Frank Vascellaro

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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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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.


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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The steady lap of waves on Fish Hook Lake has been replaced by sheets of ice that better resemble wind chimes.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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Avoid These 8 Surfaces With The Most Germs, Stay Healthy

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.


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Social Security Tax Cut Means A Cut From Your Paycheck

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.


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Frank Shows Us The Holiday-Decorated White House

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.


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Frank Interviews Obama On Fiscal Cliff, Spending Cuts

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.


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Thieves Steal Copper From Outdoor Ice Rink

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.


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TCF Bank Beer Sales Double Expectations

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.


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Kiss Plays State Fair To Generations Of Rock Fans

The rock band KISS, which was slated to play the State Fair’s Grandstand Wednesday night, has been around since the early 1970s.


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Radio Legend Tom Barnard’s New Adventure

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.


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Anchor Olympics: Track And Field

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.


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Anchor Olympics: Frank Capsizes While Rowing

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.


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Two Vietnam War Enemies Who Turned Friends Meet At MSP

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.