Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson joined the WCCO-TV team in May 2014. You can find her anchoring 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.
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Joined WCCO: 2014
Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota
Alma Mater: University of Minnesota

Music: ’90s
Movie: The Breakfast Club
TV Show: Oprah reruns
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Food: Beer-battered sunnies
Local Restaurant: Haute Dish
Hidden MN Gem: High Falls of the Baptism River in Tettegouche State Park
Sport/Exercise: Skiing
Historical Figure: Rosa Parks
Favorite Minnesotan: Lindsey Vonn
Quote: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky
Word: Empathy
Vacation Spot: Key West
Holiday: Christmas
Planet: Earth

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Cats, duh
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Stones
Comedy or Tearjerker? Tearjerker
Phone Call or Text Message? What’s a phone call?
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Both
Paper or Plastic? Neither, I bring my own
Morning Person or Night Person? Mornings (I get paid to say that, but it’s true)
East Coast vs. West Coast? Midwest, all the way
Star Trek or Star Wars? None of the above
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Duck!

Kim Johnson joined the WCCO-TV team in May 2014. You can find her anchoring 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 Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance or the American Cancer Society.

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

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Excellent Educator: Dawn Slattery At Orchard Lake Elementary

It is hard to tell who is most excited at Orchard Lake Elementary in Lakeville for this week’s Excellent Educator — the teacher or the students. The students scream and shout for their teacher Mrs. Dawn Slattery, a veteran teacher in the classroom, and she embraces new techniques to engage students.


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Working For The Weekend: Get Into The Spooky Spirit!

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Excellent Educator: Red Pine Elementary’s Laurie Herman

Most elementary school teachers are responsible for about 25 – 30 students. This week’s Excellent Educator has about 25 times that amount.


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Working For The Weekend: Harvest & Oktoberfests

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Excellent Educator: Lucy Craft Laney’s Phebe Carr

This week we paid a visit to Ms. Phebe Carr at Lucy Craft Laney Community School in Minneapolis. Carr loves to give hugs to her kindergartners, but others wanted her to feel loved too for all she’s done for the school and students. It’s why she is this week’s Excellent Educator.


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Get Movin’ Monday: The Best Things To Buy In October

We’re already first seeing Black Friday ads and leaks, so you might feel the need to abstain from making any purchases, but there are deals you don’t want to miss out on.


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Working For The Weekend: Fall Festivities

It is going to be a beautiful fall weekend! And we have a variety of ways to celebrate fall, beginning with a pumpkin patch!


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Excellent Educator: Erik Malm At Maple Grove Senior High

Erik Malm teaches 12th grade physics during the school day at Maple Grove Senior High, but his passion for science spills over after class. It’s his after-school club, which is winning awards and giving students a unique hands-on learning opportunity, that makes him an Excellent Educator.


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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

WCCO’s Kim Johnson has some ideas for things the beer lover, the do-gooder, the weightlifter and the bargain shopper can all enjoy.


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Excellent Educator: South View Middle School’s Katy Kobany

The school year is in full swing and teachers are already doing excellent work in the classroom.


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Working For The Weekend: Last Weekend Of Summer

Autumn may not officially start until Sept. 22, but we’re already looking ahead to the fall season! From fall festivals to fashion, we have you covered with a variety of things to do this weekend.


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Excellent Educator: Hopkins High School’s Tim Owen

Tim Owen may teach his students how to speak the Spanish language at Hopkins High School, but his goal is to connect them to the people.


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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

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Working For The Weekend: Labor Day Weekend

We all know about the big fair happening in St. Paul this weekend, but there is another large festival happening south of the metro – The Renaissance Festival!


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Get Movin’ Monday: September Deals

September is a month with no big gift giving holiday. It’s a month that also overlaps with back-to-school and Labor Day. And the weather is getting cooler out. These all come into play when it comes to deals in September.


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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

The Minnesota State Fair is officially underway so many people will be enjoying fair festivities all weekend. But, if you’re looking for fun outside of the fair, we have you covered with festivals for apples, yoga, and even chalk art.


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Workin’ For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

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Working For The Weekend: Irish, Polish And Lakeside Festivals

From Ireland to Poland, from Minneapolis to St. Paul, there are plenty of great events happening in the Twin Cities this weekend! WCCO’s Kim Johnson shares a few of her picks.


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‘Road To Recovery’ Program: Volunteer To Help Others With Treatment

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Working For The Weekend: Entertainment Best Bets

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Workin’ For The Weekend: Rib Fest, Disc Golf & More

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Workin’ For The Weekend: Muscle Cars, Parades, Music & More

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Working For The Weekend: Weiner Dogs, Water Skiing & Freedom

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