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 thru Friday.

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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4 Alternatives To New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions can be tough to keep. Studies show only 8 percent of people actually keep them. So why not try something new this year? Twin Cities blogger Jasmine Stringer shared with WCCO four alternative ways to establish goals and live a more fulfilling life in 2015.

01/02/2015

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‘Last Call’ Service Drives Bar-Goers Home In Their Own Cars

Many will be ringing in the new year by tipping a few back. A few too many can mean you’ll have to call a cab — unless you’re at one of several Twin Cities bars that offers a one-of-a kind service.

12/31/2014

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Monticello Church Shares How Its $100 ‘Pay It Forward’ Challenge Went

A Minnesota church has just made a big impact in one community. They gave their members a $100 bill and a challenge to help someone in need this holiday season. What started as a typical Sunday service for Quarry Community Church in Monticello sparked a season of giving.

12/24/2014

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Get Movin’ Monday: Twist On Traditional Holiday Foods

Do you ever feel like you have the same dishes every year at your holiday get-togethers? Kirsten Shabaz from Valley Natural Foods gets us movin’ with a new twist on traditional holiday foods.

12/22/2014

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Excellent Educator: DeNise Pellinen Of Jefferson Elementary

Can you think of doing something every day for 22 years and not getting tired of it? One teacher in south Minneapolis has been helping second graders in the classroom for that long, and says she loves every day she gets to go to work.

12/19/2014

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A Heroin Addiction, Failed Treatment And A Tragic Death

Bobby Weishalla should have celebrated his 22nd birthday this year. But after a deadly overdose, his mom, Janet, instead brought a birthday cake to his grave.

12/08/2014

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Excellent Educator: DaVinci Academy’s Mark Slechta

For a lot of students, it’s their favorite subject in school — Gym. You’d think gym teachers have the best job right? Well it’s not just fun and games for Mark Slechta, the Phy-Ed teacher at DaVinci Academy in Blaine.

12/05/2014

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WCCO Anchor’s Family Hit Hard By Ovarian Cancer

This week, WCCO-TV is featuring the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance in its Trees of Hope campaign. Ovarian cancer can be deadly because there are no early detection tests and by the time it’s diagnosed, it’s often advanced. WCCO-TV’s Kim Johnson’s family has been touched by the disease after her mother was diagnosed in 2007.

12/02/2014

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Get Movin’ Monday: Best Holiday Buys

Many of us will be spending the month of December buying gifts for other people. But the deals are so good on some items, you might want to pick up something for yourself.

12/01/2014

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Get Movin’ Monday: Be A Smarter Grocery Shopper

When at the grocery store, picking healthy foods for your family can be overwhelming. There can be so many options and claims on the labels.

11/24/2014

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Excellent Educator: Metcalf Jr. High’s Steven Orth

Junior high can be a tough time for a kid. Many young teens struggle with challenges at school, at home, and among friends. Some students in Burnsville are lucky enough, though, to have a teacher who everyday gives them little life lessons to help them through the rough times.

11/21/2014

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Pet Prenups Could Help Curb Custody Battles

There can be plenty to fight over if you’re going through a divorce – the house, the kids, the money. But who gets the dog? Pet custody disputes sound like something from Hollywood. In fact, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are currently battling in court over who gets the couple’s eight Jack Russell Terriers. But filing papers over pets is actually a real thing lawyers deal with here in Minnesota.

11/19/2014

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Need A More Natural Fix For Colds? Try A Salt Cave

It’s the season of sniffling, especially if you have kids in your home. But if you don’t want to reach for the over-the-counter medications just yet, a Minneapolis business claims it has an alternative solution.

11/19/2014

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Excellent Educator: Edgewood Middle School’s Julie Hartinger

or young students, getting good grades in math can sometimes depend on the teacher. Often students need one-on-one time. One teacher in Mounds View is known to go above and beyond to help students grasp the subject, and that’s what makes her this week’s Excellent Educator.

11/14/2014

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Excellent Educator: Way To Grow’s Eka Nagoya

When it comes to teaching kids, preschool is an age that requires a lot of patience. It’s an extra challenge when the majority struggle to speak English. One Minnesota teacher is dedicated to making sure all his preschoolers are ready for kindergarten, and that’s what makes Eka Nagoya this week’s Excellent Educator.

11/07/2014

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Get Movin’ Monday: Holiday Bargains Well Before Black Friday

When you think about deals to be had in November, you might think Black Friday. But great bargains can be found beginning the top of the month.

11/03/2014

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Excellent Educator: Circle Pines’ Val Rae Boe Helps Kids With Disabilities

This week’s Excellent Educator is Val Rae Boe, who has a passion for helping children with disabilities. Boe has put her heart and soul into creating the Karner Blue Education Center in Circle Pines, which is a brand new state-of-the-art facility that’s an oasis for kids with special needs.

10/24/2014

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Twin Cities Harvest Festival And Maze Teams Up With Minnesota Wild

If you love fall and hockey, then this is the perfect activity for you. Minnesota’s largest corn maze is teaming up with the Minnesota Wild to give people a chance to celebrate both.

10/22/2014

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Excellent Educator: Orono Janitor Ed Glover Does More Than Clean

We’ve heard the saying “It takes a village.” That is especially true when it comes to making sure kids have a good education. That’s why this week’s Excellent Educator is not a teacher, not a principal but a custodian who is described as the backbone of Orono High School.

10/17/2014

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Accomplish MN: Donate A Coat, Help Someone Land A Job

Have you looked in your coat closet recently? Chances are many of us have a winter coat that doesn’t get worn as much as others.

10/15/2014

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Get Movin’ Monday: Don’t Count Calories, Count Cups

A Minnesota doctor says many of us are making a big mistake when it comes to our diets. Dr. Nick Meyer is an orthopedic surgeon, but it was his patients’ weight issues that motivated him to dive into nutrition.

10/13/2014

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Excellent Educator: Eden Prairie’s Kristin Bastidas

Kristin Bastidas has a high energy and fun way to teach a foreign language. That’s why she is this week’s Excellent Educator.

10/10/2014

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Here’s What’s New At ValleySCARE

With the start of fall, Valleyfair takes a terrifying turn as the park transforms into ValleySCARE.

10/08/2014

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Excellent Educator: Harmony Learning Center’s Scott Helland

This week’s Excellent Educator award goes to Scott Helland, an administrator who goes above and beyond to connect with those who aren’t your typical students.

10/03/2014

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Minnesota-Made Traffic Sign Celebrates A Milestone

There have been a lot of great inventions made right here in the state of Minnesota. The obvious ones are roller blades, the stapler, the pacemaker. But one the country and world relies on every day to keep us safe on the roads is celebrating a milestone.

10/01/2014

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