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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College students in Northfield are coming together to support a neighboring school. After learning of the death of a student at St. Olaf last week, Carleton students filled every mailbox at St. Olaf with a flower as a way to show solidarity. “It was an absolutely incredible gesture that we experienced from Carleton,” said junior John Bruer.
It had been on her mind for a few years, so Ellen Burkhardt decided to write about why she’s choosing to wait to have sex until marriage. “I firmly believe that in order to have sex with someone you should love them, and personally, I’ve never been in love,” Burkhardt said. Her article on the subject in Salon magazine went viral and started a conversation.
A 27-year-old tennis coach at Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights, Minn., is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student, according to a criminal complaint.
There’s a Vikings-Packers rivalry. And then there’s Chris St. Martin and Paul Pankratz. The dueling neighbors took the loyalty to their teams to another level a few years ago. Now, people stop and take pictures where their yards meet.
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Rachel Woell passed away Friday night, after leaving the football game at half-time.
A non-profit, accused of using grant money to fund lavish trips and a Costco membership, was shut down by the state on Friday. The state is seeking $600,000 back from Community Action of Minneapolis. The agency helps low-income families with heating bills and works to find people jobs.
The new Budweiser commercial tugs at your heart, and the song in the background, well, it’s memorable. The ad featuring the song “When You Come Home” has more than 15 million YouTube views. It was written and sung by Minneapolis-based musician Dan Rodriguez. “I was inspired about a guy and his dog to write a song about a friendship or relationship,” Rodriguez said.
“Survivor: Blood Vs. Water” premiered Wednesday on WCCO. And this season there’s a Minnesotan to root for. Reed Kelly is a St. Paul native, but currently calls New York home. He’s on the show with his boyfriend, Josh Canfield.
A Minnesota mother is coming to the defense of the Vikings’ star running back. Adrian Peterson is charged with hitting his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch in Texas. Two years ago, a mom named April did something similar at a beach in northern Minnesota.
There is a $5,000 reward for information about an inmate who escaped right as a jury found him guilty of attempted second degree murder Thursday. Police said Michael Henderson fought with deputies in the Hennepin County courtroom, then bolted out the door. A jury had just convicted Henderson of attempted second degree murder for an armed robbery back in March.
Vikings fans are reacting to the news, but many were hesitant to talk about the indictment, saying the topic is too sensitive. Reactions were mixed.
The owner of an auto shop said the incident that led him to fire an employee was blown out of proportion. The Roseville Police Department used Suburban Auto Body to fix their cars. That four-month relationship ended a week ago when employees were accused of speeding in the patrol cars.
Any parent will tell you that trying to get kids to eat healthier is tricky business, particularly for teenagers.
Some of the names showing interest in growing and selling medical marijuana in Minnesota are familiar ones. Friday began the first step towards finding two manufacturers.