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 co-founder of an events tickets website is making his apologies—and presumably bought a lot of beer—after the Upper Peninsula was left off a map, then insulted.

New York-based TickPick, touted as an alternative to StubHub, included only lower Michigan on an interactive map where users could select events near them. When a U.P. resident pointed it out on the company’s Facebook page, TickPick responded by saying, “We got the important part of Michigan, isn't that good enough?" 

MARQUETTE, MI--    A Marquette man is lodged in the county jail on a charge of larceny from a motor vehicle.

City Police say the arrest stems from a May 25 complaint. Steven Schrum, 52, was accused of taking items from an unattended vehicle and fleeing the scene on a stolen moped.

The Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle; breaking and entering a vehicle to steal property between $200 and $1,000; and operating while license suspended, revoked, or denied.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University ranks 13th in the country for the best bachelor’s degree program in insurance and risk management. 

That’s according to Online Accounting Degree Programs. The ranking was based on NMU’s previous finance major with a concentration in risk management. The College of Business is launching a new insurance and risk management-specific major this fall.

ONTONAGON TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Office has ticketed a driver following a crash in Ontonagon Township. 

Deputies say it happened Sunday around 3:20 a.m. at the intersection of Firesteel and Strang roads. Chad Sharkey of Chanttassen, Minnesota was pulling a trailer with an ORV on Firesteel when he lost control of the trailer while negotiating a curve. The vehicle and trailer went into the ditch and struck several small trees and a utility pole.

The vehicle was extensively damaged. No injuries were reported.

MARQUETTE, MI-- Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel and Iraq veteran Matt Morgan is running as a 

Democrat for Michigan's 1st District seat, currently held by Representative Jack Bergman. He sat down with WNMU-FM News Director Nicole Walton to talk about his candidacy.

BESSEMER, MI--    The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a man who escaped from jail Monday night.

Officers noticed Daniel Ferguson, 26, was missing around 8:50 p.m. He’s a 6-foot-tall, 180-pound white male with hazel eyes and blond hair. Ferguson has tattoos on his neck, chest, upper arms, and left hand.

Deputies say Ferguson was last seen wearing black and white-striped pants and an orange T-shirt. He was barefoot, headed north on Moore Street in the City of Bessemer.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Peter White Public Library is putting a $4.2 million capital improvement bond on the City of Marquette’s August 8 ballot.

Library Director Andrea Ingmire says the money would go toward four areas: repair of the 1904 building façade; updates to HVAC, lighting, and building access; updates to technology, safety, and furnishings; and reorganization of space to create more meeting rooms.

Ingmire says while the library does a good job of providing a range of services to meet public needs, it could always do better.

Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Northern Michigan University campaign to raise awareness of the damaging impact of stereotypes has been honored. 

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education has given the Remove the Label campaign a Circle of Excellence Gold Award. Launched in April 2016, the program urged people to assess each other based on individual traits instead of negative assumptions, misinformation, or unfair generalizations.

An event in Jamrich Hall encouraged students to rip off Post-it notes with handwritten stereotypes from posters on display.

DETROIT, MI--   The Coast Guard is cautioning people that while the weather might be warm, Great Lakes temperatures are still cold. 

Officials say even if the air feels hot the water temperatures of Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron are only in the high 30s to low 50s.

Mike Baron, Recreational Boating and Water Safety Specialist for the 9th Coast Guard District, says water as warm as 76 degrees is still considered cold an is a significant risk for those unprepared for sudden immersion.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An Escanaba man accused of armed robbery in Chocolay Township has been sentenced.

Jaccob Jones, 18, was charged with four counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery. He and two codefendants were arrested in connection with the August 16 incidents.

Two of the men threatened a clerk at America’s Best Value Inn with a knife and demanded money. They allegedly fled to Kassel’s Korner gas station and robbed people there.

Jones was sentenced Friday to five to 15 years in prison with credit for 304 days already served.