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.
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.
The push is growing to raise the minimum wage in Minnesota. Some lawmakers want to pass a bill this session to raise it to $9.50 an hour, but some workers in Minneapolis were rallying for much more Saturday. “I believe workers have a right, have a basic human right to be able to make enough money to raise their families and have safe affordable housing,” Veronica Mendez Moore from Minneapolis said.
The heat is on. WCCO director of meteorology Mike Augustyniak says that high temperatures in the Twin Cities could top 50 degrees on Monday. On Sunday, temperatures reached into the 40s.
A fallen Minnesota Marine returned home Saturday to a community that honored his sacrifice. Hundreds gathered to pay their respects to Cpl. Caleb Erickson and remembered a life taken too soon.
When getting to the gym can be a challenge in itself this winter, members of the LA Fitness in Roseville have had more serious problems to deal with.
A boom in using trains to ship oil to Minnesota could cause a shortage at the breakfast table. The Wall Street Journal reports that Canada is months behind in grain shipments, as railroads have been shipping more oil instead.
With Ukraine and Russia on the verge of a possible war, the rest of world is watching and waiting to see the next course of action.
A small town in central Minnesota put on a big event Saturday night to honor a 1st grader fighting for his life. Curtis Lee Hiltbrunner was the guest of honor at the Crosby Elementary prom.
Minnesotans have one word to describe this winter. Unbelievable. Why? “Because I never thought it would last this long,” Jon Hokanson of Chanhassen said.
The University of Minnesota is going smoke free. Students already are not allowed to smoke inside buildings on campus. But starting in July, the ban will extend outdoors.
While a lot of high school juniors and seniors are worried about finding a prom date, 13 Minnehaha Academy students are on a different mission: sending a NASA-approved experiment to space.