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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Environment
11:47 am
Wed May 15, 2013

More Large Forest Fires Possible in Northern Wisconsin

Air quality problems expected downwind of wildfire in northwest Wisconsin
Credit Dept. of Natural Resources

Update: The big wildfire in northwest Wisconsin is contained. However, it has scorched 9,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes and buildings.

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Politics & Government
4:11 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Early Poll: Clinton is Wisconsin's Preferred 2016 Presidential Pick

What if the 2016 presidential race was today?

According to a new Marquette Law School Poll, Wisconsin would favor a Clinton-Ryan presidential race, with Clinton winning.

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Politics & Government
10:55 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Wisconsin Congressman: U.S. Needs Right to Vote Amendment

Wisconsin’s newest Congressman wants the U.S. to amend its Constitution, so it guarantees adult Americans the right to vote in their home district.

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Politics & Government
10:36 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Wisconsin May Double Job Search Requirements

Laid-off workers in Wisconsin may have to search for four jobs a week – rather than two, if they want to continue receiving unemployment compensation. The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approved the higher standard on Monday. Now it’s part of the proposed state budget, and would give Wisconsin one of the highest standards in the country.

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Education
11:09 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Wisconsin Not Alone in Spotting Perceived "Surplus" in University System

Analysts say there is a need to understand university budgeting

Wisconsin is not the first state to question its universities’ books according to Kevin Kiley, a reporter with the online publication Inside Higher Education. Kiley says other states have also assumed they’ve stumbled upon a surplus, then learned otherwise.

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Regional
3:42 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Study: Wisconsin Far and Away Leads Nation in Black Male Incarceration

Milwaukee County Secure Detention Facility
Credit Mike Steele, Flickr

The 2010 Census informed Wisconsin that it had the highest rate of black male incarceration in the country – well over 12 percent. Now a new examination of the numbers puts Wisconsin not only at the top - but far ahead of all other states when it comes to sending black men to prison.

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Regional
12:20 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Federal Judge Hears Arguments Over Rally Rules at Wisconsin Capitol

2011 rule requires groups of four or more to obtain permit to demonstrate.
Credit Justin Kern, Flickr

A federal judge is listening to arguments over the rule governing rallies at the Wisconsin Capitol.

The Walker Administration enacted the rule in late 2011, following weeks of massive demonstrations earlier in the year. Under the rule, groups that want to promote a cause at the Capitol, must obtain a permit, if the rally will involve four or more people.

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Health & Science
12:12 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Milwaukee Police Lose Court Battle Over Health Insurance Costs

A Wisconsin Appeals Court has sided with the City of Milwaukee, when it comes to which entity sets health care costs for police and fire fighters - the municipality decides.

Gov. Walker's Act 10 ended nearly all public union rights in Wisconsin, except for police and fighters. However, lawmakers also extended a provision that prohibits first-responders from negotiating the design of their health insurance plans. The design includes such items as co-pays and deductibles.

Boston Marathon Bombing
12:10 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Milwaukee Runner Among Those in Boston Marathon Escaping Injury

Wodke describes sadness and chaos following tragedy at Boston Marathon.
Chris Wodke

Runners from Milwaukee were part of Monday’s Boston Marathon – and routed off the course, when two explosions hit.

Christine Wodke was participating for the second straight year, this time, to raise money for charity. She shared her story after making her way back to her hotel.

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Immigration Reform
11:56 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Wisconsin Professor: U.S. Needs Immigration Reform, Because People Will Continue Arriving Here

What might Congress eventually decide?

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators could soon reveal its immigration reform plan. For years, the issue of how to deal with people coming here illegally has languished in Washington. UW-Madison Political Scientist Ben Marquez says reform presents immense challenges because of the many variables involved.

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