Reporter Caroline Lowe Leaving WCCO-TV After 35 Years

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Long-time WCCO-TV reporter, Caroline Lowe, has accepted a job at KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo, Calif.  Lowe has been on the crime beat for WCCO-TV since 1977. This year marked her 35th year with the station.

She will be taking on a managerial role at KSBY-TV.

Lowe’s husband, Jack, recently retired and this move will allow them to be closer to three of their four children who already live in California.

“I love this place. WCCO is such a part of my DNA,” said Lowe, “but I also look forward to working with young people and helping them.”

Lowe will be in the company of some WCCO-TV alums. She will work alongside her daughter, Shelby, who is currently a news producer at KSBY-TV and was a former assignment editor at WCCO-TV. She also joins former WCCO-TV anchors Jeanette Trompeter and John Reger, who are both anchors at the station.

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Caroline Lowe on the job in 1977. (credit: CBS)

She has received numerous awards for her reporting, including: The Alfred I. DuPont Columbia Award for Missing The Beat in 1994, two Regional Emmy Awards in 1994, Sweepstakes Award from the Society of Professional Journalists in 1994, an Associated Press award and an UPI award. In 1986, Caroline was awarded the Minnesota Association of Crime Victims Media Attention Service Award, the first time that award was given to a member of the media.

As well as being a reporter, Lowe is a licensed Minnesota police officer and graduated from the FBI Citizen’s Academy in 2010.

“Not many reporters go as far for their work as Caroline does,” said WCCO-TV News Director, Mike Caputa.

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That work has helped her become more involved and experienced on the crimes she reports on and helped her start her Crime Notes Blog and Cold Case Page.

Her I-TEAM reports have garnered national attention too. She extensively covered the disappearance of Mason City, Iowa anchorwoman, Jodi Huisentruit and the abduction of Jacob Wetterling. Her work has appeared on 20/20, Court TV, Oprah and Forensic Files.

“I told Caroline this morning that I would have thought I’d be upset with her for leaving us, but after hearing about what a wonderful opportunity this is for her and her family, I can’t help but to be happy for her and wish her the best,” said Caputa.

Lowe’s last day at WCCO will be May 4, 2011.

Tune in to WCCO-TV at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to see more on Lowe’s career at the station.

  • Theresa Kasel

    Good luck on your new adventures in California, Caroline.

  • Judy Ziesmer

    Best wishes!!!! Loved your reporting, will miss seeing you.

  • Ruth Paffel

    We have always enjoyed your reporting and will miss you. It sounds like a very good move for you. Nothing is more important than family. God Bless!

  • Larry Nelson

    You are the Best !!!

  • Chris Graves

    Congrats from one lifelong cop reporter to another. All the very best Caroline!

  • Rachel

    Good luck, Caroline! We viewers/readers will miss you!

  • Mark Kulda

    Caroline, I greatly appreciated the chance to work with you, even though it was such a short time. You made our jobs a whole lot easier because you did your job so well. Best of luck in California. Enjoy your time there, you’ve earned it.

  • allan

    She’s a good one. Sorry to see her leave, Good luck, Caroline.

  • Mary

    Good luck Caroline we will miss you

  • Tears

    Good luck Caroline and like others have said – we really gonna miss you.
    Class and quality work – God Bless in the days ahead

  • Tim

    I worked there for many years…She was a top notch reporter no matter what the assignment desk threw her way. Dave Moore always thought of her as on of WCCO’s greatest assets. She will be missed in this community!

  • Michael

    I worked with a lot of the crew at ‘CCO as an independant and you could never have made me feel more a part of the team. It was my goal to work with Dave Moore, Don Shelby and you. You always hit your mark and have made a big mark on our community in the news biz. Good luck and stay warm.

  • Tree

    I can’t believe you have been at CCO for 35 years, you have retained your youthful look. I have enjoyed and will miss your work. Good luck :)

  • Ken in Northfield

    Another reason to try to watch the KSBY news reports.

  • Another Michael

    I always enjoyed watching and listening to Caroline. I hope you the best of luck and times in California. Good luck!

  • David Chanen

    If I was still covering cops, I’d be doing handstands that you were leaving the area. Now I’m just sad. Good luck in your new job.

  • Trayce Olsen

    Best of luck to you Carolyn–I feel like I know you personally after all these years..We did attend Citizens Police Academy together. that was interesting and you went on to becoming an officer..I know you’ll put as much energy into your new job as you do with everything you have done…Again we’ll miss you But still sending you good fortune.

  • Paul

    Best wishes Caroline! We will miss you! Give our best to those other escapees Jeannette and John!! I know you will do just great out in that CA Sun!! Sorry to see you go though!!

  • N Lumpkins

    Over the years, you have been one of the most insightful reporters on television to report the news. And, of course, our loss is California’s gain. I’d tell you to keep up the same level of excellence you always seem to have in your work….but I don’t believe that will be necessary. Good luck and be happy, Caroline!

  • Ruth

    Caroline, You are one of the main reasons I watch WCCO. Your in-depth coverage and beyond the stats crime reporting are impressive and much appreciated. I will miss you. Good luck in California.

  • Karen

    I have been watching Caroline on WCCO since I was a little girl, and I am really going to miss her. She was one of my all-time favorites. I wish you and your husband all of the best, Caroline. It will be great for you to be closer to family. God bless you.

  • Michelle

    Congratulations, Caroline on moving to the best city in California. I’m back in Minnesota after spending 18 years in SLO.

    FYI, to all, though, the city is not pronounced ‘San Luee Obispo’; it’s spanish, not french, so it is ‘San LuIS Obispo’. I don’t know why this is such a problem, but it is very annoying to those who love the area.

  • Frank

    Gee, two big guns leaving WCCO, Don Shelby and Now Caroline Lowe.

    I am certain they have ethics about hionest reporting so I wonder if they do not slanting a story due to political views of their bosses. CCO can’t seem to remember it is FORMER governor Pawlenty and they give him more coverage than any of our politicians still in an elected office.

    Remember, Tim got 9 to 10 Friday morning slot, Gov. Dayton was offered 7 to 8 on Saturday morning. I am surprised they did not offer him 5 to 6 on Sunday.

    I am done ranting now

  • The Crux of the Biscuit

    San Luis Obispo is an absolutely beautiful area to live. The weather there is almost perfect. Enjoy your time there!

  • peggy gerbeling

    Caroline, best wishes on your new adventure. We have really enjoyed your straight forward reporting. Give our regards to Janette and John. We still miss them.
    Peggy G

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