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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NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A delivery truck hit a railroad overpass in Negaunee Township Wednesday.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened around 1:15 p.m. on US-41 just east of Midway Drive. Edward Beauchamp, 60, of Negaunee had just entered the highway east of the overpass when the vehicle’s utility boom hit the overpass, became dislodged, and landed on the road.

Beauchamp told deputies he’d just loaded several concrete K-rails and thought the boom was low enough. He was cited for being over height.

MARQUETTE, MI--   District 26 Senator Tonya Schuitmaker (R) is visiting each of Michigan's 15 universities this summer, and she stopped by the Public Radio 90 studios to talk to news director Nicole 

Walton about higher education funding, opioid abuse prevention, and her future plans. 

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A farm in Manistique is recalling eggs that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

WLUC-TV says LaBar Poultry Farm issued the recall when environmental sampling as part of a foodborne illness outbreak detected Salmonella Enteritidis at the farm.

The affected eggs are in one-dozen cartons labeled with LaBar Poultry Farm and either August 30, 2017 or September 30, 2017. They were sold to restaurants, grocery stores, and directly to consumers in Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, and Schoolcraft counties.

MUNISING, MI--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder continued to make good use of his time in the Upper Peninsula Tuesday morning by spending part of it on Lake Superior. 

Snyder highlighted U.P. tourism opportunities by kayaking around Grand Island. He was accompanied by members of Travel Michigan—the state’s official tourism promotion office.

Snyder also participated in a roundtable discussion of Careers in Technical Education at Westwood High School. The governor is a big proponent of CTE programs.

AUTRAIN TOWNSHIP, MI--   Michigan State Police have released the name of a man who drowned Sunday in a boating accident in AuTrain Township. 

Troopers from the Munising detachment say Robert Louis, 59, of downstate Lake Orion drowned when the 19-foot wooden boat he and six others were in tipped over. Louis tried to swim for the boat and wasn’t seen again.

The others were rescued by a group in a pontoon boat in the area. The pontoon went back to where the accident occurred but couldn’t find Louis.

The Alger County Dive Team recovered his body Monday around 3 p.m.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A new Upper Peninsula-wide economic development initiative unveiled in May now has a name and a logo. 

InvestUP will be funded through the private-sector and has an initial budget of $500,000. The name was announced at a press conference in Marquette Monday.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety is investigating a fire and vandalism at a city church. 

Officers were called Monday to the Harbor Lights Church of God on 2nd Avenue South and found the interior filled with smoke. They determined a fire that was extinguished by a citizen in the kitchen had been intentionally set. Officers also found the church walls had been spray-painted, paint was thrown on floors, and personal items within the church were also painted.

MARQUETTE, MI--   On day one of his #RideMI motorcycle tour, U.S. Senator Gary Peters honored those at Marquette’s Jacobetti Home for Veterans who served in the Vietnam War.

A former lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve, Peters presented Vietnam vets from the U.P. with commemorative lapel pins in recognition of their service. The ceremony was held with the assistance of Vietnam Veterans of America Post 380.

UPDATE, 8/15/17:  Police say the group was not in a pontoon, but in a wooden boat. The six survivors were rescued by a group that was on a pontoon boat in the area.


UPDATE: Troopers say the body of the boater was recovered around 3:30 p.m. Monday near where the accident occurred. No other information is available at this time.


MARQUETTE, MI--   An Ishpeming man has been arrested for stealing items from Marquette vehicles.

The Marquette Police Department was called Sunday around 6 a.m. to the 1500 block of Fair Avenue. They made contact with two male suspects who were allegedly in possession of items that were reported stolen.

Tyler Johnson, 23, of Ishpeming was arrested for larceny from a motor vehicle and a probation violation. He was lodged in the Marquette County Jail pending review of charges by the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office.