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 Marquette County Prosecutor's Office has dismissed mortgage fraud and forgery charges against former NMU hockey coach Walt Kyle.

Prosecutor Matt Wiese released the following statement Wednesday:

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is celebrating the academic achievements of students and faculty this week. 

Thursday the school is hosting its first-ever presentation for PRIME—or Progressive Research and Innovative Mutual Exploration—in conjunction with the annual Celebration of Student Scholarship.

Erica Goff is the Director of the Grants and Contracts Office at NMU. She says PRIME is an internal funding mechanism that offers time and resources for faculty to engage in scholarly activity, and also helps them prepare for seeking external funding.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Leaders of the Episcopal, Lutheran, United Methodist, and Catholic faiths gathered in Marquette Wednesday morning to address the problem of addiction. 

The bishops and superintendent held a news conference at the Hope United Methodist Church Connection Center to say they’ve seen the destruction addiction causes and are reaching out to those in need. They say substance abuse impacts communities by increasing crime, unemployment, homelessness, and health care costs, and it can best be addressed by professional services, aftercare programs, and faith.

MARQUETTE, MI--   UPPCO says fewer than 500 customers remained without power Tuesday night, following Monday’s severe storm and Tuesday’s snowfall.

Around 50 field employees and 50 contractors from other utilities have been working to restore electricity nearly round the clock, but heavy snow hampered efforts to replace a number of utility poles damaged by 70- to 80-mile-per-hour straight-line winds that whipped through Marquette and Iron counties early Monday morning. The majority of the customers without power are in Republic and the greater Ishpeming area. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   U.P. Health System Marquette has eliminated several positions, saying it needed to do so to be more efficient.  

Victor Harrington, UPHS Regional Director of Marketing and Business Development, issued the following press release Tuesday:

"UP Health System-Marquette recently identified the need to realign our staffing structure to ensure that we are operating as effectively and efficiently as possible.

ST. IGNACE, MI--   Currently the Mackinac Bridge is closed to all traffic. Officials say they are experiencing falling ice from the cables and towers on the bridge.

Motorists are advised to reduce their speed to 20 miles per hour as they approach the bridge and be prepared to stop. Bridge personnel are stationed at both ends of the structure to provide instructions.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority is monitoring the conditions at various points along the structure. When conditions improve, the bridge will be reopened to traffic.

GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI--   Environmental groups say exploratory copper drilling in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park has made a muddy mess.  

Orvana Resources, a division of Highland Copper, was given the go-ahead by the Department of Natural Resources to drill 12 test holes—as long as it took place on frozen ground. The Mining Action Group says although Orvana promised to protect the area from erosion heavy equipment has produced “a mile-long mudhole.”

HOUGHTON, MI--   The City of Houghton has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a new, professional-grade skate park.

If the Patronicity campaign reaches its $50,000 goal by June 9 the project will get a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces Community Places program. The park would be built in Houghton East Waterfront Park.

UPDATE, 5:30 pm:  As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday an estimated 1,000 UPPCO customers remain without power.

Some of the major areas without power in Marquette County include Republic, Ishpeming, Cooper Lake Road and U.S. 41 west of Ishpeming. There are a handful of customers without power around Iron River.

Officials hope to have power restored to most customers by late Tuesday evening.


MARQUETTE, MI--  State Representative John Kivela (D, Marquette) has announced he's running for the 

38th District Senate seat in 2018. He sat down to talk about it with Public Radio 90 news director Nicole Walton.