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--   Northern Michigan University is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a day of service.

Events kick off Monday with a March for Equality at noon in front of Magers and Meyland halls. At 12:30 a lunch and Poetry without Borders event takes place at the University Center’s Peter White Lounge. Participants will recite poetry from around the world.

The following schools are closed Monday, January 15, 2018:

Big Bay de Noc


Manistique Headstart

St. Francis



The following schools are on a two-hour delay:

Tahquamenon Area Schools


MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is holding its inaugural Snowfest as it kicks off the winter semester next week. 

NMU students will have free access to all the bike, ski, and snowshoe trails the Noquemanon Trail Network has to offer under a new partnership. They can also check out snow bikes, snowshoes, and cross-country skis at no charge.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Communities in four Upper Peninsula counties are among 22 around the state to receive a Recreation Passport grant through the Department of Natural Resources.

The money is used to help complete outdoor recreation facility renovations and improvements. 

The following schools are closed Friday, January 12, 2018:


Bark River-Harris

Big Bay de Noc

Burt Township


Delta Schoolcraft ISD



Ewen-Trout Creek

Father Marquette




Holy Name

Holy Spirit




Marquette-Alger RESA


Mid Peninsula


Munising Baptist


Negaunee Co-op Preschool

NEGAUNEE, MI--    The Upper Peninsula Luge Club is helping residents beat the winter blues with its upcoming Heikki Lunta Festival in Negaunee. 

Event coordinator Mike Ilmonen says Heikki Lunta—Finnish for “Hank Snow”—is an urban legend created a few years ago when an Upper Peninsula event needed some white stuff to fall. He says the second annual event will feature a parade on Iron Street Friday, January 19. On Saturday events will include a human foosball game, ice turkey bowling, and a toilet-on-skis “Crapper Dash.” A bonfire and fireworks will also be held Saturday night.

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   A Wisconsin man has been killed in a snowmobile crash in southern Houghton County. 

State Police from the Calumet Post responded Wednesday to Trail #8 near M-28. Troopers say a snowmobile driven by Jamie Steen, 41, of Curtiss, Wisconsin was northbound when he failed to negotiate a curve. He lost control of the machine, left the trail, and struck a tree.

Troopers say speed was a factor in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation. 

The following schools are closed Thursday, January 11, 2018:

All Saints Catholic Academy (daycare is open)

Arvon Township


Baraga County BHK

Bark River-Harris

Bay College Escanaba and Bay West


BHK Baraga County Headstart

BHK Houghton/Keweenaw Headstart

Big Bay de Noc

Bishop Baraga Catholic 

Breitung Township


Copper Country Christian

Delta Schoolcraft ISD

Dickinson-Iron Tech


Ewen-Trout Creek

MARQUETTE, MI--   The United Way of Marquette County is now accepting applications for groups wanting to be part of the fall 2018 campaign. 

Nonprofit agencies and organizations have until January 22 to apply. Only

501(c)3 health and human service organizations are eligible. They must provide services related to identified need areas such as youth programs, medical assistance/ health care programs, and elderly citizens and adults with disabilities.

For an application call the United Way at 226-8171, or email a request to 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Police are cautioning people about venturing onto Lake Superior ice.

Officers say no ice is safe ice, and people need to heed the following information.