Mackenzie Martin

Morning Edition Host/Features Editor

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Mackenzie came to WXPR in 2016 as the Operations Director and Morning Edition Host, but moved into a full-time reporting, editing, and hosting role in April 2018. Mackenzie is passionate about reporting and editing stories that cover interesting people and places in the Northwoods for WXPR's We Live Up Here series. 

Mackenzie's work has also been heard on NPR's Morning Edition, NPR's All Things Considered, Minnesota Public Radio, and Wisconsin Public Radio. In 2019, Mackenzie won four awards from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, including two 1st place awards for Best Interview and Best Web Story.

Mackenzie holds an undergraduate degree in media & cultural studies from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She's originally from Wausau, Wisconsin.

End Domestic Abuse WI

In late July, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence launched a statewide awareness campaign. It’s aimed at preventing and bringing awareness to teen dating violence by promoting healthy relationships.

The campaign is called Dare2Know and is only focusing on a few communities right now, including Rhinelander, Rothschild, and Ashland.

Stephanie Ortiz is the Prevention and Public Awareness Coordinator for End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin.

The Raptor Education Group, Inc. or REGI in Antigo cares for 800-900 injured and orphaned bird patients each year, including approximately 100 Bald eagles and endangered species.

As more people interact with nature and wild animals in the Northwoods though, they’ve found they’ve outgrown their rehabilitation clinic in Antigo. They’ve just announced a campaign to build a new rehabilitation clinic and are looking for donations.

Marge Gibson is the Executive Director at Raptor Education Group, Inc.

Oneida County's Sheriff's Office

A methamphetamine delivery investigation involving four different counties last month resulted in the arrest of four people in Oneida County. That’s according to a press release from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

Tanya Lynn Wentworth, Lukas Charles Eyer, Adam John Boone, and Alexis Lyn Kallerud face charges related to selling methamphetamine in Oneida County Court.

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Last weekend was the Kentuck Day Festival, a festival held in Crandon each year that celebrates Forest County's early settlers from Kentucky. It’s been held every July for the past 48 years.

In the week leading up to the festival, there was something new added this year, though: a Kentuck Heritage Day Camp. Mackenzie Martin has the story.

The focus of the Kentuck Heritage Day Camp is to share the history of Forest County with the younger generation. Nine kids participated in the camp, ages 9-12.

Photograph HU 41808, Imperial War Museums / Wikimedia Commons

In 1945, a young man from Three Lakes was among the soldiers serving in the 14th Armored Division, and earned himself a unique place in the history books.

Local historian Gary Entz has the story in this week's episode of A Northwoods Moment in History.

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WXPR is celebrating 35 years on the radio this year.

In this week's episode of A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz tells us exactly what went into that first broadcast back in 1983.

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A unique art exhibit has been the focus at ArtStart Rhinelander for the last few weeks.


Mackenzie Martin has this report from the opening reception in June.




Over the past two years, Karen Bondarchuk has found more dead birds than at any other time in her life. The exhibit at ArtStart Rhinelander through August 18 is called - And by the Wind Grieved - and it’s all recreations of dead birds, both sculptures and paintings.

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The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder has been going up over the years.

Locally, there is a center in the Northwoods that aims to help children on the autism spectrum by using something called behavioral treatment… and they’ve recently expanded to Rhinelander.

Mackenzie Martin has the story.

The space located in Rhinelander’s Riverview Hall looks like a typical preschool with toys and books scattered about. There are some things that help you realize it’s a space for kids on the autism spectrum, though. / Wikimedia Commons

We've all heard about the fatal plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly and many other pioneers of Rock and Roll in 1959. Did you know they had just recently passed through the Northwoods before the crash, though? This week on A Northwoods Moment in History, local historian Gary Entz tells us the whole story.

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On days when the weather in northern Wisconsin is particularly bleak, we've all felt sympathy for our mail carriers. This week on A Northwoods Moment in History though, local historian Gary Entz tells us that it used to be a lot worse.

In October of last year, Book World announced that it was closing all 45 of its stores, 20 of which were located in Wisconsin, including locations in Rhinelander, Eagle River, and Minocqua.

Looking at losing an important community staple, two Minocqua area residents felt compelled to do something about it.

The newly renovated Waaswaaganing Indian Bowl in Lac du Flambeau recently began its summertime tradition of hosting weekly powwows.

These powwows are usually held on Tuesday evenings. The only exception from now through August is the powwow this week, which will be held on Wednesday, July 4th.

Tribal member Melissa Doud says the 4th of July is one of Lac du Flambeau’s biggest tourism days. There will be a parade at noon and the powwow will start at 7:30 p.m.

If you’ve ever wanted to see what a real live cranberry marsh is like, you have a lot of chances to see it in person this summer. 

The Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce and Cranberry Growers Association are kicking off their summertime cranberry tours this week. Starting this Friday, July 6th, there will be a free 1-hour tour at 10:00 a.m. every Friday through October 5th.

Executive Director at the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce Sarah Pischer says the cranberry growing season is really a season that happens all year round.

The Healing Nature Center

In Japan, part of their national health program is called Shinrin-yoku, which is loosely translated as “forest bathing.” The idea behind it is that forests are the original antidote to stress and stress-related illness. Researchers claim that forest bathing can actually lower your blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and some stress hormones.

ArtStart Rhinelander

Fridays in downtown Rhinelander will include more live music starting in late July.

ArtStart Rhinelander located at 68 South Stevens Street has just built a brand new outdoor stage in the back of their building and they have plans for a six week concert series, to be held outside during the lunch hour.

Program & Operations Director Ashley McLaughlin says the concerts will start in late July and be held throughout all of August.