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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MANISTIQUE, MI--   Seven people were arrested on various drug-related offenses that happened in the City of Manistique and Schoolcraft County.

Manistique Public Safety made the arrests with the assistance of the Public Safety K-9 Unit, the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department, Soo Tribal Police, the 93rd District Court Probation Department, and the Michigan State Police.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Downtown Development Authority has created a webpage giving the status of businesses during the “stay at home” mandate.

Digital Downtown Marquette provides information on how to purchase items, how to contact businesses, and to find out if gift cards can be purchased.

Tara Laase-McKinney is the Marquette DDA Promotions and Events Coordinator. She says there is a desire right now to support local businesses as much as possible, as they are the lifeblood of the community.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Following Governor Whitmer’s order to stay at home can be particularly hard for those living with domestic violence.

Beth Casady is Executive Director of the Marquette Women’s Center. She says for victims of domestic violence, home is probably the most dangerous place to be.

“When you have everyone at home and you have a very tight economic situation—a very stressful time—we know that domestic violence is going on,” she says. 

GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI--   The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department says a person in the region has died from the coronavirus.

The individual was an elderly Gogebic County man with underlying health issues. It was the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the area. The health department continues to investigate the case, and is asking residents to stay home according to Governor Whitmer’s executive order.

WUPHD Health Officer Cathryn Beer says, “We need to work together to protect each other, support each other, and slow the spread of this disease.”

LANSING, MI--   In response to the

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Branch Prison is making room for a possible transfer of prisoners who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz says some prisons don’t have the ability to isolate if a prisoner contracts the coronavirus. Space is being made in those that do so they can be safely treated, should the need arise.

Gautz says the MDOC is also looking at ways to address any correctional officer shortages at prisons where infected inmates are ultimately transferred.

The Department’s full statement is below:

LANSING, MI--   Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today issued an urgent consumer alert urging Michiganders to be on high alert for bad actors aiming to coerce them out of their personal information in a new federal stimulus payment scam.    

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees has approved a motion to offer a credit to students who check out of their residence halls before April 3.

The credit totals $820 and includes a carryover of any Dining Dollars to next semester for those to choose to leave. They may also forgo the credit and stay on campus until the semester ends May 2.

The decision to offer the credit was made at a special meeting of the Board this week via Zoom technology.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety is warning businesses and organizations to abide by Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.

Officers have received reports of businesses that have stayed open, even though they aren’t considered “essential” under Whitmer’s executive order. With guidance from the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office, Public Safety is giving businesses and organizations an initial warning to comply immediately with the order before enforcement action is taken.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese is trying to clear up confusion over whether people with subpoenas should show up for court hearings during Governor Whitmer’s “stay home” order.

Michigan’s courts take their direction from the Michigan Supreme Court, which hasn’t closed the courts to pending criminal matters if the person is incarcerated. Those cases must still be decided. Wiese says, however, if there’s hardship and the person can’t show up, the Prosecutor’s Office will make accommodations.