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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MARQUETTE, MI--   The following is an email from Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson to the campus community:

NMU Students, Faculty and Staff,

MARQUETTE, MI--   The United Way of Marquette County has added another distribution site for free face masks on Saturday.

As part of Make a Difference Day the United Way will hand out cloth masks to anyone in the community. The drive-thru event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fair Avenue canopy entrance of the Peninsula Medical Center and in the Ace Hardware parking lot in Ishpeming.

The masks are sealed in plastic and the distribution will follow COVID-19 interaction recommendations.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An additional 114 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the U.P. Wednesday.

The number of cases per county is as follows: 












One death was reported in Delta County.

As of Wednesday afternoon a total of 4,550 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the Upper Peninsula. Seventy-six people have died.

On Wednesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical 

Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun provided an update on COVID-19 in Michigan.  

To view the graphs the governor used in her PowerPoint presentation, click the link below: 

LANSING, MI--   The following is a press release from the Michigan Attorney General's Office:

Millions of documents have been reviewed and 11 men have been or are being prosecuted by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office since authorities executed search warrants two years ago on all seven of Michigan’s Catholic dioceses as part of the state's investigation into clergy abuse. 

LANSING, MI--   Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon today issued an Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 that updates and further expands requirements for residential care facilities, while also permitting indoor visitation in residential care facilities in certain circumstances.  

Throughout the pandemic, MDHHS has used a range of public health tools and guidance to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public health, including emergency orders.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Get your old and unused medications out of storage. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Michigan State Police are sponsoring another Prescription Drug Take Back Day this week. On Saturday residents can drop off tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of medication at partner agencies. The DEA will also accept vape pens or other e-cigarette devices, but only after the batteries are removed. Liquids, syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs cannot be dropped off.

MARQUETTE, MI--    A church tribunal could not determine the guilt or innocence of a retired Upper Peninsula priest accused of sexual misconduct in the 1970s. 

The Diocese of Marquette received the accusation in early 2018. Father Frank Lenz was put on administrative leave and prohibited from presenting himself as a priest. The allegation was also reported to the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office.

LANSING, MI--   U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, on Monday announced Michigan State University will receive $392,462 in federal funds to address the opioid crisis in rural Michigan. 

The investment comes from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Health & Safety Education grant program in the 2018 Farm Bill, which Senator Stabenow co-authored.

MARQUETTE, MI--   More than half of the inmates at the Marquette Branch Prison have tested positive for COVID-19.

Of the 981 prisoners tested, 516 were lab-confirmed. Officials say 507 of those cases are considered active.

As of Monday evening 117 prison staff had also tested positive for the coronavirus. Those numbers are highest of any prison in Michigan.

Sources say more than 200 low-level prisoners have been transferred to the Newberry Correctional Facility, which contains 52 active cases within the inmate population. Ten Newberry staff have tested positive.