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 man from Burnsville is accused of sexually assaulting a young woman while taking modeling shots of her. Court documents said Eric Rutherford, 33, contacted the woman on Facebook. Police said he told her she could become a model if she took photos at his home.
Roughly 300 University of Minnesota and city of Minneapolis police are patrolling Dinkytown Saturday evening preparing for any outcome of the final game of the NCAA National Championship game. The Gopher men’s hockey team will take on Union College in the final game of the NCAA Frozen Four tournament.
Nineteen people were arrested Saturday night and Sunday morning after Gopher fans poured out into the streets, after the Gophers lost 7-4 to Union College in the final game of NCAA Championship Tournament.
A father and son from St. Louis Park have been reported missing after they left last week to go hiking in Colorado, according to a family spokesperson. Damian McManus, 51, and his son Evan, 18, took an impromptu trip to the Mount Evans, Colorado for Evan’s spring break. While they were camping, Evan’s mother Katherine, twin sister Lauren, and family friend Andrea Bouzara went on a trip to Mexico.
Some crazy videos have been popping up on Facebook over the past week to help a sick little girl and her family. The videos are part of the “Cold Water Challenge,” an online campaign to help generate attention and funds for a cause.
Now that most of the snow has melted on the roads another lovely effect from Mother Nature has popped up – potholes. “I’ve noticed that there are giant potholes on most of the streets,” Jud Nichols, from Minneapolis, said. Potholes are a major problem this year.
When Suzanne Born looked outside to see snow on her driveway Friday morning, she skipped the shoveling and went back to bed. “I was born and raised in this state. I’ve lived here all my life, and I know mother nature will take care of this,” said Born, of Golden Valley. “By the time it gets to April, there’s no point in shoveling.”
eople all over the world are getting a chance to see Minnesota bald eagles up close. The “DNR EagleCam” is in its second year, but this is the first time the eagles laid eggs that hatched into chicks. The live feed, available online, gets thousands of hits a day with people wanting to see the chicks in their natural habitat, according to Lori Naumann, DNR Nongame Wildlife Program information officer.
Sunday was the perfect day to get out and thaw out a little bit. With temperatures reaching the 60s in much of the metro, it was the nicest day of the year so far.
For folks taking a stroll along Grand Avenue in St. Paul, Minn. on Saturday, there was a spring in their step. “We’re super excited for summer. Everybody is going to be in such a better mood,” Katelyn Johnson, from Hugo, said. “I think everyone’s rage level is just way down,” Kurt Christensen, from St. Paul, said.
A community is mourning the loss of a police officer who spent more than two decades serving in Central Minnesota. Sartell Police Officer Joe Schmitz had gone in for surgery on March 20 for a bulging disc in his neck. But after he returned home an artery ruptured pressing against his airway.
The director of a Minnesota animal rescue is trying to get back on her feet after she lost her home, and some animals, in a massive fire.
A Minnesota father faces criminal charges because prosecutors say he should have known his son was throwing an underage drinking party.
Some lawmakers are trying to help Minnesota ice arenas pay for a pricy upgrade. Beginning in 2020, there’s an international agreement to stop producing the R-22 refrigerant, which many rinks use to stay cold. The transition will mean higher costs, as the rinks will need to find alternative refrigeration systems.
While so many are focused on their basketball brackets, it’s college hockey fans filling both downtown areas Saturday. St. Paul is hosting the Big Ten Conference tournament at the Xcel Energy Center, while Minneapolis has the National Collegiate Hockey Conference tournament at Target Center. Forget March Madness, for these fans it’s all about the ice.