Kate Raddatz

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Kate joined the WCCO team in April of 2013, but it wasn’t her first time inside the newsroom. She worked as the “Good Question” intern in college. An Excelsior native and proud Gopher grad, she’s thrilled to be telling stories in the place she grew up.

Kate came to WCCO from WBAY-TV, the market leading news station in northeast Wisconsin. There she covered the Gubernatorial recall election from campaign headquarters, the mass shooting at the Milwaukee Sikh temple, and filled in as a sports reporter during the NFL season.

Growing up, Kate had her sights set on Broadway. She’s had the opportunity to perform at the Pantages Theater, Carnegie Hall, and sang the National Anthem for the Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves, and Gophers. After years of performing, she couldn’t ignore her interest in journalism. In high school, her song writing transitioned to news writing and she never looked back.

Kate lives in Minneapolis where you’ll often find her reading in a coffee shop or running along the lakes with her husband, John.

Kate loves talking sports, fitness, and finding your passion.

Kate’s always looking for story ideas. You can contact her at kraddatz@wcco.com.

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First Avenue Mainroom To Reopen After Partial Ceiling Collapse

Iconic Twin Cities music venue First Avenue will reopen Friday night after a 30-by-30-foot portion of its ceiling collapsed during a concert, injuring five people. The venue has been closed since Aug. 12, and it has taken the work of hundreds to get the place back in order.

08/28/2015

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State Patrol Released Video Of 8-Year-Old’s Joyride

An 8-year-old’s joyride on the highway earlier this year was caught on camera. Dash-cam video released by the Minnesota State Patrol shows the boy at the end of his route from St. Paul to Mounds View on April 28.

08/27/2015

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Making The Most Of Your Minnesota State Fair Experience

Thousands of people will flock to the fairgrounds in St. Paul Thursday for the first day of the Minnesota State Fair. “This is the very end of that sprint to the end of the marathon for us,” Minnesota State Fair communications manager Brienna Schuette said.

08/26/2015

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Winona State Investigating Complaint Against Ex-Coach Leaf

Winona State University officials are investigating a complaint lodged against former men’s basketball coach Mike Leaf. The university released a statement noting Leaf was placed on administrative leave June 22, the day after the university received a complaint about Leaf. Leaf was still on leave when he notified the university June 26 he would be resigning effective June 30.

08/22/2015

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Parents Of Slain College Student Honor Him With Foundation

The family of a Minnesota college student who was murdered last year says they are focusing on the positive. The body of 18-year-old Tom Bearson was found three days after he went missing from North Dakota State University last fall.

08/20/2015

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St. Paul Residents Jump From 2nd-Story Windows To Avoid Fire

The St. Paul Fire Department says a 14-year-old boy is lucky he had a second escape route when a fire erupted in his bedroom.

08/19/2015

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Looking For A Tech Job? There Are Plenty In Minnesota

If you’re thinking of a career in technology, you’re in the right place. Tech jobs are growing faster in Minnesota than any other state. According to the technology job postings site dice.com, Minnesota ranks No. 1 for technology job growth, followed by Utah and Nebraska.

08/18/2015

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Playground Built In Honor Of 3 Wisconsin Girls Opens

A new playground in River Falls, Wis., opened Saturday in honor of the three Schaffhausen girls. The young girls were murdered by their father in their River Falls home three years ago. Their mother, Jessica Peterson, who remarried, decided to build the playground memorial to remember them.

08/15/2015

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Mayor Of St. Paul Hoping To Land Soccer Stadium

Back in March it was announced that Major League Soccer would be coming to Minnesota. Just a few months later, however, that plan could be in jeopardy with a stadium site yet to be decided. Now, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is hoping to sway the league east of the Mississippi River.

08/11/2015

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Edina Police Shoot, Critically Injure Armed Suspect

A suspect has been shot in what might be an officer-involved shooting in Edina Saturday morning.

08/08/2015

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Toddler Found Alone At Busy Intersection Reunited With Mother

Police searched for hours Thursday for the parents of a 3-year-old boy found on the side of a busy metro road, wearing only a diaper.

08/06/2015

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A Lovely Evening For A National Night Out

On this Top 10 Weather Day, it’s not just the perfect time to get outdoors.

08/04/2015

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St. Cloud Protesters Say Speaker Made Negative Comments About Somali Refugees

Accusations of racism are dividing one Minnesota community. A group protested in St. Cloud Saturday after a speaker allegedly talked about the effects of Somali immigrants moving to the city.

08/01/2015

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1 Year Later, Hundreds Honor Fallen Mendota Heights Officer

Hundreds are expected to honor the memory of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick Thursday. He was shot and killed during a traffic stop one year ago.

07/30/2015

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Why Our Cars Are Lasting Longer

A new study says the average vehicle in the U.S. is a record 11.5 years old, according to the consulting firm IHS Automotive. Jazmin Munoz, from Burnsville, bought her 2004 Nissan Altima used three years ago.

07/29/2015

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Local Charity Helps Raise Funds To Keep Vandalized Furniture Store Open

A small town furniture store that was vandalized will stay open thanks to the help of strangers. “I usually don’t cry, but when I see all the help we’ve been getting it gets me very emotional,” The Furniture Clinic owner Rick Elkins said.

07/23/2015

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‘Glory Index’ Shows This Summer Is Minnesota’s 3rd Best On Record

The Minnesota DNR says so far this has been the third “most glorious” on record, according to the all-new “Summer Glory Index.” The index is calculated based on ideal temperature, dew point and precipitation.

07/22/2015

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Furniture Store Vandalism May Force Business To Close

Vandalism may force a small-town furniture store to close.

07/21/2015

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Next Summer Will Be Tough For Patios On Nicollet Mall

If you’re looking to enjoy cocktails on the patio, you may want to make a stop on Nicollet Mall.

07/19/2015

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Metro Residents Cleaning Up Debris After Severe Overnight Storms

It was a busy day of clean up for residents all over the metro. Thousands were without power for hours, and many residents saw boats, houses or cars ruined.

07/18/2015

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12-Year-Old Lightning Victim Glad To Be Alive

The family of a 12-year-old boy struck by lightning say strangers helped save his life.

07/15/2015

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Incentive, Scenery Drew Woody Harrelson’s ‘Wilson’ To Minnesota

A new Woody Harrelson movie is being shot in Minnesota. The film “Wilson”, starring Harrelson and Laura Dern, is based on a Daniel Clowes novel of the same name that is set in Oakland, California. Producers decided the film should be shot in the Twin Cities.

07/14/2015

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Graduates Of Veterans Treatment Court Get Clean Start

Four local veterans are being honored Thursday for turning their lives around by overcoming drug, alcohol or mental health issues.

07/09/2015

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Heart Attack Victim Saved By Hospital’s Fast ‘Door To Balloon’ Rate

The American Heart Association urges hospitals to have a quick “door to balloon rate.” That’s the time it takes to get a patient from the hospital doors to an operating room, where the blocked artery can be opened by inflating and deflating a tiny balloon.

07/06/2015

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Extra Water Patrols Out On Lake Minnetonka For 4th Of July Weekend

The Fourth of July is the busiest day out on metro area lakes. And it makes for a hectic weekend for water patrols. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office have extra patrols out on Lake Minnetonka this weekend.

07/04/2015

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