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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The Medical College of Wisconsin hopes a big gift to the institution helps it establish new methods of training doctors. The money will be used to create a new curriculum that a half dozen schools across the country will adopt. The College is getting $38 million from the Kern Foundation.

The school will use the funds to create the Kern Institute. Its goal will be to determine how to best educate students in the art of compassionate care.

“More on the integrated aspect of how we relate to each other as people and how physicians relate to their patients." 

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Gov. Walker is bringing in a heavy hitter to help him raise campaign money – President Trump. He’s scheduled to host an event Tuesday for the governor in southeastern Wisconsin.

Walker says he’s thrilled the president is coming here, even though Trump remains embroiled in a probe into possible ties with Russia. And, even though the two leaders have a rocky history.

Marti Mikkelson

Milwaukeeans are still buzzing about President Trump’s decision last week to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. The United Nations forged the agreement a few years ago; it’s dedicated to curbing global warming. WUWM asked people at Bradford Beach on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee what they think the potential impacts could be on the environment.

Scott Beringer is relaxing in a lawn chair, eating a sandwich. He says he’s not happy with President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris accord.

Alex Groth

It was a violent Memorial Day weekend in Milwaukee. Shootings killed four people, and injured another 15, in separate incidents on the north side. Community leaders gathered Tuesday to call for an end to the violence now, before summer arrives.

About 40 neighbors and community activists gathered at the corner of Teutonia and Hampton, the scene of one of the weekend shootings.

"This weekend, somebody lost a sister, somebody lost a daughter, somebody lost a father and somebody lost a son.”

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Although the 2018 elections are more than a year away, a couple people are thinking of challenging Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville. One national poll has his approval rating as low as 14 percent. Yet closer to home, the latest Marquette poll shows 45 percent of Wisconsinites think Ryan is doing a good job.

Among the issues likely to surface in the race – accessibility.

Ann Althouse

Students in the UW System wouldn’t have to worry about a tuition hike in the next two years, under a spending plan the legislature’s Joint Finance committee approved Thursday. The panel voted along party lines, to continue a freeze that’s been in place the past four years. However, Republicans did not control costs as much as Gov. Walker hoped they would.

While President Trump embarks on a nine day trip overseas, trouble continues to brew at home. On Monday, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn indicated he would not cooperate with at least one investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia. Flynn’s attorney cited the 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. We asked a few people in downtown Milwaukee what they think of the unfolding saga.

Although Wisconsin’s 2018 elections are more than a year away, politicos are buzzing. Both Republicans and Democrats are gearing up for the races for governor and U.S. Senate. Incumbent Democrat Tammy Baldwin is expected to run again for the senate, while Republican Gov. Scott Walker will likely seek a third term. Both parties’ conventions this year are focusing on a similar theme: taking the campaigns to the grass roots level.

Plenty of people have been weighing in on President Trump’s handling of foreign matters, as he marks his fourth month in office. The latest controversy centers around reports that he revealed highly classified information to senior Russian officials. We spoke with a couple local people who closely watch the White House.

Marti Mikkelson

While the House  is on break - and while reaction continues to be intense, Speaker Paul Ryan answered questions on Thursday about President Trump's decision this week to fire FBI Director James Comey, while protesters also made their presence known.

Ryan came to Racine, to celebrate a company’s plans to expand. InSinkErator manufactures garbage disposals and hot water dispensers.

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Attack ads have already begun, even though Wisconsin’s election for U.S. Senate is more than a year away. Incumbent Democrat Tammy Baldwin faces re-election in late 2018. Many names have been mentioned as potential challengers, but so far, no Republicans have formally announced their intentions.

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There’s been continued speculation on who might challenge Gov. Scott Walker in 2018. Walker has indicated that if he will run for a third term, he’ll announce this summer.

Since the beginning of the year, a number of well-known Wisconsin Democrats decided not to run for governor in 2018 - dramatically thinning the field. They include Congressman Ron Kind and state Sen. Minority Leader Jennifer Schilling, along with former state Sen. Tim Cullen of Janesville. Cullen concluded he could not generate what he’d need to challenge a two-time incumbent.

Althouse

Wisconsin lawmakers on Tuesday took steps to rein in the state’s rising numbers of homeless people. The Republican-controlled Assembly passed several measures designed to connect more homeless people with permanent housing. The bills now go to the Senate. While the measures received bi-partisan support, some representatives don’t feel the bills go far enough.

The bills designed to get more homeless people into permanent housing range from putting eight different agencies under one roof to awarding one city $75,000 to secure jobs for people living on its streets.

Michelle Maternowski

Thousands of people taking part in an annual May Day rally in Milwaukee focused their attention Monday on Sheriff David Clarke. Several inmates have died while in his care at the Milwaukee County Jail. An inquest jury recommended late Monday that the district attorney file criminal charges against seven jail staffers. The sheriff was not targeted, but the deaths are not the only reason marchers are upset with Clarke.

Marti Mikkelson

Since President Trump’s crackdown on unauthorized immigrants, we’ve been hearing more about sanctuary cities, counties and even school districts. Those are entities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration agents. Now, another location labels itself as a safe haven: Amilinda, a restaurant in downtown Milwaukee that specializes in Spanish and Portuguese food.

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