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

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell discusses an innovative program which is helping the 42% of incoming students who need to enroll in remedial math.

Also, new UW System President Ray Cross has already visited UWM and we discuss the work of a task force which is exploring the future of state allocations to System campuses.

Beginning in fall 2014, UWM will offer an interdisciplinary professional graduate degree program leading to a Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding.

Chancellor Mike Lovell discusses the new program plus fills us in on a new 9,200 square foot greenhouse on the roof of one of the former Columbia St. Mary's Hospital buildings which is now part of the UWM campus.

In April, legislators expressed concerns about UW System program revenue balances. Now, as UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell explains, a recent review by the Legislative Audit Bureau supports his claim that these are not uncommitted cash balances.

Wisconsin's biennial budget included more than $11 million for an incentive grant program for the University of Wisconsin System to distribute in 2013. The grant will be used to develop programs to foster economic development, improve affordability of post secondary education and the development of an educated and skilled workforce.

As a new semester begins, UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell reflects on the importance of shared governance within the University, the sobering reality of the 2013-2015 budget and how the institution is dealing with decreasing enrollments. Also, the impact of the Global Water Center in Milwaukee.

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell discusses the impact state budget cuts will be having on the University as the new school year begins. Dr. Lovell also talks about the expanding focus of the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium and how he plans to work with new UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

On his fifth anniversary with UW-Milwaukee, Chancellor Mike Lovell reflects on his reasons for coming to Milwaukee as Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science and his accomplishments as Chancellor. Also, Lovell reflects on the tenure of outgoing UW System President Kevin Reilley.

The new state budget includes a two year tuition freeze for the University of Wisconsin System, a 1% pay increase for employees, and gives the Governor the authority to sell state owned property. UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell discusses the impact on his campus. Also, the UW Board of Regents met in Milwaukee during June.

UW System is dealing with an unprecedented budget situation; going from a proposed increase in state funding to a proposed cut in funding.

Despite recent headlines about a cash surplus at UW System campuses, UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell explains that current cash balances are invested in strategic priorities that have been openly discussed and approved by the Board of Regents. Also, various efforts by UWM to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the community.

UWM's New Athletic Director

Apr 4, 2013

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell discusses the appointment of Amanda Braun as the new Athletic Director and the expectations for her in this position. Also, the Chancellor was invited to Iowa State University to discuss collaborations between universities and industry. Plus, the findings of a study on how freshman who attend UWM from out of the state view the campus and the community.

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell discusses the Governor's proposed budget and its impact on the University of Wisconsin System. Also, efforts to retain students who enroll at UWM and how the institution's graduation rate compares with peer Universities.

Technology, especially in the form of massive open online courses (MOOCS), is transforming higher education. Chancellor Michael Lovell explains how UW-Milwaukee is responding. Lovell also discusses stabilizing UWM's enrollment, the upcoming state budget and the future of athletics.

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell discusses his interaction with students of the UWM Design and Visual Communications program who have been working on entrepreneurial projects. Also, UWM remains the top Wisconsin university destination for students and the December commencement which saw more than 2200 hundred students graduate from the University.