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Kim Johnson joined the WCCO-TV team in May 2014 as Saturday morning anchor. You can also find her reporting from the field during the week.

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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This Is What Riding In A F-18 Hornet Looks Like

It’s the kind of air plane ride that’s not for the faint of heart. The U.S Navy Blue Angels gave me a once in a life time ride in an F-18 Hornet, and it was an unforgettable experience.

08/22/2014

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Blue Angels Return To Duluth Air Show After Being Grounded

After being grounded last year because of the government’s sequestration, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels have returned to Minnesota. They will be flying this weekend as one of the most popular performers in the Duluth Air Show.

08/21/2014

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Motorcyclists Ride To Raise Money For Breast Cancer Awareness

A group of motorcycle riders are trying to accomplish a goal: To help people battling breast cancer. Every year, the bikers rev their engines for the Lynnda Laubach Breast Cancer Awareness Ride. They say the more donations they get, the more breast cancer patients they can help.

08/20/2014

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Black Helicopters Over Twin Cities Have Some Asking Questions

A military training exercise has some in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul looking to the skies and asking questions. It’s a scene that looks straight out of an action movie.

08/19/2014

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St. Paul Brewing Helps Customers Create Tasty Brews

Have you ever wanted to brew your own beer but didn’t know where to start? Well, a St. Paul company will walk you through the steps, and even do the dirty work for you. WCCO’s Kim Johnson headed to Vine Park Brewing Company to learn all the tricks to making tasty beer.

08/16/2014

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Minn. Moms Design App For Parents To Buy, Sell Kids Clothes

It’s that time of year for back-to-school shopping. There’s new way to shop for your kids clothes without having to go to the store. Kidizen is a mobile app that allows users to buy and sell gently-used clothing so parents can get high-end brands at a fraction of the cost.

08/12/2014

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You’re Never Too Old To Learn How To Bike!

It might be hard to imagine being an adult and never having learned how to ride a bike. That’s the case for some people here in Minnesota. But a non-profit community bike shop in south Minneapolis called SPOKES Bike Walk Connect is …

08/09/2014

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Seeing More Spiders? Here Are Tips To Get Rid Of Them

Our soggy spring and summer have left an unsightly, and for some, an unsettling, problem. The extra wet ground has caused an increase in bugs, centipedes and mosquitos.

08/08/2014

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This Minn. Farm Is Bringing Solar Power To Its Community

A Minnesota farm is helping people power their homes and businesses with solar energy without having to put panels on their roof. Eichten’s Cheese Farm in Chisago County is about to become one of Minnesota’s biggest community solar gardens.

08/07/2014

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Thousands Salute Officer Patrick As He Was Laid To Rest

The procession for Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick ended at Acacia Park Cemetery. That’s where Patrick, who was fatally shot a week ago, was laid to rest.

08/06/2014

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Pie Capitol Of MN Devotes Day To The Dessert

WCCO was talking pie Saturday and there’s one town that does pie better than anyone else. Braham, Minn. has been designated the pie capitol of Minnesota. WCCO’s Kim Johnson followed her sweet tooth about an hour north of the Twin Cities to find out why.

08/02/2014

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Woman Runs Buffalo Winery All On Her Own

Minnesota is home to dozens of wineries but one in Buffalo may stand out from the rest. It’s a one-woman winery owned and operated by a mother who decided to take a risk and truly have it all.

08/02/2014

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Good Question: How Do They Count Calories In Food?

The list is out for popular restaurant dishes with the worst calorie counts. The Center for Science in the Public Interest reviewed menus at chains across the country.

07/31/2014

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Jesse Ventura: ‘My Reputation Is Restored Now’

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says his reputation is restored. A federal jury Tuesday sided with him in his defamation lawsuit.

07/29/2014

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Meet The Man Behind The Aquatennial Fireworks Show

It’s rated as one of the top five fireworks displays in the country and Saturday night, you can see it for yourself in Minneapolis. The 75th-annual Minneapolis Aquatennial will wrap up with a bang for the annual fireworks display.

07/26/2014

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