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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The following schools are closed Thursday, December 12, 2019:

Ark Preschool

Bark River-Harris

Beecher Dunbar-Pembine

Big Bay de Noc

Bishop Baraga

Breitung Township


Delta-Schoolcraft ISD

Dickinson-Iron Tech



Forest Park


Goodman-Armstrong Creek


Holy Name

Holy Spirit

Iron Mountain



Mid Peninsula


North Central

North Dickinson

ESCANABA, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team arrested five people in Escanaba Monday, following a six-month drug investigation.

Detectives say the investigation spanned Delta, Menominee and Dickinson counties, as well as areas in Wisconsin. Numerous felony warrants for drug distribution were issued for Travis Anderson, 34, last month.

On Monday UPSET identified a house believed to be sheltering Anderson. Detectives executed a search warrant and found meth, prescription drugs, scales, electronic devices and money.

News Director Nicole Walton speaks with Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson about changes at the school and what makes the university so cutting-edge.   

The following schools are on a two-hour delay Wednesday, December 11, 2019:

All Saints

Bishop Baraga


Breitung Township

Dickinson-Iron Tech

Forest Park

Holy Spirit

Iron Mountain


North Dickinson




West Iron County

Nicole Walton

MARQUETTE, MI--   The UP Energy Task Force met at Northern Michigan University Tuesday to talk about how propane would be supplied to customers in the event of a disruption in service.

Eighteen percent, or about 22,000 households in the Upper Peninsula, use propane as a primary heating source.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two former Marquette Police officers have been arrested on drug charges.

Detectives from the Michigan State Police, Eighth District, Special Investigation Section say warrants were approved for Richard Neaves, 31, of Marquette and Todd Collins, 36, of Negaunee following a three-month investigation. Both were arrested November 21 for conspiracy to deliver/manufacture a controlled substance and using a computer to commit a crime.

The following schools are closed Tuesday, December 10, 2019:


Superior Central

The following schools are on a two-hour delay:


Ewen-Trout Creek

Houghton-Keweenaw County




LANSING, MI--   Segments of Upper Peninsula Power Company’s Integrated Resource Plan have been accepted by the Michigan Public Service Commission.

The MPSC also recommended changes to UPPCO’s long-range strategy for meeting utility needs.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved a $19.9 million rate increase for Semco Energy Gas Company.

The utility had sought an increase of more than $38 million. SEMCO says it will use the money to replace aging gas mains and create an infrastructure reliability improvement program.

The average residential customer will see a 9.2 percent increase in their bill, or about $6.10. The increase includes a 75-cent rise in the monthly customer charge to $12.25.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The U.P. Energy Task Force is meeting in Marquette Tuesday. 

The working session will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in NMU's Harden Hall (the library building) room 109. It will include the opportunity for public comment.

The group is tasked with assessing the U.P.’s energy needs and how they’re being met, then formulating alternative solutions for meeting those needs.