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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Gov. Walker's approval rating has dropped since August, according to the latest Marquette Law School Poll, released Wednesday. Among the voters surveyed, 37% approve of the job Walker is doing as governor, while 59% disapprove.

Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly wonders if he or other elected leaders can persuade General Electric to change its mind about moving a century-old engine manufacturing plant and its 350 jobs to Canada.

The company says it will leave Waukesha because Congress has not re-authorized the U.S. Export-Import Bank. It helped companies sell products overseas. Conservative Republicans in the House let the bank's charter expire in July because they view the loans it makes as corporate welfare. Canada still has such an agency.

The bill would criminalize the sale and use of cells derived from abortions performed from 2015 forward and would affect researchers at both UW-Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Several testified Tuesday before a state Senate committee.

Dr. Robert Golden, dean of UW-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health, insists the bill would have a chilling effect on medical research there. He says its scientists are using fetal tissue to search for a cure for Ebola and for treatments for Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease.

Republican Rep. Joe Sanfelippo says every other state agency is headed by a political appointee, so he is circulating a proposed constitutional amendment that would charge the governor with appointing the state school superintendent. Currently, voters elect the superintendent every four years, in an officially nonpartisan election.

Current Sup. Tony Evers has had the backing of Democrat-leaning groups, and he gave his stamp of approval to the Common Core standards, academic benchmarks schools districts can follow, but that Republicans have urged Wisconsin to scrap.

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The Milwaukee Bucks owners promise to transform the former freeway land into a basketball arena and entertainment district that will create more than 3,700 jobs, about 1,000 of them permanent. The owners and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced the deal Wednesday afternoon, on the corner of 4th and Juneau, with representatives of organized labor in attendance.

Planners say that over the next nine years, they will create $400 million in mixed-use development including retail space, apartments and a public plaza, in addition to a basketball arena.

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(UPDATE: On Thursday, Sept. 24, the state Assembly approved the bill on a 60-35 vote, with all Republicans voting in favor, and all Democrats against.  The item now heads to the state Senate.)

Under a Republican bill, the state of Wisconsin would apply for federal Title X funding and direct it away from Planned Parenthood. Title X covers the cost of reproductive health care for low-income people, including contraception and treatment for sexually-transmitted diseases.

Last week, while on the campaign trail, Gov. Walker was quoted as saying there are only a "handful of reasonable, moderate followers of Islam who don't share the radical beliefs" of Islamic terrorists.

The CEO of Wisconsin's besieged job creation agency plans to retire from his position on Sept. 25. Reed Hall says he originally accepted the job for a three-month interim period and now, three years later, it's time to resume his retirement.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has been plagued by reports critical of its performance. Criticisms include that it failed to track delinquent loans and lacked documentation to justify many of its decisions.

On Friday, the Dow plunged more than 530 points and it started Monday, by plummeting 1,000 points. The fear is that China’s economy is slowing, yet Brian Jacobsen, chief portfolio strategist at Wells Fargo Funds Management, is frustrated by the reaction.

Supporters of a bill to restrict secret John Doe investigations, insist prosecutors went overboard in looking for wrongdoing surrounding Gov. Walker. So an Assembly committee advanced limits on Thursday, with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats against.