MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Mike Caputa has been named News Director of WCCO-TV, it was announced today by Brien Kennedy, WCCO-TV Vice President and General Manager. Caputa has held key WCCO newsroom positions since joining the station in 2002 and has been Assistant News Director since 2007. He will oversee the station’s day-to-day news operation effective immediately.

“Mike has demonstrated over the past several months that he is ready to be the leader of a newsroom that every day provides Minnesotans with the best local news, weather and sports coverage,” said Kennedy. “Mike has earned this opportunity through hard work and dedication and I look forward to working with him as we continue to grow our position in this great state.”

Caputa has been Acting News Director at WCCO for several months. Under his direction, the station has seen dramatic growth in key demographics in all newscasts. In addition, he was responsible for the successful transition of Don Shelby’s retirement on-air and for Frank Vascellaro’s ascension to the 10 p.m. anchor position.

“I am mindful of the rich tradition of WCCO Television in the Twin Cities,” said Caputa. “I am humbled at the opportunity to lead the WCCO newsroom and be part of Brien’s management team.”

Prior to becoming Assistant News Director, Caputa was Managing Editor at the station where his key responsibilities included leading daily editorial meetings and supervising the special projects unit.

Caputa was the manager in charge during the 35W bridge collapse, taking the helm of the newsroom for the first 36 hours of coverage. He has lead large station projects, including the coverage of 2008 Republican National Convention.

Caputa’s career in television news began at KSTP-TV, where he worked his way through the ranks from dispatcher to the assignment desk.

A graduate from St. John’s University, in Collegeville, Minn., Caputa is from the Twin Cities and lives here with his wife.

Comments (12)
  1. Nancy Caputa says:


    Congratulations! I’m so proud of you!

  2. Congrats I think... says:

    So we will continue to see reports such as Brett Farve’s sister being arrested…. I know I am being overly critical right off the bat …WCCO used to have a good sense of journalist integrity. Since last summer we have seen more and more “Why are they reporting that?” news stories.

  3. mike says:

    Keep censoring WCCO, people will love you for that

  4. mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

    So whats up with that censorship WCCO?

  5. fancy@beans.com says:

    hmmm…nothing but the best,,,errr….make that worst…

  6. MAJ says:

    The best fact to this promotion is that he is a local person. Used to bug me when outsiders were hired and they could not pronouce Wayzata, etc.
    Hope WCCO is always kept as a local station. WCCO Radio has John Williams from Chicago on daily pretending he is based in Minneapolis. Today he had to pretend he knew how cold it was here……..

  7. Einie says:

    Dump McNally and Kane – that would be two improvements!

  8. Dave says:

    Mike – nice work! Hard work paid off. Beers soon, you buy, at the Newsroom. Cheers!

  9. Nickooo says:

    John Williams is the most annoying sound to ever come out of a radio…imo

  10. Mary Lee Erickson says:


    Congratulations Mike! Wishing you the best in your Television News career in the years ahead. Keep ‘CCO number one – News has come a long way thanks to good, creative people like yourself….

    I miss the wonderful people in the newsroom and engineering…

  11. lee jackson says:

    Do you have an E-mail address where a viewer can contact you with comments re: staff assigned on-air duties? Or would you refer a call?

  12. AJ Wilson says:

    How can one contact you to provide comments?

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