Angela Davis

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Joined WCCO: 2006
Hometown: Java, Virginia
Alma Mater: University of Maryland-College Park

Music: Stevie Wonder and R&B hits from the ’80s and ’90s
Movie: Sleepless in Seattle
TV Show: Scandal
Author: Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Food: Chocolate
Local Restaurant: Highland Grill, St. Paul
Hidden MN Gem: Cedar Valley Resort in Whalen
Sport/Exercise: Throwing punches at Bodies By Burgoon in Northeast Minneapolis
Historical Figure: Martin Luther King Jr.
Favorite Minnesotan: Jimmy Jam Harris
Quote: “To whom much is given, much is required” – Luke 12:48
Word: Yes
Vacation Spot: Montego Bay, Jamaica (I got married there)
Holiday: Thanksgiving
Planet: Earth

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Dogs (I’m allergic to cats)
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text
Mac or PC? PC
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning
East Coast vs. West Coast? East
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Trek
‘Grey Duck’ vs. ‘Goose’? Grey Goose

Angela Davis joined the station in 2006. She co-anchors the Sunday night newscasts with Mike Binkley and does reports for the evening newscasts during the week. Angela previously anchored the morning and noon newscasts for five years.

Before coming to WCCO-TV, Angela anchored the morning and midday newscasts at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis for six years. She also worked as a reporter and weekend anchor there.

Angela has a deep interest in education and the barriers that prevent students from achieving academic success. She is a volunteer with Lovin’ the Skin I’m In, a mentoring program for adolescent and teenage girls in the Twin Cities. She volunteers with ThreeSixty, a program for Minnesota high school students interested in journalism. She also serves on the school board of Twin Cities Academy, a charter school on the east side of St. Paul, and she is a frequent guest speaker in classrooms across Minnesota.

Angela is the proud mother of a son and daughter who are in middle school. Her husband, Duchesne Drew, is the community network vice-president of the Bush Foundation in St. Paul and the former managing editor of the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis.

Angela and her husband open up their home each fall to journalists from other countries by being a host family for the World Press Institute. Over the last 15 years they’ve spent time with broadcast and print journalists who are the recipients of a WPI fellowship, and helped expose them to American culture.

She is a member of the local and national chapters of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Angela holds a journalism degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and grew up in southern Virginia. She also did graduate work in urban affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington.
As the recipient of the NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship for Africa in 1995, Angela spent one month in Kenya producing a documentary. She has won five regional Emmy awards for anchoring and covering breaking news.

Angela’s journalism career began in high school when she won a prestigious academic scholarship from the Baltimore Sun newspaper. She was awarded a four-year scholarship to the University of Maryland that included four summer internships at the newspaper. It was during her junior year of college that her interest in television news took over. After interning at the Washington, D.C., bureaus of NBC News and CNN, and working for former ABC News Nightline anchor Ted Koppel, she decided to pursue a career in television news.

Angela was hired by CNN in Atlanta immediately upon graduation and worked there behind the scenes for one year. After that, she returned to Washington, D.C. to work as a reporter-trainee at WUSA-TV. There she worked alongside reporters and photographers until she was able to secure her first on-air job at WKYT-TV in Lexington, Ky.

Two years later, she got the call to move to Minneapolis, where she later met her husband. A few years after they got married, the couple moved to Dallas where Angela worked as a reporter for WFAA-TV and her husband worked as a reporter for the Dallas Morning News. After two years, they returned to the Twin Cities and their old workplaces.

When she’s not in make-up and covering the news, you’ll likely find Angela in a cooking class or out on a bike ride.

She lives in St. Paul but is a huge fan of the North Shore. She and her family make regular trips to Lutsen Mountains in the winter to ski and to Grand Marais to check out the beautiful views of Lake Superior.

In the fall, she enjoys visiting Lanesboro in southern Minnesota to bike the Root River Trail and take in the scenery of the historic Bluff Country. And even though she grew up on a farm and thought she’d seen enough of the outdoors as child, her husband and kids recently convinced her to give camping a try. She now loves pitching a tent in state parks, too.

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A Minn. Toddler’s Story Is Changing The Advertising Industry

A Stillwater toddler with Down syndrome made quite an impression when she appeared in a Target ad last December. Izzy Bradley was chosen after the retailer put out a call for children with disabilities to take part in a photo shoot. The ad and the news coverage about Izzy went viral, and now many more retailers are looking for kids like her.


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Southeasern Minn. Church Destroyed In Fire

A small church in southeastern Minnesota is a total loss after a fire early Thursday morning, according to the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities responded to the fire at about 2:50 a.m. at Henrytown Lutheran Church, located at 36190 County Road 18, which is north of the city of Canton.


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Father Of 5 Stabbed, Killed In St. Croix River Fishing Dispute

Authorities are investigating after a western Wisconsin man was stabbed to death after a fishing dispute near the St. Croix River Tuesday night. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.


