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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President-Elect Donald Trump is planning a return visit to Wisconsin, as part of his "thank you" tour of several states that were battlegrounds during the presidential campaign. Trump has scheduled a stop at State Fair Park in West Allis on Tuesday night. Vice President-Elect Mike Pence is expected to join him. Trump won Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes, becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to win the state since 1984. Trump's visit occurs on the same day Wisconsin must certify...

Marti Mikkelson

Nearly three dozen Wisconsin counties have finished their recounts, and Milwaukee and Waukesha counties could join that list by the weekend. At the start of the presidential recount last week, some feared they would not meet the December 12 deadline. So far, both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have added votes, but Trump maintains his lead.

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If you’ve watched the Netflix series Making a Murderer , you’re probably familiar with Steven Avery. But, his nephew Brendan Dassey wasn’t as much of a household name – until this summer. That’s when a federal judge overturned Dassey’s 2007 conviction in the rape and murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. The Wisconsin Department of Justice is appealing the judge’s ruling and attorneys have until Wednesday to file briefs. WUWM spoke with legal observers who insist the Dassey case...

Michelle Maternowski

Update, Dec. 2, 4:08 P.M. A federal court in Madison will not temporarily halt the Wisconsin recount, while opponents challenge it. U.S. District Judge James Peterson will let both the recount and the legal challenge proceed simultaneously. He rejected a motion from Trump supporters to halt the process, stating that there is no harm in allowing the recount to continue. Peterson has scheduled a court hearing on their lawsuit for Dec. 9, just four days before the state's final vote...

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The sign reads Pompeii Square. You may have zipped past this tiny strip of green space while exiting 794 on your way to Summerfest or the Milwaukee Art Museum. And, you may have even wondered.. 'What is that?' Joan Nink did, so she reached out to WUWM's Bubbler Talk to find out the origin of Pompeii Square. No, this isn't the site of a volcanic eruption. It was actually where the first Italian church in the City of Milwaukee once stood. The Blessed Virgin of Pompeii, which was also known as...

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Gov. Scott Walker is strongly hinting that he’ll run for a third term in 2018. Walker swept into office in the tea party wave of 2010, while Republicans took both houses of the Legislature. He dropped jaws when he announced he would gut public unions, then he was able to pass other landmark pieces of legislation, including statewide expansion of voucher schools. But, there are challenges ahead, should he decide to mount another campaign. Gov. Walker’s latest signal that he’ll run for a third...

Update, Nov. 29, 10:10 P.M. Dane County Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn will not mandate a hand recount of presidential ballots in Wisconsin. Therefore Wisconsin clerks can decide how their counties will recount their ballots, whether by hand or computer. The judge has determined that attorneys representing Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein have not provided evidence that voting machines here were likely tampered with, necessitating a hand recount. Stein had wanted the ballots...

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Although the presidential election is behind us, there’s still one more essential procedural step. Members of the Electoral College will meet in December to officially install Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th President. The process has come under fire this year, because Hillary Clinton received the popular vote while Donald Trump picked up the electoral votes needed to win. And, there’s been some talk of electors casting protest votes. The Electoral College has been around for centuries,...

Some Milwaukee Common Council members say crime is increasing in their neighborhoods, so they want to see more patrol officers there. Several south side aldermen sent a letter to Police Chief Edward Flynn on Thursday calling for an increased police presence in their districts. But, at least one council member took offense to the request. Tony Zielinski represents the Bay View neighborhood and signed the letter, asking the MPD to assign more patrol officers to the district. Zielinski says he...

A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked the release of a Wisconsin inmate found guilty years ago, of helping his uncle kill a young woman. A panel of three judges ruled that Brendan Dassey must remain behind bars pending resolution of his appeal. Dassey was 16 when he confessed to helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and murder Theresa Halbach in 2005. His attorneys argued from the beginning that the confession was coerced. A judge threw out the conviction in August, and ordered Dassey...

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Wisconsin turned a deeper shade of red, following last week's elections for the Legislature. Republicans gained a seat in the Assembly and picked up another vote in the Senate. One big task facing state lawmakers in 2017 is to pass a new two-year state budget, and that includes addressing Wisconsin's $1 billion deficit in the transportation fund. Gov. Walker indicates he will not raise the gas tax to help plug the hole but instead favors delaying major projects. Some GOP leaders have...

Marti Mikkelson

Many people in Milwaukee are still coming to grips with the results of the presidential election. More than 1,000 people gathered in Red Arrow Park on Thursday night and then took to the streets to protest Donald Trump’s impending presidency. Rallies were held in other cities across the country for a second night in a row. Some marchers in downtown Milwaukee voiced a desire to keep the demonstrations peaceful. Chanting “Not My President” and carrying signs that read “End Racism,” the crowd in...

Michelle Maternowski

Update: The Milwaukee County Board on Monday approved a $30 wheel tax as part of its 2017 budget deliberations. The money collected from the additional vehicle registration fee would go toward closing a revenue gap in the transportation budget and major purchases, such as new buses. The Milwaukee Board of Supervisors meets Monday to adopt a county budget for 2017. One controversial item is County Executive Chris Abele’s proposal to charge a $60 vehicle registration fee. Abele says the $60 per...

The Milwaukee Common Council meets Friday to adopt a budget for the city for 2017. Among the issues that top the list - public safety and lead abatement. Mayor Tom Barrett’s proposal boosts police spending, but does not include hiring more officers. The plan also contains additional money to address lead issues both in paint and pipes. At quite a few public hearings this year, people called on the city to hire more police officers, in light of a spike in violence. Mayor Barrett said in his...

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Democrat Hillary Clinton's lead over Republican Donald Trump declined in Wisconsin from seven to six points during the past two weeks and now stands at 46%-40% among likely voters, according to the final Marquette Law School poll before the Nov. 8 Election. The margin of error is +/- 3.3 percentage points. According to poll director Charles Franklin, about 50% of likely voters say they are bothered a lot by the FBI Director's announcement on Friday that his agency would examine more emails to...

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