MADISON, Wis. – A leader in Wisconsin public broadcasting, Gene Purcell, 61, died of injuries from a motorcycle accident on the Madison Beltway four days earlier. Purcell was a graduate of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and began with Wisconsin Public Radio’s La Crosse bureau, first as a broadcaster, then as a reporter, and manager. He spent several years hosting WLSU’s Newsmakers program.  Since 2018 he had been director of the UW-Madison division of Wisconsin Public Media. He had served as executive director of the Wisconsin Education Communications Board. Recently he was named board chair of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.


Gene Purcell. 1960-2021