Kate Raddatz

Kate Raddatz joined the WCCO-TV team in April 2013, but it wasn’t her first time inside the newsroom. She worked as the “Good Question” intern in college. An Excelsior native and proud Gopher grad, she’s thrilled to be telling stories in the place she grew up.
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Joined WCCO: 2013
Hometown: Excelsior, Minnesota
Alma Mater: University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

Music: Beyoncé & Rolling Stones
Movie: Liar Liar
TV Show: I Dream of Jeannie
Book: Tina Fey, Bossypants
Food: Is Sriracha a food? Then falafel.
Local Restaurant: Brasa (Northeast!)
Hidden MN Gem: My hometown🙂
Sport/Exercise: Football and yoga
Historical Figure: Joan of Arc
Favorite Minnesotan: Too many favorite Twins players
Quote: ” There will never be a day when we won’t need dedication, discipline, energy, and the feeling that we can change things for the better.” — George Sheehan
Word: Can
Vacation Spot: Coronado Island, San Diego
Holiday: Christmas Eve
Planet: Earth, I’ve been there!

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Too hard!
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Stones
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text, always
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Depends
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Crazy early morning
East Coast vs. West Coast? West
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Grey Duck

Kate Raddatz joined the WCCO-TV team in April 2013, but it wasn’t her first time inside the newsroom. She worked as the “Good Question” intern in college. An Excelsior native and proud Gopher grad, she’s thrilled to be telling stories in the place she grew up.

Kate came to WCCO from 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 for the Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves, and Gophers. In high school, her song writing transitioned to news writing and she never looked back. You can still find her singing around town today, though!

Kate lives in Minneapolis where you’ll often find her reading in a coffee shop or running along the lakes with her husband, John. Kate is passionate about sports, fitness, and giving back.

She’s always looking for story ideas. You can contact her here.

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Former Teammates Lace Up To Honor Runner After Sudden Death

David Forster Jr. was known for his quick speed and his kind spirit. “Just a humble guy,” said Dustin Franta, Forster’s friend. “He was really good at making us all feel like we were part of the process and part of the group.”


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Hundreds Of Thousands Gather For Twin Cities Pride

Two weeks after a mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando, the Twin Cities Pride festival focused on peace.


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Woman With Quadriplegia Urges Hollywood To Be More Hopeful

A Wisconsin woman is getting a lot of attention for a blog post she wrote criticizing Hollywood’s portrayal of people who are paralyzed.


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Uniformed Presence To Significantly Increase At Pride Events

If you take a walk or dive down Hennepin Avenue this week, it’s hard to miss the colors of the rainbow. “It’s to signify Pride, and the gay community we support,” Marin Restaurant and Bar marketing director Jay Pierce said.


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Edina Police Officer Assaulted After Traffic Stop

An Edina police officer is recovering after being assaulted by a man she arrested during a traffic stop.


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Heat Advisory In Effect For Sunday

Get ready for a hot and humid Sunday, Minnesotans. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Sunday for parts of the state.


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Update In St. Paul Superintendent’s Employment Expected

Friday could determine the outcome of talks between the St. Paul School Board and Superintendent Valeria Silva.


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Police: Teen Shocked By Wire After Climbing Sartell Bridge, Falls 30 Feet

A 16-year-old boy is in the hospital after he was shocked from an electrical wire while climbing a bridge in Sartell Wednesday evening, according to police.


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Historic Church, Damaged By Arson, Opens Doors To Public

As the rain poured down on The Church of St. Mary in Melrose, the scorched walls and broken lights inside remain where a golden altar once stood. Parishioners and even non-members came to Melrose from out of town to see the damage to the 118-year-old structure.


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World War II Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

A World War II veteran in Minneapolis celebrated a very special birthday Friday.


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Duluth Couple Loses Thousands In Adoption Fraud

Police say a Minnesota couple hoping to adopt their first child, instead ended up scammed out of thousands of dollars.


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Allina Braces For Nurse Strike

Thousands of Twin Cities nurses are preparing to go on strike. Nurses for five Allina Health hospitals rejected a contract offer from the company Monday, and authorized to strike.


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Hundreds March Against Violence In North Minneapolis

Hundreds of people took to the streets of north Minneapolis Saturday in a march to end violence. The annual event gathers community members to march and have a meal together to work towards peace.


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3 Firefighters Injured, 12 People Displaced After Robbinsdale Fire

Three firefighters were injured while working to put out a five-alarm fire at a Robbinsdale apartment complex early Friday morning.


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Sheriff: 2 People Sought In Connection With Injured Wright Co. Woman

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is seeking three people of interest in connection with a woman who was found critically injured Wednesday morning.


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Blooming Prairie Man ‘Lucky To Be Alive’ After Cat Bite Becomes Infected

The cat bit Per Kvalsten’s right hand and clawed his hands and arms. They immediately swelled.


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Low Gas Prices Fuel Jump in Memorial Day Weekend Travel

If you are going to be out driving this holiday weekend, you may want to leave yourself some extra time. AAA estimates 38 million American will drive this Memorial Day weekend — the highest number of travelers in 11 years.


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High School Golf Team’s Clubs Stolen Before Big Tourney

A high school golf team is hoping to find the people responsible for stealing their golf clubs — right before their biggest tournament of the year. The Le Sueur-Henderson High School golf team played the first day of the Section 2AA golf tournament in New Prague Friday.


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Arrest Caught On Video At St. Paul High School Sparks Controversy

Black Lives Matter activists and at least one school board member are upset about the use of force on the teen.


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Minneapolis Marathon Cancelled Just Days Before Race

The 2016 Minneapolis Marathon has been cancelled less than two weeks before the race. Team Ortho made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.


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Faribault Teens Building Prosthetic Arm For Young Girl

For many high school students, science isn’t exactly considered “cool”. It is for friends Maddie Mills and Brette Pettet.


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12-Year-Old Boy, Man Hit By Suspected Distracted Driver

A Twin Cities boy is in the hospital after being hit by a distracted driver.


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Woman Recounts Bear Attack In North-Central Minnesota

A Minnesota woman attacked by a bear on her own deck says she doesn’t know how she survived.


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Vikings Legend Bud Grant’s Garage Sale Returns

Grant, who turns 89 on Friday, opened up his Bloomington home Wednesday to hundreds of fans for his annual yard sale.


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Lakeville ‘Nerf Wars’ Crash Victims’ Mothers Speak Out

Michelle Flynn and Elisabeth Price spent this Mother’s Day without one of their children.




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