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 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 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 to news writing and she never looked back.

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 loves talking sports, fitness, and finding your passion.

Kate’s always looking for story ideas. You can contact her at kraddatz@wcco.com.

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Plymouth Theater Gets ‘Interstellar’ Head Start

Willow Creek Theatre in Plymouth has been all digital since 2012, but they haven’t completely let go of film’s history. The theater will be pulling out its old 70-mm format film projector next week to show Christopher Nolan’s new film, “interstellar” — three days before competitors. “Most theaters were just kind of pushing them out the door into a trash can,” said assistant manager Justin Ayd.

10/28/2014

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St. Paul Settles With Last Student In Landslide

St. Paul has agreed to pay $20,000 to a fourth-grade student injured in a landslide that killed two of his classmates in a city park last year. The incident happened on a class fieldtrip to the city’s Lilydale Regional Park in May 2013. Ten-year-old Mohamed Fofana and 9-year-old Haysem Sani died in the landslide.

10/28/2014

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Barn Fire Kills Thousands Of Animals, Workers Devastated

Employees are calling it devastating. Thousands of animals have died in a massive fire in southern Minnesota. The fire broke out Saturday afternoon just after 3 p.m. at the Cougar Run Farm, near the town of Truman. It’s about 45 minutes south of Mankato.

10/26/2014

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Ebola ‘A Major Disaster’ For Some Liberian Families In Minnesota

Minnesota health officials say they are prepared to handle an Ebola case if it makes its way to the state. On Saturday, the Minnesota Department of Health held a community information session on Ebola in Brooklyn Park.

10/25/2014

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U Of M Hosts 4th Annual Cyber Security Summit

Cyber security experts are calling the last twelve months “the year of the large scale breach.” With companies like Target and Home Depot being hacked, leaders in the business and technology communities are teaming up to end cyber security crime.

10/21/2014

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Take A Look Inside The New Vikings Stadium

It’s the kind of scene that makes you stop in wonder Until now, only few have gotten such a front row view of the new Vikings Stadium. WCCO got to go inside the $800 million project Monday afternoon. The pillar, which is the spine of the entire building, will take a year to build.

10/20/2014

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Gophers Celebrating U Of M’s 100th Homecoming

This year marks the 100th Homecoming at the University of Minnesota.

10/17/2014

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Bankruptcy May Be Archdiocese’s Solution For Abuse Settlements

After a historic settlement in clergy sex abuse lawsuits in Minnesota, now the question becomes how the Catholic Church will pay for it. The exact amount of the settlement has been kept confidential, but experts say it could cost the Archdiocese tens of millions of dollars.

10/14/2014

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Girl Goes Online To Save Grandparents’ Anniversary Puppy

A 13-year-old girl is asking for help to save the puppy that was a gift from her grandfather to her grandmother on their wedding anniversary. When Jayda Sauter’s grandparents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, their gift to each other was something special.

10/13/2014

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Body Of Missing Man Found In Medicine Lake

The search for a man who fell out of a kayak over the weekend on Medicine Lake has ended. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday afternoon that deputies found the body of 31-year-old Paul Myklebust, of St. Louis Park, using sonar equipment.

10/13/2014

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With Flu Season On The Way, Minn. Preparing For Ebola, Too

A nurse is now a patient after becoming the first person to catch the Ebola virus in the United States. Here in the Twin Cities, hospitals have precautions in place in case the Ebola virus spreads to Minnesota.

10/12/2014

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Zombie Pub Crawl Eating Into Some Retailers’ Sales

With 25,000 zombies taking over the streets, local bars and restaurants are reaping the benefits.

But for many retailers, road closures mean a major headache.

10/11/2014

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Mpls. Police To Combat Gun Violence With State-Of-The-Art Ballistic Machine

Minneapolis police are going high-tech in the fight against crime. A new initiative to stop gun violence in north Minneapolis includes a machine that looks like it’s right out of CSI. It’s called the IBIS and it analyzes and compares firearm related evidence stored in a database.

10/07/2014

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Out-Of-Control SUV Slams Into Mpls. Bus Stop, Killing Woman

An out-of-control car driving backwards slammed into a bus stop Monday evening, killing a woman sitting at the stop.

10/06/2014

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New Emergency Communications Facility Opens In Hennepin Co.

While we all hope we never have to call 911 to get help for something, if you do there is now a brand new facility in Plymouth that should make the process much easier and faster. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is getting some big improvements on Friday with the opening of its new Emergency Communications Center.

10/03/2014

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Cambridge Principal Accused Of Stalking Appears In Court, Bail Set

A 47-year-old principal at Cambridge Primary School appeared in court Tuesday morning on charges of stalking, disorderly conduct and fleeing from an officer.

09/30/2014

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Mendota Heights Celebrates Life Of Officer Scott Patrick

The community of Mendota Heights, Minn. is coming together Saturday to celebrate the life of fallen police officer Scott Patrick. Patrick was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 30.

09/27/2014

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Gas Prices Dropping, But Will Likely Stay Above $3 Per Gallon

Prices at the pump have been dropping lately, something many drivers around the metro have probably noticed.

09/26/2014

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Is Amazon Building A Distribution Center In Minn.?

The world’s largest internet company could be building a distribution center in Minnesota. The Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal says Amazon is looking to offer same day delivery in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

09/23/2014

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Special Education Students Crowned At Annandale Homecoming

For two Annandale High School students, the title of homecoming king and queen means something more than just the chance to be high school royalty. Yazmin Vasquez and Devin Stenson are special education students.

09/22/2014

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Mpls. Man Killed In Supervalu Warehouse Accident

An industrial accident in Hopkins claimed the life of a 51-year-old Minneapolis man Sunday afternoon, according to Hopkins Police. At around 2:30 p.m., police were dispatched to the Supervalu warehouse in Hopkins.

09/21/2014

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Mpls. City Council Votes To Cut Food-Liquor Ratio Ordinance

The city of Minneapolis has gotten rid of a liquor law that’s been in place for decades. The Minneapolis City Council voted 12-0 Friday to scrap the old ordinance that required restaurants to make 60 percent of their revenue from food and cap alcohol sales at 40 percent.

09/19/2014

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Clear Sky And Warm Temps Make For A Top 10 Weather Day!

No matter where you went Tuesday it was not hard to find people outside, trying to squeeze in whatever warm weather we have left! From the tranquil parks to the busy city streets, it seemed like everyone was taking their lunch break outside.

09/16/2014

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Peterson Allegations Give Vikings A PR Challenge

Minnesota Vikings fans are deeply divided not only on their opinions about the Adrian Peterson child abuse allegations, but on how the team reacted.

09/15/2014

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For The NFL, This Last Week Has Been A PR Nightmare

For the NFL, it’s been an ugly start to the season. The past week has been wracked with big football stars in the headlines for serious crimes. A video surfaced of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his fiancé. He’s since been suspended indefinitely from the NFL. Now, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is facing child abuse charges.

09/14/2014

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