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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Advocates of legalized medical marijuana are planning to approach Wisconsin legislators on Wednesday, to urge them to pass a bill allowing patients to use the drug to allay physical discomforts.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Democratic Rep. Chris Taylor of Madison intends to sponsor such legislation, taking over from predecessor, now Congressman Mark Pocan.

Supporters of legalization are calling their planned efforts for Wednesday, Medical Cannabis Lobby Day.

The 30-year-old husband of slain Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena was charged Thursday with shooting her to death on Christmas Eve, while she was on duty. Ben Gabriel Sebena is being held on $1 million cash bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Ben Sebena was jealous of his wife’s relationships with other men. He allegedly stalked her for several days before killing her, and allegedly had held a gun to her head a few weeks before her death.

UW Sea Grant Institute

Water levels are low enough in the Great Lakes that parts of sunken ships have become visible.

Update: Gov. Walker announces that Wisconsin will not create its own health insurance exchange.

Gov. Scott Walker has until Friday Nov. 16 to announce whether Wisconsin will create its own health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act. If the state refuses, the federal government will create Wisconsin's exchange.

It appears a growing number of Wisconsin residents believe the state is headed in the right direction, economically.

UWM’s Center for Urban Initiatives and Research has released its quarterly Wisconsin Economic Scorecard. It asked 472 residents how they feel about the state economy and their personal finances.

While Wisconsin continues shaking off the recession, thousands of workers still don’t have jobs. Yet businesses, particularly manufacturers, report having a difficult time filling certain positions. Several people actively addressing the problem defined it from their perspective.

Sara Maternowski

Update: Monday, October 22

One of the four women injured in Sunday's shooting was released from the hospital Monday. Another was upgraded from critical to satisfactory condition. The other two are in satisfactory condition, according to a Froedtert Hospital spokeswoman.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele's office confirms that Sue Black is no longer Milwaukee County Parks Director. No reason has yet been stated. Members of the Milwaukee County Board are not yet commenting, many saying they did not have advanced notice about Black's departure.

Sara Derge

Police in Oak Creek say seven people have been killed at the Sikh Temple, off Howell Avenue.

Four people were reportedly killed inside and three outside - including a suspect. Police say an officer "took down" a suspect, with the officer also being injured, but his wounds are not thought to be life-threatening.

Looking to the Future

Jul 20, 2012

In this concluding segment of our series, WUWM's Bob Bach and Marge Pitrof chat about the visions people shared with our reporters about future plans for the Milwaukee River, as well as its ongoing challenges.

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.

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.

Challenges to Civility

Dec 15, 2011

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.

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

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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