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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Milwaukee River Revival
2:17 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

The City's Past Relationship with its Namesake

Rohn's Swimming School with tethered beginning swimmers.
Historic Photo Collection / Milwaukee Public Library

If you want to view a thriving strip of the City of Milwaukee – hop a boat and cruise the Milwaukee River. New housing and repurposed old buildings line the waterfront and its adjoining neighborhoods. Most vessels that cruise the river these days are not the working types of generations past, but rather pleasure boats.

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Recall Election
4:22 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Nearly 200,000 Voters have Requested Absentee Recall Ballots

Early in-person voting is nearing an end.

The number of Wisconsin residents requesting absentee ballots or voting absentee in the June 5 recall election is nearly three times higher than during the May 8 recall primary.

According to the Government Accountability Board, more than 182,000 residents have requested absentee ballots as of noon Friday. During the May primary, clerks tracked 68,000 absentee ballots.

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Project Milwaukee
2:15 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Challenges to Civility

Reach Out effort in Madison brings together liberals and conservatives to explain their opinions.

There are plenty of adjectives you could use to describe Wisconsin’s political climate in 2011. Perhaps passionate or volatile.

The state is known for being evenly-split politically – purple - with independents often determining elections. But partisans have been zealous, even among family and friends, according to Jeri Bonavia, executive director of WAVE - the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort.

“These days, bring up the wrong topic whether it’s unions or whether it’s carrying guns in public, and suddenly the conversation becomes heated in a way that we haven’t seen in the past,” Bonavia says.

In today’s installment of Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval, WUWM’s Marge Pitrof reports on challenges to civility.

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Project Milwaukee
3:39 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Project Milwaukee: Ingredients for Economic Development in Southeastern Wisconsin

Panelists offered their perspectives on what will enable southeastern Wisconsin prosper.

Panelists represented interests ranging from politics to business to the environment.

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Project Milwaukee
1:20 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Project Milwaukee: All Types of Transit Options Needed in this Region

Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik insists the future economy of southeast Wisconsin needs roads, rail and bus to move workers to jobs.

A key ingredient to economic development is transportation. So as we continue our series, Project Milwaukee – Southern Connections, we explore transportation in southeast Wisconsin.

We spent time chatting with Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik, a long time proponent of extending roadways and transit systems south to the state line. Here are a few opinions she shared.

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Project Milwaukee
4:22 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Project Milwaukee: Chicago-Milwaukee Connections

In Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections, we look at why Chicago might need Milwaukee more than we would think. Bill Testa is Senior Economist, Vice President and Director of Regional Programs at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He spoke with WUWM's Marge Pitrof.

There’s more of the interview in the supplemental audio section below.

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Project Milwaukee
3:44 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Project Milwaukee: Milwaukee and Chicago Areas Must Unite to Form Global Force

Economic development planners insist regions, not just cities, are becoming the leaders of the global marketplace, so southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois would be wise to capitalize on their proximity and combined strengths.

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Project Milwaukee
11:00 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Local Food Movement Growing Here

Dave Swanson (right) and Dan in south side warehouse that transfers Wisconsin produce to Milwaukee restaurants.

All week, WUWM has been exploring the strength of Wisconsin’s food industry, including its economic impact here in the southeast.

The state’s lion’s share is its commodities such as grains and dairy products, as well as processed foods. They’re sold across the country, and Wisconsin continues to develop markets overseas, because that’s where 96 percent of the world’s eaters live.

But the state is also begun promoting the local food movement; it encourages residents to buy foods produced close to home. The goal is to put fresher, more nutritious items on tables, while generating more business for Wisconsin producers.

Here’s more from WUWM's Marge Pitrof, on this, our our final day of Project Milwaukee: What’s on Our Plate?

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Project Milwaukee
5:28 pm
Wed June 2, 2010

English as a Barrier

We’ve presented several stories this morning as part of our Project Milwaukee series, about students in the Milwaukee Public Schools system who have difficulties in class. They can range from physical disabilities to behavioral problems. We were able to meet for a few minutes this week with the busy principal of South Division High School, to talk about students who are not proficient in English, at least not right away. Maurice Turner says as many as 45 percent of the students in his school are not primarily English speakers.

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Project Milwaukee
5:06 pm
Mon May 31, 2010

Ravitch Changes Her Mind on School Choice

Educational historian Diane Ravitch does a 180 on her attitude towards the promise of school choice and vouchers. Ravitch is a professor of education at New York University – her new book is called The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education. She spoke with WUWM’s Marge Pitrof as part of our "Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Achievement in MPS" series.

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