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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Millions of Americans are busy writing up their New Year’s resolutions for 2015. According to a U.S. government survey, the top resolutions this year are to lose weight, get organized and spend less money.
Friday is the second-busiest shopping day of the year. Jenna Roering’s birthday isn’t until Dec. 30, but she’s picking out her birthday gift with her mom early at Rosedale Center in Roseville. “My mom said there’s a lot of sales the day after Christmas, so we came here today,” Roering said.
A Minnesota businessman made a very large donation to the WCCO Trees of Hope campaign for the Minnesota Military Family Foundation, to honor a very special military family.
Minnesota is experiencing the worst flu outbreak in four years. Hundreds of schools across the state have been affected and now doctors and nurses are getting sick, too. Hospitals have admitted more than 300 Minnesotans with the flu this season. Sixty of the cases happened just in the last week. There were 22 cases in the same week in 2013.
St. Paul Police have taken up a new assignment–a new way to help children in need.
The Salvation Army raises around $3 million every year in the Twin Cities through their red kettle campaign. The campaign started in San Francisco in 1891. Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee came up with the idea to collect money to feed the poor during the holiday season. He used a single iron kettle for donations.
Boneyard, a southern-style restaurant that opened in Uptown just last spring, is soon closing its doors for good. According to a post on its Facebook page, the restaurant’s final day will be Dec. 24. That’s when renovations will begin to transform the space, on 2841 Hennepin Ave. South, into a third Salsa A La Salsa location.
The body of a missing 19-year-old man from Eagan has been found. Elijah Buchannan went missing two weeks ago after police say he fled home after a family disturbance. Dakota County Authorities found his body in a wooded area of Patrick Eagan Park Saturday. His mother, Melanie Buchanan, says they found him less than a half mile from his home.
A Minnesota task force is pushing for changes in the way the state handles child abuse cases.
The Piano Man is coming to Target Center next spring for his first show at the arena in 15 years. The announcement came Thursday morning after Target Center posted a photo to social media the previous night showing Times Square with a big sign reading “Happy 1999.”
Brandon Johnson and Craig Lindstrom have gone an annual hunting trip for 12 years. But this last one in September was different. “Everybody kids about things, but nobody thinks something like that’s going to happen,” Brandon said. His group shot a black bear on the trip near Duxbury.
As sleet came down in the metro Sunday afternoon, road crews prepared for what could be a messy Monday commute. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, temperature is key because it’s expected to hover overnight between 30 and 35 degrees — right around freezing.
A 7-year-old girl was abducted around 3 p.m. Saturday in North Minneapolis.
A loon trapped on a frozen lake is alive and recovering Friday night thanks to the help of one Minnesota family. The Larson family rescued the bird off of Bottle Lake in northern Minnesota after noticing it hadn’t moved in days and wasn’t eating.
It’s clothing donations all year long that help support important Salvation Army programs.
Minnesota’s high school sports league voted to approve the new guidelines for transgender students to participate in sports at a Thursday meeting. An avalanche of strong reaction from both sides on the controversial policy delayed a Minnesota State High School League vote on the guidelines earlier this year.
Minnesota Vikings running back has met with a hearing officer in an appeal over his suspension from the NFL and is now awaiting a ruling. The hearing took place Tuesday morning with Harold Henderson, the NFL’s former vice president of labor relations. He has reportedly heard over 90 appeals in the last six years dealing with personal conduct and drug issues.
The Target store in Roseville opens at 6 p.m. Thursday and shoppers were lined up ready to go. While there are a lot of stores opening early this Thanksgiving, there was one stop we found that had people lining up for days.
Before the convenience of Facebook and the Internet, there were the White Pages to find your friends. Now, kids born after today may never know what a phone book is.
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