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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Economy & Business
1:00 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Pizza Man Rises From The Ashes

Workers prepare to open the new Pizza Man restaurant on Downer Avenue
Credit Marti Mikkelson

The Pizza Man restaurant was an east side institution for decades, until a fire destroyed it in early 2010.

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Regional
1:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Young Black Milwaukee Males Say They Know They Can be Targets

Young people in the central city tend to a community garden.
Credit Marti Mikkelson

The high profile killings of two teenage boys have occupied headlines this week.

First, there was the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. Now, in Milwaukee, the killer of Darius Simmons has been on trial.

In both cases, the victim was a young black male, unarmed and confronted by a white man upset about crime.

About a dozen young people are pulling up vegetables in the sweltering heat in Milwaukee's central city.   It’s harvest time at Alice’s Garden – a garden the neighborhood shares.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Abortion Battle Has Long History in Wisconsin

Anti-abortion activists pray across from a clinic on Milwaukee's east side.
Credit Marti Mikkelson

Update: A federal judge decided Wednesday, to continue blocking a new Wisconsin abortion rule, at least for the next two weeks. It requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

As House Waffles, A Look at The Undocumented Picture in Milwaukee

Christine Neumann-Ortiz (left) and Mauricio Galicia work together on Galicia's immigration status.
Credit Marti Mikkelson

Immigration reform remains a hot topic. The House continues grappling with the issue, after the Senate passed a bill earlier this year.

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Economy & Business
4:38 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Gogebic Pulls Armed Guards

Gogebic Taconite is doing some exploratory drilling in the Penokee Hills.

A mining company says it has temporarily withdrawn its armed guards from an exploratory drilling site in northwestern Wisconsin.

Gogebic Taconite spokesman Bob Seitz tells the Wisconsin State Journal the guards from Bulletproof Securities were pulled out Wednesday because the contractor failed to obtain proper licensing from the state.

He says the company has two or three other options and will rely on them until state approval is received. 

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Politics & Government
1:32 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Lawmaker Proposes Felony for Families that Harbor Suspects

A state lawmaker wants to make it a felony for family members to harbor criminal suspects.
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A Wisconsin lawmaker wants to make it a felony for family members of criminal suspects to help their relatives.

Republican state Sen. Luther Olsen of Ripon is circulating a bill for signatures.  He wants to make it a felony for anyone, including family, to help or hide a fugitive or destroy evidence in cases of the most serious crimes. 

A hearing is possible later this summer.  Different versions of the bill have repeatedly failed in past sessions.

A dozen other states make exceptions for family harboring relatives.  However, Wisconsin law exempts more relatives.

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Wisconsin's Abortion Battle In Line With Other States

Wisconsin is one of 30 states to adopt abortion restrictions in the past two years.
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A judge has placed a hold on one of Wisconsin’s new abortion rules.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Campaigns Continue Despite Absence of Gubernatorial Candidates

The gubernatorial election isn't until November of 2014, yet both parties are mobilizing voters.

Wisconsin’s political parties are spending the summer gearing up for the 2014 governor’s race.

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Regional
1:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Gas Prices Relatively Low on Holiday Weekend

Holiday travelers are experiencing less pain at the pump this weekend.
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Gas prices have taken big rides in recent months.

First, some shot up to well over $4 per gallon. Now, during the holiday weekend, many are nearly a dollar lower.

Many stations across the Milwaukee area are selling gas for 3.29 a gallon.

Erin Roth works for the Wisconsin Petroleum Council. He says there are a couple reasons for the relatively low holiday price.

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Regional
1:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

SNAP Wants Dolan Investigated for Fraud

Members of SNAP Monday called for a federal investigation of former Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
Credit Michelle Maternowski

For a time Monday, it was difficult to access the Milwaukee Archdiocese website. It stalled, after the church released 6,000 pages of documents detailing its response to clergy sex abuse allegations, spanning decades.

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