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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The state health department continues tracking the coronavirus and COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin. After receiving shipments from the national stockpile, officials say they've been busy distributing personal protective gear to health care workers. The update was part of a news briefing Monday.

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Wisconsin appears to be moving ahead with Election Day on Tuesday, April 7, despite multiple lawsuits to move the date because of the coronavirus – and an 11th-hour plea from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. He called the Republican-controlled Legislature into a special session to push the date to late May and conduct an all-mail election. The GOP went into special session Saturday as required, and then immediately adjourned without taking up Evers’ proposal.

Courtesy of Daniel Kelly

Wisconsin’s presidential primary and spring elections will be held next Tuesday, April 7. Two hopefuls are vying for a 10-year term on the state Supreme Court. Conservative incumbent Daniel Kelly faces a challenge from Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky, who is supported by Democrats. Although the position is officially non-partisan, the court currently has a 5-2 conservative majority. Democrats are hoping to narrow that lead to 4-3 if Karofsky wins.

We've interviewed both candidates.

Courtesy of Jill Karofsky

Wisconsin’s presidential primary and spring elections will be held next Tuesday, April 7. Two hopefuls are vying for a 10-year term on the state Supreme Court. Conservative incumbent Daniel Kelly faces a challenge from Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky, who is supported by Democrats. Although the position is officially non-partisan, the court currently has a 5-2 conservative majority. Democrats are hoping that with a Karofsky victory, the lead would be narrowed to 4-3. 

We've interviewed both candidates.

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Wisconsin faces a severe shortage of poll workers for next week’s in-person spring election because of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to the Wisconsin Election Commission. It released a survey of municipal clerks across the state Tuesday. Some clerks said they are so short-staffed that they won’t be able to conduct an in-person election at all.

Gov. Tony Evers and the Republican-controlled Legislature are still working on an agreement that would provide state assistance to those affected by COVID-19. Evers asked lawmakers Saturday to approve more than $800 million, according to wispolitics.com. The sweeping bill would halt enforcement of Voter ID, ban evictions, and prevent layoffs of school employees during a public health emergency.

Teran Powell

People who have incarcerated loved ones say they’re concerned about COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, spreading through Wisconsin’s prisons. They say it’s nearly impossible for inmates to practice social distancing, when they are in such close quarters.

Advocacy groups are calling on Gov. Tony Evers to take immediate steps to alleviate overcrowded prisons. The requests come as two staffers in the prison system have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Updated at 11:01 a.m. CT

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It was another week of major changes in lifestyle and in the workplace because of the coronavirus. Gov. Tony Evers ordered bars and restaurants in Wisconsin to close, except for pickups and deliveries. He also directed salons, barbershops, spas and tattoo shops to shut their doors. Now, the Democratic governor and Republican leaders say they're working together on a legislative aid package to help small businesses and employees who are out of work.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has taken some dramatic steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus.  Chair Ben Wikler says the party is following guidance from health officials to practice social distancing, so it's replacing its traditional door-to-door canvassing operation with a digital model ahead of the April 7 spring election and presidential primary.  

Courtesy of Jill Karofsky, Daniel Kelly

The candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court clashed again in another heated debate Thursday before the Milwaukee Bar Association. The race pits conservative Justice Daniel Kelly against Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky, who is supported by Democrats. The election will be held on April 7.

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Updated at 8 p.m. CT

Wisconsin now has at least six confirmed cases for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced Wednesday.

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For the most up-to-date information, read WUWM's March 19 coronavirus post.

  

Updated at 5:35 p.m. CT  

At least three people in Wisconsin have contracted the coronavirus, state health officials said on Tuesday.

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The Milwaukee-based Manpower survey shows a stable hiring picture for the second quarter of the year.  However, the survey was taken in January — before the spread of the new coronavirus

Wisconsin's presidential primary will be held next month. When voters go to the polls, they'll notice the landscape has changed dramatically. In a matter of days over the past week, the field of Democrats running for their party's nomination narrowed to only two major contenders: former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. It happened after poor showings for the other top-tier candidates in South Carolina and on Super Tuesday.  

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