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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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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Regional
12:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Medical College Researcher Pleads Not Guilty to Two Federal Offenses

Federal prosecutors initially indicted 42-year-old Dr. Hua Jun Zhao for economic espionage. Now, they have leveled other charges against him - computer fraud and lying to an FBI agent. On Thursday, Zhao entered a plea of not guilty on each count.

Zhao was a researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Authorities had accused him of stealing three vials of a possible cancer-fighting compound and academic research from the college, intending to pass off the items in China as his work.

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Politics & Government
11:53 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Former Justice Geske Concerned about Wisconsin Supreme Court

Former justice says court faces serious differences, challenging issues.

Following the results of Tuesday's Wisconsin Supreme Court Election in which incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack won another 10-year term, former Justice Janine Geske shared her thoughts about the race and concerns about the court.

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Politics & Government
11:49 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Walker's Planned Memoir Indicates an Interest in Being President

Is Walker's book his next step toward running for President?
Credit Eric Thayer/Getty Images

Governor Walker obviously wants to run for President, according to UWM History Professor Glen Jeansonne. He’s been watching the governor travel the country, raising money and speaking to conservative audiences. Now that Walker will publish a book detailing his political experiences and ideology, there’s no question in the professor’s mind - the career politician wants the country to know about him.

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Regional
11:45 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Wisconsin's Last Flash Point Over Tribal Spear Fishing

Chippewa tribes in northern Wisconsin have announced plans to spear 59,399 walleyes in off-reservation lakes this season.
Credit Wolfgang Hoffmann

Tribal leaders in Wisconsin have been unhappy with state leaders for relaxing mining standards and approving a wolf hunt. Now tensions have emerged over spear fishing.

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Politics & Government
11:41 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Walker Marketing His Conservative Brand, Perhaps Testing Presidential Waters

A familiar face at big Republican gatherings.
Credit Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Gov. Scott Walker appeared to be one of the Republican leaders ‘testing the water’ late last week, as the Conservative Political Action Conference gathered in Maryland.

Walker was invited to address the conference and was also on its straw ballot of GOP presidential contenders for 2016.

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Regional
1:35 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Bay View's Avalon Theater to Auction Vintage Items

Bay View's Avalon Theater to Auction Vintage Items.
Credit Spreenkler, Flickr

The Avalon Theater in Bay View plans to auction off vintage equipment, including projectors, popcorn machines and seats.

Online bidding begins March 13 at noon - and continues for a week. People can walk through the theater on Sat., March 16 from 9 A.M. - 4 P.M., to view items on the auction block.

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Economy & Business
10:36 am
Fri March 1, 2013

MATC Union Says Early Contract Will Deter Instructors from Retiring

Faculty contracts in place until Feb. of 2015.

Earlier this week, the MATC Board and its teachers union reached a new one-year contract – months ahead of schedule. The pact takes effect next February, when the existing three-year contract expires.

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