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 Wisconsin Supreme Court has decided to hear a challenge to the state's domestic partner registry.  The registry grants same-sex couples a host of legal rights. 

Members of the conservative group Wisconsin Family Action, filed a lawsuit in 2010 alleging the registry violates the state constitution.  It was amended in 2006 prohibiting gay marriage or civil unions.

An appeals court upheld the registry in December, listing a number of rights married couples enjoy that same-sex couples don't, even if they join the registry.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit brought by two unions challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Scott Walker's law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public workers.

The Supreme Court announced Friday it was taking the case, after an appeals court made the request, noting ongoing uncertainty about the law's status.

Michelle Maternowski

Wisconsin has been a leader in some aspects of the green energy movement.

alumroot, flickr

The state Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would allow taxpayer money as well as private funds to be invested in startup companies.

Ann Althouse, Flickr

Republican budget leaders are sticking with Gov. Walker’s plan for BadgerCare.

Marti Mikkelson

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has decided whom he wants to head the parks system: John Dargle.

Justin Kern, flickr

Thousands of workers in Wisconsin could soon find their health insurance plans dropping an item: abortion or contraception.

Justin Kern, flickr

State budget work will resume this week in Madison.

Justin Kern, flickr

The Milwaukee Crime Lab could be moved out of the city, under a budget provision the Legislature’s Joint Finance committee approved Thursday.

Justin Kern, Flickr

Gov. Scott Walker got much of what he wanted Tuesday from the Legislature’s Joint Finance committee. It agreed to give the governor power to sell or lease state property, and without a competitive bidding process.

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Susy Morris, Flickr

The issue of raw milk sales – is again a hot one in Wisconsin. People on both sides are crowding into a courtroom, to witness the trial of a dairy farmer from Sauk County.

Eric Thayer Getty Images

Gov. Scott Walker embarks on a speaking frenzy this week. He’s set to keynote huge Republican gatherings in Connecticut and New York City, then head to Iowa, to be the star of a GOP gathering. Iowa is home to the nation's first presidential caucuses.

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There has been talk this week of lowering the blood alcohol threshold for drunken driving from .08 to .05.

Alan Wolf, flickr

The City of Milwaukee felt several body blows last week, when the Legislature’s Joint Finance committee passed budget provisions directly affecting the city.

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Milwaukee’s proposed streetcar project has hit a bump in the road. The Legislature’s Joint Finance committee Thursday approved a provision in the Public Service Commission’s budget, that would shift any related costs for the streetcar from utility ratepayers to the city.

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