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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Neither of the two video recordings will be released publicly until after Milwaukee prosecutors decide whether to charge the officer involved, according to Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.

Schimel's office is reviewing the incident, to help determine whether police acted appropriately. An officer shot and killed 23-year-old Sylville Smith on August 13, which led to riots in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood. City leaders said afterward that Smith was fleeing a traffic stop, armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

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For updates, follow @WUWMradio on Twitter or this post from Monday.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn held a news conference Sunday afternoon to share details about the investigation into Saturday's events. Barrett said there is a photo that shows "without a question" that the African American man who was fatally shot by police was holding a gun.

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Pockets of protesters set several buildings on fire on Milwaukee's north side, including a BP gas station near Sherman and Burleigh. For a time fire fighters could not reach it because gunshots were being fired. 

The MPD reports making at least three arrests.

The rioting began after an officer fatally shot a man in his 20s. According to the MPD, two officers stopped two suspects in a car near 44th and Auer, and both fled. The officers pursued the suspects and during the chase, one officer shot the suspect, who was armed with a stolen semiautomatic handgun.

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Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump announced members of his economic advisory team on Thursday, and they include Wisconsin businesswomen Diane Hendricks and Elizabeth Uihlein. Hendricks is the co-founder and chair of ABC Supply Co., a roofing supply firm, while Uihlein is president of Uline Corp., based in Pleasant Prairie.

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Hillary Clinton now leads Donald Trump by a 10-point margin among registered voters in Wisconsin and by 15 points among likely voters, according to the latest Marquette Law School Poll released Wednesday.

A month ago, Clinton held  a 6-point lead among registered voters here and a 4-point advantage among likely voters.

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Last month, federal Judge Lynn Adelman ordered Wisconsin elections officials to create an affidavit that would allow people without government-issued photo identification to vote in the November 8 election.

On the affidavit, they would cite the reason they did not obtain a photo ID and sign their name.

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Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan easily defeated a challenge from Republican businessman Paul Nehlen in Tuesday's District 1 primary.

Ryan says his wide margin of victory does not mean Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is doomed in November. Trump failed to endorse Ryan until last Friday while offering praise for Nehlen.

At this primary gathering Tuesday night, Ryan said his large victory reflects the fact that his constituents know him very well, and it does not indicate how Trump will fare in Wisconsin.


Projected winners of Tuesday, August 9, 2016 primaries are in bold.


Winner faces incumbent Ron Johnson (R) and Phillip Anderson (L).

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District 1: Winners face Jason Lebeck (L)

Paul Ryan - incumbent
Paul Nehlen

Ryan Solen
Tom Breu

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Milwaukee voters will today settle what appears to be an unusually high number of Democratic legislative primaries. They feature Senate races pitting incumbent Sen. Lena Taylor against state Rep. Mandela Barnes and state Rep. LaTonya Johnson against Milwaukee School Board Director Michael Bonds.

The head Milwaukee's Election Commission, Neil Albrecht, expects 20 percent of registered city voters to cast ballots in Tuesday's primary, very low compared to traditional turnout for the fall presidential election when upwards of 70 percent of eligible voters exercise their right.

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Some new election rules that Gov. Walker and Republican legislators approved unconstitutionally target certain populations of voters - including minorities, students and others who tend to lean Democratic, particularly in the City of Milwaukee, according to U.S. District Judge James Peterson. He ordered the state late Friday to scrap those new requirements.

Gov. Walker continues to insist he will not raise taxes or fees to fund road projects in Wisconsin. Co-chair of the Legislature’s budget committee Rep. John Nygren says the state has to consider increases, now that it’s heading toward a $939-million shortfall in its transportation budget.

Attorney Dan Kelly will replace retiring Justice David Prosser, as of August, and is expected to leave the court's 5-2 conservative majority intact.

According to the Associated Press, Kelly included in his application materials, his stated opposition to same-sex marriage and his belief that affirmative action is akin to slavery.

Kelly has defended the redistricting plan Wisconsin Republican legislators drew in 2011. One court found that the boundaries denied Milwaukee Latino voters of adequate representation and ordered the state to redraw two districts.

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There is no shortage of warnings as weather conditions in much of Wisconsin are expected to become oppressive. 

For instance, people are advised to:

--cancel outdoor activities

--check on people who may be isolated in a hot home

--seek cool spaces

--drink plenty of water

Highs in metro Milwaukee will push into the 90s on Thursday and Friday with high dew points sending heat indexes over 100 degrees.

The people most at risk are those with chronic or mental health conditions, older adults and young children.

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Federal Judge Lynn Adelman ruled Tuesday that Wisconsin voters who can’t get government-issued photo identification by the November 8 election can sign an affidavit declaring who they are and why they haven't been able to get a photo ID. Then they could cast a ballot.

In Judge Adelman's ruling, he included a template for Wisconsin election officials to use in creating an affidavit:

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Rousing applause greeted Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke when he took the stage at the Republican National Convention Monday night in Cleveland.  The theme was “Make America Safe Again.” Clarke, who has been a steadfast supporter of presumptive nominee Donald Trump, has criticized the Black Lives Matter movement for disparaging law enforcement. His opening statement at the RNC was "blue lives matter."