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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UPDATE: Gov. Walker's office had a hand in crafting changes to Wisconsin's open records law, according to Sen. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

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Several dozen people have banded together this summer to help clean up neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s north side. The goal is to eventually reduce crime.

About 25 people are gathered in Garden Homes Square, a huge park on Milwaukee’s north side. They’re ambassadors with the Safe Zone initiative – a city program federal money helps fund.

One member is Antonio Williams, a neighborhood resident. He says one of the group’s first activities will be to clean up the park. Williams says the ambassadors also are urging other residents to pitch in.

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President Obama will visit La Crosse on Thursday. He’s expected to talk about the economy, and in particular, about his plan to increase salaries for low income workers. He intends to more more salaries workers eligible for overtime pay.

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Tens of thousands of people found themselves stranded on Wednesday after Milwaukee County bus drivers walked off the job. The union, which represents 750 bus drivers and mechanics, went on strike at 3 a.m. after eleventh-hour negotiations failed on Tuesday.

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Gov. Walker came to Milwaukee on Wednesday to loosen Wisconsin’s gun laws. One bill he signed eliminates the state’s 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases. The other allows retired police officers to carry guns on public school property.

Walker selected the Milwaukee Sheriff’s office for his signing ceremony. He defended the timing of the event, happening just a week after mass shootings in South Carolina. He says the wheels were put in motion weeks ago, before a gunman shot and killed nine worshippers at a church in Charleston.


Thousands of people who ride Milwaukee County Transit System buses could soon find themselves stranded, if bus drivers walk off the job.


The U. S. Supreme Court could rule soon on whether the Affordable Care Act can provide subsidies for millions of Americans.

The decision could affect Wisconsin and more than 30 other states that did not set up their own marketplaces. Their residents have had to buy plans on the federal exchange.

The Legislature’s budget committee hasn’t met since late May. While Republicans control both houses, the GOP appears to be stuck on a few items, including how to pay for transportation.

Wisconsin has experienced budget gridlock in the past. One way it was solved, was to sweeten the pot for everyone.

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This week’s killings at a Charleston church brought back memories for Amardeep Kaleka.

“It shatters you and makes you feel like the tragedy is happening all over again, but on a larger scale,” Kaleka says.

It was nearly three years ago that a gunman shot and killed Kaleka’s father and five other people, as they gathered for Sunday worship at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.

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Update: Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling, co-chair of the Joint Finance committee, said Wednesday the panel will not meet this week.

She says lawmakers are still wrestling over which road projects would be affected by an $800 million cut in transportation funding.

Darling says she hopes the panel will resume budget deliberations next week.

Republicans in Madison are still trying to agree on a new budget for Wisconsin. There’s talk that the Joint Finance committee may return to the table on Thursday or Friday.