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.
Since insects don’t have the luxury of giant furry hats, scarves or mittens, they get creative to withstand the cold. While not all insects can tolerate the subzero temps, most have strategies to survive.
On Sunday, sports fans will be huddling around a big screen TV to watch the Super Bowl, which could help explain the surge in TV sales this week. The National Retail Federation said around 7.7 million TVs are sold in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, the most popular being 50 inches or bigger.
Three people were hospitalized after an Allina Health ambulance – with a patient inside – collided head-on with an SUV early Saturday morning in Wright County. Lt. Sean Deringer of the Wright County Sheriff’s office says this was an unusual crash considering those involved. “It certainly brings it to a personal level when we know the people involved,” Lt. Deringer said.
Authorities are investigating after three people were shot outside a Hudson, Wis. liquor store. Police say the shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. Sunday on the 200 block of Second Street.
In counterpoint to the “big box” model, Target announced plans to test out a small format store in the middle of the University of Minnesota’s Dinkytown neighborhood. The company said the story would be a mere 20,000 square feet.
A police dive unit resumed its search for a missing woman who fell into the Chicago River. Authorities say 21-year-old Lauren Li and another man fell while trying to help their friend, who’d also fallen into the river early Monday while retrieving a cellphone from the ice.
A puppy is being nursed back to health after being abused and abandoned in the cold. Someone found a 4-month-old puppy roaming the streets of Minneapolis during last week’s subzero temperatures. Minneapolis Animal Care and Control picked up the young pit bull. Officer Jacob Young says the dog had cigar wounds all over his body.
Authorities are asking for the public’s help to find a vehicle that was involved in a hit-and-run crash Saturday night that killed two pedestrians in western Wisconsin.
With flu cases in Minnesota up 25 percent in just one week, physicians are pushing the vaccine. Last week, there were 144 flu-related hospitalizations across the state compared to 118 the week before. The increase in the number of cases had people rushing to get their flu shot on Saturday.
A crowded Twin Cities Target store was held up Thursday night and the robber is still missing. As customers waited to pick up their prescriptions at the SuperTarget at 1750 South Robert Street in West St. Paul, a gunman came to the front of the line and demanded drugs.
A teen from Hermantown, Minn. is braving the arctic blast that’s enveloped the Midwest by sleeping outside. Seventeen-year old Rudy Hummel has been sleeping in the backyard of his family’s home for seven months. To stay warm at night, he recently built a snow cave called a quinzhee, which is large enough to fit three people.
If the idea of waiting out the arctic blast at home makes you a little stir crazy, there are businesses to help keep you and your kids busy.
Authorities say more than a dozen people were taken to hospitals after a fire engulfed several apartments near downtown Minneapolis. WCCO talked with a family member of one of the victims being treated at HCMC who also lived in the building. He said he has nothing left but the jacket he was wearing on his back.
Authorities said Trigger’s Bar at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake is a total loss after a fire Tuesday morning. Fire crews were called to the facility on the 2900 block of East 220th Street at about 6:19 a.m. on a report of a structure fire.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak held his final press conference as mayor on Monday. He announced one final project before stepping down. The exit ramp off 94W into downtown Minneapolis is going to change from 5th street to 7th street.