Kate Raddatz

Kate Raddatz joined the WCCO-TV team in April 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.
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Joined WCCO: 2013
Hometown: Excelsior, Minnesota
Alma Mater: University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

Music: Beyoncé & Rolling Stones
Movie: Liar Liar
TV Show: I Dream of Jeannie
Book: Tina Fey, Bossypants
Food: Is Sriracha a food? Then falafel.
Local Restaurant: Brasa (Northeast!)
Hidden MN Gem: My hometown :)
Sport/Exercise: Football and yoga
Historical Figure: Joan of Arc
Favorite Minnesotan: Too many favorite Twins players
Quote: ” There will never be a day when we won’t need dedication, discipline, energy, and the feeling that we can change things for the better.” — George Sheehan
Word: Can
Vacation Spot: Coronado Island, San Diego
Holiday: Christmas Eve
Planet: Earth, I’ve been there!

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Too hard!
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Stones
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text, always
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Depends
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Crazy early morning
East Coast vs. West Coast? West
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Grey Duck

Kate Raddatz joined the WCCO-TV team in April 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 for the Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves, and Gophers. In high school, her song writing transitioned to news writing and she never looked back. You can still find her singing around town today, though!

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 is passionate about sports, fitness, and giving back.

She’s always looking for story ideas. You can contact her here.

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Shoppers Keep It Local On ‘Small Business Saturday’

Managing a local business runs in the family for Angela Lessman. “I was around it my whole childhood,” Lessman said. “I grew up in a store. My parents had a store for consignment for artists in Door County, Wisconsin.”


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Families Come Together In Search For Missing Loved Ones

More than 100 volunteers searched through the brush Friday as they combed their way through a 36-acre stretch of land in search for any signs of a missing St. Cloud man. “There seems to be a rash of younger people going missing,” volunteer Kelly Kiffmeyer said. “It’s just disconcerting to hear about.”


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Mpls. Firefighters, Meals On Wheels, Deliver Thanksgiving Meals to 70 Families

For some families, the holidays can be a tough time to put food on the table. This Thanksgiving, some Twin Cities firefighters wanted to make sure families in need could celebrate.


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Gov. Dayton, Mayor Hodges Meet With NAACP Leaders About Clark Case

National and state leaders met Friday afternoon at the Governor’s Mansion in St. Paul to talk about the investigation of the shooting of Jamar Clark, and the demands protesters are making.


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Nat’l NAACP Leaders Join Mpls. In Protests Against Jamar Clark Shooting

The Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP held a press conference Thursday morning to discuss the shooting of Jamar Clark. Shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday, the president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, Nekima Levy-Pounds, once again outlined the community’s demands following Clark’s death.


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Jamar Clark’s Family Calls For Peaceful Protest, Justice

Jamar Clark’s family says Wednesday night they want closure and justice. As Black Lives Matter supporters chanted outside the Fourth Precinct in a tense night of protest, Eddie Sutton — Clark’s brother — said they will hold their ground.


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Online Personal Shopping Services Flourishing

Who wouldn’t love to have their own personal shopper? Online personal shopping services have exploded in popularity in recent years. Clothes are picked out for users and then sent in the mail, saving them time and, some say, money.


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3 Charged In Rape Of Woman, 14-Year-Old Daughter

A woman and child were raped and beaten after masked gunmen invaded their Minneapolis home. Police say Reggie Bishop, Roynell Taylor and Deondre Bishop broke into a North Minneapolis home on Bryant Avenue North late at night on July 19.


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Minnesota Natives Who Witnessed Terror Attacks Share Their Stories

A Minneapolis woman was in Paris working as a tour guide during the recent deadly attacks. Emily Bisbach is leading a group of 25 Americans and 2 Canadians with Collette Tours. Everyone in Bisbach’s tour group is safe.


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Local Fast Food Workers Join Nat’l Strike For Better Wages, Paid Sick Days

Local fast food workers and cashiers organizing with sub-contracted cleaners are joining 270 cities around the country in a strike.


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Maplewood Police: Man Fatally Shot Inside Home Was Targeted

Police say a man who was shot and killed inside his Maplewood home early Saturday morning was targeted by the suspect. The shooting happened at about 4:45 a.m. on the 2200 block of Hazel Street, according to Maplewood police. The suspect gained entrance to the home and fired a single shot, hitting and killing a 31-year-old man who lived there.


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Need For Tech Workers Helps Bump Holiday Hiring Numbers

Believe it or not, Christmas is seven weeks away. That means a lot of businesses are busy hiring for the holidays. A new survey from the job website CareerBuilder shows 33 percent of companies plan to hire seasonal help this year — up from 26 percent in 2014.


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Lawsuit Accuses Mpls., St. Paul Schools Of Segregating Students

A lawsuit has been filed against the state of Minnesota demanding desegregation at Minneapolis and St. Paul schools. The lawsuit, which was filed Thursday morning in Hennepin County District Court, challenges what it calls unlawful and unconstitutional segregation in the Twin Cities.


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Police Treating Death Of Mankato Teen As Suspicious

Authorities in southern Minnesota are treating the death of a 16-year-old girl whose body was found in a field as suspicious. The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office was called around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday about a car sitting in a field off of Highway 68 northwest of Mankato.


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Hennepin Co. Honors Man Who Saved Girl From Drowning

A 9-year-old girl is alive and well all thanks to the quick thinking of a stranger. De’Asia Johnson fell to the bottom of a pool at the Bloomington Ramada last month. Guy Brown heard Johnson’s mother screaming for help, jumped in and saved her.


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Minnesota Ranked 5th In Nation For Student Loan Debt

Minnesota has made another list, but it is not a good one to be on if you are heading to college. A new study from the Institute for College Access and Success says Minnesota ranks fifth on the list of the states with the highest student debt.


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New Guidelines Raise Age For Women To Begin Regular Mammograms

New guidelines say women should start getting mammograms at age 45, not 40. The organization also says it’s OK to skip routine manual breast checks by doctors.


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Community Comes Together To Remember 3 Children Killed In Fire

The funeral for Latorius, Latoria, and Latorianna Thomas took place Saturday morning. The three siblings were killed in a fire at their home on Penn Avenue in north Minneapolis earlier this month.


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Minn. Attorney General Goes After Car Donation Foundation

The nation’s largest nonprofit for car donations is accused of misleading the public about millions of dollars worth of donations. The Car Donation Foundation is accused of paying $36 million to two corporations owned by the executives who managed the charity between 2011 and 2014.


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Twin Cities Service Workers March In Support Of Expanded Benefits

Hundreds in the Twin Cities Service Employess International Union (SEIU) chapter marched on Central Avenue in northeast Minneapolis Saturday.


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Woman Says Minnesota Church Ruined Family’s Gravestone

A Minnesota woman says a church’s mistake has ruined a family gravestone.


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The Reason Behind The Price Jump At The Pump

f you filled up your car recently, you might have noticed a price jump at the gas station. Gas prices went up about 10 cents a gallon in the Twin Cities Wednesday, and have gone up over 20 cents a gallon since last week.


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‘Skills Gap’ Leaves Millions Of Manufacturing Jobs Vacant

Minnesota faces an employment issue that doesn’t involve a lack of jobs — it’s too many openings, and not enough qualified workers.


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Girl Honored For Testifying Against Father’s Attacker

An 11-year-old girl became the youngest recipient of a Community Leadership Award from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office Friday.


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Officer Rescues Suicidal Man From Parking Ramp

A Minnesota police officer is being praised for saving a man from jumping off a parking ramp — and the whole thing was captured on camera.



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