Marti Mikkelson

News Reporter

Marti, a Waukesha native, joined the WUWM news team in February of 1999. Previously, she was an anchor and reporter at WTMJ in Milwaukee, WIBA in Madison, and WLIP in Kenosha.

Marti’s work has been recognized by RTNDA, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, and the Milwaukee Press Club.

Marti earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Marti currently lives on her favorite side of town – Milwaukee’s east side.

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On Tuesday, Secretary Hillary Clinton met with Milwaukee residents all too familiar with the tragedy of gun violence.

The town hall meeting took place at Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, a congregation made up largely of African Americans - a demographic some say Clinton must win in order to become the next president.

The church is located in 53206, an area plagued by poverty and crime and struggling to help its high rate of black men who have served time in prison.

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Wisconsin's Democratic Congressional delegation called on Gov. Walker Tuesday to reverse his decision and accept a federal food stamp waiver, saying it would restore aid to thousands of people.  

In a letter to the governor, Sen. Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Reps. Gwen Moore, Ron Kind and Mark Pocan said low income residents shouldn't be required to have jobs in order to receive food aid if they can't find work in an economic downturn.

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Gov. Walker says he'll decide next week,  a week before Wisconsin's April 5 presidential primaries, whether he'll publicly endorse one of the Republican candidates.  

Walker said in Milwaukee Tuesday that his political ideology is more in line with that of Ohio Gov. John Kasich or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, but stopped short of revealing whether he has ruled out an endorsement of Donald Trump.

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There was a steady line at the Ziedler Municipal Building in downtown Milwaukee on Monday, as early voting got underway for the April 5 election.

Voters will decide several races. They include for state Supreme Court, Milwaukee County executive and Milwaukee mayor.  Wisconsinites will also pick candidates in the state’s presidential primaries.

We stopped by the polling place to ask early voters what’s on their mind this election season.

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Workers at the Milwaukee County courthouse are preparing for a new tenant: the Office of African American Affairs. It’s designed to help sectors of the black community address issues they face, including unemployment and mass incarceration.

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Former Democratic state Rep. Tamara Grigsby of Milwaukee has died of health complications at age 41. Grigsby dealt with cancer during her time in the Assembly, stepping down in 2013 after serving for eight years.

Grigsby later became the community outreach coordinator for Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and was recently appointed director of the county’s new Department of Equity and Inclusion.

Parisi announced her death on Tuesday, and described Grigsby as a “special human being” whose sole motivation was to make a difference in the lives of others.

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A marathon session is in store Tuesday for the GOP-controlled state Senate. Lawmakers are scheduled to dispense with more than 100 bills before they adjourn for the years.

The Senate will vote on a measure that would have an impact on Milwaukee, making it tougher for cities to force lenders to sell zombie homes, or abandoned properties slated for foreclosure.

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Milwaukee was ground zero for the industrial boom of the late 19th century. Hundreds of machine shops were operating in the heart of the city; many of their inventions helped grow the companies into worldwide enterprises. Yet today, Wisconsin ranks toward the bottom for entrepreneurship while the business community works to improve the numbers.

“This was kind of the Silicon Valley of the late 1800s," local historian John Gurda says.

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Wisconsin made history five years ago when Gov. Scott Walker signed Act 10 into law. It stripped most public unions of collective bargaining rights and sparked massive protests at the State Capitol. We examine whether the law accomplished its stated mission to save taxpayer money, and perhaps an unstated goal – to weaken the political power of unions.

Gov. Walker unveiled Act 10 in February of 2011. He said Wisconsin needed to end its tradition of collective bargaining with most public workers.

    

President Obama will visit Milwaukee Thursday to celebrate the city’s victory in the Healthy Communities Challenge.

The White House unveiled the challenge in November. Cities competed to sign up the greatest number of residents for the Affordable Care Act during the open enrollment period. Milwaukee generated the most impressive numbers, yet concerns persist.

    

A new Marquette Law School poll finds a couple of tight races in Wisconsin, heading into the April 5 election. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are running neck and neck; so are the two contenders for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

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It’s been a busy session for Republicans who control the state Legislature. They passed several pieces of landmark legislation early in the two-year period. Those include a right-to-work law and a bill that is dismantling the Government Accountability Board. Yet, some hot button issues ended up dying in committee.

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Thousands of people from across Wisconsin marched at the State Capitol in Madison on Thursday, against legislation they say is anti-immigrant.

Many people took the day off work for  the "Day Without Latinos" demonstration. They chanted and carried signs that read "All We Want is Equity" and "Stop the Deportations."

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett finished first in Tuesday's spring Primary, followed by Alderman Bob Donovan. So the two will face off in April's General Election for a four-year term as mayor.

During the campaign so far, Barrett has touted accomplishments of his three terms as mayor, including in terms of development and re-development projects. Donovan has countered by pointing to the city's high homicide rate in 2015 and blasting the mayor's plan to build a streetcar line downtown, saying the priorities are wrong.

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City of Milwaukee residents will go to the polls Tuesday to decide which two candidates will advance to the April General Election for Mayor.

Incumbent Tom Barrett faces a challenge from long-standing Aldermen Bob Donovan and Joe Davis, along with political newcomer James Methu. All four recently made their cases during a debate in the central city.

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