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 Rotaract Club at Northern Michigan University is hosting a mobile food pantry later this month. 

Sponsored by Feeding America West Michigan, about 15,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables, dairy products, baked goods, and non-perishable items will be distributed to those who need it at the Marquette Salvation Army.

Clients won’t have to show ID or proof of income, but they will need to affirm they’re in need of food and need to bring their own boxes or bags.

The distribution takes place Tuesday, April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University President Glenn Mroz has announced he’s returning to faculty next year. 

In an open letter to the university community Wednesday Mroz said he and the rest of the administration have worked to develop a plan for leadership succession. The announcement marks the beginning of a period of transition, which will allow the board to conduct a thorough search.

Mroz says he’ll step down no sooner than June 30 of next year. 

MENOMINEE COUNTY, MI--   The Department of Environmental Quality has issued a surface water discharge permit for Aquila Resources’ Back Forty project in Menominee County.

The DEQ says the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit is designed to safeguard the Menominee River and protect its designated uses.

Officials say significant provisions were added to the permit to require submittal and review of downstream ambient water quality data and protection of sensitive mussels in the river.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette mother is speaking out against the dangers of social media after her son died from a suicide attempt last month.

WLUC-TV reports 11-year-old Tysen Benz died Tuesday after being on life support at an Ann Arbor hospital since March 14. Benz’ mother, Katrina Goss, says Benz was the victim of a social media prank, which is currently under investigation by authorities. 

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team says it has arrested drug dealers from Milwaukee in Iron Mountain. 

The three men were arrested Monday at an undisclosed location on charges related to the delivery of heroin, delivery of crack cocaine, and possession of marijuana.

The arrests were part of an ongoing investigation that involved the Iron River Police Department.

All suspects are lodged in the Dickinson County Jail.

Their names have not been released, pending arraignment.  

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese released the following statement on Tuesday, April 4, 2017:

Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese has declined to issue criminal charges in an 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources had a hard time counting moose this winter.

The aerial count helps determine the health of a population by charting its growth or decline. Wildlife 

research biologist Dean Beyer says the best time to observe U.P. moose is January, but the count ran into problems when temperatures rose and the snow melted.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Three Marquette teens have been taken into custody for holding a juvenile against his will and assaulting him. 

On Tuesday City Police arrested Ricky Constantino-Berry, 17, for unlawful imprisonment and felonious assault and Elijah McCoy, 18, for unlawful imprisonment and assault.

The incident allegedly took place at a residence on the 300 block of County Road 550. 

Both remain lodged in the Marquette County Jail.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Police are reminding residents that the use of tree hammocks in the city is prohibited. 

Officials say numerous trees in the area have been damaged because people have attached hammocks to them. A city ordinance states that—unless specifically authorized by the City of Marquette Arborist—no person shall intentionally damage, cut, carve, attach any ropes, wires, nails, or other contrivance to any tree.

The Police Department says it appreciates the public’s compliance with the ordinance. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Reconstruction of a portion of M-553 in Marquette County is set to begin Wednesday.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says it’s investing $3.2 million to reconstruct a mile of the highway and realign curves from County Road NR to the Carp River.

The project will require daytime lane closures and flag control. Officials estimate the work will be completed in late October.