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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BIG BAY, MI--   Deep snow hindered troopers’ attempts to find a woman reported missing in Powell Township. 

Michigan State Police from the Negaunee Post were dispatched Monday around 3 a.m. to County Road 510 on a report of a missing person. A 39-year-old Big Bay woman was trying to access a rural camp when her vehicle became stuck in snow and she didn’t arrive where she was expected.

Tyler Petroelje / SUNY-ESF

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK--   Researchers are releasing summer predation data from Isle Royale National Park. 

National Park Service, State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Michigan Technological University biologists monitored wolves introduced to the island in the fall and winter of 2019. It’s the first time wolf predation has been studied during snow-free periods.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Peninsula residents are digging out following a weekend storm that dumped more than a foot of snow across the region.

The National Weather Service says as of Sunday afternoon Escanaba had reported about 23 inches; Marquette had at least 13; and Daggett around 14 inches of snow.

The following schools are closed Monday, December 2, 2019: 

Bark River-Harris

Big Bay de Noc

Burt Township


Christ the King Preschool

Delta-Schoolcraft ISD






Holy Name



Marquette-Alger RESA





North Central

North Star Montessori Academy

Rapid River


Tahquamenon Area Schools

Talking about the 19th annual Native American Music Awards and who was honored.

Thanks, snow...

Nov 27, 2019

MARQUETTE, MI--   Heavy, wet snow and high winds are making travel difficult to impossible in most of the Upper Peninsula Wednesday, as a winter storm makes an appearance just before Thanksgiving. 

Troopers from the Wakefield Post say travel is not recommended until the storm abates and crews can open up the roadways. They say visibility in the Gogebic Range is less than a quarter-mile with whiteout conditions. Those who must travel should take an emergency kit with them.

Dickinson County Healthcare System

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Students from Norway-Vulcan Area Schools are giving back to their community. 

As part of a school outreach program called “20 TIME,” the students donated stuffed animals to the Dickinson County Healthcare Emergency Department. They’ll be given to comfort pediatric patients who show up at the ED in need of emergency care.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in solving a number of thefts in the Calumet area. 

On November 2 a red, 1970s-era Suzuki moped was taken from a yard on Allouez Street in Florida Location. It has a square headlight, chrome handlebars, and black duct tape on the seat.

On November 12 a youth Spiderman 125cc 4-wheeler was stolen from a residence on 3rd Street in Kearsarge.

On November 17 a 50cc, blue with white trim Yamaha dirt bike was taken from behind Luigi’s Bar in Calumet.

The following schools are closed Wednesday, November 27, 2019:

Arvon Township

Bark River-Harris

Bishop Baraga

Breitung Township


Christ the King Preschool

Dickinson-Iron Tech


Escanaba Headstart

Ewen-Trout Creek

Gladstone Headstart

Gogebic Community College—Ironwood (Houghton classes canceled, as well)

Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD



Houghton-Keweenaw County

Iron Mountain


U.S. Forest Service

GLADSTONE, MI--   The Hiawatha National Forest is using environmental DNA technology to help manage its aquatic environments.