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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Project Milwaukee
4:46 pm
Fri May 28, 2010

How MPS Compares with Peers

Sr. Read says MPS, Milwaukee must be persistent in making sure students achieve.

According to a Milwaukee Public Schools summary, the district's students in all grades, collectively, are performing below state standards in reading and math.

In this installment of Project Milwaukee: Barriers to Success in MPS, WUWM’s Marge Pitrof explores where the city stands among its contemporaries.

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Project Milwaukee
5:09 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Police/Community Relations

When William Gore arrived in Milwaukee in the late 50s, he says the MPD had strengths but was living in the past.

This segment of Project Milwaukee: Black and White focuses on what has been a flash point at times: the relationship between the police department and the community. While many officers have devoted their careers and even sacrificed their lives to keep residents safe and uphold the law, there have been instances of police abusing citizens, particularly African Americans. Beginning in the 1960s, activists increasingly brought such cases to light, demanding justice and change. WUWM’s Marge Pitrof reports.

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Project Milwaukee
4:26 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Poor Race Relations Leading to Brain Drain

Shelia Payton finds black/white relations improving among people under age 40, but not rapidly enough in the workplace.

A semi-retired Milwaukee businesswoman claims young African American professionals are leaving Milwaukee and Wisconsin, because their advancement opportunities here are limited. Shelia Payton still runs her own marketing firm here; she used to work in public relations for Miller Brewing and run a business development program at UWM. Payton says race relations in Milwaukee have improved, but she warns that the community needs to hustle things along, if it hopes to remain viable.

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Project Milwaukee
11:57 am
Thu June 11, 2009

Housing Discrimination More Subtle Today

President/CEO William Tisdale says council works to change behavior in housing practices

There’s been talk of a post-racial America developing, as the presidency of Barack Obama unfolds. Yet it appears great strides are needed, including in southeastern Wisconsin. The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council has been fighting housing discrimination for 30 years, and yet staff members say people here are still denied housing because of their race.

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Project Milwaukee
10:19 am
Fri November 14, 2008

Thinking Ahead

Next week, WUWM will present a series on aging and wellness. We’ll explore how people can best position themselves to live long, healthy lives. As a kick-off, we asked our colleagues if they’re on the right track. We sampled our co-workers at WUWM, asking if they're think ahead and planning for life in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond.

If they are any indication of the general population, people are thinking ahead and paying keen attention to the older crowd. We start with two voices you hear frequently on WUWM, Susan Bence and Mitch Teich.

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Project Milwaukee
8:09 pm
Fri June 6, 2008

A Few Possible Solutions to Youth Violence

Today we conclude our series on youth violence, although our coverage of the problem and its solutions will continue indefinitely. Earlier this week, we held a public forum, asking major players in the field to share their thoughts on the causes of youth violence and what might prevent it. Here is a snapshot of solutions mentioned.

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Project Milwaukee
6:06 pm
Tue June 3, 2008

It's Easy to Get a Gun

It’s illegal for children to purchase a handgun or even possess one, unless they’re involved in a supervised activity. Yet in Milwaukee, as in other cities, some young people have easy access to guns and actually carry and use them. In this installment of Project Milwaukee: Youth Violence, WUWM's Marge Pitrof explores how young people get their hands on firearms and why some children want them.

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Project Milwaukee
5:12 pm
Fri May 30, 2008

Girls No Strangers to Violence

As we continue our series on youth violence in Milwaukee, we meet with five local teenage girls who’ve had first-hand experience with violence, in their case, fighting. Their names are Maria, Jasmine, Kwan, Denise and Destiny, and they’re either 16 or 17 years old. Four of the five admit being violent toward people they don’t like.

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Project Milwaukee
4:57 pm
Thu May 29, 2008

Poem Decries Violence Striking Young Children

As part of our series on youth violence, 14 year old Sheldon Fountain, Jr. reads the poem he was inspired to write about a wayward bullet killing a young girl, an innocent bystander. The poem is titled, Generally Speaking, A Reason for Poetry.

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Project Milwaukee
1:22 pm
Wed November 7, 2007

El Rey Flourishes

El Rey produce department

As part of our series on economic development in Metro Milwaukee, we profile a local success story. Visit with us, El Rey, a south side grocer catering primarily to Latino shoppers. As WUWM's Marge Pitrof reports, the small empire started 30 years ago as a corner store.

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