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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ESCANABA, MI--   Authorities have not yet released the name of a suspect who led police on a chase through Delta, Dickinson, and Menominee counties last week. 

Friday around 9:45 p.m. officers from Escanaba Public Safety responded to a report of a vehicle stolen from the 800 block of North Lincoln Road. About four-and-a-half hours later the vehicle was sighted by Norway Police, who tried to make a traffic stop. The driver sped off and led police on a chase through three counties. The chase ended when the vehicle crashed at the intersection of US-2 and M-69 in Delta County.

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   A September sentencing date has been set for an Iron County man found guilty of murder.

Alfred Saario, 66, of Alpha was charged with homicide-open murder and discharging a firearm indoors resulting in death in the June 2016 killing of Jamie Lee James, 29. Saario and his stepdaughter allegedly fought over a cell phone before the shooting happened.

Saario was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder and the firearm charge Friday following a week-long trial. The jury deliberated for three hours before returning the guilty verdict.

SENEY, MI--   A downstate couple has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Seney.

Troopers from the St. Ignace Post were called Sunday around 2:30 p.m. to M-28 near M-77. A motorcycle driven by Robert Wydeck, 63, of Grand Haven was westbound on M-28 when he suffered some kind of medical event, lost control, and ran off the northern shoulder of the road. Both he and his 63-year-old wife Kathleen were thrown from the motorcycle as it collided with a road sign.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University’s Physics Department is offering residents a safe way to view Monday’s partial eclipse.

The NMU Observatory Dome will equip its telescope with a sun filter, which will block out more than 90 percent of the sun’s light.

Visitors should enter the rotunda entrance at the West Science Building and follow directional signs to the catwalk of the Observatory Dome. Overflow visitors will be able to view NASA streaming video of the eclipse in a nearby classroom.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A portion of Third Street in Marquette will be filled with classic cars Saturday.

The inaugural Classic Cars on Third Car Show will be held from noon to 4 p.m. between Park and Ohio streets.

First through third place will be awarded in 17 different categories, along with awards for best of show, people’s choice, and mayor’s choice. The awards will be handed out at 3:30.

All proceeds from the car show will benefit the Marquette Women’s Center in remembrance of Jessica Drummond, a victim of domestic violence. 

CALUMET, MI--   The Keweenaw National Historical Park is offering residents a chance to view Monday’s eclipse from Quincy Hill.  

DETOUR VILLAGE, MI--   A U.S. Coast Guardsman who lost his life more than 46 years ago while serving at the DeTour Reef Lighthouse was honored Thursday.

Members of area Coast Guard units and the DeTour Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society held a ceremony in DeTour Village for Don Ashley, Jr., 22, of Green Bay. He was making a trip on March 30, 1971 from the lighthouse to the village to retrieve supplies and another coast guardsman when his 16-foot boat capsized in icy conditions. A large wave washed over Ashley and he never resurfaced. His remains were never recovered.

ESCANABA, MI--   A preliminary exam is set for a Gladstone man accused of arson and vandalism in an Escanaba church. 

Thomas Harris, 19, was arrested Monday night after police found he’d extinguished a fire in the kitchen of the Harbor Lights Church of God. They determined Harris had set the fire.

Escanaba Public Safety says paint was also found on the walls, floor, and various items in the church.

Harris is charged with third-degree arson, breaking and entering a building with intent, larceny in a building, and malicious destruction of property, $1,000 to

MARQUETTE, MI--   Downtown Marquette’s newly installed parking meters go live on Monday. 

Downtown Development Authority officials say the 365 meters feature smart technology and payment options including coins, credit, and debit cards. The parking rate will still be 50 cents an hour, but users can choose to pay a quarter and receive a half-hour, instead.

Parking time limits, rates, and enforcement hours are displayed on each meter. Officials say future plans include paying by phone.

HERMANSVILLE, MI--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder took an ORV ride on the new Escanaba to Hermansville multi-use trail Wednesday.

The trail was developed through a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and American Transmission Company. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Thomas St. Onge Veterans Museum in Hermansville the governor rode 25 miles east to the Great Lakes Sports and Recreation Club in Escanaba.

Development of the trail began in 2007 when the state acquired the inactive railroad corridor from Wisconsin Central for $550,000.