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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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Despite GOP Redistricting Advantage, Many State Legislative Seats Are Contested

Both political parties are staging huge get-out-the-vote efforts for the fall elections.

Wisconsin recently set its ballots for this fall’s elections. All 99 Assembly seats are up; so is half the state Senate.

When the Republican majority redrew the state’s political boundaries in 2011, it virtually assured GOP control of both chambers of the legislature.

The maps seemed to solidify districts as either Republican or Democrat, with few toss-ups. Yet, the parties don’t seem to be taking many races for granted.

Generally, JR Ross says, this should be a good year for Republicans. Ross is editor of wispolitics.com, and has viewed trends.

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Regional
1:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Latinos Thrive As A Growing Population In Wisconsin

Shoppers sample the goods at Pete's Fruit Market in the heart of Milwaukee's Latino community.
Credit Marti Mikkelson

According to U.S. Census figures, the largest minority group in Wisconsin is Hispanics.

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Economy & Business
5:54 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Big Utility Merger Proposed for Wisconsin and Neighboring States

The parent of We Energies wants to buy the parent of a Green Bay area utility.
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The wheels are spinning on a $9 billion utility merger.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

In Response to Immigration Raids, More Milwaukee Demonstrations Planned

Protesters blocked the driveways to Milwaukee's Office of Homeland Security last week
Credit Joe Brusky

Dozens of Latinos staged a protest last week on Milwaukee’s east side.

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Regional
1:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Milwaukee Bypassed In Effort to Link Chicago & Madison Via Passenger Rail

An advocacy group wants to bring passenger rail service to Madison from Chicago.
Credit Thinkstock

There is again chatter in Wisconsin about expanding passenger rail.

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Wisconsin Lawmakers Will Consider Alternatives To Prison For Non-Violent Offenders

State lawmakers will gather at the capitol this summer to consider alternatives to prison.
Credit Justin Kern

Wisconsin’s prison population has swelled over the past four decades from 3,000 to well over 20,000.

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Economy & Business
1:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Milwaukee Partners With Northwestern Mutual to Put Residents to Work

Milwaukee residents will soon work on building a new tower for Northwestern Mutual, under an initiative city leaders announced Monday.
Credit Marti Mikkelson

NML is in the midst of dismantling one of its main buildings in downtown Milwaukee – and replacing it with a skyscraper. Within months, nearly 150 city residents could find themselves working on the project.

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Politics & Government
11:01 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Drunken Driving Study Group Members Resign, Citing Tavern League Influence

Four members of a state task force studying ways to reduce drunken driving resigned Thursday.
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Four members of a group studying ways to reduce drunken driving in the state resigned Thursday, saying bar and tavern owners have an undue influence on the committee.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation formed the committee.  Among those resigning include an emergency room doctor and two members of non-profit organizations.

The task force members said in a letter Thursday, that those working on the plan have little interest in a diversity of opinion on the issue. 

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Regional
1:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Waukesha Girl's Stabbing Stuns Neighbors

Police say the suspects stabbed the victim at David's Park in Waukesha
Credit Marti Mikkelson

People who live in Waukesha are taken aback by the disturbing crime that occurred in their community. 

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Education
1:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

St. Marcus Voucher School Attempts to Purchase Empty MPS Building, Again

St. Marcus School is located in the Brewer's Hill Neighborhood on Milwaukee's north side.
Credit Jeramey Jannene, Flickr

MPS is deciding whether to sell the unused Lee Elementary School building to St. Marcus Lutheran voucher school.

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