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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The goal is to locate photos of all 1,161 Wisconsin soldiers who died in the Vietnam War, by Memorial Day. One has remained particularly elusive, that of Willie Bedford, who attended high school in MPS.

Andrew Johnson, owner and publisher of the Dodge County Pioneer Newspaper started the search, after his son passed away fighting in Afghanistan in 2012. He was an Army captain.

"We need to recognize the great price that was paid; we can never waste that. My son would want me to live a full life. He'd want me to do something with my life," Johnson told students.

Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard and Rep. Joel Kleefisch invited city officials to an informational hearing on Wednesday, to explain a computer malfunction affecting the Milwaukee Police Department. The problem has resulted in several videotaped interrogations being inaccessible.

The two GOP legislators chair committees related to public safety and criminal justice, but Milwaukee Democrats accused the two of calling the hearing simply to slug the city politically.

Democrat Sen. Fred Risser kicked-off the meeting with a question.

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The owners of the property are selling it for $12.8 million, touting its location along the Menomonee River as a prime site for development.

The U.S. Postal Service has leased the building since 1970.

It includes one-million square feet of space and covers nine acres.

Next door, is the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, a transportation hub for rail and bus.

Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, a Democrat, will run in 2016 for the seat he lost to Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

He made the announcement via a video on his website.

Feingold served three terms, starting in 1993, before Johnson ousted him in a midterm election in 2010 by five percentage points. Most recently, the 62-year-old Feingold has been teaching at Stanford.

Wisconsin people receiving food benefits would have to spend at least 67 percent of them on healthy foods, while certain items would be banned, under a bill the Assembly approved Wednesday.

The prohibited items would include crab, lobster and shrimp.

The bill now moves to the state Senate, which did not consider a similar bill last session.

Any such changes to the FoodShare program in Wisconsin would have to be approved by the federal government - because it funds the program.  So far, the USDA has not given any state permission to impose such restrictions.

Gov. Walker has asked legislators to abandon his proposal to merge WEDC and WHEDA, the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.

The Legislative Audit Bureau released a study Friday morning indicating that the public-private Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, WEDC, has not complied with Wisconsin law.

Republicans, Sen. Mary Lazich of New Berlin and Rep. Jesse Kremer of Kewaskum introduced their bill on Thursday, saying they want to prevent unborn children from feeling pain.

Under their proposal, the state would charge doctors with a felony for performing an abortion on a woman more than 20 weeks pregnant, if the case is not an emergency. Penalties could include a three-year prison term or a $10,000 fine.

Gov. Walker says he would sign the bill, if it reaches his desk.

Wisconsin's State Capitol
Ann Althouse, Flickr

State leaders had hoped additional tax money would enable them to restore funding for public schools and reduce a proposed $300 million cut to the UW System.

But, according to projections from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, there will be no extra revenue over the next two years.

Dave Reid, Flickr

Republican budget leaders say the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly will not advance the part of Gov. Walker's budget that would give the UW System independence from state oversight.

Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. John Nygren say they also want to restore some of the $300 million Walker would cut from the system's budget, depending on new state revenue projections. The tally on tax collections should be forthcoming soon.

Courtesy of Mark Olsky

The Mauthausen Concentration Camp in German-occupied Austria was liberated on May 4, 1945.  Among the more than 40,000 people rescued was Mark Olsky, who had been born just a few days before, in a cattle car en route to the camp.

With the camp's liberation, Olsky, his mother, and four of her siblings, survived the Holocaust - but just barely.

Olsky weighed only three pounds when he was born. His mother was under 70 pounds and was close to death. 

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