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Kate Raddatz

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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 kraddatz@wcco.com.

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New Light Rail Station Opens At Target Field

It’s being called the Grand Central Station of Minnesota. The newest light rail station opened Saturday at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. It will serve as a hub for the light rail as well as Northstar trains. Commuters can also connect to bus routes and bike trails there.

05/17/2014

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Former Gophers QB Arrested For Assault In Mankato

Former Minnesota Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson was arrested early Sunday morning in Mankato, Minn. for an alleged assault, according to authorities.

05/11/2014

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Annual Twin Cities Plant Sale Celebrates 25 Years

Despite the chilly start to spring, farmers markets around the Twin Cities have been planting the idea of gardening into many Minnesotans’ heads. One of the best places to start is the Friends School Plant Sale in the Twin Cities. Celebrating 25 years this weekend, the annual sale is bringing thousands of varieties of plants and hundreds of growers together at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds.

05/10/2014

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Running Tough Mudder? Beware Not To Ingest The Water

Thousands of Minnesotans are training to finish the annual Tough Mudder obstacle course this summer. But they may want to practice keeping their mouths shut.

05/06/2014

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Local 9-Year-Old Shows Kids Can ‘Bake’ A Difference

Gracie Kermisch is unlike many kids. When most kids celebrate a birthday, they want presents. When Gracie Kermisch celebrated her birthday, she asked for presents for animals. “Instead of getting presents, I wanted to give money to the [Animal] Humane Society when people come to my party,” Gracie said.

05/03/2014

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Minnesota Correctional Facility – Stillwater Turns 100

The Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater is celebrating 100 years in operation.  The historic building has approximately 20 acres within the walls and has over 60 buildings that house more than 1,600 offenders. “I think over those years we’ve made a lot of great strides and improvements in what we do,” warden Michelle Smith said.

05/02/2014

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Tinder Users Hope To Swipe Their Way To New Love

Since the beginning of time, men and women have been searching for the same thing: true love. That’s why we love romantic movies like “The Notebook” and sign up for dating sites like Match.com, eHarmony, and OkCupid. And now there’s Tinder.

04/30/2014

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Dad Of Model Allegedly Assaulted By Photographer Speaks Out

The father of a Minneapolis woman who says she was sexually assaulted while taking modeling photos is speaking out. He says the accused photographer from Burnsville lied about what really happened. Court documents say 33-year-old Eric Rutherford contacted the woman on Facebook.

04/29/2014

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A Soggy Week For Minnesota

We survived the polar vortex — now, the rain vortex? So far, April has poured 4.5 inches of rain in the metro. That’s nearly 2.2 inches above normal and there’s no sight of sunshine in the next couple of days.

04/27/2014

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Police Arrest Driver Who Fled After Killing Pedestrian On Mpls Sidewalk

A driver who fled on foot after hitting and killing a man who was walking on a Minneapolis sidewalk Friday night has been arrested. According to Minneapolis Police, the accident happened just after 10 p.m. near the intersection of West Broadway Avenue and Logan Avenue North. The victim was hit and dragged a short distance by a van that had driven up on a sidewalk.

04/26/2014

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Project Hopes To Create More Young Swimmers In Mpls.

It’s a skill that can mean the difference between life and death. That’s why Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and city leaders are pushing for a new project – Minneapolis Swims – to help children learn to swim.

04/25/2014

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Twin Cities Ice Cream Shop Wants You To Apply — Via Hiaku

School’s almost out for summer and that means a lot of students will be looking for a summer job. One Twin Cities ice cream shop is putting a twist on the hiring process. The shop is asking applicants to submit haikus about — what else? — ice cream.

04/22/2014

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Put Down The Phone, Parents; It Could Be Affecting Your Kids

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It’s not just our kids getting too much screen time these days. Parents are also guilty of spending too much time on their electronic devices. Researchers at the Boston Medical Center observed [...]

04/21/2014

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1 Year From Bombings, Annandale Woman Heading To Boston To Finish Marathon

A year after the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured hundreds, one Minnesota woman is going back to finish the race she started. “I knew it’d be emotional going back,” Jody Zylstra, from Annandale, said. “But this week is feeling like hurry up and wait.”

04/20/2014

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Former Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Laid To Rest

Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Seversen was laid to rest Saturday, 23 years to the day after he was shot in Webster, Wisconsin. Seversen was when he was was trying to stop a gunman who killed another deputy. He was 27 years old. Seversen died Monday of medical complications at 50 years old.

04/19/2014

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