Frank co-anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news Monday through Friday with his lovely wife by his side. On June 29, 2006, Vascellaro and his wife, Amelia Santaniello, became the first married couple to co-anchor a daily news program in the Twin Cities.
Frank has been an anchor in this community since 1996. Before coming to Minnesota, Frank worked at WAND-TV in Decatur, Ill. and at WHOI-TV in Peoria, Ill. as an anchor/reporter.
Growing up in Denver Co., Frank attended the United States Air Force Academy before transferring to the University of Colorado at Boulder. He later studied broadcasting at Columbia College in Chicago, Ill.
The Society of Professional Journalists recognized Frank with its broadcast award for Investigative Reporting in 2008. He was awarded the 2011 and 2012 Regional Emmy for Best Anchor. Frank and Amelia are deeply involved with the community and frequently serve as the master of ceremonies at some of the Twin Cities premier charity events.
Frank married Amelia in 1999 in Florence, Italy. They live in Minneapolis with their three kids — a son Sam and twins Joseph and Francesca — and two dogs.
Thirty-five years later, the tale of two people trying to solve the biggest art heist in Minnesota history is being chronicled in a new book.
The American Bald Eagle has made a remarkable recovery after near extinction, but there are still lots of things threatening their existence every day.
Most Minnesota golfers get through the winter by flying south. That’s no longer the case, even in an extended winter like the one we’re in right now.
Pope Francis has wrapped up his first full day as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. He celebrated his first Mass as Holy Father in the Sistine Chapel with the Cardinals who elected him.
St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, but St. Paul will officially celebrate on Saturday. The annual parade starts downtown at noon.
A recent study found the reason for the shrinking of White Bear Lake is the growing use of ground water. A citizens’ group is taking the DNR to court for allowing it to happen – and now the state is trying to stop that lawsuit.
The games taking place at the Minnesota state boys hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center are a little different because of changes made about a year-and-a-half ago.
It was an emotional and historic day for Pope Benedict XVI as people all over the world watched as he left the Vatican for retirement.
It’s one of the oldest buildings in college basketball, but Williams Arena has never seen a scene quite like Tuesday night.
A pair of crutches that helped WCCO’s Frank Vascellaro get around after hip surgery are now doing some good halfway around the world.
For the first time, the St. Paul police officers who were ambushed in October are talking about their horrifying experience.
With a flu outbreak causing sickness here in Minnesota, everybody is looking for ways to avoid it. Experts say good hand washing is the key but there are other ways to avoid germs.
Lots of people might be surprised when they open their first paycheck of the year. The end of the 2-year break on social security payroll taxes means we’re all going to have to pay a little more to Uncle Sam.
WCCO’s Frank Vascellaro was in Washington, DC Thursday for a serious sit-down with the president, but he also got a chance to have some fun while he was at the White House.
With negotiations regarding the impending fiscal cliff hanging in the balance, President Barack Obama told WCCO’s Frank Vascellaro he’s confident a deal will be reached.
Someone stole 64 copper pipes from the refrigeration system at the Phalen rink in St. Paul. Now crews have to figure out how to replace it and get it ready for the start of the season.
The results are in from the first weekend of alcohol sales at TCF Bank stadium and the numbers are bigger than the University of Minnesota projected.
The rock band KISS, which was slated to play the State Fair’s Grandstand Wednesday night, has been around since the early 1970s.
Tom Barnard is talking. That’s not a surprise, since he does it for a living. But the reclusive broadcaster hasn’t granted a TV interview in nearly 23 years, until now.
Last week, WCCO anchors competed in basketball, beach volleyball and badminton as part of the Anchor Olympics. On Thursday, it was track day, and Chris Shaffer and Frank Vascellaro got a much needed lesson on running sprints.
WCCO has been putting its twist on the Olympics with the Anchor Olympics. However, Amelia Santaniello was out sick on Tuesday so Frank Vascellaro was put through the paces by Minneapolis Rowing Club’s Ann Schley.
Two men, who tried to kill each other 40 years ago, met at the Minneapolis airport this afternoon. Dan Cherry and New Yen Hong Me were fighter pilots in Vietnam, on opposite sides of the war. They engaged in a dog fight over Hanoi in April 1972.
With all the rain we had last week, you’d expect a spike in mosquitos. But the mosquito control folks are doing their best to keep them in check.
Denny Hecker is on the move again. The one-time Minnesota auto giant is serving a 10-year prison sentence for fraud.
A Minneapolis city committee voted unanimously to kick its current recycling program to the curb. Currently, Minneapolis won’t take your recycling unless the cans, glass, plastic and newspapers are separated.