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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OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP, MI--   No injuries were reported in a vehicle fire in Osceola Township over the weekend.

Houghton County deputies were called to the area of Golf Course Road and Old County Road Sunday just after 8 p.m. They say a 32-year-old Hubbell man was driving on Golf Course Road when his pickup caught fire.

The Calumet Township Fire Department extinguished the flames.

The driver was able to get out of the truck before he was injured.

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   A Minnesota man is hospitalized, following a motorcycle accident in Houghton County Sunday.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded AISES a grant to increase the representation of Indigenous peoples in North America and the Pacific Islands in STEM education and careers.



DETROIT, MI--   The FBI is asking the public for information leading to the identification of the person(s) responsible for two explosive devices which were left outside cellphone stores in Cheboygan and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

On Thursday, September 16, 2021, two explosive devices were discovered at cellphone stores in Sault Ste. Marie and Cheboygan, Michigan. Law enforcement officers and bomb technicians from the Michigan State Police and the FBI responded to the locations and rendered the devices safe.

ALGER COUNTY, MI--   Officials have identified the two kayakers who drowned near Pictured Rocks last week.

MUNISING, MI--   U.S. Coast Guard in Sault Sainte Marie led an exhaustive international search for two people that went into the water while kayaking near Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Thursday, Sep. 16, 2021.

IRON, DICKINSON COUNTIES, MI--   The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department has issued an order requiring students in kindergarten through 6th grade to wear masks at school in Dickinson and Iron counties.

LANSING, MI--   Michigan’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate changed little in August, edging down by a tenth of a percentage point to 4.7 percent.

That’s according to data released Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. Employment in Michigan increased by 14,000 and unemployment declined by 3,000, resulting in a monthly workforce advance of 11,000

SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY, MI--   Michigan State Police from the Manistique Outpost are investigating multiple reports of break-ins in Schoolcraft County.

The incidents have occurred over the past two weeks in northern Manistique Township and portions of Hiawatha Township.

Crime scene techs have obtained several pieces of evidence, which are at the forensic lab for examination.

Anyone with knowledge of the crimes or anyone who is having problems with break-ins in the area is asked to call the Manistique Outpost at 906-341-2102.

MARQUETTE, MI--   UPHS-Marquette is losing nursing staff at an alarming rate, but administrators say they can’t do anything about it.