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Amelia Santaniello

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Amelia co-anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news Monday through Friday. She’s been with the station since 1996. Ten years later, her husband, Frank Vascellaro, joined her as co-anchor. They are the first married couple to co-anchor a news program in the Twin Cities.

Before coming to Minnesota, Amelia anchored the weekend news at WTIC-TV in Hartford, CT. She started her career in Washington, D.C., at WUSA, where she was a reporter trainee. From there, she went to WETM-TV in Elmira, N.Y., where she anchored the weekend newscasts. Then she moved on to WNEP-TV in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa. as a reporter and anchor.

Amelia was born in Alexandria, Va. She grew up in a career military family and lived in Virginia, Japan and Texas. She attended Marywood University in Dunmore, Pa.

City Pages editors named her Best Newscaster in the Twin Cities in 2000 and 2013. Readers of The Minnesota Women’s Press picked her as their favorite local female television personality.

Amelia and Frank are deeply involved with the community and frequently serve as the master of ceremonies at some of the Twin Cities premier charity events.

They live in Minneapolis with their three kids and two dogs.

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Gopher TE: Texas Explosion Happened 2 Miles From My Home

As many as 15 people are feared dead and more than 160 others hurt in a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas.

04/18/2013

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Doctor: Schaffhausen ‘Sane’ At Time Of Murders

Susan Allen described her son, Aaron Schaffhausen, as a little boy with big problems. He didn’t connect with adults and had very few friends.

04/08/2013

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‘Kids Feeding Kids’ Meets, Thanks Major Donor

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities have been providing meals for students, ages six to 18, since 2007. Kids Feeding Kids is the name of that program, and those kids got to thank a major donor Tuesday.

03/26/2013

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Can’t Afford A Getaway? Plan A ‘Tropical’ Staycation Instead

By mid-March, most of us are sick of winter and ready for a getaway. Getting out of town can be expensive, but there are some places you can at least pretend to be in the tropics.

03/19/2013

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Kids Battling Rare Diseases Enjoy ‘Normal’ Day At Nickelodeon Universe

Despite the name, rare diseases are actually common as a whole.

02/28/2013

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Dos And Don’ts: Tips For Parents With Tweens

Parents get plenty of advice — especially when kids are little and when they start to rebel as teens.

02/25/2013

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Interview: Jerry & Rebecca Kill Talk Marriage, Making It Last

The night before Valentine’s Day is full of pressure for many couples.

02/13/2013

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The Designer Behind Amelia’s Red Runway Dress

February is Go Red month to raise awareness about heart disease. This Sunday is the Red Dress Collection runway show to benefit the American Heart Association.

02/13/2013

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Minn. Man’s Idea Spurred Dubstep Baby Super Bowl Ad

One of the biggest audiences in television history watched Sunday’s Super Bowl, and the millions of dollars in ads that went with it.

02/04/2013

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Frank & Amelia Take Intense Firefighting Test

The Minneapolis Fire Department recently accepted applications for the first time since 2006. Since then, more than 2,000 people applied. It’s the first step in a process that will include a written exam, oral interview and then an intense physical fitness test.

02/04/2013

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Keep Up With Your Kids On Social Media

Remember when the best way to keep your kids safe on the internet was to make sure the computer was in a common area? Now, kids can carry the Internet in their pockets and keep moving to social networks many parents don’t even know about. So, how can parents keep up?

01/21/2013

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Santa Visits Boy Fighting Brain Cancer At HCMC

Christmas is just over a week away, but Santa was in town to make an early stop at HCMC. He paid a special visit to a little boy fighting brain cancer.

12/17/2012

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Tips For Getting The Best From Generic Brands

It seems like we’re all in the grocery store this time of year. And most of us buy a few store brands.

11/21/2012

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Looking To Tech For The Future Of Senior Care

As our parents age, they worry about becoming frail and losing their independence. However, as we look ahead to the future, it turns out that technology might keep many baby boomers out of nursing homes altogether.

11/20/2012

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Mark Rosen & His Mother Doris Confront Aging

As our parents age, they worry about becoming frail and losing their independence. And we dread the talk – about their driving, moving to a nursing home, and preparing for worse. Mark Rosen and his mom are going through it now.

11/19/2012

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