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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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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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.

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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.

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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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Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday presided over an emergency meeting of the board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, or WEDC.

Hundreds of Latino residents and supporters of immigration reform marched in Milwaukee Wednesday. Organizers have established May 1 as their annual demonstration for worker rights.

Next week, Milwaukee will host its first TEDx event – TED, standing for technology, entertainment and design. TED conferences are motivational gatherings that have been taking place across the country since 1990, but seem to be growing in popularity, lately.

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One of the big budget items coming before the Legislature’s Joint Finance committee Tuesday will be transportation.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack has won a second ten year term. Roggensack handily defeated Marquette University Law Professor Ed Fallone in Tuesday’s election.

Milwaukee leaders plan to engage in an exercise to spur entrepreneurship. Dozens of people packed into a room at the new UWM School of Public Health Thursday, to hear about the plan. Milwaukee would be the first city in the U.S. to test the initiative.

All this week, WUWM has been reporting on the skills gap – the challenge employers say they face in finding skilled workers. We’ve also visited programs that provide training. They range from teaching technical skills, down to basic job readiness habits. As our series, Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted concludes, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson sought opinions on the role government should play in addressing skills shortages.

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Sunday’s mass shooting at a Brookfield salon has prompted some Wisconsin legislators to call for stricter gun laws. Police say Radcliffe Haughton shot and killed his estranged wife Zina Haughton and two of her co-workers at the Azana Salon, then turned the gun on himself. As WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports, a national study released today supports several proposals suggested here.

Three women were shot and killed at the Azana Spa in Brookfield on Sunday and four others were wounded. Police say the gunman, 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton, then killed himself inside the salon. The parking lot of Brookfield Square Mall quickly filled with people, as news of the mass shooting spread on Sunday afternoon. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson spent several hours at the scene and spoke with those gathered.

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