Gordy Leach graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1974 with a degree in broadcast journalism, and has worked at WCCO-TV since 1980.
He shoots and edits news video, and also writes new stories. He is a member of both the photographer and reporter unions.
Gordy also schedules service and maintenance for more than 30 news vehicles, based on his life-long experience as a car nut. His father was an auto mechanic.
This is the time of year mosquitoes most often transmit the West Nile virus. But there is an all-natural way to prevent mosquito bites by using sweet grass. Native Americans have used sweet grass for centuries for ceremonial purposes and weaving.
Major League Baseball’s All Star game at Target Field is just five days away. But Friday, Fan Fest opens at the Minneapolis Convention Center – and the first day is dedicated to kids! Doors open at 9 a.m. with the first thousand kids through the door getting a free T.C. Bear bobblehead.
Minnesota’s only Air Force Reserve unit is the 934th Airlift Wing. The 934th flies eight large C-130 H3 cargo planes, which are used to move supplies and people. They fly out of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.
Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Combat Aviation Brigade are going back to the Middle East. More than 200 soldiers will train for two weeks at Camp Ripley in Minnesota, then leave for Texas is June.
It’s about a month before the fishing opener in Minnesota. But if you’re interested in stream trout fishing, that season opens Saturday. On Friday, the DNR added 1,000 rainbow trout to a river not too far from the Twin Cities. WCCO photojournalist Gordy Leach went to the Vermillion River to watch, and you can see his report in the video above.
There’s a different kind of art convention in downtown Minneapolis this weekend. Tattoo artists, supply vendors and people who want to get some ink will be at the Hyatt Hotel all weekend for the Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention. A one-day pass is $20, but kids 12 and younger get in free. The show is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
The Como Pool and the Science Museum are hits on heat wave days. WCCO photojournalist Gordy Leach captured the sights and sounds of those keeping cool. Check out the video report for more.
A Twin Cities non-profit, Keys for Kids, is helping young hospital patients have some fun. Keys for Kids has started the Ellen Project, where kids get to paint donated pianos, and sometimes those pianos are used to deliver live music right to the bedside.
One-hundred-twenty members of the Minnesota National Guard are returning from their year-long deployment to Afghanistan, where they trained and mentored soldiers in the Afghan National Army.
The Radisson Blu hotel, connected to the Mall of America, is now open. The first guests checked in Friday morning, and the staff of 185 is trained and ready.
Tuesday marks the 10th day of the St. Paul Winter Carnival treasure hunt and people were out in force. They are looking for the medallion in what appears to be a hot spot: Cherokee Park.
When the Minnesota Trucking Association picks its top driver every year, safety is a big consideration.
The Radisson Blu, the new hotel connected to the Mall of America, is nearing completion.
“Wild Wednesday” is here as doors opened at the Xcel Energy Center at 6 p.m. for the team’s scrimmage.
Even though it’s going to be an icy weekend, you can still dream about spring at the Minneapolis Convention Center!
Kids on winter break have something new to do – hit a big jump at Buck Hill without the risk of a botched landing.
The Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater has been feeding more than 1,600 people a day, three meals a day.
The Minneapolis office of Homeland Security Investigations is warning consumers about counterfeit products.
Afton Alps was created in 1963 by three local farmers, and over the decades thousands of Minnesotans have skied and worked there.
Seymor, a Chihuahua mix, was found huddled on the door step of a home that was not his.
It was 71 years ago Friday that Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. That attack brought America into World War II, and there are still veterans with us who were in Hawaii that day.
Grammy nominations for some big-name musicians have already been announced, but one of the categories they didn’t announce on TV is Best Children’s Album. One of the nominated groups for the category happens to be two Minneapolis residents.
Open Arms is a Minnesota nonprofit that cooks and delivers free meals to people living with HIV-AIDS, multiple sclerosis, breast cancer and 60 other diseases.
Cossetta’s new building has been open for less than a week. Even though construction is not complete, people are lining up at the restaurant and store.
It’s now easier to get around in a couple of Minneapolis neighborhoods. The new Lyndale Avenue bridge is open to traffic.