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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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 2013
Hometown: Excelsior, Minnesota
Alma Mater: University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

FAVORITES
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!

THIS OR THAT
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 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.

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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Sheriff: SUV Breaks Through Lake Minnetonka Ice; Temps On The Rise

Temperatures are expected to rise rapidly this weekend and with that, we’re seeing more vehicles breaking through the ice.

02/24/2016

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Rubio Brings Campaign To Minneapolis; DFL Leaders Gather For Clinton Event

One week before the Minnesota caucus, Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is visiting Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon. The senator from Florida spoke to about 1,600 people at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis before heading to Michigan.

02/23/2016

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Report: Grated Cheese Contains 8.8 Percent Cellulose

When it comes to cheese, it’s common practice for food companies to use a small amount of cellulose to keep grated parmesan from clumping. 2 to 4 percent is considered acceptable in the industry.

02/20/2016

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Protestors March Down Cedar Avenue To Combat Islamophobia

Dozens of protesters marched down Cedar Avenue Saturday, taking a stand against something many are all too familiar with–discrimination.

02/20/2016

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Housing Recycling Program Turns Old Homes Into Hot Property

The Minneapolis Vacant Housing Recycling Program takes tax forfeited properties and sells them to developers or residents so a new home can be built.

02/19/2016

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Survey: Condom Use At All-Time Low For U Of M Students

Health officials at the University of Minnesota say condom use is at an all-time low among the university’s students — and sexually transmitted infections are on the rise.

02/16/2016

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Kylie’s Kid: Spirit’s Big Plans

This week’s Kylies Kid is a high school senior getting ready for what comes after graduation. But Spirit has had to do some of her planning from the hospital room.

02/15/2016

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2 Dead, Officers Injured At Separate Plymouth Crime Scenes

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office says domestic violence was at the root of a deadly Friday night in Plymouth. Police were called to the intersection of Rockford Road and Northwest Boulevard just about 9:15 p.m. for what they thought was a crash.

02/13/2016

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Dance Team Rules Modified After Controversial Disqualification

The best high school dancers in the state are competing in Minneapolis this weekend at Target Center during the Minnesota State Dance Championships. The competition drew controversy last year after the Faribault Emeralds took the crown for the AAA high kick competition.

02/12/2016

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Waconia Student Honored For Saving Choking Classmate With ‘Bear Hug’

A Waconia High School student is being praised for saving the life of one of his classmates. Cody Ehrriech noticed a classmate choking during the school’s lunch hour in October.

02/11/2016

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Officers Who Stopped Suicidal Man Among Community Award Recipients

The Minneapolis Police Department awarded Tuesday the highest honors to officers and community members who made a difference this past year.

02/09/2016

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Drones, Underwater Cameras Aid In Search For Missing Savage Man

The search continued Saturday for a Twin Cities man who went missing three months ago. Everything from underwater cameras, drones, and other technology have been used in the search.

02/06/2016

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FBI, St. Paul Police Seek Info On Serial Bank Robber

Officials in the Twin Cities are asking the public for information on a man who’s suspected of robbing six banks in the east metro over the last five months.

02/04/2016

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Minnesotans Enjoying Above-Average Temps Outdoors

No matter where you went today, wasn’t hard to find people outside — things were unseasonably warm across the state, with temperatures hovering in the low 40s.

01/30/2016

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Better Late Than Never For U.S. Pond Hockey Tourney

The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships kicked off in Minneapolis Friday. The event on Lake Nokomis was pushed back by two weeks this year because of unseasonably-warm weather.

01/29/2016

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Officer Wounded, Man Killed In Oakdale Shooting Incident

An Oakdale resident is dead after an incident with police that also resulted in an officer’s injury Thursday morning. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says an officer was shot in the arm during a call at about 8 a.m. on the 2700 block of Granite Avenue North.

01/28/2016

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Meeker Co. Deputy Accused Of Stealing Drugs & Toys From County

A Meeker County deputy is in jail accused of stealing controlled substances from the county’s Drug Take Back Drop Box, as well as toys from a toy drive, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday.

01/27/2016

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After Major Cheese Heists, Wis. Investigators Are Looking For Connections

Thieves stole thousands of dollars’ worth of cheese in Wisconsin, and investigators are not laughing.

01/26/2016

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East Coast Storm Strands Buses With 200 Minn. Teens In Pennsylvania

This weekend’s winter storm on the East Coast has stranded about 200 Minnesota students. A group of 200 teenagers from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis traveled to Washington, D.C. this week for an anti-abortion rally.

01/23/2016

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Eagan Officials Excited About Vikings Possibly Relocating Headquarters

As their new stadium is rising, the Minnesota Vikings are eyeing a move east of the Mississippi River. The team’s new potential neighbors are ready to welcome them with open arms.

01/20/2016

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Family, Friends Remember Man Killed By Carbon Monoxide While Ice Fishing

A Minnesota man is dead after an ice fishing trip with friends. Investigators say carbon monoxide poisoning likely killed 34-year-old Jared Johnson. He was found Sunday afternoon in a fish house on Leech Lake.

01/18/2016

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Residents Want Action After Latest Crash At Minneapolis Intersection

Police were called to the scene of an accident at 36th and Portland Avenue South shortly before midnight Saturday. Authorities say a driver was headed south on Portland and struck a vehicle going east on 36th Street in the intersection. Police say alcohol was likely a factor.

01/17/2016

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‘He Was Just A Fun-Loving Kid’: Missing Marine Left Mark On Community

Search and rescue operations are underway for 12 military personnel who went missing after two helicopters collided off the coast of Oahu late Thursday night. Among those missing is a United States Marine from Minnesota.

01/16/2016

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Chipotle Briefly Closing For Nationwide All-Staff Food Safety Meeting

A major restaurant chain is closing its stores all over the country. Chipotle is shutting down, but it is just temporary. The company announced it will close all of its restaurants on Feb. 8 for a few hours.

01/15/2016

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Drunk Driving Suspected In Fatal Highway 12 Crash

A Cokato woman is dead after a head-on crash occurred on Highway 12 in Delano late Wednesday evening. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, around 10:45 p.m. 24-year-old Michael P. Steer, of Waverly, was driving eastbound on Highway 12 when he crossed through the center turn lane and into oncoming traffic.

01/14/2016

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