Kate Raddatz

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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’ vs. ‘Goose’? Grey Duck

Kate 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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It’s Pick Your Own Strawberry Season In Minnesota

Summertime in Minnesota means getting out on the water and soaking up the sun. But it also means getting out in the fields and picking berries!


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Carver County Named One Of Happiest Counties In Nation

A Twin Cities community is claiming a spot on a national list that’s sure to make them smile.


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A Look Back At Wadena’s 2010 Tornado Devastation

The tornado that tore through the town of Wadena in 2010 left 4,000 community members working tirelessly to clean up the extensive damage. From the air, it looked like a war zone. Homes were flattened; a church was destroyed; school buses were covered in debris from all that was left of Wadena Deer Creek High School.


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Man Charged With Child Endangerment After Boy, 8, Crashes Car In St. Paul

An Eagan man faces child endangerment charges for letting his 8-year-old cousin drive his car. Blake Folson, 25, was in the passenger seat when the child drove and crashed into another vehicle at Atlantic Street and Reaney Avenue in St Paul.



Could American Pharoah Be Coming To Canterbury Park?

Could the greatest race horse in the past four decades be coming to Minnesota? Officials with Canterbury Park in Shakopee hope so, and have extended an invitation to the owner of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.


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Peony Grower’s Crop Multiplies Over The Years

Laverne Dunsmore knows a thing or two about plants. He started working in raspberry fields at 9 years old. Years later he toured Brand Peony Farm, Minnesota’s first major peony grower.


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‘Basketball In The Park’ Brings Police Together With Low-Income Community

Throughout the summer, St. Louis Park Police officers put on “Basketball in the Park’ for kids. The decade old program gives children and teens the opportunity to shoot hoops with police officers.


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Edina Art Fair Celebrates 49th Year

Thousands will flock to Minnesota’s second-largest art fair this weekend as the Edina Art Fair celebrates its 49th year. The fair features artwork from 300 artists from all over the country.


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Mick Jagger Drops Into North Loop Bookstore

The world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band will play at TCF Bank Stadium Wednesday night, but the Rolling Stones have already rolled into town. When the VIP guest, Mick Jagger, came into James & Mary Laurie Booksellers in the North Loop of Minneapolis, he needed no introduction.


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Trash Dumping Causes Big Problems For Brooklyn Center Little League

A Twin Cities little league could have to pay thousands of dollars to clean up someone else’s mess. The Brooklyn Center little league says people have been dumping debris and trash at Thurs Park.


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MCAD Holding Annual Scholarship Art Auction

It’s a big night for local art enthusiasts. The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is hosting their annual auction Friday night.


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4 Hurt After Car Jumps Curb Outside Dunn Brothers

Four people are hurt Thursday night after a car went up onto the sidewalk at a busy intersection in St. Paul.


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Minnesotans Are Mad About Morels

As the month of May winds down, so too does the season for a very popular fungus. Morel mushrooms are hunted all over the state this time of year.


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‘U’ Students Shaken By Apartment Shooting

Some University of Minnesota students are shaken after a gunman fired several shots at someone inside their apartment building. The shooting happened early Monday morning at The Marshall apartments near Dinkyown. One person was injured.


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Which Meats Are Most Affordable For Your Memorial Day Cookout?

Bacon prices are the lowest they have been in two years — they reached an all-time high around the same time last year. As for other meats, we looked into the price counts of your favorite grilling staples.


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It’s Prime Time For Morel Mushroom Hunting

You’ve heard of deer hunting and turkey hunting, but how about mushroom hunting? It is prime time to forage for Minnesota’s favorite mushroom, the morel.


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Crews Ready Fort Snelling For Major Memorial Day Event

Minnesota’s largest Memorial Day observance is at Fort Snelling on Monday. The national cemetery draws thousands for its yearly service, and a lot of work goes into getting Fort Snelling ready.


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Officials Urge Memorial Weekend Boaters To Keep Safety In Mind

Many boat owners will dust off their boats and hit the water this holiday weekend, so it’s a good time to brush up on boating safety.


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Mpls. City Council Votes To Allow CenturyLink’s Prism TV

Minneapolis residents will now have a new option for TV cable, marking the first time the market’s had cable competition in nearly 40 years. Minneapolis City Council voted to allow CenturyLink to provide a cable service in the city. The service — called Prism TV — will be the first wire-line TV service in Minnesota.


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Pepper Sprayed 10-Year-Old: ‘We Didn’t Do Anything Wrong’

Dozens of people gathered in the rain Thursday night to protest the way police handled a rally on Wednesday. The group Black Lives Matter met at the government center in Minneapolis, then marched several blocks through downtown.


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Cyber Attack Halts State Assessment Testing Again

It was an all-too-familiar situation for the Minnesota Department of Education Wednesday. The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education says science assessment testing was suspended due to a cyber attack.


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St. Louis Park Considers Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban

The city of St. Louis Park is considering adopting a complete ban on single-use plastic bags. A majority of the city’s council members have expressed support for a ban, according to the Star Tribune.


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Lino Lakes Officer Hurt After Fatally Shooting Driver Who Dragged Him

One man is dead and a police officer is hurt after an officer-involved shooting in the north metro Friday night. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the shooting happened during a traffic stop on Interstate 694 in Fridley at about 10:52 p.m.


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Man Charged In Hit-And-Run That Killed 5-Year-Old

Police have charged a St. Joseph man today in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left a 5-year-old dead last month. Jeremy Brian Ulik, 32, is charged with two counts of felony failing to stop in a traffic collision in St. Joseph, Minnesota. He’s scheduled to appear in court next month.


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Son Pens Song About His Mother’s Struggle With Cancer

Jack Ohmes wrote a song about his mom’s experience with colon cancer, and he’s hoping his music will help other families heal.

“I spent a lot of time up in my room, just writing words on the yellow legal pad,” he said.