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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It could be a long, contentious week in the Wisconsin legislature. Lawmakers are expected to take up bills that could affect them as elected politicians.

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It could be a lively spring election season in the city of Milwaukee. All 15 Common Council seats are up for another term in April and so is Mayor Tom Barrett's. 

There are rumblings of voter dissatisfaction on a myriad of issues. It appears enough challenges are being mounted to potentially turn over the entire council.

Tory Lowe is walking through a north side neighborhood he hopes to represent next year. He plans to challenge Ald. Milele Coggs in April’s election. Lowe says the district is struggling with many issues, including a soaring homicide rate.

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The Republican candidates for president will head to Milwaukee in less than a month. The city will be the site of one of their debates.

This week, the Republican National Committee unveiled the details; the event will take place Nov. 10 at the Milwaukee Theatre downtown. The hosts will be Fox Business and the Wall Street Journal. The plans are causing locals to prepare.

    

It was a packed house at the State Capitol on Tuesday, as lawmakers heard testimony on a bill that would dissolve the nonpartisan board that oversees elections in Wisconsin.

Under the Republican plan, the Government Accountability Board would be replaced with a pair of commissions headed by partisan appointees.

Emotions ran high as the hearing stretched into the late afternoon.

A prominent Democratic lawmaker wants to shake up the Milwaukee County Executive’s office.

State Sen. Chris Larson of Milwaukee announced Monday that he will challenge incumbent Chris Abele in April.

The election promises to be competitive.

Larson announced his bid outside his childhood home in Greenfield. Flanked by his parents, wife and two small children, Larson said he’s been mulling his decision for months.

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The GOP continues to exercise total control over Wisconsin government. And, Republican leaders are using their majority to advance party priorities.

Just late last week, Gov. Walker appointed conservative Appeals Judge Rebecca Bradley to the state Supreme Court. She’ll finish the term of the late Justice Patrick Crooks, who was viewed as the court’s lone swing vote.

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett wants to equip police officers with body cameras by the end of next year. 

Police say the devices provide the most accurate account of interactions between officers and suspects.

It's expected to cost nearly $1 million to purchase 1,200 cameras.

Nearly 100 people turned out at the Hillside Family Resource Tuesday night for a public hearing. Speakers voiced a myriad of concerns.

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Last year, the number of people who lost their lives to domestic violence in Wisconsin fell -  from 55 to 43. Yet those involved in fighting the problem vow to remain vigilant.

People gathered at Milwaukee City Hall Monday to show solidarity with people still suffering. Each marcher wore an orange t-shirt reading “say no to violence against women.”

They staged a walk for peace downtown and then gathered inside Milwaukee City Hall to remember last year’s victims of domestic violence.  While men’s names are on the list, much of Monday’s gathering focused on women.

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Gov. Walker returned to work this week at the State Capitol following his exit from the presidential race.

Walker faces the lowest approval ratings of his career as he settles back in to this duties. The latest Marquette Law School poll indicates that only 39 percent of state voters approve of the job he’s doing as governor.

One of the biggest issues people had with Gov. Walker’s presidential run: he just wasn’t around very much, according to JR Ross. He’s editor of wispolitics.com.

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After tanking in the polls for weeks, Gov. Walker announced Monday he’s dropping out of the presidential race. 

Walker was seeking the Republican nomination amongst a crowded field of candidates.

Insiders say the campaign was simply running out of money. Walker quickly built-out an expansive staff, after formally getting into the race in July.

He announced his bid to a packed house in Waukesha, billing himself as someone who would shake up the gridlock on Capitol Hill.

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It was a lively debate Wednesday night, as eleven GOP presidential candidates sparred on the main stage on CNN. Gov. Walker was among the hopefuls who answered questions and peppered each other for three hours.

Many political observers insisted the governor needed to do well in the second debate, in order to pull himself out of a slump in the polls.

The candidates batted around a long list of issues, ranging from Iran to immigration to gay marriage. Gov. Walker asserted himself early-on in the debate when he confronted front-runner Donald Trump.

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The downtown streetcar project has been out of the news for a while, but momentum continues to bubble both by planners and those who want to stop future expansions of the project. For instance, the city will soon make a major purchase, according to Ald. Bob Bauman, one of the streetcar’s biggest supporters.

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Maybe you’ve recently heard the phrase “Ban the Box.” The box is the one you might find on a job application. It asks whether you’ve ever been convicted of a crime. A campaign kicked off in Wisconsin on Tuesday to remove the box, but not everyone is on board.

In Wisconsin, the group WISDOM is joining the national campaign to Ban the Box. WISDOM helps people who’ve been incarcerated get back on their feet. Executive Director David Liners says the box asking job applicants about their criminal history serves as a barrier to employment.

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Interests intent on defunding Planned Parenthood defended two bills during a public hearing Wednesday at the State Capitol.

One bill would take federal funds away from the clinic. The second would reduce the state reimbursement to Planned Parenthood for prescriptions it provides, such as contraceptives.

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Classes begin Tuesday for many children across Milwaukee, including in MPS. Some students will find brand new teachers greeting them. MPS and other schools nationwide have been facing a teacher shortage.

Hundreds retired here after the state passed Act 10, kicking out most public union rights. One way MPS and other schools have been filling vacancies is to employ young people from the Teach for America program. More than 100 have signed up to teach this year in Milwaukee.

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