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


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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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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.


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.


Chancellor Mark Mone reflects on the challenges which faced UW-Milwaukee and higher education during 2015 and looks forward to 2016.

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Despite the need for dramatic budget cuts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Chancellor Mark Mone discusses why it is important to sustain the institution's research mission. Also, an update on the budget cutting process and how decisions will be made.

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UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone discusses why he is opposed to concealed carry gun legislation that would allow students, faculty and staff to carry concealed weapons into classrooms. He discusses recent police statistics, which show that robberies are down by more than 30% in the neighborhoods that surround the campus. Mone also talks about rewarding students with entrepreneurial ideas and UWM's recent family weekend.

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UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone discusses his inauguration and how his scholarly work on organizational change will help him build a new focused future for the university.

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UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Monee says that while the University faces many challenges, the institution will move ahead and realize its potential for Milwaukee, the state and beyond. Also the importance of scholarships and a preview of homecoming and the Chancellor's inauguration.

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone describes how the campus will live with the cut in funding from the state. Also, Milwaukeean's Sheldon and Marianne Lubar have donated $10 Million to UWM to establish the Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship.

While the state's budget is not yet final, UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone describes how his campus is preparing as well as the importance of tenure and shared governance to the faculty and the University community.

While it will be some time before Governor Walker signs the new budget, UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone discusses recent actions by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee.

The cut to the UW System was reduced by $25 million annually for the next two years, there will need to be $250 million in cuts over the next two years if signed into law. Dr. Mone discuss how UWM is preparing.

Chancellor Mark Monee reflects on his first semester at the helm of UW-Milwaukee.

He discusses progress being made in the areas of student success, research, engagement with the community, campus culture and climate as well as elevating UWM's visibility. Also, the challenges of planning for state budget cuts.