Marge Pitrof

News Director

Marge has been with WUWM since it changed formats from music to news and information in the late 1980s. Searching for a place where she could produce in-depth journalism, Marge was hired by WUWM as a reporter. For several years, Marge also hosted Morning Edition.

While a reporter, Marge was a frequent contributor to NPR and won numerous awards for her work.

Since fall of 2000, Marge has been managing the news department but still has the occasional opportunity to produce stories. Under her leadership, the team has won scores of professional awards, appeared on national broadcasts, trained dozens of interns and collaborated with organizations such as NPR, Milwaukee PBS and the International Center for Journalists, on a range of projects.

Prior to joining WUWM, Marge worked in commercial radio both as an afternoon news anchor and a field reporter. She also worked for short periods at a few TV stations.

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Marge Pitrof

This week’s Bubbler Talk question comes from John Koeppen: What Milwaukee building was used as the military induction center for draftees and enlistees, during the Vietnam War?

"It’s completely different than what it was back in 1968," he says.

Maybe you can tell, John knows the answer- at least part of the answer. He's a Vietnam veteran. The Milwaukee building he’s talking about is in the now fashionable Third Ward - the white building across the street from the Milwaukee Public Market.

Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A Milwaukee jury is recommending that the district attorney file criminal charges against seven county jail staffers for the death of 38-year-old Terrill Thomas. He died of dehydration, after employees shut off his water for seven days. The jurors recommend charging the staff with abuse of a resident of a penal facility. Now the DA will decide whether to follow the jury's recommendation.

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President Donald Trump says Canada has "outsmarted" the U.S. for a long time, but he won't put up with it. He made the comment on Tuesday while imposing sizeable tariffs on all softwood lumber that Canada sells to the U.S., apparently in retaliation for Canada's decision to close its market to ultra-filtered milk that originates on dairy farms across Wisconsin.

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The U.S. Justice Dept. sent letters on Friday to nine jurisdictions, giving them until June 30 to prove they are cooperating with federal authorities in enforcing immigration law - or risk losing a big pot of federal funding. That grant money has been earmarked for law enforcement.

Other communities that received the letter include Chicago, New York and New Orleans.

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Fifty-four retired Wisconsin judges wanted the state's high court court to prohibit judges from hearing a case, if it involved their largest campaign contributors. The threshold would have ranged from $500 for a municipal judge to $10,000 for a Supreme Court justice. But on Thursday, the court majority rejected the retirees' petition, insisting such rules would violate the constitution and voters' decisions.

Update:

On Tuesday, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office attributed two additional deaths to the powerful drug carfentanil, following the first, on Monday.

Law enforcement officers arrested Joseph Jakubowski on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin early Friday, after a 10-day hunt for him. It started after the 32-year-old broke into a gun shop near Janesville on April 4, stole 18 firearms and mailed lengthy, threatening manifesto to President Donald Trump. It reportedly contained rants against government and religion and mentioned using the stolen weapons to launch attacks. At least one school was closed last week, after concerns spiked about Jakubowski's intentions.

Following a local television report stating that someone beat and cut a Muslim woman on Milwaukee's south side early Monday - after demanding she take off her hijab, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has called for a hate crimes investigation.

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In a referendum that is advisory only, Milwaukee County voters turned thumbs down to the idea of an expanded vehicle registration fee. The county just enacted its first, in 2017.

Last fall, County Executive Chris Abele included a $60 wheel tax in his 2017 county budget. The County Board approved half - a $30 tax, but also put the bigger question on Tuesday's ballot. Voters rejected the idea, 72%-28%.

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Incumbent state schools Superintendent Tony Evers brushed back a challenge by Lowell Holtz to win a third term, by a 70%-30% margin. Evers campaigned as a strong proponent of public schools, of substantially boosting funding for them and addressing their teacher shortage and of providing mental health services for students.

The projected winners of Wisconsin's Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Spring Election are marked in bold.

STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
Tony Evers, incumbent
Lowell Holtz

>> More on Evers' victory.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY RACES

CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE, BRANCH 47 (Incumbent John Siefert did not run)
Scott Wales
Kristy Yang

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Twice, in recent months, someone vandalized a room Marquette University has turned into an Islamic prayer space and nearby hallways signs. The first incident reportedly occurred following November's presidential election; the second, after President Trump released his revised travel ban against about a half-dozen predominantly Muslim nations.

A group of Democratic legislators wants to expand the 2014 Wisconsin law that requires outside investigations of citizen deaths in which police are involved, so that it also applies to deaths that occur in county jails. Those could include several in the Milwaukee County Jail where four people have died during the past year. One was an infant born in a cell to an incarcerated woman, another was a male inmate who died of dehydration. 

The Milwaukee District Attorney has charged three young men with the fatal shooting of city inspector Greg Zyskiewicz.  He was killed last Wednesday near North 23rd and Cherry Streets, during an attempted car-jacking -- shot while sitting in his vehicle between property inspections.

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has signed a letter of intent to take part in the federal government's 287(g) Task Force/Jail Enforcement program. It trains local law enforcement and then gives it authority to enforce immigration violations.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, it currently partners with 37 law enforcement agencies in 16 states.

Clarke released his announcement Wednesday afternoon via a web post.

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