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.

Ways to Connect

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   The Department of Justice Friday filed a statement of interest in a Michigan federal court in support of a lawsuit filed by seven businesses challenging the restrictions imposed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ESCANABA, MI--   Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties says some residents may get a call regarding contact tracing.

Officials say that means someone they know has tested positive for COVID-19 and has recently been within six feet of them for more than 10 minutes. The calls will come from MI COVID HELP, 866-860-3447, or Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties, 906-786-4111. Those who receive a call will be given information about their risk of contracting COVID-19. They’ll be asked to monitor themselves for symptoms and seek treatment if they become sick.

LANSING, MI--   To make life easier on families who need to stay home during the pandemic, Michigan families who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) soon will be able to buy their food online from two national retailers. 

In addition, the state is also rolling out “quarantine care kits” with essential goods for families with low and moderate incomes who are in quarantine or isolation. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two Upper Peninsula communities will use U.S. Department of Agriculture loans and grants to improve their water infrastructure.

The City of Houghton is getting a $1.9 million loan and $974,000 grant. The money will go toward replacing the sewer main on nine streets. The upgrades will serve 3,856 users.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Farmers Market is now online.

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority has launched a virtual marketplace in response to social distancing parameters. Customers can place orders from noon on Sundays to midnight on Wednesdays. They can pick up the orders at the Marquette Commons Saturday during an assigned pickup time.

MARQUETTE, MI--   New cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported in Michigan on a daily basis, but seemingly in lower numbers. 

The state said 504 cases of the coronavirus and 68 deaths were reported Wednesday. They bring the total number of cases seen in Michigan to 55,608 and

5,334 deaths. The Upper Peninsula reports a total of 111 cases and 15 deaths.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today it is greatly expanding testing criteria for COVID-19 to provide access to additional residents who do not have symptoms but are at risk. 

Ishpeming Police Department

UPDATE  5/29/20:  Ishpeming officials say the truck has been seen in Denton, TX, about 300 miles north of Bexar, TX. Texas police have been notified of the situation. 


ISHPEMING, MI--   The Ishpeming Police Department is searching for a girl allegedly kidnapped by her father.

WLUC-TV reports 11-year-old Syprin Cole, 11, was last seen Saturday night at the Brentwood Motor Inn in Marquette Township with Jason Cole, 46, of Bexar, Texas. He was supposed to return Syprin to her mother on Tuesday but failed to do so.

LANSING, MI--   With efforts to re-engage Michigan’s economy underway through recent executive orders signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Pure Michigan Business Connect program through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has developed a portal specifically designed to support the personal protective equipment (PPE) needs of Michigan businesses as they start the process of reopening.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Peter White Public Library has entered the first stage of its reopening plan. 

The plan outlines six stages of reengagement with the community.

The first two stages cover training on social distancing, establishing procedures for quarantining and sanitizing materials, and rearranging of furniture and workspaces.

Curbside pickup of materials begins in Stage 3. Once the process is running, staff will begin accepting the return of materials, which will all be quarantined for 72 hours before they’re available for reuse.