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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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets For Fourth Of July

We’re working for the weekend, and not just any weekend but the Fourth of July weekend! That means there are a ton of events around town to celebrate the holiday.

07/02/2015

Grilling Guide

Healthy Grilling Options For Your Fourth Of July

We are approaching one of the busiest grilling holidays of the year – the Fourth of July! But fun with friends and family at a barbecues full of burgers, chips and cookies can have consequences on our waistlines. Danette Steinwell from Medifast Weight Control Centers joined WCCO with healthy alternatives for the grill.

07/01/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

Have you wanted to get on a Nice Ride, but haven’t? Or is there a food truck you’ve wanted to try but haven’t tracked it down yet? Well, you’re in luck! They are just two of the things we’re talking about while we’re working for the weekend!

06/25/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets For Dad

This weekend is all about celebrating dads. Celebrate Father’s Day weekend at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival. Take dad to Water Power Park to see a car show, art displays and performances by more than 250 musical artists.

06/18/2015

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Alter A Few Cooking Techniques To Make Grilling Safer, Healthier

We are in the heart of grilling season! But during the grilling process harmful substances can form that could be dangerous to your health. Sue Moores, Kolwalski’s Markets Nutritionist, showed WCCO some techniques to reduce the production of cancer-causing substances.

06/17/2015

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Get Movin’ Monday: Natural Remedies For Allergy Sufferers

Summer officially begins this weekend which means allergy season is ramping up. But before you load up on pills, sprays and drops, Senia Mae, from Healing InSight in St. Paul Gets Us Movin’ with a few natural, alternative remedies to try.

06/15/2015

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Minnesota Festival Memories: Town N’ Country Day

Summer weekends are filled with festivals. This Sunday there is a fun one going on to celebrate June Dairy Month in River Falls, Wisconsin.

06/12/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Free Entertainment Best Bets

It is that time, the one time during the week when we think about the weekend. This time, WCCO This Morning found plenty of fun, and free activities, around town.

06/11/2015

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Hosts Annual Fundraiser For Childhood Cancer

Alex’s Lemonade Days is an annual three-day fundraiser where supporters from coast-to-coast hold lemonade stands to raise funds for childhood cancer research.

06/10/2015

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Minnesota Festival Memories: Pine Island Cheese Festival

Some call it summer, some call it festival season. It seems every weekend there are great community events across the state of Minnesota. This week we head to Pine Island to show case the annual Cheese Festival!

06/05/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

he weekend is almost here! And for anyone still looking for things to do, we’ve got you covered.

06/04/2015

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2 Twin Cities Women Use Cycling To Empower Young Women

Two Minnesota women have accomplished most of their goals. When they’re not running their own successful businesses, they’re winning national cycling races. Now Danielle Pellicano and Angie Rake are hoping their new challenge will inspire young girls here in the Twin Cities.

06/03/2015

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Get Movin’ Monday: June Sales

It’s time to turn a new page on the calendar. June is here and that means time to save some money! Consumer reporter John Ewoldt from the Star Tribune gets us movin’ with great bargains for the month of June.

06/01/2015

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Excellent Educator: Rosemount Middle School’s Alyssa Simmers

School is almost out for summer. And that means we are saying “Have a great summer, see you next year” to our Excellent Educators. This year’s final Excellent Educator is another great teacher whose student wanted to be in on the surprise.

05/29/2015

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

It’s Friday eve and that means WCCO This Morning is Working for the Weekend.

05/28/2015

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New Grant Program Shines Light On Exceptional Mpls. Educators

So many teachers support kids in their classroom in ways that go unnoticed every day. Now, a new program is not only shining a spotlight on the good work teachers are doing, but giving them the funds to keep doing it.

05/27/2015

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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.

05/25/2015

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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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