Jennifer Mayerle happily returned to Minnesota and WCCO, where she began her career as an intern. The Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist joined WCCO as a reporter in May 2014.
Jennifer likes to tell stories that positively impact the community, to report on ordinary people who act in extraordinary ways, and to investigate problematic situations that can be corrected by an informed public.
Prior to WCCO she worked at CBS46 in Atlanta, where she was recognized for excellence in reporting and for community involvement. Jennifer received an Emmy for her in-depth look at the long-lasting impact of concussions and repeated hits to the head in athletics from the youth to the pro level. Her reports helped prompt Georgia legislators to pass The Return to Play Act, a law designed to protect young athletes.
In 2011, she won an Emmy, a Murrow, and a Georgia Associated Press award for her report on Ann Bartlett, a woman who died in a house fire due, Jennifer discovered, to the failure of firefighters to respond adequately to Bartlett’s 911 call.
One of Jennifer’s reports saved lives. She broke an investigation on counterfeit smoke detectors purchased by the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department and distributed to low-income residents. The highly-publicized series of reports prompted an FBI investigation of the distributor and forced the department to recall and begin to replace more than 18,000 faulty detectors. One of the replacement detectors alerted and saved a family of six from a fire that destroyed their home.
Jennifer received the Apex Society’s 2008 “Power 30 under 30″ award, which honors 30 professionals in Atlanta under age 30 for excellence in their professional and community endeavors. She enjoyed volunteering, emceeing events and serving on boards of directors, including the Atlanta Press Club. She was moved by her journey with Georgia war veterans on their Honor Flight to visit the war memorials in Washington, D.C. and to observe the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery. She also traveled to the District of Columbia to cover the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington.
During her time in Atlanta, you might have caught one of her occasional reports on The Insider and CNN (including one, reporting from Atlanta in January, on the onset of a spell of bitterly cold weather in Minnesota – could that be the story that led her back home?). She also contributed profiles of prominent individuals to The Atlantan monthly magazine.
Prior to Atlanta, Jennifer worked as a weekend anchor/reporter for WKRG in Mobile, AL. There she gained international exposure for her coverage of Hurricane Katrina. She won her first Emmy and Murrow for her interview with Hardy Jackson in Biloxi, Mississippi just hours after his wife was swept from his grasp by the flood waters. It was one of the first stories of human suffering to emerge from Katrina’s wreckage. Jennifer and Hardy became friends, and she maintained her connection to Hardy until his death in 2013. She still keeps in touch with his family.
Jennifer began her career at KWES in Midland, TX, as a weekend anchor/reporter, a smaller market where she learned the value of self-sufficiency and grew to appreciate the beauty of rolling tumbleweeds.
She was born and raised in Edina and graduated from the University of San Diego.
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Several teens from a Minneapolis basketball program were arrested on assault charges in Wichita, Kansas over the weekend. The kids range in age from 12 to 18.
Too few teens are getting the HPV vaccine, leaving them at risk for several types of cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
On Saturday morning, hundreds will ride motorcycles in honor of an Army Ranger who died after being shot in Afghanistan six years ago. Fire sparked by lightning almost halted Friday night’s fundraising part of the Memorial Ride.
Two brothers living on Lake Minnetonka have a big fish story to tell. James and Johnny Range Jr. are part of a fishing league on the lake, and they reeled in a huge muskie Tuesday night.
A man sold raffle tickets across the country claiming to raise money to help veterans. He brought in more than a $100,000. But WCCO learned where the money was really going, and it wasn’t to veterans. And there are victims right here in Minnesota.
A small Wisconsin town came together Friday night to salute a fallen Marine.
A western Wisconsin county is taking action to get rid of an invasive species overtaking parts of town. Giant knotweed is found from Minnesota to Maine, and south to Louisiana. The plant spreads quickly, and grows fast.
Three local entrepreneurs hope to convince golfers to trade in the traditional golf shoe for a more laid-back option. The University of Minnesota grads started “Swannies.” Their main product is a soft spike golf sandal they call comfortable, casual and practical.
Women are planning protests across the country this week against a form of permanent birth control. The FDA announced it will take another look at Essure, the device marketed as being safer and cheaper alternative to getting your tubes tied.
The mother of a 14-year-old girl accidentally shot by her boyfriend earlier this year has moved her daughter out of state.
A teenage boy is speaking after being trapped in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Asher Bloom got trapped under a rock in the water after his canoe went over a waterfall Wednesday afternoon.
A small community in western Wisconsin wants a new business to take its name off its building. It’s a firearms store, named “F-Bomb Ordnance” and it opened on the main street of St. Croix Falls. Its website, F-Bomb-net is prominently displayed on the windows.
Talk of which university to attend is a common conversation in the Mulholland household. “I have UNI, River Falls and Eau Claire,” Hannah Mulholland said. Her brother and sister both left school roughly $30,000 in debt. That weighs on her mind, and her mom’s.
Dozens of small businesses in Minnesota are dealing with a legal headache that’s costing them thousands of dollars.
Long before 9/11 increased airport security, there were a number of hijackings in the late 1960s and early 70s. Most of the hijackers forced pilots to land in Cuba after the U.S. banned travel to the country. A Minnesota woman and her 15-month-old daughter were on one of those flights nearly 50 years ago.
A former boy scout has come forward with claims his scoutmaster sexually abused him for years.
A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Minnesota fares better than the rest of the upper Midwest states — it’s the only state to trim trim its obesity rate since 2007.
A former St. Francis police investigator will be in court next week on charges he illegally recorded interviews of candidates applying for the same job as him. A.J. Gennaro is accused of recording the interviews of five people applying for a promotion with the department.
On Thursday night, people in Minnesota — and the rest of the country — tried to understand a massacre that happened in a church in South Carolina. Nine people were killed during bible study class.
They are often unseen and move behind the scenes, working to keep us safe. The U.S. Marshals Service is the oldest federal law enforcement agency. Its main mission is to protect the federal court system. But the most visible part of the job includes hunting fugitives, killers and violent offenders.
A federal judge is scheduled to rule Wednesday on the constitutionality of Minnesota’s sex offender program. Sex offenders sued the state in 2011 because almost no one has been discharged.
It’s been nearly a year since flooding caused tens of millions of dollars of damage across southern Minnesota. Rain sent mud cascading into the back of the old Jordan brewery. Tenants had to move out, and a new brewery set to open for the first time in 80 years, was forced to find a new home.
Older, ailing dogs are often the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized at a shelter. This spring, non-profit Secondhand Hounds started a hospice program for those otherwise unwanted dogs.
The Minnesota Department of Health released new numbers Monday on sign-ups for medical marijuana, which will become available to eligible and registered patients on July 1. MDH officials said they have received more than 100 applications for medical marijuana from health care practitioners.
Wisconsin authorities and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have seized about 1,200 birds from a cockfighting ring in Polk and St. Croix counties. The ASPCA says law enforcement executed search warrants Tuesday at four western Wisconsin properties, detaining several people.