You may have seen Holly Wagner’s live reports on the morning show and the noon show. She’s been with WCCO since August 2009.
She said, “This was a destination for me. When I worked in Fort Myers, Fla. at WINK-TV, I made a vision board with a top list of stations I would love to work for. WCCO was at the top of the list, a place with integrity, strong and ethical journalists I could learn from. After a lot of leg work and pestering, I finally got the call to join the team! I couldn’t believe it!”
Holly grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa and spent time every summer at her grandparents’ cabin on the Mississippi River in northern Iowa. She graduated from University of Nebraska-Omaha with a degree in communication and major in broadcasting. Holly spent time producing and reporting at TV stations in Omaha and in Lincoln, before moving onto Fort Myers, Fla. She worked at WINK-TV for five years as a reporter, and eventually a weekend morning anchor.
“I loved living in Florida! The hurricanes I could do without,” said Holly. “I started my job a week after Hurricane Charley hit. Francis, Ivan, and Jean followed. Talk about an initiation! This was a period of great growth in my career. I stood out in hurricanes, covered brush fires, a Presidential visit, and for two years I worked the crime beat.”
Holly said she was blessed to cover the story of a WWII Veteran who at 80, met the son he never knew he had. Turns out a former lover never told him she was pregnant and gave the baby up for adoption. The man found out about his son thanks to Google. His son Googled the name on his birth certificate and found out his father had written a book.
“We got to be there when they met,” she said. “I will remember that moment the rest of my life. The story ended up winning at Emmy Award.”
Holly says she has always loved telling people’s stories. When she was in junior high, she played Barbara Walters for a school project and interviewed troubled beauty queens.
“I used to have a show in my best friend Mel’s basement called ‘The Holly Dolly Parton Show.’ It had an audience of one, but was very entertaining!”
Holly also worked on her high school newspaper and went onto study broadcasting in college.
In the winter of 2012, she says she “married the most amazing man I’ve ever known!”
Holly said she realizes now, there was more to the plan of me moving to Minnesota. She and her husband, Brandon, are just starting their lives together. He’s from Dayton, Minn., and an avid wrestling fan. They love to spend time outdoors hiking and biking, and last year they took up gardening. Holly said they both enjoy volunteering and helping others in our community.
“I don’t want to leave out Lady Elizabeth, my long-haired mini-dachshund! She is the sweetest, naughtiest best friend a girl could ever have!”
The Minneapolis Park Board is looking at snuffing out smoking in all city parks. Currently, people are allowed to smoke in designated areas, a hundred feet away from playgrounds, pools and beaches.
For hundreds of homeless veterans across the state of Minnesota, getting their hands on a nice business suit could be life changing.
A father is mourning the loss of his son after frantically trying to save him from drowning. Seventeen-year-old Benedict Richardson died Friday night. His father, Emmette Richardson, tells WCCO Benedict was swimming with his sister in the indoor pool at their apartment complex.
It’s clear that alcohol and excessive drinking played a role in the behavior of some of the people in the crowd in Dinkytown Saturday night. But what else may have led them to throw bottles at police, set a couch on fire, or vandalize a car?
Prom is a tradition every high school student should have the opportunity to experience. An organization called College Possible made prom possible for hundreds of students in the metro Saturday. The non-profit organized a dress giveaway at its headquarters in St. Paul, where 250 young ladies signed up to pick out a dress, along with accessories and shoes.
A 25-year-old man who was rescued from a fast-moving fire in a St. Paul home Saturday morning has died from his injuries. Firefighters received report of a fire on the 1400 block of Van Buren Avenue in the Frogtown neighborhood just before 6 a.m., according to St. Paul Fire Marshall Steve Zaccard. Crews arrived within minutes, but the fire had already done extensive damage to the second floor.
A South St. Paul man who was nearly killed by a hit and run driver now has a new place to call home. Zach Mohs, 28, did the official ribbon cutting on his new home on 12th Avenue North Saturday.
A Minneapolis mother who lost nearly everything she owned in a deadly fire on Valentine’s Day is getting back on her feet thanks to the community. The Valentine’s Day blaze destroyed Latonya Garret’s apartment, and killed five children in the apartment above it.
A Minnesota eighth grader with a love for reading and a passion for helping children received a prestigious national award for her accomplishment. Maria Keller, 13, won the Jefferson Award for public service for her non-profit Read Indeed.
Safety experts released information that shows child car seats often putting children in danger rather than keeping them safe. Experts said the majority of car seats aren’t put in properly or parents are making other mistakes that are putting their children in danger.
A growing number of deadly fires in Minneapolis have officials preaching safety. Since the beginning of the year, 10 people, including five children, have died in fires in Minneapolis. Fire Chief John Fruetel says it’s been more than 35 years since the fire department has seen this many deaths.
The state wrestling tournament got underway Thursday and junior Lance Benick from Totino-Grace will be going for his third straight title. And as the No. 1 ranked wrestler in his weight class in the nation, he knows he’s the guy to beat.
Two days later, questions remain about why the two people led police on a high-speed chase in Eden Prairie during the Friday morning rush hour — and whether it was a possible hostage situation.
A 69-year-old Minneapolis man who thought he was saving another man’s life when he let him into his home was instead shot in the head and killed, according to the victim’s family and police reports.
A man who broke color barriers and led Minnesota in the Civil Rights Movement was remembered Saturday. Matthew Little, long-time president of the Minneapolis NAACP, passed away last Sunday after complications from pneumonia. He was 92. Hundreds of people gathered for a memorial service at Shiloh Temple in north Minneapolis.