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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In anticipation of state budget cuts, University of Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank says the flagship campus will have to eliminate approximately 400 positions and end some programs and restructure others. She specifically cites the fields of information technology, agriculture and the arts.

Gov. Walker cuts state funding for the UW System by $300 million in his two-year budget proposal. Republican leaders say they hope to reduce the cuts, particularly if state revenue increases by the end of the current fiscal year.

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The Legislature’s budget committee, on Wednesday, began digging into Gov. Walker’s proposed budget for Wisconsin. Before the meeting, Republican leaders removed 14 policy items the governor had tucked into his plan. 14 of 49.

Among those removed was Walker’s proposal to make the Natural Resources Board an advisory one.

Mayor Tom Barrett says state leaders must help address the the city's gun violence. Milwaukee’s homicide rate is running 160 percent ahead of last April.

He criticizes people who lose control of their emotions and pull the trigger and new state laws that allow more people to possess guns.

“You’ve got this horrible combination, this toxic formula of lack of control and let's just flood these streets with more guns. Let’s just flood these streets with more guns, and this is what you get, as a result,” Barrett says.

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The 52-year-old chairman of the BMO Harris Bradley Center Board died on Wednesday of a brain aneurysm, according to autopsy results released Thursday.

Marotta played basketball for Marquette University and, after graduating in 1984,  was drafted by the New York Knicks. Instead, he attended Harvard Law School and later returned to Milwaukee.

He served as former Gov. Jim Doyle's secretary of the Dept. of Administration.

Members of the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition say they don't trust the American criminal justice system to defend black lives against racism and discriminatory policing.

Madison officer Matt Kenny shot and killed 19-year-old Tony Robinson, in early March. Callers had reported Robinson darting in traffic and assaulting a couple people. The officer eventually found him in a house; they struggled and Kenny fired the fatal shots.

The DA’s office continues to review the case, and prosecutors have also turned over the details to the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice. 

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Projected winners of the Tuesday, April 7, 2015 spring election are in bold.

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One "Badger bar" located outside the Badger State is Mad River Bar and Grille in New York. Big crowds have gathered there to watch the men's basketball team dance through the NCAA tournament.

The bar has dressed itself up to replicate the ambiance of State Street in Madison and served-up its traditional game fare: brats, Wisconsin beer and cheese curds.

Many staffers are UW grads, while the DJ cues up Varsity and other Badger songs often heard during the fifth quarter, following the school's football games.

The father of a Marine who died of an overdose at the Tomah VA, told members of Congress on Monday that he sought meetings with his son's doctors, because the 35-year-old seemed frequently over-medicated.

Staff at the Tomah VA is accused of over-prescribing painkillers and retaliating against people who blew the whistle. Before federal leaders decided to act, a 35-year-old marine died of an overdose there, last year.

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The state will now reopen the land around the proposed site, to the public. Gov. Walker had signed a bill restricting access to certain acres.

Last month, G-tac closed its office in Hurley saying a mining operation did not appear to be feasible. The region encompassing the Penokee Hills is rich in wetlands and waterways, the reason some people and groups opposed a potential mine. 

It would have meant opening a 4.5 mile open pit, to extract the iron ore.

According to the Wisconsin DNR, the company has officially withdrawn its pre-application notice.

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