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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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Early Voting Begins, With New Limits on Hours

Milwaukee Election Commissioner Neil Albrecht tests a ballot machine in preparation for the August primary.
Credit Marti Mikkelson

Early voting begins Monday in city clerks’ offices across Wisconsin. Voters who can’t make it to the polls on Election Day will be able to cast ballots during the two weeks prior to the Aug. 12 primary.

It’s the first election since Republicans who control the state legislature put limits on the process.

Under the changes, in-person absentee voting can only be conducted during the two business weeks prior to an election. Voting is limited to 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, with no weekend hours allowed.

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Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Walker: Border Children Could Drain The Entire System

Gov. Walker voiced concerns Friday about unaccompanied children crossing the Mexican border and seeking refuge here.
Credit Eric Thayer/Getty Images

Gov. Scott Walker says he's not entirely opposed to Wisconsin providing temporary shelter for unaccompanied children crossing into the U. S. on the Mexican border, but housing them could eventually "drain the entire system."

Walker spoke Friday following a campaign stop in Deerfield.  He says he's concerned about the risks children face in traveling many miles to the U. S. and the cost of dealing with them once they're here.

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Regional
4:50 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Sets Date For Wisconsin Gay Marriage Arguments

A federal appeals court in Chicago will hear arguments in Wisconsin's same-sex marriage case.

Lawyers will argue the constitutionality of Wisconsin's same sex marriage ban next month.  The 7th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday rescheduled arguments to hear both Wisconsin's and Indiana's appeals for Aug. 26. 

Federal judges overturned each state's gay marriage ban in separate rulings.  When both states appealed, the 7th Circuit combined the cases.

The court also denied requests that the states' appeals be heard before the full 10-member court instead of a three-judge pael, as is customary.

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Politics & Government
5:19 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Ryan Rolls Out Poverty Plan, Critics Skeptical

There was mixed reaction Thursday to Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan's anti-poverty plan
Credit Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan unveiled a huge anti-poverty agenda Thursday.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Council Lifts Cap on Taxicab Permits in Milwaukee, Allows Lyft and Uber to Operate Legally

Taxi drivers celebrated the council vote in Red Arrow Park on Tuesday
Credit Scott Wise

Milwaukee residents and visitors may soon have more options to get around town.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Walker and Burke Trade Barbs Over Trek Outsourcing

Mary Burke's family has demanded that Gov. Walker pull an ad, but he refuses
Credit Gov. Walker's "Fortune" Ad

A campaign ad has stirred the latest dust-up between Gov. Scott Walker and his likely Democratic opponent, Mary Burke.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Democrats in Attorney General Primary Try to Distinguish Themselves

Attorney General candidates (from left) Jon Richards, Ismael Ozanne and Susan Happ.

Wisconsin Democrats will decide in a few weeks who they want running for state Attorney General. 

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Politics & Government
9:22 am
Thu July 17, 2014

State Promises to Contact Residents Dropped From Medicaid Who Did Not Enroll in Marketplace

New figures from the state show 38,000 people who were dropped from Medicaid did not sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

The Walker administration released a couple sets of numbers on Wednesday – about residents and health insurance.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Race Features Hard-Fought Primary

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke faces a challenge again this year, from Milwaukee Police Lieutenant Chris Moews

Milwaukee County voters are in for a rerun next month. The primary for sheriff will, again, feature incumbent David Clarke and Milwaukee Police Lieutenant Chris Moews. They faced off in 2010. 

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Politics & Government
5:52 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Senators Refuse to Attend Candidates Forum

State Sens. Glenn Grothman and Joe Liebham say they won't participate in a candidate forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

A couple Republican candidates in Wisconsin plan to boycott a debate – because the sponsor is the League of Women Voters.

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