Dave Edwards has been Director and General Manager of WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio since 1985. During his tenure, Edwards has spearheaded major initiatives including a successful capital fund raising campaign that enabled the station to move into state of the art broadcast facilities. Under his leadership, community fund raising at WUWM has increased by more than 860%.
Edwards has also expanded the station's local programming effort, which now includes the production of daily comprehensive news coverage from the largest radio-only news department in southeastern Wisconsin, and created AT 10, a daily news magazine program that focuses on important issues facing the community. During his years as General Manager, WUWM has been the most-listened–to public radio station in Milwaukee.
Prior to 1985, Edwards' professional career included stints as a radio program manager, news director, news reporter, and anchor for public radio, commercial radio, and television stations. He has won numerous local and regional awards for journalism and was a regular contributor to NPR news magazines in the early 1980s.
Edwards has also served as a consultant to public radio stations around the country, and served on the boards of many professional organizations. Currently, he is on the Board of the Radio Research Consortium and The University Station Alliance.
Edwards' civic activities include membership in the Milwaukee Rotary Club. He served for twelve years as an elected member of the Franklin, WI, Board of School Directors including four years as its president. He teaches courses in professional communications and journalism for Alverno College and has been an instructor at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
He and his wife, Lauri, live in Franklin, WI. They have two children who grew up believing that the first button on all car radios was fixed on WUWM.