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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As the school year approaches, Milwaukee’s summer meal programs for children are ending. Now some districts are watching Congress to see whether it renews the program for low income students.

The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act is set to expire at the end of September. The program provides healthy meals, even though they can cost more.

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Several hope the new basketball arena and entertainment complex carry over the theme and ambience of Milwaukee's Old World Third Street and its German heritage.

The Bucks have invited several nearby stakeholders to offer suggestions Tuesday night at the Bradley Center, now that team owners hope to break ground by October on land north of downtown.


Update: Members of the Menominee Nation of northern Wisconsin have voted yes to allowing both recreational and medicinal use of marijuana on their reservation near Shawano.

Tribal leaders announced results of the vote on Friday. The referendums are advisory only, but leaders had indicated they would move forward with drafting an ordinance to allow growing and selling marijuana on tribal land.

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The Milwaukee Bucks are moving forward with plans to build a new arena and entertainment center on the west end of downtown. In fact, investors recently purchased a second vacant lot for the project.

On Thursday evening, people who live close to the site are invited to the Hillside Family Resource Center to share their concerns and hopes.

Darrell Finch is optimistic. He thinks the new arena complex, with its shops and restaurants will create jobs for people who live nearby. Finch says the neighborhood needs a boost. Unemployment runs rampant.

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Thousands of golfing enthusiasts from across the country are descending on southeastern Wisconsin for the PGA Championship. 

It got underway Thursday at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan County. Much of the tourism money benefits Milwaukee’s economy.

A steady stream of golfers was playing a quick round at the Brown Deer Golf Course in Milwaukee before heading to the tournament. Bob Wendell is loading his golf clubs onto a cart at Milwaukee’s Brown Deer Golf Course.

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A novel approach to crime reduction has been making the rounds at Milwaukee's street festivals. It’s a tiny enclosure, called Cell on Wheels.

Teenagers have been climbing into it to get a feel for what it would be like to spend time behind bars.

At the 11th Street block party on Milwaukee’s north side, you see the typical sights: neighbors grilling brats, kids in a bounce house. Not far away is something you don’t expect; a tiny jail cell built inside a trailer.

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A judge in Waukesha says two girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to impress the online horror character Slender Man will remain in adult court.

Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier were 12 years old in May of 2014 when they allegedly lured their 12 year old friend into the woods and stabbed her 19 times. The victim survived.

The suspects were charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide at the time of the incident, automatically placing them in adult court under state law.

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It’s been three years since a gunman opened fire at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, killing six worshippers. Several dozen people turned out Wednesday evening for a ceremony to remember those who died.

Each worshipper donned a head scarf and took off their shoes before walking into the temple. A temple leader chanted while worshippers sat on the floor, their heads bowed in meditation while photos of the victims flashed on screens at the front of the room.

The Milwaukee Archdiocese has agreed to a $21  million settlement with victims of clergy abuse.  The tentative deal is the first step toward ending the Archdiocese's bankruptcy case.  

The Archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in January of 2011.  Nearly 600 men and women then filed sexual abuse claims.  

Archbishop Jerome Listecki announced Tuesday that 330 of them would share the $21 million settlement.  In addition, $500,000 would be set aside for victims to access therapy.  

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On Monday night, many of the GOP candidates for president answered questions at a forum in New Hampshire. It was not a debate; rather, each candidate took a turn. The first debate is set for Thursday night. 

Fox News will host; 10 candidates will take part, including Gov. Walker.

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Anticipation is building among Republican activists and voters. This week, Fox News will host the first 2016 presidential debate featuring GOP candidates.

 As of Monday, there are 17, but the network plans to include only the ten with the highest polling numbers. Gov. Walker has consistently ranked as a top tier candidate, so he is assured a spot on the stage.

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Activities are underway around town to keep students busy and safe during summer vacation. One new program for young men considered at-risk is called Youth Works Milwaukee. 

The teens practice job skills and then head off to work.

DeShawn Ewing is standing at the front of the room at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, north of downtown. He knows some of the 30 young men seated at tables in front of him may be mourning the loss of a friend or relative.

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Gov. Walker, with his family at his side, on Monday formally announced his campaign for the Republican nomination for President. Several thousand supporters turned out for the event at the Waukesha Expo Center.

Walker came out with his shirt sleeves rolled up and spoke without notes or a podium. Walker pledged to fight for the rights of all Americans.

“Healthy or sick, born or unborn, I will fight and win for you. Young or old, or anywhere in between, I will fight and win for you,” Walker says.

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After months of anticipation, Gov. Scott Walker announced via Twitter that he is seeking the Republican nomination for President.

Wisconsin is one signature away from having a new abortion law – Gov. Walker’s signature.

In June, the state Senate advanced an abortion bill. On Thursday, the Assembly approved it. All 61 Republicans voted in favor; all 34 Democrats, against.

The measure would ban non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill does not provide exceptions for pregnancies resulting from sexual assault or incest. And, doctors who perform a non-emergency abortion after 20 weeks could get up to 3.5 years in prison.