Nicole Walton

News Director

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.

Following a graduate school stint at Miami University of Ohio and moves to Indiana and Wisconsin, Nicole decided the U.P. was where she needed to be, so she moved back to Marquette and Public Radio 90’s news room. She’s been there ever since as host of NPR’s Morning Edition and now as News Director. Nicole’s stories have been heard on the Michigan Public Radio Network and National Public Radio.

Nicole lives in Marquette with two incredibly cute cats.

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LANSING, MI--  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office issued the following press release about Michael Varney:

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced his criminal division has charged psychologist Michael Wallace Varney, 61, of Caspian, with 50 felony counts on allegations he provided patients with oxycodone and other drugs in exchange for sexual favors.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Phil Niemisto’s hat just can’t catch a break.

Marquette City Police say on September 15 they received a report that someone had removed the hat from the statue in the Pocket Park and left it at the scene. Police turned the hat over to the Marquette Downtown Development Authority.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Negaunee woman has been arrested for embezzlement from a Marquette business.

Marquette Police say they received a complaint August 13 from the Facial Surgery Institute. More than 

$40,000 had been stolen from the company by various means.

On Thursday officers arrested Nicole King of Negaunee for one count of embezzlement, more than $20,000 but less than $50,000, six counts of forgery, and six counts of uttering and publishing. She had been working at the Institute in a clerical capacity during the time the money was discovered to be missing.

UPDATE: The victim is Katherine Swiger, 47, of Winfield, IL. Her condition remains unknown.


ELY TOWNSHIP, MI--   An Illinois woman has been injured in an ATV crash in Ely Township.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened Thursday at 3:20 p.m. on Bryan Creek Road near County Road 581.

MUNISING, MI--   Officials have released additional details regarding a fatal fall at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Wednesday.

National Park Service officials say around 1:30 p.m. Tu Thanh Nguyen, 32, of Sunnyvale, California was hiking by herself on the North Country Trail. She stopped about a half-mile east of Grand Portal Point to take pictures of herself when she fell about 200 feet off the cliff edge to Lake Superior.

MARQUETTE, MI--   U.P. law enforcement officials joined groups across the state Wednesday in opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese issued the following press release:

"The attached list of UP law enforcement officials oppose recreational marijuana in Michigan. 

IRON RIVER, MI--   An Iron River man is jailed on numerous drug charges, following an investigation by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team in the city. 

The several-month investigation resulted in the arrest of a 36-year-old man on Tuesday. A related search warrant was executed in Bates Township the same day. Detectives seized crystal meth, a suspected drug-cutting agent, scales, suspected steroids, and suspected prescription pills.

SAWYER, MI--   Sawyer International Airport’s Duane DuRay has been named Airport Manager of the Year by the Michigan Association of Airport Executives. 

He was given the award at the association’s 66th annual Fall Conference. The MAAE says DuRay continues to work on projects that improve the airport, including runway rehabilitation, several grants, addition of the Minneapolis/St. Paul flight option, and moving the airport to a higher level of security.

DuRay has served as the airport manager since 2012, following his position at Gogebic Iron County Airport.

ISHPEMING, MI--   Several children suffered minor injuries when a car hit a school bus in Ishpeming Wednesday.

City Police were called around 8 a.m. to the intersection of US-41 and Hickory Street. They say a 25-year-old Marquette woman was driving a Dodge Avenger westbound on the highway. An Ishpeming Public Schools bus driven by a 24-year-old Ishpeming man was northbound on Hickory when it tried to cross the highway.  The car struck the bus, which hit a utility pole. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

MUNISING, MI--   A California woman has fallen to her death at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. 

Wednesday around 2:30 p.m. park rangers responded to Chapel Beach on a report of a potentially deceased individual. Rangers and Alger County paramedics confirmed the 32-year-old woman had died as the result of a fall.

The incident is under investigation by National Park Service officers.

No other details are available at this time.