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 joined the WCCO team as a reporter in 2013, but it wasn’t her first time in the newsroom. She interned at the station during her senior year at the University of Minnesota, and is proud to be back telling stories in her home state.

Kate has been awarded Upper-Midwest Emmy Awards for her reporting and breaking news coverage. She currently contributes to the “Best Of Minnesota” series, highlighting the people and places that make Minnesota great. She is also a fill-in co-host for KDWB-FM radio, and keeps busy with event hosting, charity work, and public speaking.

Kate was a musician before pursuing journalism, and has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Pantages Theatre, and numerous sporting events. You may still catch her singing The Star Spangled Banner at a gig around town.

Kate lives in Minneapolis with her husband, John. They love biking, running, and all Minnesota sports!

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

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Heart Transplant Recipient Meets Her Donor’s Family

A young Minnesota woman is sharing her story of how an organ donor saved her life.


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A local company is hard at work to make sure the people of Houston can get power back in their homes and businesses.


Man Charged In Fatal Wrong-Way Crash Near MSP Airport

Authorities say Patrick Hayes caused the head-on crash that killed Payton Bailey, his mother Dylan Bailey and grandmother Dawn Chiodo.


State Dept. Issues Travel Warning For Mexico Amid Uptick In Crime

The new travel warning issued this week highlights an uptick in crime in certain Mexican states that include Cancun and Los Cabos.


Burglaries On The Rise In Lake Minnetonka Suburbs

A string of burglaries in the west metro have police urging residents to be on alert.


State Fair Officials Address Ride Safety Ahead Of Opening Day

Officials are speaking out about ride inspection and safety procedures in place to ensure safety at the State Fair.


Bicyclist Killed By Van Was Riding To Homeless Shelter, Family Says

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While Held At Gunpoint, Cellphone Store Clerk Shoots Robbery Suspect

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Committee Seeking 10K Volunteers For Minnesota Super Bowl

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Mall Of America, The Largest In The Nation, Celebrates 25 Years

Twenty-five years ago, the biggest mall in America opened its doors right in our backyard.


Gopher Kicker Gets Big Surprise With Scholarship For Senior Year

Justin Juenemann got a big surprise when he found out Wednesday he was getting a full scholarship for his senior year.


Last Tango In Mankato: The Vikings Bittersweet Final Training Camp Day

A Minnesota sports tradition comes to an end Tuesday.


U Of M Study Asks Why Breastfeeding Is Beneficial To Babies

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‘[He] Wasn’t Supposed To Be There’: Custodian Killed In Blast Went In Early

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Police ID Suspect In Mendota Heights Armed Robbery, Murder

There is a major police presence Saturday at a senior living center in Mendota Heights.


Warsame: Somali Community Wants Justice For Justine

Abdi Warsame said he’s troubled that the actions of one police officer are being connected to an entire community.


How 2 Young Cousins Narrowly Avoided Death In ‘Horrific’ St. Paul Bus Crash

Two young cousins are lucky to be alive after walking away from a bus crash that killed a 48-year-old man.


A Minnesota Couple’s 60-Square-Foot Home On Wheels

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Friends, Family Remember Accomplished Dancer Killed In LRT Crash

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After Major Storm, Beloved Long Prairie Drive-In Hopes To Rebuild

Three years ago, you voted the Long Drive-In in Long Prairie the best drive-in movie theater in Minnesota.


After 52 Years, Vikes To Hold Final Mankato Training Camp

The Minnesota Vikings will have one final training camp in Mankato before making their big move closer to the Twin Cities.


Business Owner Invests In Transparent I-35E Sound Barrier

A new sound barrier is getting a lot of attention, but it may not catch your eye.


Minnesota Mom, Daughter Charged In Health Care Fraud Crackdown

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