Frank Vascellaro

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.
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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 2006
Hometown: Elgin, Illinois
Alma Mater: University of Colorado-Boulder

FAVORITES
Music: Rock and alternative
Movie: The Godfather
TV Show: Sherlock (BBC)
Book: Any Vince Flynn novel
Food: Seriously? Italian, of course!
Local Restaurant: Lots of them
Sport/Exercise: College football
Famous Minnesotan: Harold Stassen
Quote: “Live free or die.” — General John Stark
Word: Yes!
Vacation Spot: Palm Desert, California
Holiday: Fourth of July
Planet: Claire

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Stones
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Depends
Mac or PC? Actually both
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? If you own dogs, plastic 🙂
Morning Person or Night Person? Night
East Coast vs. West Coast? West
Star Trek or Star Wars? Close one, Star Trek
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Grey Goose

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.

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Painless Treatment For Children: That’s This Doctor’s Mission

Most children get anxious if they have to go the hospital, or even the doctor’s office for a shot. Pain is scary for kids. So in this age of modern medicine, why isn’t a bigger effort made to alleviate pain in children? Answering that question led to a cutting-edge program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics. There, a doctor who came all the way from Germany is taking away the pain of kids in the Twin Cities.

10/23/2013

Sports Psychotherapist: How Losing Teams Can Turn It Around

The Minnesota Vikings got off to a horrible start to this year’s season. But is it too late to turn things around? Rick Aberman is a sports psychotherapist who works with dozens of professional and college teams and large corporations. “I help people perform up to their potential,” Aberman said. “I help them understand how their thoughts and emotions impact whatever they do in a positive way or a negative way.” Aberman says the key is to prepare as best you can and focus on the process – not the results.

10/21/2013

Urban Ventures: Using Music To Keep Kids In School

Urban Ventures has been helping kids break the cycle of poverty for 20 years. It’s an organization built around academics and mentorship, but one of its most successful programs uses the power of music.

09/25/2013

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Fasting: The Key To Quick, Healthy Weight Loss?

The Movement Minneapolis, a hardcore gym known for intense workouts, is a noisy place at lunchtime. But owner David Dellanave says after the workouts, not much is spoken about lunch. “If you’re not hungry, why are you eating?” Dellanave said. Members like Lacy Morgan and Martin Rittenbery skip eating once or twice a week. “I’ve heard them preaching about it, so I decided to give it a go,” Morgan said.

09/23/2013

Fired Totino-Grace Teacher: ‘I’m Not Ashamed Of Having Said I’m Gay’

A former Catholic school teacher and campus minister opened up Wednesday night after losing her job at a school she still loves. Kristen Ostendorf still has strong feelings for Totino-Grace and her religion, even though she was fired after revealing her relationship with another woman.

09/11/2013

Construction On Penn Ave. Shuttering Businesses For The Summer

Penn Avenue in south Minneapolis is being rebuilt and widened, and the work is taking from May through October.

07/30/2013

‘Just A Regular Guy From St. Paul’: Frank Remembers Vince Flynn

Vince Flynn will be remembered around the world as the man who wrote enthralling political thrillers that millions of people couldn’t put down.

06/19/2013

Minn. Teen Loses 165 Pounds, Becomes Inspiration For Others Online

One-third of all kids and teenagers are considered overweight or obese.  Yet we hardly ever hear about kids who’ve lost a lot of weight. Frozen dinners aren’t what most 15-year-olds eat. But Nate St. Martin isn’t like most teenagers.

06/17/2013

Grand Rapids’ Judy Garland Museum Is Still Big Draw

John Kelsch has helped put Grand Rapids on the map by celebrating the life of its biggest star – Judy Garland. Some say “The Wizard of Oz” is the most-watched film of all time. “Three-and-a-half billion people have seen ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” Kelsch said. This feat makes Grand Rapids’ native Garland – born Frances Gumm…

06/10/2013

$6M Of Skyways For The Vikings Stadium?

Now that plans for a new Vikings stadium have been determined, what happens to the area around it is still in the works.

06/04/2013

Park Rapids Preps For Fishing Opener Onslaught

Park Rapids will be jumping in mere hours with the arrival of the Governor. Tim Young is a great ambassador for the ice-cold 2013 fishing opener. He’s been here before.

05/09/2013

Meet The World’s Youngest (And Cutest) Mayor

No one is more excited for the summer season than Dorset Mayor Robert Tufts. Oh, and he’s 4 years old. He walks the streets with pride, and knows that the fish bite best on leeches, worms and minnows.

05/09/2013

Down To The Wire Fishing Opener At Fish Hook Lake

The steady lap of waves on Fish Hook Lake has been replaced by sheets of ice that better resemble wind chimes. Warm weather, wind, and some recent rain have helped, but Gov. Mark Dayton likely won’t see ice out here by Saturday. Dennis Mackedanz is in charge of planning this year’s opener. He’s thought of everything. But there’s not much he can do about the hand mother nature has dealt.

05/09/2013

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Frank Vascellaro, A Snorer In Denial, Undergoes Sleep Study

Experts say 40 percent of Americans snore when they sleep. Then there are those of us who have to sleep next to a snorer. And those of us who are in denial. I was convinced my wife Amelia was imagining it, so I went to a sleep clinic to find the truth.

05/06/2013

Minnesota’s Biggest Art Heist Chronicled In New Book

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.

05/05/2013

Eagle Found In Snow Uncovers Threat Behind Minn. Church

The American Bald Eagle has made a remarkable recovery after near extinction, but there are still lots of things threatening their existence every day.

03/21/2013

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Lingering Winter Keeping You Off The Course? Try Golf Indoors

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.

03/19/2013

MN Man Has Papal Connection Over Hot Button Issue

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.

03/14/2013

St. Paul Ready For Saturday’s St. Paddy’s Block Party

St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, but St. Paul will officially celebrate on Saturday. The annual parade starts downtown at noon.

03/13/2013

DNR Tries To Stop White Bear Lake Lawsuit

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.

03/11/2013

Will Prep Hockey’s Rule Changes Stay?

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.

03/07/2013

Minnesotans React, Project The Future As Pope Bids Adieu

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.

02/28/2013

Fans Share Experience Of Gophers’ Historic Win, Celebration

It’s one of the oldest buildings in college basketball, but Williams Arena has never seen a scene quite like Tuesday night.

02/27/2013

Frank Vascellaro’s Crutches Now Help Tanzanian Teen

A pair of crutches that helped WCCO’s Frank Vascellaro get around after hip surgery are now doing some good halfway around the world.

02/25/2013

St. Paul Police Officers Recall Dramatic Ambush

For the first time, the St. Paul police officers who were ambushed in October are talking about their horrifying experience.

01/17/2013

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