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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CALUMET, MI--   An armed woman who was shot by Michigan State Police at a Hubbell residence Monday night is in critical condition.

Troopers from the Calumet Post responded to a report of shots fired at the house and encountered the 28-year-old woman outside with a gun. She refused to drop the firearm. Officers say they feared for the safety of an elderly person inside the house, and when the woman tried to go back inside they fired their weapons.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital then transferred to a Green Bay facility, where she remains in critical condition.

DICKINSON COUNTY, MI--   A portion of U.P. roadway that uses pieces of old rubber tires has performed well over the past two years.

The project focused on a stretch of County Road 607 in Dickinson County. In 2019 three 3,300-foot sections were paved: one section with conventional asphalt, one with half engineered crumb rubber and another with rubber in the base and top layers.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University officials are keeping a close eye on enrollment numbers for the fall.

In an online forum Wednesday President Fritz Erickson said orientations are up 24 percent at NMU—one of the few universities in the state to show an increase. But a significant number of students stopped attending Northern in January and officials are trying to figure out if that group will sign back up.

Erickson added news from the region’s high schools isn’t much better.

LANSING, MI--   Due to the State of Michigan’s lower unemployment rate, the U.S. Department of Labor notified the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency to confirm that our state’s Extended Benefits (EB) program will no longer be payable after the week ending April 17, 2021.

Extended Benefits are available when a Michigan’s total unemployment rate averages 6.5% or higher for three consecutive months.

GWINN, MI--   The Gwinn Area Community Schools Board of Education has selected the following candidates to interview for Superintendent of Schools on April 20:

5:00 p.m.         Glenda Oginski, M.A.

Current Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Merrill, WI and former Elementary Principal in Merrill, WI, Antigo, WI, and Menominee, MI.


6:00 p.m.         Kendra Feldhusen, M.A.

U.S. Department of Justice

HANCOCK, MI--   A Hancock man has been arrested for participating in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

HUBBELL, MI--   Officials are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Houghton County.

Monday around 9:15 p.m. Michigan State Police from the Calumet Post and a deputy from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of shots fired at a Hubbell residence. Officers encountered a 28-year-old woman armed with a gun outside the house. The officers repeatedly commanded the woman to put the firearm down, but she refused and tried to go back into the residence with the gun.

Marquette County Sherrif's Office

UPDATE: The Marquette County Sheriff's Office says Phillips has been taken into custody.

LANSING, MI--   Representative Beau LaFave wants to prohibit the use of “vaccine passports.” 

The item—either in the form of a smartphone app or paper certificate—would offer proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19. LaFave says requiring such passports would lead to a totalitarian state where personal freedoms are a thing of the past.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.