Kim Johnson

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Kim Johnson joined the WCCO-TV team in May 2014. You can find her reporting on traffic and much more on WCCO This Morning, Monday through Friday. She also anchors WCCO 4 News at Noon and contributes on the WCCO Mid-Morning show.

As a native of Maple Grove, covering stories in her home state has always been a dream. For Kim, there’s no better place to do it than WCCO. She interned here while attending the University of Minnesota.

Throughout her career, Kim’s peers have honored her with the prestigious Regional Edward R. Murrow award for her emotionally candid stories of breast cancer survivors. Her undercover investigations have stopped retail stores from selling FDA-banned drugs.  Her relentless questioning forced city leaders to finally fix a sewer pipe in a low-income Duluth neighborhood that had been flooding people’s basements for more than a decade. Kim’s work has earned her three Emmy Awards. She was also privileged to participate in the William Randolph Hearst National Television Broadcast News Competition.

Kim has covered the gamut from forest fires, the 35W Minneapolis bridge collapse to traveling with a local civil rights leader all the way to Washington D.C. for President Obama’s Inauguration. Kim’s thirst to cover the big political stories is partly what led her to Iowa just in time for the 2012 Republican Presidential caucuses where Kim produced and anchored a live newscast from caucus headquarters, giving viewers the latest numbers on the fly.

Kim is a big believer is giving back. When she’s not working in the newsroom, you can find her volunteering with one of her favorite charities: the American Cancer Society or in a classroom inspiring youth through Junior Achievement and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

She also craves the outdoors. So if you see her on the running trail, ski slopes or sipping a hoppy IPA on an outdoor patio, make sure to say hi! Kim is always looking for great story ideas. You can contact her at kmjohnson@wcco.com.

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Get Movin’ Monday: Less Traditional Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial Day Monday is a favorite time to grill out for many Minnesotans. But, if you want to try something other than the traditional hot dogs and burgers, Kirsten Shabaz of Valley Natural Foods has some healthy and delicious ideas.

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Excellent Educator: Mr. Jon Olson Of Andover Elementary

The school year may be winding down, but there is still time to honor our educators! This week’s Excellent Educator has many talents, from teaching third grade to starring in his own music video.

05/22/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

It’s safe to say many of us are working for the weekend this week. And that’s because it’s a long holiday weekend! And with the weather a little dicey, WCCO This Morning found fun things to do both indoors and outdoors.

05/21/2015

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‘It’s Raining, So What?': Documentary On Quadriplegic Man’s Journey To Ironman

Joe Stone is the first known wheelchair-using quadriplegic to attempt all 140 miles of the triathlon. Now, the steps he had to take from his tragic accident to get to the finish line are the focus of a new documentary.

05/20/2015

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Get Movin’ Monday: Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is next Monday and this week in Get Movin’ Monday, WCCO’s Kim Johnson and local blogger Melissa Oprish shared some fun activities to celebrate the holiday with the family.

05/18/2015

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Excellent Educator: Chris Zimmerman Of Ivan Sand Community H.S.

As a social worker at Ivan Sand Community High School in Elk River, Chris Zimmerman helps students through some of their most difficult moments. His compassion is what makes him this week’s Excellent Educator.

05/15/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

With the recent rainy forecast, a lot of us are hoping it dries for the weekend. There’s so much to do outside!

05/14/2015

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‘The Best Thing I’ve Done': Woman On Choosing To Be A Single Mom

Everyone can agree: Raising kids is no easy task. Doing it as a single parent is even harder. But recent statistics show the birth rate of unmarried women is on the decline in every age group, except one.

05/13/2015

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Excellent Educator: Barbara O’Malley Of St. Paul Music Academy

This week, it’s Barbara O’Malley, a special needs teacher at North End Elementary in St. Paul.

05/08/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

We are working for the weekend. It is Mother’s Day weekend and there are a lot of fun activities to do with mom! But we begin with a party even the dads would enjoy.

05/07/2015

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MN Girl Scout Shares Pie Recipe That Took Her To Nat’l Contest

A Coon Rapids Girl Scout just got back from New York after being a finalist in a national Girl Scout pie baking contest. Natalie Berg, her mother and sister were all there to showcase the pie to judges.

05/06/2015

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Get Movin’ Monday: Springtime Deals

Are you regretting not buying the complete set of patio furniture last year? Well, there’s a good chance you can find it at a discount right now. It’s just one of the things on sale the month of May.

05/04/2015

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Excellent Educator: Plymouth Middle School’s Benjamin Drexler

Every Friday we take the time to recognize one of the great teachers in our community. This week, we’re honoring Benjamin Drexler. Drexler teaches 8th grade math at Plymouth Middle School. He was nominated by his students!

05/01/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

It’s rated the fourth best day of the week: Thursday! That means time to start thinking about the top two days of the week, and WCCO’s Kim Johnson found plenty to do this Saturday and Sunday.

04/30/2015

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Don’t Like The Crash From Caffeine? Try These Drinks

We all love coffee for that instant stimulation. But with the coffee buzz, comes the crash. Minnesota health coach Annalicia Lynn, founder of founder of yogaandpilatesonline.com, shows us three ways to increase our energy without the caffeine comedown.

04/29/2015

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Excellent Educator: Joan Demeter Of Dowling Urban Environmental Learning Ctr.

WCCO paid a visit to one teacher just in the nick of time. After 35 years of teaching at Dowling Urban Environmental Learning Center in Minneapolis, Mrs. Joan Demeter is retiring next year.

04/24/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

It’s the day before Friday! That means we need to plan our weekend. WCCO This Morning’s Kim Johnson has some fun affordable things to do for the whole family.

04/23/2015

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Get Movin’ Monday: Getting Out Of Hibernation Mode

Spring is here! But some of our bodies are still stuck in winter. So this Monday, award winning holistic pharmacist and health author Sherry Torkos gets us movin’ with ways to repair our bodies and get them out of hibernation mode.

04/20/2015

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Excellent Educator: Carol Callen From Golden Valley SEA

Carol Callen is a teacher at Golden Valley’s School of Engineering and Art. Her compassion for kids inside, and outside school, hours is what makes her this week’s Excellent Educator.

04/17/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

We are so close to the weekend and there is plenty to do in the Twin Cities.

04/16/2015

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Fitness Expert Shares 3 Easy Tips To Perfect Posture

We all do it from time to time: slouch or hunch. But having good posture can improve your health and make you look slimmer too.

04/15/2015

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Get Movin’ Monday: Tips To Alleviate Unhealthy Food Cravings

Have you ever wondered why you crave certain foods? It might be a sign of stress or anxiety. Senia Mae, a traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, Gets Us Movin’ with ways to alleviate the cravings without ruining your diet.

04/13/2015

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Excellent Educator: Meet Karing Kingdom’s Teaching Staff

For this week’s Excellent Educator award, a whole group of teachers were nominated at the Karing Kingdom Preschool in Lord of Life Church in Maple Grove. They say it takes a village, and at Karing Kingdom, a team of four work together all on the same mission.

04/10/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

Hope your calendar isn’t booked for the weekend! WCCO This Morning’s Kim Johnson has a number of fun events to keep you busy.

04/09/2015

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Coon Rapids Girl, 9, Getting Nat’l Attention For Tasty Pie Recipe

A Minnesota girl’s unique pie recipe had judges salivating at a community pie contest this summer. Now the Coon Rapids girl is getting national attention for her Chocolate Coconut Chantilly Pie and she’s only 9 years old.

04/08/2015

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