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Police Investigate After 5-Year-Old Dies In Alleged Hit-And-Run

Authorities in St. Joseph say they have seized a car and are speaking with a driver in connection to an alleged hit-and-run that left a 5-year-old boy dead.


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At 108, Dedicated Twins Fan Is Young At Heart

Many of the Minnesota Twins most dedicated fans were at Target Field for the opening home game Monday. But there’s one very special fan who watched from her home in Clarksfield. Angela Davis introduces us to a woman who’s been cheering for the Twins for more than 80 seasons.


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Eden Prairie Man, 56, Accused Of Stalking Local Radio Host

A 56-year-old man has been charged with stalking a popular local radio host over the past year, according to charges filed by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.


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Vendors Bemoan Farmers Market’s Move Off Of Nicollet

Next month, the first steps in redesigning Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis will begin.

The construction project will last two years and will force the popular summer farmers market to find a new home on Hennepin Avenue.


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Andersen To Add 300 Jobs In $45M Expansion

America’s largest window and door maker is getting even bigger. Andersen Windows announced Monday a major expansion in Minnesota. The company just opened its newest manufacturing facility in Bayport.


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Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Study Gives Researchers New Hope

It’s a disease with no cure and limited treatment – Alzheimer’s. This week the Mayo Clinic announced the findings of a major study that is giving researchers new hope.


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‘DeRusha Eats,’ Spoon And Stable Nominated For James Beard Awards

WCCO’s Jason DeRusha has been nominated for a James Beard Award in Broadcast Media for his TV segment, “DeRusha Eats.”


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Southern Minnesota Buried By Springtime Snowstorm

After an anemic season for snow, a spring storm dumped more than a foot of it on parts of Minnesota, forcing some schools to close.


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A Look Inside The Star Tribune’s New Home

As the new Vikings stadium goes up in downtown Minneapolis, a historic building next to it is going to come down.


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Wayzata Irked By Owner’s Plans To Lease XXX Space

A legal fight has turned into quite a spectacle in Wayzata. In December, the city council denied a property owner’s request to redevelop two lots on the west end of downtown Wayzata.


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Twin Cities Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day With Parades, Pints

Here in the Twin Cities, we’ve got lots of options on St. Patrick’s Day.
Angela Davis took a look at the parades, festivities and transportation options around the metro.


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Dairy Queen Celebrating 75th Anniversary With Free Ice Cream

Millions of people across the nation enjoyed a free ice cream cone on Monday. That’s because Dairy Queen is celebrating its 75th anniversary by handing out free vanilla cones all day. The first DQ opened in Joliet, Ill., in 1940 and seven years later, the first one in Minnesota opened in Roseville.


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Sheriff: 2 Found Dead In Norwood Young America, Murder-Suicide Suspected

A murder-suicide is suspected after two people were found dead in the garage of a home in Norwood Young America Wednesday night, according to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities were called at about 5:07 p.m. to a death investigation at 920 Preserve Blvd. in Norwood Young America.


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Craigslist Intervenes To Help Local Suicidal Man

It’s known as the place to go online to sell or buy something. But on Tuesday, Craigslist became a place for a Twin Cities young man to plead for help. Administrators of the website contacted police after they saw a disturbing post that indicated a young man wanted to end his own life.


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A Short History Of Target

Target’s massive workforce reduction is the latest milestone in a company that has long and colorful history in Minnesota. The Dayton Company, which had popular department stores throughout the Twin Cities, decided to launch something new in 1961 — a discount chain.


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‘Fearful’ Target Employees Receptive To Recruiters

As Minnesota’s governor meets with Target’s top executive, other companies are taking aim at its nervous employees.


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St. Paul Posts New Anti-Loitering Signs In Skyways

People who walk through the downtown St. Paul skyway system are noticing some new signs posted on the walls.


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Man Dies, Grandson In Critical Condition After ATV Breaks Through Ice

A 50-year-old man is dead and his 2-year-old grandson is in critical condition after the UTV they were on broke through the ice on a lake near Alexandria, according to their family.


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Hutchinson’s Blizzard Conditions Challenge Drivers, Delight Youngsters

There was nothing routine about a routine drive on Highway 7 in Hutchinson Tuesday. The strong wind blew fresh snow up from the ground and in to the air, giving drivers something to worry about.



A Look At The Ordway’s New, State-Of-The-Art Concert Hall

This weekend the Ordway Center in St. Paul will debut its newly-expanded and renovated concert hall. Not only is it bigger, the quality of the sound is better.


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Portions Of Lilydale Park To Reopen After 2013 Tragedy

“High Risk” are the words used to describe an area of a St. Paul park where two kids died in a landslide. Ten-year-old Mohamed Fofana and 9-year-old Haysem Sani were on a field trip at Lilydale Park in May of 2013 when the ground under them gave way.


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How To Protect Your Vehicle From Brine, Road Salt Damage

Maybe you wait in line for a car wash simply so your car or truck looks better. But auto mechanics say during the winter months, it’s actually a necessity. “We go through times like recently where we have small snow and they’re throwing lots of salt out,” mechanic Paul Hagen said.