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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Oct. 17 update: U.S. District Judge James Peterson has signed off on the new one-page handout the state has created, to easily explain to would-be voters the process for obtaining photo identification for voting. The DOT will distribute the handout to ID applicants who visit DMV offices and also to voter advocacy groups.

Rachel Morello

According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Milwaukee Public School is no longer required to take part in OSPP, the state's Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program.

This comes after months of drama surrounding that initiative, and the resignation of the person who was supposed to head it in Milwaukee.

The state legislature created OSPP in 2015, as a way to turn around struggling school districts across the state. Any district that falls in the lowest category on a state report card, for two consecutive years, is required to participate.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson on Friday ordered Wisconsin to investigate whether some transportation employees have been failing to help people obtain temporary identification for voting if they lack a supporting document for a regular ID such as a birth certificate.

Wisconsin law now requires people to present a government-issued photo identification in order to cast a ballot. But because some people don't have easy access to the documents needed to get a Wisconsin ID,  Peterson ordered the state, in July, to come up with a contingency plan.

A vehicle registration fee is Milwaukee County's only option for raising new revenue to sustain transit, according to County Executive Chris Abele, because no state approval is needed. Gov. Walker has opposed any increase in the sales or income tax. Abele estimates a $60 annual fee charged to people who own vehicles here would raise $27 million a year to help pay for the transit system and to fund annual bus replacements, as well as to repairs to county highways, parkways and bridges.

Marge Pitrof

With the start of the new school year, WUWM's Bubbler Talk probes a school-related question. Asker Mike Osowski wants to know the story behind Bay View High School's many stone faces.

More than 160 of them adorn the building, with most along its upper edge, but others around the doorways. 

There may be even more concrete faces, those were just the ones we were able to count. Others may be hidden, due to the addition MPS tacked onto the school in the mid-1970s.

Michelle Maternowski

Milwaukee lost a valuable voice on Thursday, when longtime radio broadcaster and community leader Eric Von died.

Von had more than 25 years in the broadcast industry. He could be heard weekday mornings on his WNOV 860 show.

There were 24 homicides in Milwaukee during August. According to Police Chief Edward Flynn, the monthly total was the highest in a quarter century - in fact, the most in a month’s time since serial killer Jeffery Dahmer’s victims were counted.

Flynn says he does not want to minimize the recent police killing of a young black man or the riots that followed, yet in the few hours beforehand five people were murdered.

Erin Toner

Now that a federal judge has struck down a Wisconsin law restricting early voting, the City of Milwaukee plans to offer it for four weeks, during some evening and weekend hours and at a number of locations.

The dates will be Oct. 10 - Nov. 4, according Neil Albrecht, executive director of the city's Election Commission. 

A relatively-new state law had limited early voting to business hours on weekdays, during the two weeks before an election and to a central location.

The decision to allow Waukesha to divert Lake Michigan water does meet the rigorous standards of the Great Lakes Compact and therefore sets 'a very bad precedent,' according to the Cities Initiative. It is launching a legal challenge, in addition to asking President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and the International Joint Commission to stop the diversion.

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.

Michelle Maternowski

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.

Milwaukee Police Department

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.