Kate joined the WCCO team in April of 2013, but it wasn’t her first time inside the newsroom. She worked as Jason DeRusha’s “Good Question” intern in college. She’s thrilled to be back in her hometown telling stories at the station she grew up watching.
Kate came to WCCO after reporting for 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 into news writing and she never looked back.
A Twin Cities native, Kate studied journalism at the University of Minnesota, where she also had the opportunity to write for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minnesota Daily.
Kate lives in Minneapolis where you’ll often find her reading in a coffee shop or running along the Stone Arch Bridge — her favorite view in Minnesota.
In addition to reporting at WCCO, you may find her speaking to students about the news business, or singing at a gig around town. She’s also a pop culture geek and enjoys texting, yoga and food blogging.
Kate’s always looking for story ideas. You can contact her at email@example.com.
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car early Thursday morning on eastbound Interstate 694 in Brooklyn Center, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Authorities responded to the incident at about 2:31 a.m. on I-94 at Zane Avenue.
A four-month-old puppy is alive and well thanks to the help of WCCO viewers. Bitsy, a 40th anniversary present from Tim Theisen to his wife, had a heart murmur. The puppy needed life-saving surgery that her owners couldn’t afford.
Police are asking for the public’s help to find an arsonist in Minneapolis. According to Minneapolis Police, five fires have been intentionally set in the Phillips neighborhood since Oct. 30, with the most recent occuring on Monday.
A community is in mourning Saturday after a 14-year-old Eastview hockey player died during a tournament Friday evening. Patrick Schoonover, 14, died around 4:30 p.m. Friday during a hockey game at the Brainerd Area Civic Center where the Blue Ox hockey tournament was being held.
The FBI is being asked to investigate a possible hate crime in St. Paul. Neighbors found someone had painted an anti-Islam message on a driveway in the West Seventh neighborhood.
Extremist groups like Al-Shabaab and ISIS have recruited more than two dozen fighters from Minnesota. Now the federal government is stepping in to try and help stop those recruitment efforts. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson was at Minneapolis’ Brian Coyle Community Center Friday
When it comes to holiday shopping, last-minute free shipping can be a saving grace for the procrastinator. “With shopping, I do put things off,” said Maggie McGill of Plymouth. Burned by missed Christmas deliveries last year, more stores plan to make you order early. Of the 92.3 percent of retailers polled who plan to offer free-standard shipping of some sort this holiday season.
Willow Creek Theatre in Plymouth has been all digital since 2012, but they haven’t completely let go of film’s history. The theater will be pulling out its old 70-mm format film projector next week to show Christopher Nolan’s new film, “interstellar” — three days before competitors. “Most theaters were just kind of pushing them out the door into a trash can,” said assistant manager Justin Ayd.
St. Paul has agreed to pay $20,000 to a fourth-grade student injured in a landslide that killed two of his classmates in a city park last year. The incident happened on a class fieldtrip to the city’s Lilydale Regional Park in May 2013. Ten-year-old Mohamed Fofana and 9-year-old Haysem Sani died in the landslide.
Employees are calling it devastating. Thousands of animals have died in a massive fire in southern Minnesota. The fire broke out Saturday afternoon just after 3 p.m. at the Cougar Run Farm, near the town of Truman. It’s about 45 minutes south of Mankato.
Minnesota health officials say they are prepared to handle an Ebola case if it makes its way to the state. On Saturday, the Minnesota Department of Health held a community information session on Ebola in Brooklyn Park.
Cyber security experts are calling the last twelve months “the year of the large scale breach.” With companies like Target and Home Depot being hacked, leaders in the business and technology communities are teaming up to end cyber security crime.
It’s the kind of scene that makes you stop in wonder Until now, only few have gotten such a front row view of the new Vikings Stadium. WCCO got to go inside the $800 million project Monday afternoon. The pillar, which is the spine of the entire building, will take a year to build.
This year marks the 100th Homecoming at the University of Minnesota.
After a historic settlement in clergy sex abuse lawsuits in Minnesota, now the question becomes how the Catholic Church will pay for it. The exact amount of the settlement has been kept confidential, but experts say it could cost the Archdiocese tens of millions of dollars.