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.

» Contact WUWM News

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic challenger Russ Feingold will go head-to-head Friday night in a debate in Green Bay. The two are locked in a tight contest, with a new poll showing just a two point differential. 

One issue that’s heated up just this week is national health care. The two candidates have differing plans for the future of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Oct. 14 UPDATE: Local clerks must complete as many addresses as possible on absentee voting forms and do not need to seek the permission of the people involved.

Under a new state law, witnesses to absentee voting must record their street number, name and municipality, but thousands have left off parts of that information.

Some clerks had asked state elections officials for permission to add the missing details, but officials went one step further Friday and mandated clerks to help.

Original story, posted on October 11:

Marti Mikkelson

What does it mean to be an American? That’s the final question we’re posing to Milwaukeeans, as we wrap up our joint project with NPR called A Nation Engaged.

We stopped by the Islamic Resource Center on Milwaukee’s south side to ask members of the Muslim community what it means to them to be Americans.

Janan Najeeb is president of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition. She came to Milwaukee from Palestine more than 40 years ago. Najeeb says being an American means equal treatment for everyone. - mzn37

With only a month to go before the presidential election, Wisconsin’s Voter ID law is back before the courts. U.S. District Judge James Peterson has ordered the state to show by Friday that it can quickly meet the needs of people seeking photo identification, so they can vote.

He was reacting to reports that a few DMV workers gave potential voters inaccurate information. If the state doesn’t address Peterson’s concerns, he could put Wisconsin’s Voter ID law on hold.

One of the most watched Senate races this year is a re-match in Wisconsin, between incumbent Republican Senator Ron Johnson — who swept into office six years ago on the Tea Party wave — and longtime Democrat Russ Feingold, who’s trying to win back his old seat.

WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the race, and the issues the candidates are talking about.

Community groups lined up at Milwaukee City Hall on Monday, when they were invited to voice opinions about a plan to boost public safety. City leaders assembled the draft in August and are now taking it out for public comment. Its recommendations include hiring nearly 300 new police officers and building a juvenile detention facility. Many people who testified Monday panned the proposal to put more officers on the streets.

Michelle Maternowski

For the past eight years, people who live in Milwaukee have been paying an additional $20 to register their vehicles. Now, Milwaukee County residents may have to cough up an additional $60. That’s what County Executive Chris Abele will formally introduce in his 2017 budget proposal Monday. He says the so-called wheel tax is necessary in order to plug a hole in the transit budget. An increasing number of local governments across Wisconsin are considering the option.

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump delivered a rousing speech to a packed house in Waukesha on Wednesday night. Several thousand people turned out to see Trump at the Waukesha County Expo Center. Trump made many promises during the rally, but also spent time bashing his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Many supporters wore red baseball caps and waved signs that read “Make America Great Again.” Trump started off by blasting Hillary Clinton, particularly in her performance as Secretary of State during the Obama administration.

Marti Mikkelson

People in Milwaukee who need jobs have strong opinions about what the U.S. could do to help everyone in their shoes. The topic is actually the one NPR and its member stations are posing to Americans this week: what can the country – and especially the next slate of elected leaders do, to improve economic opportunities for more Americans? As part of this edition of the series, “A Nation Engaged,” we stopped by the Hire Center on Milwaukee’s north side, and asked people looking for work.


The fall elections are less than two months away, and the Wisconsin race for U.S. Senate appears to be tightening. Incumbent Ron Johnson is trying to secure a second term against Democratic challenger Russ Feingold, in a rematch from 2010.

This time around, each candidate has been trying to link the other to his party’s presidential nominee. The reason – both candidates at the top have low favorability numbers.

Marti Mikkelson

After unrest rocked Milwaukee in August - following the police killing of a black man, Gov. Walker promised to send mobile job banks to distressed city neighborhoods. Many are plagued by joblessness and crime.

On Tuesday, the first traveling unit arrived. It set up a bank of computers on 27th and North, inside the Dept. of Workforce Development. Several dozen people came in to take advantage of the services.

Jerry Grover sat in a corner of the Hire Center, searching for jobs on a laptop.

This week, Wisconsin state agencies will submit their spending requests for the next two years. Many eyes may focus on the state’s transportation budget. It faces a $1 billion deficit, and at a time when Wisconsin’s roads are rated as among the worst in the nation. There’s no shortage of opinions as to where the state could get more money.

Michelle Maternowski

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Hansher on Wednesday extended his order that Sherman Park remain open during its regular hours. However, another hearing has been set to consider the bigger issue - what's the legal protocol for deciding when an emergency exists and expires. For now, anyway, the orange fencing is gone.

Original Story from Wednesday Morning:

Marti Mikkelson


What is America’s place in the world? It’s the question NPR and its member stations are asking Americans this week, as voters get close to picking the next U.S. president. Today, we speak with people who patronize a huge local company: Harley-Davidson.

Some motorcycle owners seem comfortable with where the company stands globally, but say it will take effort to remain in a strong position.

Artur Marciniec, fotolia

Wisconsin election commissioners were busy Tuesday. They voted to mail postcards to more than 1 million unregistered voters, urging them to join the system and also agreed to place seven presidential candidates on the ballot in November.