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--   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.

MARQUETTE, MI--   One person was injured when a motorcycle was struck by a car in Marquette over the weekend.

City Police say the accident happened Sunday around 2:20 p.m. at the intersection of Genesee and Champion streets. Terry and Lorrie Ghiringhelli of Gwinn were driving eastbound on Genesee when they were hit by a vehicle driven by Betty Chudy of Marquette, who was turning onto Genesee from Champion Street.

Lorrie Ghiringhelli was taken to UPHS Marquette with non-life-threatening injuries.

Chudy was cited for failure to yield.

GLADSTONE, MI--   Michigan Technological University is using drones to map Hiawatha National Forest land on the Stonington and Garden Peninsulas. 

The FAA-approved flights began last week and will take place over a four-week period. They will gather information to assess the health and condition of the Forest's Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Data gathered will be used to maintain habitat for near-shore fisheries, habitats for migrating birds, and water quality. It will also be used for management of invasive species and features like roads, bridges, and levies.

GLADSTONE, MI--   Operating Engineers Local 324 has opened a new, 11,000-square-foot training facility in Gladstone. 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 5.5-acre facility for workers such as heavy equipment operators, mechanics, surveyors, and stationary engineers was held Friday. Officials say the site will offer classes this training season for in-demand jobs in the U.P. like mine safety, confined space training, and hazmat training.

ONOTA TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person was seriously injured in a two-motorcycle crash in Alger County near the Marquette County line Saturday. 

Around 3 p.m. troopers from the Negaunee Post were dispatched to M-28 just west of Sand River Road for an accident involving bikes that were both towing small trailers.

They say William Vaillancourt, 65, of downstate Sanford crashed his motorcycle into the back of another that was slowing to turn off the highway. The second motorcycle was driven by Terry Whittington, 51, of Midland, who was traveling with Vaillancourt.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   More than 150 people gathered at the corner of Third and Washington streets in Marquette Sunday to condemn racism.

The call for solidarity came after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and counter-protest resulted in the death of a woman Saturday. Nineteen other people were injured when a car slammed into a crowd of people gathered to protest the Unite the Right rally.