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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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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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‘That’s A Placebo’: Medical Pot Advocates On Wis. Cannabidiol Bill

As a medical marijuana bill remains a controversial issue in Minnesota, Wisconsin has approved a bill for a marijuana component.

04/18/2014

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Burnsville Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting A Woman During Modeling Session

A man from Burnsville is accused of sexually assaulting a young woman while taking modeling shots of her. Court documents said Eric Rutherford, 33, contacted the woman on Facebook. Police said he told her she could become a model if she took photos at his home.

04/14/2014

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300 Police Officers Patrol Dinkytown During NCAA Championship

Roughly 300 University of Minnesota and city of Minneapolis police are patrolling Dinkytown Saturday evening preparing for any outcome of the final game of the NCAA National Championship game. The Gopher men’s hockey team will take on Union College in the final game of the NCAA Frozen Four tournament.

04/12/2014

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19 Arrested After Gophers Lose NCAA Championship

Nineteen people were arrested Saturday night and Sunday morning after Gopher fans poured out into the streets, after the Gophers lost 7-4 to Union College in the final game of NCAA Championship Tournament.

04/12/2014

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St. Louis Park Father, Son Missing In Colorado

A father and son from St. Louis Park have been reported missing after they left last week to go hiking in Colorado, according to a family spokesperson. Damian McManus, 51, and his son Evan, 18, took an impromptu trip to the Mount Evans, Colorado for Evan’s spring break. While they were camping, Evan’s mother Katherine, twin sister Lauren, and family friend Andrea Bouzara went on a trip to Mexico.

04/07/2014

Lukemia Video Challenge

‘Cold Water Challenge’ Videos Helping Wis. Toddler Suffering From Leukemia

Some crazy videos have been popping up on Facebook over the past week to help a sick little girl and her family. The videos are part of the “Cold Water Challenge,” an online campaign to help generate attention and funds for a cause.

04/06/2014

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Hennepin County Crews Out In Full Force Patching Potholes

Now that most of the snow has melted on the roads another lovely effect from Mother Nature has popped up – potholes. “I’ve noticed that there are giant potholes on most of the streets,” Jud Nichols, from Minneapolis, said. Potholes are a major problem this year.

04/05/2014

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‘There’s No Point’: Minnesotans On Shoveling In April

When Suzanne Born looked outside to see snow on her driveway Friday morning, she skipped the shoveling and went back to bed. “I was born and raised in this state. I’ve lived here all my life, and I know mother nature will take care of this,” said Born, of Golden Valley. “By the time it gets to April, there’s no point in shoveling.”

04/04/2014

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DNR EagleCam Attracts Thousands Of Gawkers

eople all over the world are getting a chance to see Minnesota bald eagles up close. The “DNR EagleCam” is in its second year, but this is the first time the eagles laid eggs that hatched into chicks. The live feed, available online, gets thousands of hits a day with people wanting to see the chicks in their natural habitat, according to Lori Naumann, DNR Nongame Wildlife Program information officer.

04/02/2014

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Minn. Thaws Out On Warmest Day So Far In 2014

Sunday was the perfect day to get out and thaw out a little bit. With temperatures reaching the 60s in much of the metro, it was the nicest day of the year so far.

03/30/2014

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