Marge Pitrof

News Director

Marge has been with WUWM since it changed formats from music to news and information in the late 1980’s. 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.

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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Waukesha Sheriff Eric Severson told a U.S. Senate committee this week that the lion's share of controlled substances claiming lives in southeastern Wisconsin are sourced south of the U.S.-Mexico border and easily pass across it, particularly heroin. He also blamed the resulting drug trade for other crimes occurring in the region, including mobile drug operations and carjackings.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke does not have to reveal anything about the prisoners he is detaining for federal immigration authorities, according to a ruling Friday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It sided with the sheriff in the legal battle.

RAFAEL BEN-ARI, FOTOLIA

The bill Republican state Rep. Jesse Kremer says he will likely re-introduce would require Wisconsin public school students to use the bathrooms, locker rooms, etc. that correspond with their birth gender.

He made his statement on the same day President Trump rescinded federal guidelines from the Obama administration that encouraged public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that correlate with their gender identity.

Michelle Maternowski

Dozens of local people who long to hear civil political dialogue got to experience a bit of it Tuesday night.

WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hosted a forum to discuss our polarized political climate – and how we might cross the divide.

The Jewish community feels increasingly targeted by harassment, vandalism and expression, according to the federation's Jewish Community Relations Council. It reviewed incidents brought to its attention in 2016 and found several trends, over the previous year. One was an increase in anti-Semitic harassment among middle and high school students, as well as more reports of anti-Semitism on Wisconsin college campuses. Another increase the council reported was of swastika graffiti, and a third was anti-Semitic slurs.

Around 1:00 Friday afternoon, multiple shots were fired into the Milwaukee fire station at 2901 N. 30 Street. The bullets did not strike anyone, but the Milwaukee Fire Dept. has closed the station and is moving the engine company to the fire house at 13th and Reservoir.

According to Alderman Bob Donovan, at least six shots pierced the station - which he says is the busiest in the state. Donovan says he hopes the impact on response times is minimal.

Police continue investigating. 

A Syrian refugee living in Dane County filed a lawsuit this month against President Trump's now-stalled travel ban. The U.S. granted the man asylum because soldiers in Syria had imprisoned and tortured him, but his wife and three-year-old daughter remained behind, in Aleppo. He had applied for his family to join him but said the Trump ban halted the procedure, so he sued.

The U.S. House has voted to scrap a recent Dept. of Labor regulation, to the delight of Governor Scott Walker. For some time, he has wanted Wisconsin to drug test laid-off workers who apply for unemployment insurance, but Walker says the Obama administration set narrow circumstances in which states can drug test UI applicants, such as, if the person's occupation requires a firearm.

Andy Stenz

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he has spoken with Vice President Mike Pence about how the new Trump administration could apply parts of Act 10 to federal employees.

Marge Pitrof

Some religious leaders in Milwaukee are condemning President Trump’s 90-day ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations.

The faith leaders expressed their concerns Sunday at an interfaith gathering the local Ahamdiyya Muslim Community coordinated at Humboldt Park.

While the event was planned long before Trump signed his executive order on Friday, the ban - and the massive protests it has sparked - were on many minds.

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While hundreds of people gathered at airports across the U.S. to protest President Trump's three-month ban on immigrants from a half-dozen Muslim-majority nations, scores of demonstrators held signs and rallied in Milwaukee on Saturday, outside the federal building on East Wisconsin Avenue.

Wisconsin State Legislature

A three-judge federal panel on Friday told the Legislature to redraw Wisconsin's legislative boundaries and to complete the job by November. Opponents of the existing maps wanted judges to redraw them but are pleased that the federal panel is demanding change and yet this year.

Rachel Morello

Hundreds of people in the Milwaukee area spent part of the weekend demonstrating their concerns about the new Trump administration, by taking part in rallies.

Saturday morning, scores of people marched through the streets of Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood. Organizers billed the event as a "Femme Solidarity March," as it coincided with the massive march that took place in Washington D.C. and in other cities around the country and world.

Marge Pitrof

The Obama administration's Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it has enabled the United States to take a major step forward in making health insurance available to all Americans, multiple speakers told a crowd Sunday morning, on Milwaukee's south side.

Marge Pitrof

Demonstrators in Milwaukee pledged to fight any new policies emerging from a Trump White House that would weaken protections for undocumented immigrants, migrant dairy workers, students, members of the Muslim religion, LGBT community and refugees.

Late Saturday morning, the protesters marched from the near south side to the Milwaukee County Courthouse where speakers and music stirred the crowd. Dozens of people had driven in from Madison, Racine and other Wisconsin cities, to take part.

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