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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MUNISING, MI--   A Marquette man charged in the drowning death of a downstate man in Lake Superior last summer has been sentenced.

Timothy Preston was arrested in August after he and six other passengers fell out of his wooden kit boat near AuTrain. Six people were rescued, but Robert Louis, 59, of Lake Orion drowned. They were on the lake to spread the ashes of Louis’ father, who had died of Alzheimer’s Disease.

This week's episode focuses on Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two members of the Northern Michigan University men’s ice hockey team have won a couple of top honors. 

Goaltender Atte Tolvanen was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Year Tuesday, while head coach Grant Potulny was unanimously named League Coach of the Year. Tolvanen is the second student athlete to earn Goaltender of the Year honors. Potulny’s recognition is the fifth time in Wildcat hockey history that the head coach has been named Coach of the Year.

ONTONAGON COUNTY, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is limiting the number of backcountry campsites at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. 

Officials say in past years, such sites were available on a first-come, first-served basis, and campers could camp off-trail away from designated campsites. Now that annual visitation to the park has grown to more than 300,000 people, the backcountry experience has been compromised by overcrowding.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette now has its first coworking space.

The Marquette Chamber of Commerce held the grand opening for Ampersand in the Masonic Square Mall Tuesday. The 5,200-square-foot space will host businesses, entrepreneurs, independent contractors and remote employees who will benefit from the synergy of working in a shared space.

The office provides workspace for more than 50 people. It contains nine private offices, 15 semi-private work stations, and 25 open work stations. For more information, go to

LANSING, MI--   A House committee has approved legislation sponsored by Representative Beau LaFave that would give high school students credit for internships.

LaFave says many students start career development before they graduate. He says giving course credit for completion of an internship or work study program will encourage them to take advantage of opportunities in their own back yard.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--    An official from Fisk University in Tennessee has been named the next president of Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie.

Lake Superior State says Monday the appointment of Rodney S. Hanley is effective July 1, pending approval by the school's Board of Trustees. Hanley has served at Fisk University in Nashville as provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2014.

MARQUETTE, MI--   One person was taken to the hospital, following a traffic crash on Lincoln Avenue in Marquette Monday. 

A vehicle driven by Aunjah Turnbull, 24, of New Jersey was stopped at a stop sign on eastbound West Bluff Street. She turned left into the path of a southbound vehicle driven by Kyndra Fraly, 21, of Marquette.

Fraly was taken to UPHS-Marquette for treatment of her injuries. Turnbull sought her own treatment. She was cited for failure to yield.

The Marquette Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Marquette City Commissioner Sarah Reynolds talks to News Director Nicole Walton about the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority's lack of transparency when it comes to glass recycling, and 

whether the city should explore options to recycle glass.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Students and staff in the Marquette Area Public Schools district will take part in Wednesday’s 17-minute national school walkout. 

The event was created, in part, to honor the 17 people killed at the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. MAPS Superintendent William Saunders says his administration has worked closely with students and staff to develop a structured mechanism to support their wishes.