Milwaukee’s WUWM hires David Lee as GM

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David Lee will serve as director and GM of WUWM in Milwaukee, the station announced Friday. 


Lee joins WUWM from the Ascension Wisconsin Foundation, a health-care nonprofit that supports hospitals in the greater Milwaukee region, where he was chief philanthropy officer. 

He succeeds John Hess, who left the station last year, and starts in the new role Monday.  

Lee’s “extraordinary background in Wisconsin’s nonprofit sector, his experience in focusing resources on the needs of vulnerable communities, and his widely recognized skills in developing dynamic and collaborative work environments will be critical to the ongoing success of WUWM,” said Nigel Rothfels, acting dean at WUWM’s licensee, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “David is keenly aware of the roles that both UWM and WUWM play in Milwaukee, and I believe he will be a visionary next leader of Milwaukee’s NPR affiliate.”

Earlier in his career, Lee served as CEO of Imagine MKE and executive director of Feeding Wisconsin.

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