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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Government Accountability Board

Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board will be replaced June 30 by two partisan panels - one to oversee elections and the other, ethics. As the GAB's end nears, retiring Executive Director Kevin Kennedy offered a mixed view of the state’s Photo ID law. He told Wisconsin Eye that Republican leaders who passed the law know it's making some voters more confident but divorces itself from the reality that some people don’t have a driver’s license or state ID and cannot easily get one.

The Milwaukee Police Department plans to employ more officers in neighborhoods experiencing rashes of vehicle thefts, crashes and traffic violations. Police Chief Edward Flynn says the perpetrators are often the same people - and they are frequently responsible for committing other crimes in the city. Mayor Tom Barrett says perhaps residents have noticed drivers disregarding the city’s traffic laws.

Keyon Jackson-Malone

Precious Lives: The Live Show is set for this Wednesday evening, June 15, at the Pabst Theater. People battered by gun violence in Milwaukee have agreed to express to hundreds of people how life has changed and the hope that still exists.

As the live show nears, Eric Von chatted with Precious Lives' executive producer Brad Lichtenstein, the live show's director Michelle Lopez-Rios and composer Kiran Vee on his WNOV radio show.

Paul Kjelland

On June 15, Milwaukeeans who never sought the limelight will take the stage at the Pabst Theater to share their stories of how gun violence has upset their lives.

At the first rehearsal for Precious Lives: The Live Show, cast member Leatanya Dunn allowed the pain of burying two family members to surface.

Tickets are available for $10. A discussion will follow the performance.

State Representative Janel Brandtjen says she will fight to cut state funding for Milwaukee, unless city leaders take steps to dramatically cut crime.

The Menomonee Falls Republican says residents in Washington County were forced a few days ago "to unlock their gun cabinets and instruct their loved ones to shoot to kill" when five armed youths wanted for a car-jacking in Milwaukee fled into that neighboring county and law enforcement searched for them overnight.

Paul Kjelland

Over a dozen Milwaukeeans who have suffered from gun violence are preparing to share their heartbreaks and hopes at the Pabst Theater on June 15.

Most of the cast has appeared in our collaborative series Precious Lives over the past 18 months.

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The Obama administration has told public schools to let transgender students use the bathroom and locker room matching their gender identify, a directive that Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel calls a "power grab" that the state will not tolerate.

Family Photo

A nine-year-old Milwaukee girl was concerned enough about her safety that she recently asked a police captain on patrol, if officers could keep her safe. The captain had stopped to jump rope with the girl.

On Thursday night, she was struck by a bullet, while sitting in her living room near 15th and Meinecke, the result of a gun fight by people in the neighborhood. She remains in critical condition.

Police Chief Edward Flynn said, "Sadly, (the girl's question) was answered tonight."

Marge Pitrof

Steve Liszewski first noticed South Milwaukee's unique house numbering and street naming system when he was young and his parents taught him how to travel the county by bus.

He understood Greater Milwaukee’s address numbering system and became familiar with its street names – until he crossed the border into South Milwaukee. Then everything was different. So, he turned to WUWM and asked why.

Before we answer, let's explore what makes South Milwaukee's addresses different from most others in Milwaukee County.

Gage Skidmore

UPDATE: Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke will appeal the case the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and in the meantime, appeals court says he does not have to release un-redacted ICE documents regarding certain inmates held in county detention facilities.

According to a statement Thursday from Clarke's office, he says the legal case has not yet ended. "It will now potentially be considered by the state’s highest court, and not by the illegal alien advocacy group Voces de la Frontera, which has no respect for our nation’s immigration law and sovereignty.”

The majority of Wisconsin's Conservation Congress recommends that the state change the way it selects its DNR secretary, repeal its new iron mining law and cease issuing permits for frac sand mining operations.

The WCC is the only state-recognized citizen advisory body to the Natural Resources Board, and as such, can pass-along opinions to state leaders. 

LESLIE PETERSON, FLICKR

On Friday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Foust agreed with the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, Machinists Local 1061 and United Steelworkers District 2. These unions sued the state after Gov. Walker signed right-to-work into law about a year ago.

Wisconsin's right-to-work law lets workers decide whether or not to pay union dues. The unions insist it unconstitutionally seizes union property by requiring unions to extend benefits to workers who don't pay dues. 

Wisconsin State Legislature

A three-judge federal panel on Thursday refused to end a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's redistricting of state legislative boundaries. So the case, which could ripple nationally, will go to trial from May 24-27 in federal court in Madison.

State Republicans drew the boundaries in 2011, insisting it was the GOP's right and duty after winning control of state government. Democrat litigants insist Republicans unconstitutionally gerrymandered the lines to benefit the GOP.

If it seems to you that political tensions are always hot in Wisconsin, your grandparents might have thought the same thing.

Politics here have frequently been volatile and sometimes formative.

They range from the origins of the Republican Party to Progressive politics to Socialists running Milwaukee.

And residents have long split their votes along interesting lines.

Due to a server failure, citizens reported to the Government Accountability Board on Friday morning that they could not get a state photo ID needed for voting. The problem crippled the state computer network for a time, including within the Dept. of Transportation - it issues ID cards at its DMV offices. The same malfunction prevented election clerks across Wisconsin from accessing the state's voter registration system, so they could not issue absentee ballots and print poll books. According to the Dept. of Administration, the state computers were back online by midday.

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