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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Native Natalie Diaz has won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing man who has dementia.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two people had to be rescued after their sailboat capsized on Lake Superior Thursday.

Marquette Township Fire and Rescue responded around 3 p.m. and found the vessel capsized between Middle Island Point and Partridge Island. One person was in the water and the other was with the boat. Another person in a canoe was trying to help the crew.

Rescue personnel reached the crew with a surfboard as the Coast Guard arrived. The sailboat and its occupants were safely taken to shore.

Nicole Walton / WNMU-FM

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Superior Watershed Partnership finally received a physical award Thursday after it won Lake Superior Magazine’s Achievement Award in October of last year.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Michigan’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate inched up by a tenth of a percentage point in May to 5 percent.

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget says state employment levels increased by 6,000 and the number of unemployed edged up by 3,000, resulting in a modest workforce gain of 9,000 in May.

COVINGTON TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Baraga County woman has died from injuries sustained in a rollover crash in Covington Township.

LANSING, MI--   A funding proposal by Governor Gretchen Whitmer would modernize Michigan Army National Guard facilities around the state.

The plan would address inequities in facilities for Michigan’s female service members. A combination of federal and state funds could help six armories in the U.P.

Under the budget proposal the Marquette facility would get $2.5 million, the Calumet armory $3 million, Ishpeming’s facility $3.5 million, the Gladstone armory $2.5 million, the Kingsford facility $2.8 million, and the armory in Sault Ste. Marie $3 million.

ST. IGNACE, MI--   A downstate man has been arrested and charged for firing a gun in a road rage incident on the Mackinac Bridge.

Nicole Walton / WNMU-FM

MARQUETTE, MI--   A bomb scare at the post office/federal courthouse in Marquette prompted the evacuation of the 200 block of Washington Street Tuesday morning.

MUNISING, MI--   The U-S Coast Guard will present the Captain David P. Dobbins Award for excellence in search and rescue to a Munising captain Wednesday.

Commander of Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Captain Anthony Jones, will recognize Captain Kate Faust and her crew of the “Shipwreck Express” for saving two kayakers last year.