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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Governor Scott Walker has plans he says will make Wisconsin schools safer. He called the legislature into special session to take up safety proposals that would increase security in schools.

Walker revealed his school safety package today – one day after a national school walkout, held in response to the shooting in Parkland, FL that left 17 people dead.

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Community leaders called for an “all hands on deck” approach Tuesday to an outbreak of HIV and syphilis in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Health Department says more than 120 people, including some high school students, have been affected. 

Nearly two dozen community leaders packed into a room at Milwaukee City Hall to offer solutions.

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The City of Milwaukee is giving away free gun locks in response to the accidental shooting death of a nine-year-old girl. Police say Miyanna Jelks was fatally shot by her nine-year-old brother in an apparent accident on the city’s north side.

Her parents have been arrested on charges of operating a drug house, child neglect and leaving a gun within reach of a child. City leaders and community activists shared ideas Monday that they hope prevent similar tragedies.

After much hand-wringing, President Trump last week announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.  Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and House Speaker Paul Ryan criticized the move -- calling it risky, amid fears it could spark a trade war.  

This was the first time that Ryan has wavered in his support for Trump's policies.  In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of if Ryan's backing away from Trump could be an issue, in the congressman's reelection bid.

Critics of the Foxconn plant coming to Racine County often have complained that there’s no way for many workers from Milwaukee to get there. So, Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theo Lipscomb is proposing a new bus service to transport people from the city to the plant.

While testifying before the Milwaukee County Board’s transportation committee on Wednesday, Lipscomb said it’s an exciting time for Milwaukee and urged the county not to pass up an opportunity to get involved in the effort to connect area workers to Foxconn jobs.

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The latest Marquette Law School poll shows Gov. Walker hasn’t been able to move the needle on his approval ratings this election year. That’s despite his efforts to land the massive Foxconn factory in southeastern Wisconsin. The poll also gives us a glimpse at how Democrats are faring in their effort to unseat Walker.


Gov. Scott Walker says he opposes President Trump's idea to arm teachers.  Instead, he talked last week about calling a special session to pass a comprehensive school safety agenda. 

This would mean the state Assembly, which has already adjourned for the year, would have to come back into session. 

In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of -- what are the chances of that happening?

A national group led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder filed a lawsuit this week against Gov. Walker -- for not calling special elections in two vacant legislative seats.  Instead, Walker has scheduled them during this year's regularly scheduled elections in August and November.  

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Hundreds of people on Monday packed into a room at the Northwestern Mutual tower downtown to hear Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s annual State of the City address. The Mayor touted potential areas for growth in housing – yet voiced concerns about future budgets.

Mayor Barrett highlighted some of the city’s building developments in the past year - including helping businesses invest in Park Place on the northwest side and advancing a new residential development in the Walker’s Point neighborhood.

JR Ross of talks about developments in Madison each Monday with WUWM's Marti Mikkelson.

This week, they discuss the recent flurry of activity in the Legislature.

One significant measure lawmakers approved was the passage of tighter restrictions on so-called "straw" gun sales. Those are sales to people buying guns for others, who are forbidden from owning the weapons.

Some Milwaukee leaders have fought for the restrictions for years. Marti asked JR what tipped the scales in Madison on this occasion.

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Emotions ran high during a marathon session of the state Assembly on Thursday. In the end, lawmakers passed bills on some major hot-button issues.

One bill would give Foxconn-style tax breaks to prevent Kimberly-Clark from closing its two plants in the Fox Valley.

Another would give Wisconsin families 100 dollars for every child this fall. A third item would give everybody a sales tax holiday the first weekend in August. The discussion went until 1:00 Friday morning.


The company that cares for inmates at the Milwaukee County Jail is facing criminal charges. Employees allegedly lied about checking on a man who died of dehydration, after water to his cell was shut off.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's office on Wednesday charged Armor Correctional Health Care Services with seven misdemeanor counts of intentionally falsifying health records.  

It'll be Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock vs. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet for Wisconsin Supreme Court in April.  Screnock placed first in Tuesday's primary with 46 percent of the vote while Dallet came in second with 36 percent.  Madison attorney Tim Burns was eliminated.  

The general election will be held April 3 to replace Justice Michael Gableman, who's retiring.  Screnock appeals to conservatives, while Dallet drew votes from Democrats.

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in a statewide primary for Wisconsin Supreme Court. It pits Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock against Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet and Madison Attorney Tim Burns.

Tuesday’s primaries mark two years since voter ID kicked in, in Wisconsin. Voter ID was established in Wisconsin for good, following a series of bitter court battles. Supporters argued the law prevents voter fraud, while critics feared it would disenfranchise the elderly and minorities, along with others most likely not to have an ID.


The state Senate could soon take up a sweeping welfare overhaul package.  The Assembly approved it late last week and the package consists of ten different measures.  One would increase work requirements for welfare recipients.  Another would require drug testing and treatment for people who live in public housing.