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 Forsyth Township Police Department has arrested a Newberry man for several felonies involving children.

James Waller, 31, was taken into custody Thursday on a six-count warrant for crimes he allegedly committed when he lived in Forsyth Township. The charges include first-degree criminal sexual conduct, extortion, third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person 13 to 15 years old, and three counts of accosting a child for immoral purposes.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 3.6-magnitude earthquake centered in southern Canada that also was felt in suburban Detroit. 

The quake was recorded late Thursday near Amherstburg, Ontario, a town of about 21,900 people.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ian Lee says the earthquake occurred around 8 p.m.

LANSING, MI--   Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a civil suit against an Escanaba company for breaking utility cables in the Straits of Mackinac. 

Schuette says he was able to determine a ship owned by VanEnkevort Tug & Barge passed through the straits at the time the American Transmission Company lines were damaged and the Line 5 pipeline was dented.

The ship allegedly dragged an anchor across the lakebed and hit the submerged lines.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Election Commission will meet next month to consider the wording of a petition to recall Garden and Fairbanks Township officials. 

The petition targets Garden Township Supervisor Morgan Tatrow and Fairbanks Township Supervisor Ron Collins, Clerk Kathryn Denholm, and Trustee James Dalgord.

ISHPEMING, MI--   The driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal accident on County Road 550 has been arrested.

Austin Mitchell, 21, of Ishpeming was taken into custody Wednesday on a charge of operating while intoxicated-causing death.

Mitchell and his passenger—21-year-old Jacob Weslin of Marquette—were traveling on 550 in the early morning hours of March 25 when the vehicle left the road, hit a power pole, and rolled over. Weslin was killed.

No court dates are available at this time.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette rehabilitation project has won a state award. 

The transformation of the former Holy Family Orphanage into Grandview Marquette Apartments has garnered a 2018 Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. The honor is given to projects that reflect a commitment to the preservation of Michigan’s unique character, its archaeological sites, and the historic structures that document the state’s rich past.

LANSING, MI--   Two U.P. lawmakers urged the Michigan Senate to encourage Cleveland Cliffs to reopen the Empire Mine. 

Representative Sara Cambensy and Senator Tom Casperson testified in front of the Senate Natural Resources Committee Wednesday. They both authored a resolution encouraging the company to come back to Marquette County instead of building a new mine in Minnesota.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A 25-year-old woman is hospitalized after she caused a disturbance at the Houghton County Airport.

Tuesday around 11:40 p.m. troopers from the Calumet Post were notified that the Houghton resident had entered the airport and tried to access a computer behind the counter. She told airport personnel she needed help and wanted police to arrest her, then said she had a gun and left the terminal.

CROWN POINT, INDIANA--   A former Iron River woman serving a life sentence for murder in Iron County has pleaded guilty to another murder in Indiana. 

WLUC-TV says Kelly Cochran, 35, admitted to smothering her husband Jason Cochran at their Hobart, Indiana home in 2016.

She was sentenced last May to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the death of Christopher Regan of Iron River in 2014.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Michigan Tech Board of Trustees has negotiated a five-year contract with the university’s newly elected president. 

Beginning July 1 Dr. Richard Koubek’s salary will be $450,000 a year and he will be named a tenured professor. An at risk portion of his compensation is set up to $25,000, with annual performance objectives established by the board of trustees.

Koubek will also be granted a housing and car allowance and an employee benefit package, similar to the current president.