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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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 2013
Hometown: Excelsior, Minnesota
Alma Mater: University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

FAVORITES
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!

THIS OR THAT
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 joined the WCCO team as a reporter in 2013, but it wasn’t her first time in the newsroom. She interned at the station during her senior year at the University of Minnesota, and is proud to be back telling stories in her home state.

Kate has been awarded Upper-Midwest Emmy Awards for her reporting and breaking news coverage. She currently contributes to the “Best Of Minnesota” series, highlighting the people and places that make Minnesota great. She is also a fill-in co-host for KDWB-FM radio, and keeps busy with event hosting, charity work, and public speaking.

Kate was a musician before pursuing journalism, and has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Pantages Theatre, and numerous sporting events. You may still catch her singing The Star Spangled Banner at a gig around town.

Kate lives in Minneapolis with her husband, John. They love biking, running, and all Minnesota sports!

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

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation debuted new technology Tuesday that’s rarely been seen in Minnesota.

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Sign Language Helps Babies Better Communicate With Parents

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Despite Cold Streak, DNR Says Stay Off The Ice

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Fatal Bus Crash Survivor Wins $100K Scholarship At Big Ten Title Game

A Minnesota survivor of a deadly bus crash won a huge prize during Saturday night’s Big Ten Championship football game.

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Mild November Weather Has Twin Cities In Holiday Spirit

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2 Women Hurt When Car Crashes Through Excelsior Store

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Rosemount Marching Band Featured In Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

For the first time in decades, a Minnesota band shined in the national spotlight in the most famous parade of the year.

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WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Antique Shop In Minnesota

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11/23/2017

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11/21/2017

4 Shot In Minneapolis; Teenager In Critical Condition

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11/18/2017

‘No More Silence’: Sexual Harassment Protest Held At Capitol

Demonstrators took a stand against sexual harassment Friday at the Minnesota State Capitol.

11/17/2017

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Riding Stable In Minnesota

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‘JonnyPops’ Owners Named To Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30

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9-Year-Old Gymnast Who Fought Cancer Returns To The Mat

A young gymnast returned to the mat Saturday after spending months fighting for her life.

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Maple Grove Makes Unforgettable Gridiron Comeback

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11/10/2017

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Music Venue In Minnesota

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11/09/2017

More Anti-Jewish, Anti-Arab Graffiti Found On Macalester Campus

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