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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LANSING, MI--   Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff Friday, May 12, within the state Capitol complex and within the 109th District of the 

House of Representatives in honor of state Rep. John Kivela, who died Tuesday, May 9.

“John was a great person and a passionate public servant and will be remembered for his commitment to his constituents in Marquette and the Upper Peninsula,” Gov. Snyder said. “I extend my most heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues in the Legislature during this difficult time.”

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   A former Iron River woman found guilty of first-degree murder has been sentenced in Iron County Circuit Court to life in prison. 

A jury also convicted Kelly Cochran, 34, of larceny in a building, conspiracy to commit dead bodies-disinterment and mutilation, concealing the death of an individual, and lying to a police officer.

Cochran was accused of killing Christopher Regan, 53, of Iron River in October of 2014. She will spend the rest of her life in prison without the possibility of parole.

POWELL TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Marquette man has been arrested in connection with a single-vehicle rollover accident in Powell Township.

State Police from the Negaunee Post say Monday around 10:30 p.m. troopers responded to the accident in the area of Dam Road and Lighthouse Road. They found a Dodge Ram pickup truck rolled onto its roof with extensive damage. The vehicle was left unoccupied at the scene of the crash.

Investigation led to the arrest of a 35-year-old Marquette man for operating while intoxicated, failure to report a personal injury accident, and careless driving.

UPDATE, 7:30 pm--   Escanaba Public Safety detectives, with the assistance of Gladstone Public Safety, located the juvenile male who made the concerning phone call. Detectives spoke with two juvenile males, who admitted they made the call as a prank. Officers believe the juveniles had no sincere plan to harm any students.

The case has been forwarded to the Delta County Prosecutor's Office for review. The 14-year-old boys were released to their parents after questioning.


CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is shutting down a boardwalk at the lower Tahquamenon Falls day use area in Chippewa County so repairs can be made. 

The half-mile stretch between markers 13 and 14 will be closed until June 15 while workers realign and level the walkway.

For those hiking the river trail between the upper and lower falls, a detour in place will require walkers to hike an additional 1.5 miles.

Access to the lower falls will remain open via the paved walkway or by rowboat.  

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Downtown Marquette Farmer’s Market is getting ready to open later this month.

The market’s opening day is May 20, and it will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. through 

December 16 at the Marquette Commons.

This year more than 80 vendors will sell locally grown food and handmade goods. The market will also feature special programming, food demonstrations, and live music.

For more information or a schedule of events go to or visit the Downtown Marquette Farmers and Artists Market on Facebook. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Rick Snyder is looking to fight the opioid epidemic in Michigan with help from President Donald Trump's administration. 

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway joined Snyder in Lansing on Tuesday for a listening session with people affected by drug addiction. Price says the 52,000 overdose deaths in the U.S. last year were astounding and almost as high as the number of U.S. lives lost in the Vietnam War.

He says Trump has been moved greatly from the stories he has heard.

IRON RIVER, MI--   Aspirus Iron River and Aspirus Ironwood hospitals have been named one of the 20 Best Critical Access Hospitals in the country by the National Rural Health Association and iVantage Health Analytics.

The hospitals on the list scored highest on iVantage’s Hospital Strength Index, a rating system that evaluates rural and critical-access hospitals based on various market, value-based, and financial measures.

They are the only two hospitals in Michigan to be recognized in the top 20, out of 1,332 critical-access hospitals in the nation. 

LANSING, MI--   State Representative John Kivela has died of an apparent suicide. 

The third-term Democrat was arrested Monday for a second offense of operating under the influence with a blood alcohol content of .17 or more. He had posted bond and was released from jail Tuesday morning.

Sources say when colleagues went to his Lansing home early Tuesday afternoon they found him dead.

Condolences are pouring out from the Capitol. In a press release, State Senator Tom Casperson said:

BARAGA, MI--   Officers with the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Police Department now have Narcan at their disposal.

The drug displaces opioids from receptors in the brain and can immediately reverse the effects of an overdose.

All patrol officers have been issued Narcan. They’ve been trained to recognize the signs of opioid overdose and how to administer the drug to someone experiencing an overdose. Officials say it’s administered nasally, so officers don’t have to use a needle.