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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
With four days to go before the State Fair, it’s a mad dash for vendors. Karen Rutana, owner of Rutana Concessions, has been busy with all the final details. “Getting all of my staff ready, and getting all the tickets together – those types of things,” Rutana said.
One man is dead and another hurt after an early Tuesday morning shooting in Burnsville, and police are searching for the people responsible. The shooting took place at 2 a.m. on the 2100 block of East 117th Street at a town home complex, police said, but the victims were found in an SUV at the Eagan Super America gas station off Cliff Road.
A ride down the waterslide at the Edina Aquatic Center is a perfect way to beat the heat. But this summer, the slides have seen less traffic. Jen Cirone of Minneapolis has noticed a difference. “It’s been a little bit slower, and usually I come at the very beginning of the season and I didn’t this year,” Cirone said.
With just two weeks before the contracts are supposed to be signed for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, some lawmakers are now having doubts.
Running groups aren’t anything new, but now there’s one taking off in the Twin Cities that gives you a chance to train with Team USA runners as your coach – and it’s all free. Antonio Vega and Andrew Carlson met in college while competing against each other in track and cross country — they both run for TEAM USA Minnesota — but they now work together as coaches.
There weren’t any tornadoes but severe thunderstorms packed a punch across the metro Tuesday night, toppling trees and knocking out power to more than 40,000 people around the metro.
A man is dead and a woman is in the hospital after a motorcycle accident early Tuesday morning in Maple Grove, according to police. Authorities were called to the 9100 block of Upland Lane North at about 3 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a motorcycle accident.
A fixture near the University of Minnesota’s campus is closing its doors Monday.
In less than 24 hours, same-sex couples can legally get married in Minnesota. Some couples are not wasting any time. They are getting married at 12:01 Thursday morning. It will be a busy night both in Minneapolis and St. Paul as both cities have large events planned.
Some Minnesotans are helping people fleeing the crisis in Syria. One Minnesota Relief Worker from the American Refugee Committee will be flying to Jordan Tuesday afternoon to assist with the emergency efforts there.
A new local food delivery service can barely keep up with hungry demand. Less than a year ago, Bite Squad launched on the Minneapolis food scene and already delivers around 400 orders a day. The service brings cuisines from local restaurants in Minneapolis — like Hell’s Kitchen and Pizza Nea — right to your door.
Doctors have been searching for years for a solution to help people quit smoking, and now one factor has helped significantly — the cost. In the first week of Minnesota’s new higher tax on cigarettes, nearly 2,500 Minnesotans visited the Quitplan Services website and 400 people called the hotline for help in quitting.
State health officials said Friday at least three people have been diagnosed with E. coli from swimming near Big Island on Lake Minnetonka over the Fourth of July holiday. Health officials said the illnesses happened with young adults that were all within the seven-county Twin Cities metro.
Law enforcement agencies from across the Twin Cities are working together on a warrant sweep for domestic violence offenders in Hennepin County. More than 50 officers representing 14 different counties began the sweep around 7 a.m. Wednesday.
You want to make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids in hot weather, but staying hydrated comes down to more than just how much we’re drinking. That’s because there are certain foods that are dehydrating us, and you might not even know they’re doing it.