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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MARQUETTE, MI--   The Lake Superior Community Partnership in Marquette is collaborating with the Baraga County Economic Development Corporation to provide development help.

Mark Massicotte is Board Chair of the Baraga County EDC. He says the region needs to build from the ground up, and needs to work with a mentor that knows the terrain.

ISHPEMING, MI--   Ishpeming Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who stole a bottle of alcohol from Jubilee Foods on Wednesday.  

The man was seen on surveillance video around 7:40 p.m. putting the bottle in the front of his pants and leaving the store without paying for it. Employees tried to stop the man, but he ran from the store, crossed US-41, and ran into the woods.

The subject is a 5’9” to 6’ white male. He has a skinny build and no teeth.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is hosting a town hall forum about the economy in Houghton Tuesday. 

Neel Kashkari is a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, where the Fed sets interest rates. He will give brief remarks, followed by an open-mic question-and-answer session with the audience.

MTU Provost Jackie Huntoon will moderate the town hall forum, which is free and open to the public.   

The forum begins at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom at Michigan Tech. 

ESCANABA, MI--   The Bay College Board of Trustees has approved the next school year’s operating budget at Bay de Noc Community College.  

MARQUETTE, MI--   The unemployment rate in the Upper Peninsula fell from April to May, down 0.6 percentage points to 5.2 percent. 

The U.P. recorded a labor force reduction for the third consecutive month, which led to the lower rate.

The highest jobless rate in the state in May was 8.9 percent in Keweenaw County, while Mackinac County posted the lowest U.P. unemployment rate at 3.7 percent.

ISHPEMING, MI--   The Ishpeming Police Department has arrested two men in connection with a teenaged girl’s fall out of a second-story window May 20. 

The 15-year-old fell from an unoccupied house at 111 West North Street and sustained serious facial injuries.

Police say during the course of the investigation several interviews were conducted. Officers determined a group of underage individuals had attended a party at 917 North Main Street before the incident occurred.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie will close for a time during the 31st annual Bridge Walk and Bicycle Parade Saturday. 

Vehicle traffic won’t be allowed beginning at 9:30 a.m. The bridge will reopen around 10:30 a.m.

A portion of the bridge is currently restricted to one lane of traffic because scaffolding is in place for the ongoing Canadian arch painting project.

For more information visit the International Bridge Authority website at

MARQUETTE, MI--   New York-based ticket-buying site TickPick is making even more amends to the Yoopers it insulted this week. 

The Upper Peninsula was left off an interactive map on the company’s website, and when people pointed out the omission they were told the U.P. was just a bunch of forests. When he learned about the Facebook debacle TickPick co-founder Brett Goldberg flew to Marquette and bought beer for everyone at the Blackrocks Brewery. Photos were snapped of him wearing a Stormy Kromer and eating a pasty.

LANSING, MI--   The State of Michigan today terminated a contract with Det Norske Veritas, Inc. (DNV GL), the firm preparing a risk analysis report on the Line 5 pipeline below the Straits of Mackinac. The contract was terminated prior to the draft report being delivered to the state’s project team.  

BESSEMER, MI--   Police continue to search for an inmate that escaped from the Gogebic County Jail Monday night. 

Daniel Ferguson, 26, was last seen wearing black and white-striped pants and an orange t-shirt. He was barefoot, headed north on Moore Street in the city of Bessemer. Deputies report there was a possible sighting in the Powderhorn area of Bessemer Tuesday night.

Anyone with information about Ferguson’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.