Bill Hudson has been with WCCO-TV since 1989. The native of Elk River, Minn., says Channel 4 is the station he grew up with and aspired to work for.
“Dave Moore set the standard for all of us. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to work with one of the greatest!”
He is one of seven children, including two other brothers with careers in broadcasting. Jon does radio in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Rob is a television morning show anchor in Missoula, Montana. Must have been in the Uppertown water.
After spending stints reporting the news in Eau Claire and Milwaukee, Bill brought his skills to WCCO-TV as a general assignment reporter. In his many years with the station he’s covered a wide range of stories, including the Sioux City airline disaster, Hurricane Andrew, California Wildfires, the Waco siege and troops returning from Saudi Arabia following Desert Storm.
In addition, Bill has reported extensively on Minnesota’s contributions to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He accompanied the Minnesota National Guard to Panama and Honduras to cover stories involving anti-drug measures in Central America and nation building projects. In December 2003 he visited Minnesota National Guard soldiers on a peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.
Bill is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys being at the end of a fly rod or canoe paddle! He also likes to spend time in his wife Julie’s flower gardens doing the “heavy lifting!”
Bill and Julie have two grown daughters. His advice to all young parents is to enjoy every possible moment with your kids. Says Bill, “it’s diapers to diamonds in a heartbeat.”
Brain cancer at any age is a frightening, life-altering challenge. So it’s impossible to imagine what it must be like getting the news as parents of a kindergartner.
A veteran school bus driver is being credited with some quick thinking that may have saved the lives of his passengers. Alfred Lewis, 59, was transporting four special needs students to Elm Creek Elementary in Maple Grove around 8:20 a.m. Thursday morning.
The push to get same sex marriage adopted in Minnesota was an emotional one, but now those couples are wrestling with the financial implications.
A 27-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with selling auto owners fake insurance policies. The Minnesota Department of Commerce says Arlesia Shannell Robinson was arrested last Friday and is now charged with two counts of aggravated forgery.
After posting an incredible recovery following the recent recession, the nation’s automakers didn’t need to do battle with Mother Nature. But the extreme winter weather across the country is forcing car dealers to get creative to help attract winter-weary customers. At Carlson Toyota in Coon Rapids, another truckload of new cars rolls off the trailer and onto the lot. While demand for new vehicles remains high, consumers are having a hard time making it in to the dealerships.
When Bantam hockey players step onto the rink at Plymouth Ice Center for a weekend regional tournament, the surface they’ll skate on is very real. The ice is silky smooth as slippery to boot. It’s in the compressor room at the center where the R-22 refrigerant makes its magic.
It’s not bad if you’re in town in Waconia, protected by buildings and trees, but venture out into the open and it gets downright nasty.
Maplewood and North St. Paul police are investigating two similar armed kidnapping incidents that occurred about 15 minutes apart. In one case, the woman was allowed to escape unharmed and in the other, the victim fought off her attacker and he drove off with her vehicle.
Federal authorities have dropped an attempt to block a Minnesota man from marketing merchandise poking fun at the National Security Agency for its surveillance of citizens. Dan McCall, of Sauk Rapids, is claiming victory against the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security.
Snowy owls are showing up in large numbers this winter, frequenting areas far from their normal arctic habitat. On a light pole in Ramsey Monday sat a snowy that has become somewhat of a star, posing for all kinds of incredible nature photographs.
Only months after Troy Lewis’ family lost a wife and mother, a raging house fire in north Minneapolis claimed five more lives. Seven residents living on the main floor made it out alive, including Taleaha Cox. Seconds later, she heard Troy’s screams coming from the second floor. “My little brother’s like, ‘I think the house is on fire.’ And then all I heard was the man upstairs like, ‘Help! Police! Fire, fire, fire! Police!’” Cox said. “He was hanging out the window.”
Hoping to avert disaster before it strikes, two state lawmakers introduced plans Wednesday to deal with the growing threat from railroad oil tanker spills. On average, ten oil tanker trains rumble through Minnesota each day, hauling huge quantities of North Dakota crude to refineries down south or out east. As oil rail traffic increases, people like Kathy Hollander want action. “This is oil transportation on steroids,” Hollander said.
He’s served longer than any other horse on the Minneapolis Police mounted patrol. But after 13 years of working everything from violent protests to summer parades, Oliver the horse is heading to greener pastures.
When Cynthia Davis had her Buick backed into by a cab driver on Saturday, she did what anyone should. She called her insurance company to report the accident. That’s when she discovered the problem with her coverage.
On the cold and snowy landscape of a wintry Saturday afternoon, bicyclists of all ages came to pay their respects. Marcus Nalls, 26, was one of them: a commuter on two wheels who used his bike to get around. Stefan Turner, a bicycle mechanic, had just worked on Nalls’ bike, installing his rack and fenders. “Marcus was one of the … coolest guys we’ve had in our shop in a long time,” Turner said.