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.

Ways to Connect

MARQUETTE, MI--    Residents who have items that need to be repaired, from toasters to necklaces to bicycles, can take them to Marquette’s new Repair Café at Peter White Public Library.

Saturday, April 15 from noon to 4 p.m. the Arts and Culture Center will have experts available to help make all possible repairs free of charge. Tools and materials will be on hand.

Items that can be brought to the event include—but are not limited to—toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, and crockery.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Peninsula Power Company says it has completed storm restoration efforts.

The utility says customer outages caused by Monday’s storm are considered back in service, but anyone who still doesn’t have power—except for those waiting for their meter equipment to be repaired—should contact UPPCO.

Officials say those living in areas hardest-hit by the storm should be on guard for trees that are leaning or hung up on other trees, as they could fall on power lines.

Residents should report downed lines and any trees that pose a threat to UPPCO. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The city of Marquette is prohibiting left turns from Baraga Avenue onto McClellan Avenue, in anticipation of traffic changes for the new hospital. 

The city has been studying the intersection of McClellan and Washington Street and the McClellan Avenue corridor from Washington to US-41 to provide mitigation measures for traffic safety, turning movements, signal upgrades, and other traffic-related issues.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Registration for this summer’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman program is now open.

It’s the 20th time the Department of Natural Resources has hosted the event for women 18 and older who want to improve their outdoor skills.  BOW coordinator Sharon Pitz says it’s a non-competitive program where each person learns at her own pace in an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie.

LANSING, MI--   The state Senate has adopted a resolution to establish June 10th of this year as ORV Rider Recognition Day in Michigan.

Senator Tom Casperson, who sponsored the resolution, says the Senate recognizes the importance of off-road recreation and the economic impact it has. He hopes ORV Rider Recognition Day helps increase awareness for safety, the economic value of the sport, and environmentally friendly practices for riders, as well. 

Michigan has 3,700 miles of designated off-road vehicle trails that are used by more than 220,000 licensed riders.

BARK RIVER TOWNSHIP, MI--   A semi driver is hospitalized, following a rollover crash in Delta County. 

State Police from the Gladstone Post say it happened around 8:15 Thursday night on M-69 between 14th Road and US-2 & 41 in Bark River Township. The semi was eastbound on M-69 when it failed to negotiate a turn. The truck left the roadway, struck several trees and a house, rolled over one-and-a-half times, and came to rest on its roof.

The driver was trapped inside and had to be extricated. The Ontario man was airlifted to UPHS Marquette for treatment.

UPDATE:  Michigan Tech has determined that seven students and one research faculty member and his family were displaced in the apartment building fire in Hancock early this morning. 

The University has helped all of them find alternative housing for the remainder of the semester.


HANCOCK, MI--   Fire has destroyed an apartment building in Hancock, displacing several Michigan Tech students and a faculty member and his family. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Western Marquette County residents affected by the indefinite idling of the Empire Mine could benefit from a planned Northern Michigan University study of how other cities that faced mine closings successfully diversified their economies to retain and grow jobs.

NMU’s Center for Rural Community and Economic Development is receiving $55,000 in funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to perform the study for Project Empire.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Congressman Jack Bergman is holding two town hall meetings this month in the 1st District. 

The first takes place Wednesday, April 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Bay College in Escanaba. The second will be held Thursday, April 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Ellison Place in Gaylord.

For security purposes attendees will be required to show identification. Signs will not be permitted indoors, but may be displayed outside prior to the events.  

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marine vet has been selected as the new administrator of the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.

Ryan Engle has served as vice-president of business services for the Michigan Veteran Health System since January of 2016. Before that Engle led operations and project management for the General Mills Yoplait brand.

Engle served as an infantry officer and deployed to Afghanistan as a rifle platoon commander and machinegun platoon commander. He’s been honored with several military awards.

Engle steps into the post later this month.