Marti Mikkelson

News Reporter

Marti, a Waukesha native, joined the WUWM news team in February of 1999. She is also host of WUWM's weekly political podcast, Capitol Notes.

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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Mike McCabe has made his career lamenting the boatloads of money spent on elections. McCabe is founder of the government watchdog group, "Blue Jean Nation."  And now, he's running for the highest office in the state: governor. He's one of eight Democrats hoping to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. The primary is Aug. 14.  

WUWM's Marti Mikkelson caught up with McCabe at a candidates forum in Mequon, and asked him why he entered the race.

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Thousands of people gathered on Wednesday to honor the life of Michael Michalski, a Milwaukee police officer who was killed in the line of duty on July 25.

A memorial service was held at the Assembly of God Church in Oak Creek. Dozens of law enforcement agencies escorted Michalski's body from the chruch, past the Milwaukee police headquarters and then to his final resting place at Wisconsin Memorial Park. American flags lined the entrance to the Brookfield park.

We continue our series of candidate interviews with Democrats vying to face Republican Gov. Scott Walker this fall. The primary is in less than two weeks. Matt Flynn is an attorney and former chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. He says if elected, he'll file suit to end the state's contract with Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronic giant.

Perhaps you've seen ads in the race for governor, from the Democrats hoping to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker, or from special interest groups.  Maybe you've been bombarded with mailings and robocalls in the days leading up to the Aug. 14 primary.

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Wisconsin voters had a chance last week to vet the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate.  State Sen. Leah Vukmir and Delafield Business Executive Kevin Nicholson debated issues such as tariffs, abortion and immigration policy, at a forum in Milwaukee.

In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked Jeff Mayers of WisPolitics.com, what he found interesting about the exchange.

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For this week’s Bubbler Talk, we tackled a request from Kathy Yanoff of Shorewood to provide an update on the Brady Street Beasts. The beasts Kathy refers to are actually part of a sculpture featuring fanciful creatures on Milwaukee’s east side, called Cavorting Critters. 

It’s tucked away near the corner of Brady and Holton streets north of downtown, and you can get the best view while walking or driving over the Holton Street Bridge.

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The Republican candidates vying to take on Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin in November debated some hot-button issues Thursday night. The latest Marquette Law School Poll shows State Senator Leah Vukmir and Delafield business executive Kevin Nicholson are locked in a tight race, with less than three weeks to go before the Aug. 14 primary.

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The Milwaukee police officer who was shot and killed Wednesday night has been identified as 52-year-old Michael Michalski. He was a husband, father of three, and a veteran of the department, said Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales at a press conference Thursday.

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Gov. Scott Walker spent much of last week trying to downplay some photos that surfaced, of him and the woman now charged in an alleged Russian plot to interfere with U.S. elections.  The photos were snapped in 2015, as Walker was announcing his presidential bid. 

In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, whether this will be problematic for Walker, as he seeks reelection this fall.

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The eight Democrats vying for the chance to take on Gov. Walker this fall shared the stage at UWM last week for their only broadcast debate, with just weeks to go until the Aug. 14 primary.

In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com what he found interesting about the discussion, and whether there was a clear winner.

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The eight Democrats vying for the chance to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker this fall made their cases to voters in their only broadcast debate Thursday night, with just weeks to go before the Aug. 14 primary.

The Milwaukee Common Council Tuesday settled a lawsuit related to police practices

Milwaukee aldermen have approved a nearly $3.5 million settlement, related to the former police chief’s policy of routine traffic stops in high-crime areas. Edward Flynn set up the program in hopes that the practice would significantly reduce violent crime. But, the ACLU of Wisconsin filed a federal class action lawsuit last year. The organization claimed the policy amounted to thousands of illegal “stop and frisks” of African-American and Latino residents. The vote Tuesday followed a sometimes bitter debate.

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin's campaign could get a shot in the arm, as former presidential candidate and fellow U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders stumps for her in Eauu Claire this weekend.  Republicans are targeting Baldwin's seat in November and Sanders is considering another run for President himself in 2020.  In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, what it means for Baldwin to have a heavy hitter like "Bernie" rallying for her.

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Some Milwaukee residents and officials consider new Police Chief Alfonso Morales to be a breath of fresh air. Earlier this year, he took over for Edward Flynn, who retired. The Fire and Police Commission chose Morales to serve the final two years of Fynn's term. Morales has pledged to improve police-community relations, and some say he's making inroads. But a Milwaukee alderman thinks the public deserves a say in who heads the police department. 

He's pushing for a change that would allow citizens to elect the police chief.

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The Foxconn groundbreaking last week on Foxconn's huge LCD screen factory in Racine County was a big deal for Gov. Scott Walker. He pushed hard for the Taiwanese electronics giant to locate the plant in Wisconsin. 

The day after the groundbreaking, Walker celebrated the news that Foxconn plans to create at least 200 jobs in Green Bay.  Those workers will develop applications for Foxconn's display screens.

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