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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Komatsu announced Thursday that it is purchasing mining equipment maker Joy Global of Milwaukee in a deal worth about $3.7 billion.

The Japan-based Komatsu makes construction, mining and military equipment.

Joy Global has 1,000 employees in Milwaukee and 12,000 worldwide.  

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The loved ones of Milwaukee police officers spoke up on Tuesday. Family members want the community to recognize the grave dangers officers face every day and the worries that constantly weigh on their minds.

Family members held a news conference at the police union headquarters. One person who shared her story is Tina Colon. She says her husband was shot while on duty in 2009.

Colon remembers the day she received the phone call.

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After months of hype, the party conventions have arrived. Republicans open theirs today in Cleveland. The convention is expected to culminate with Donald Trump accepting the GOP’s nomination for president. We caught up with a few seasoned Republicans from Wisconsin who will take part. They expect to come away satisfied.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is no stranger to the Republican National Convention – this is his fifth trip. He says each day is action-packed.

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We’ve been talking to Milwaukee voters this week about what a better life looks like to them, and how the 2016 elections could help move the country toward those ends.  It's part of NPR’s series, “A Nation Engaged” and today we talk with businesspeople from the city’s Hmong community.

Charles Vang came to Milwaukee from Laos in 1984 and now owns an insurance agency on the south side. He says while his business is doing pretty well, he sees others in the Hmong community struggling to make ends meet.

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Several hundred people gathered in Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee Monday in a scene has become a familiar one. Yet participants seemed more resolved following the recent police killings of two black men in other states and the killing of five officers in Dallas.

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This week’s Bubbler Talk inquiry comes from Beth Gehred. She wanted to know how Milwaukee's public tavern is doing.

The tavern Gehred is referring to is the Riverwest Public House Cooperative, located on E. Locust Street in the Riverwest neighborhood. 

On the day WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Gehred met at the packed bar, a couple of young men were playing dice, while several dozen other people were socializing with friends.

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Several hundred tanker cars are parked in a north side Milwaukee neighborhood. They’ve been there for months, and neighbors are afraid the cars could explode.

Rail officials insist the tankers contain only crude oil residue and pose no danger. Yet, community activists demanded action on Wednesday.

A couple dozen people crammed onto a narrow sidewalk near 35th and W. Capitol Drive. Behind them, a row of rail cars stretched over a bridge, as heavy traffic passed underneath. The cars are stamped with stickers reading Haz Mat crude oil.

Republican incumbent Ron Johnson will face former Democratic U.S. Senator Russ Feingold in November – if Feingold wins a Democratic primary next month. The race would be a rematch from 2010, but some things will be different.

The two hopefuls for U.S. Senate have been crafting their images for Wisconsin voters, according to Charles Franklin. He is director of the Marquette Law School Poll. For instance, incumbent Ron Johnson has frequently been weighing in on terrorism and gun control.

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There’s a new feature at Summerfest on Milwaukee’s lakefront: metal detectors. People attending opening day of the music fest on Wednesday had to pass through them.

Planners say they decided to install the extra security in November, after terror attacks in Paris. Then they announced the move after the recent mass shooting in Orlando, and a few hours before Summerfest opened, terrorists struck Turkey.

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 The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Milwaukee can no longer enforce its residency requirement. The court decided 5-2 that the city's long-standing requirement that city workers also live in Milwaukee violates state law. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is furious, and says the state legislature, the governor's office, and the Supreme Court have all thumbed their nose at the concept of local control. 


Waukesha leaders continued to celebrate on Wednesday. Earlier this week, all eight Great Lakes states voted to allow the city to draw water from Lake Michigan.

The city sits outside the Great Lakes basin but says it needs the water because Waukesha’s underground supply is running low and is tainted with radium. Waukesha plans to pump-in Lake Michigan water from Oak Creek’s utility because talks with Milwaukee did not advance.

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WUWM has joined NPR this week in a special reporting project, called A Nation Engaged. It's exploring whether Americans believe their vote counts. WUWM asked homeless people in Milwaukee. Some say they’ve encountered problems, but all plan to keep voting.

Joanna Beamon is one of several dozen people who’ve come to Hephethea Lutheran Church in Milwaukee’s central city for dinner. Beamon says she votes in every election.

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Emotions ran high outside Milwaukee City Hall Monday night as hundreds of people mourned the deaths of nearly 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

A gunman shot dozens of patrons early Sunday, apparently to show support for ISIS.

Monday evening’s rally in Milwaukee included a candlelight vigil and calls for solutions to hate and violence.

Many people in the audience sported rainbow flags in their lapels. Others carried signs that read “No Hate” and “I Stand Against Intolerance.” The City of Festivals Men’s Chorus performed.

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Authorities say 49 people were killed early Sunday morning when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. At Milwaukee's Pridefest Sunday, the conversations taking place on the Summerfest grounds were sobering and reflective.

Cas Thiele of Oconomowoc calls the Orlando shootings devastating. “It really hurts that there’s so much hate, that that would happen,” Thiele says.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn took the hot seat on Monday as homicides and carjackings grip the city. Members of the Common Council’s Public Safety committee wanted to know what the MPD is doing to fight criminal activity. Emotions ran high at times.

The chair of the Public Safety committee, Ald. Bob Donovan, opened the discussion.

“We indeed are not satisfied with the level of safety in Milwaukee and that the status quo is simply unacceptable,” Donovan says.

Police Chief Edward Flynn began his testimony by offering encouraging numbers.