Josie Smith began reporting traffic for WCCO Radio in 2003. One of her recent memorable experiences at WCCO took place in June of 2010 when heavy rains shutdown two major arteries in the Twin Cities. At one point drivers were stranded in 3 feet of standing water on I-35W in south Minneapolis. Highway 169 in Plymouth was also forced to close until the water receded. Josie joined the news team and meteorologist Mike Lynch to bring listeners the most up-to-date information during the storm coverage.
While she spent her childhood years in Cardwell, Mont., her family later moved to Little Falls, Minn., where she attended high school. Josie graduated from Brown College in the Twin Cities after completing their radio/television broadcasting program. Her first job was at a small AM radio station in Chaska, Minn. where she served as news director and co-host of the morning show. Highlights include interviewing former Gov. Jesse Ventura and broadcasting live while taking a ride on Valleyfair’s infamous Wild Thing roller-coaster.
Over the years, she has provided news and traffic to a number of Twin Cities radio stations. She has also DJ’d at several radio stations around the metro.
When Josie’s not talking traffic she enjoys baking, taking dance lessons, watching those silly “Bachelor” shows, and hanging out with her sports-obsessed husband Phil.