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 is strongly hinting that he’ll run for a third term in 2018. 

Walker swept into office in the tea party wave of 2010, while Republicans took both houses of the Legislature. He dropped jaws when he announced he would gut public unions, then he was able to pass other landmark pieces of legislation, including statewide expansion of voucher schools. But, there are challenges ahead, should he decide to mount another campaign.

Update, Nov. 29, 10:10 P.M.

Dane County Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn will not mandate a hand recount of presidential ballots in Wisconsin. Therefore Wisconsin clerks can decide how their counties will recount their ballots, whether by hand or computer. The judge has determined that attorneys representing Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein have not provided evidence that voting machines here were likely tampered with, necessitating a hand recount. Stein had wanted the ballots checked, by hand, not just re-fed into machines.    

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Although the presidential election is behind us, there’s still one more essential procedural step. Members of the Electoral College will meet in December to officially install Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th President. 

The process has come under fire this year, because Hillary Clinton received the popular vote while Donald Trump picked up the electoral votes needed to win. And, there’s been some talk of electors casting protest votes.

Some Milwaukee Common Council members say crime is increasing in their neighborhoods, so they want to see more patrol officers there. Several south side aldermen sent a letter to Police Chief Edward Flynn on Thursday calling for an increased police presence in their districts. But, at least one council member took offense to the request.

A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked the release of a Wisconsin inmate found guilty years ago, of helping his uncle kill a young woman.  A panel of three judges ruled that Brendan Dassey must remain behind bars pending resolution of his appeal.  

Dassey was 16 when he confessed to helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and murder Theresa Halbach in 2005.  His attorneys argued from the beginning that the confession was coerced.  

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Wisconsin turned a deeper shade of red, following last week's elections for the Legislature. Republicans gained a seat in the Assembly and picked up another vote in the Senate.

One big task facing state lawmakers in 2017 is to pass a new two-year state budget, and that includes addressing Wisconsin's $1 billion deficit in the transportation fund.

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Many people in Milwaukee are still coming to grips with the results of the presidential election. More than 1,000 people gathered in Red Arrow Park on Thursday night and then took to the streets to protest Donald Trump’s impending presidency.

Rallies were held in other cities across the country for a second night in a row. Some marchers in downtown Milwaukee voiced a desire to keep the demonstrations peaceful.

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Update:  The Milwaukee County Board on Monday approved  a $30 wheel tax as part of its 2017 budget deliberations.  The money collected from the additional vehicle registration fee would go toward closing a revenue gap in the transportation budget and major purchases, such as new buses.  

The Milwaukee Board of Supervisors meets Monday to adopt a county budget for 2017. One controversial item is County Executive Chris Abele’s proposal to charge a $60 vehicle registration fee. Abele says the $60 per auto would go a long way toward plugging a $56 million budget shortfall.

The Milwaukee Common Council meets Friday to adopt a budget for the city for 2017. Among the issues that top the list - public safety and lead abatement. Mayor Tom Barrett’s proposal boosts police spending, but does not include hiring more officers. The plan also contains additional money to address lead issues both in paint and pipes.

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Democrat Hillary Clinton's lead over Republican Donald Trump declined in Wisconsin from seven to six points during the past two weeks and now stands at 46%-40% among likely voters, according to the final Marquette Law School poll before the Nov. 8 Election. 

The margin of error is +/- 3.3 percentage points.

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Is there anything that could happen before next week’s election that would make you change your vote? New inquiries surfaced over the weekend about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system while she was secretary of state. A few weeks ago, Donald Trump was hit by accusations of inappropriate actions toward women. WUWM stopped by two early voting sites in Milwaukee to ask people what might be the final straw.

Charles Fletcher doesn’t think there’s anything that could happen between now and Nov. 8, that would make him change his vote in the presidential race.

If you applied for an absentee ballot – you need to know about a new state law. It requires you to mail back your ballot earlier than in the past, so that it arrives by 8:00 P.M. on election night, otherwise, your vote won’t count.

Under Wisconsin’s old rule, mail-in ballots had to be postmarked prior to Election Day. Then the clerk would count them, as long as they arrived by 4 p.m. on the Friday after the election.

But a new law took effect in September. It requires absentee ballots to arrive in clerk’s offices by the time polls close on Election Night.

Disciplinary proceedings are now underway against the Milwaukee police officer, whose actions sparked unrest in the Sherman Park Neighborhood. He fatally shot Sylville Smith in August.

The District Attorney has not announced whether he’ll file charges in that case. But the DA has now charged Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown with five counts of sexual misconduct. The new accusations stem from an attack that allegedly happened the same weekend as the shooting.

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Thousands of people turned out to see Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Green Bay Monday night. Trump vowed to win Wisconsin in November and reiterated familiar promises to build a wall at the Mexican border and renegotiate trade deals. But, Trump also rolled out something new - a package of ethics reforms that he says are designed to end government corruption.

Trump took the stage to chants of “USA” and “lock her up” in reference to his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump bashed Clinton for her ethics, after WikiLeaks revealed a slew of hacked emails.

Incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic challenger Russ Feingold covered a myriad of issues in a debate Friday night in Green Bay. Polling shows the two candidates are locked in a tight race, with Feingold leading by only two points.

The meeting started off with each hopeful defending their endorsements of their party’s presidential nominees. While Sen. Johnson didn’t mention Donald Trump by name, he indicated his support. He says the two agree on major issues.

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