he looks ahead to 2017, he believes that seismic shifts in higher education will continue to accelerate.

Also, UWM's 115th Commencement saw more that 2,200 individuals graduate.

HELAINE HICKSON

Historically, universities have had a strong social contract with society; higher education as a public good.

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone says seismic shifts have occurred with higher education over the last decade. He talks about the value of higher education and the challenges of predicting the future needs of students. Mone also discusses a $1 million gift that was made to support the athletic program at UWM.

HELAINE HICKSON

The cost of college remains a serious issue for students, parents, campus administrators and legislators as the UW System considers what it could face in the next biennial budget.

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone discusses what he says is the common misconception that the high cost of college is primarily due to administrative bloat. Also, UWM Professor Anne Basting is named a MacArthur Fellow for her groundbreaking work with older adults.

HELAINE HICKSON

Summertime on the UW-Milwaukee campus is anything but quiet.

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone discusses advocacy, planning and the welcoming of new students. Also, plans are underway for the 2017/19 budget request.

Helaine Hickson

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone reflects on the achievements of the academic year, which includes the newly granted R-1 research status, a $5 Million gift from the Kelben Foundation and a greater emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Helaine Hickson

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone discusses the possibility that UW schools might get more control over setting tuition. Also, he talks about the recent no-confidence vote by UW-Madison faculty expressing displeasure with the System President and the Board of Regents and how research conducted by UWM faculty impacts the community.

HELAINE HICKSON

With UW-Milwaukee facing a $38 million operational deficit, the university's chancellor Mark Mone discusses his plan, which will include cuts in administrative positions, aligning schools and colleges and engaging in strategic position control.

Helaine Hickson

UW-Milwaukee has joined the ranks of top doctoral research universities in the country with a Research 1 designation. Chancellor Mark Mone explains the significance especially at a time of ongoing budget cuts and enrollment challenges.

HELAINE HICKSON

Chancellor Mark Mone discusses UWM's role in the community as a large public research university with an access mission.

He says the region is on the verge of great change. "There's a lot of growth, there's investment, there's a new Bucks arena, there's neighborhood revitalization, there's powerful things that are happening, a lot of momentum," he says. Mone also stresses that there are challenges around poverty, education inequalities and other areas that exist here.

Pages