Laura Oakes

Laura Oakes started her career with WCCO Radio in 1996, working primarily in the station’s award-winning newsroom, and also enjoying a stint as a show producer. Over the years, Oakes has covered many major news events for WCCO, and has won several local and regional awards for her newscasts and feature stories. A native of Shakopee, Oakes attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she studied Communication and History.
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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 1996
Hometown: Shakopee, Minnesota
Alma Mater: University of Minnesota-Duluth

FAVORITES
Music: All, but leaning toward jazz these days
Movie: Elf
TV Show: Bloodline
Book: Living a Life that Matters, Rabbi Harold Kushner
Food: Salmon
Local Restaurant: Pizzeria Lola
Hidden MN Gem: Paddleboarding off Park Point in Duluth
Sport/Exercise: Biking
Historical Figure: Dalai Lama
Famous Minnesotan: Prince
Quote: “If you don’t find a balance between pressure and pleasure, your epitaph is going to read, ‘Got everything done. Died anyway.'”
Word: Jeepers
Vacation Spot: San Francisco/Big Sur
Holiday: Christmas
Planet: Mars

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Stones
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text
Mac or PC? PC
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning
East Coast vs. West Coast? East
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ vs. ‘Goose’? Goose

Laura Oakes started her career with WCCO Radio in 1996, working primarily in the station’s award-winning newsroom, and also enjoying a stint as a show producer. Over the years, Oakes has covered many major news events for WCCO, and has won several local and regional awards for her newscasts and feature stories. A native of Shakopee, Oakes attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she studied Communication and History.

Oakes and her husband, Chris are plenty busy keeping up with their teenage son, traveling whenever possible, and remodeling so many homes they could have their own TV show. She also likes biking, dog walks along the river in St. Paul, fishing, and watercolor painting.

most recent stories2 Laura Oakes

An Undocumented Future: MN Immigration Legal Challenges

The first executive order was stayed, and it was back to the drawing board for President Trump.

05/26/2017

Art In Bloom Pops Up At Minneapolis Institute Of Art

Bright colors, warmth and the smell of 165 fresh flower arrangements. Well, while it may not be available outside, it can all be found under one roof at the Minneapolis Institute of Art right now.

04/27/2017

The Return Of ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’

One of the most popular Minnesota-produced television shows ever is making a comeback.

04/14/2017

Local Producer, Musician Talk About MSPIFF Short ‘Ragman’

“The Ragman: A Hobo’s Story Untold” premieres Friday night at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.

04/13/2017

Paul Magers Talks With WCCO About Retirement

Magers told WCCO’s Chad Hartman that he hit his rock bottom a few months ago.

03/30/2017

Comedic Moment Unfolds Between Sen. Franken, Rick Perry At Confirmation Hearing

There was a little comedy in the hearing room when U.S. Senator Al Franken questioned former Texas Governor Rick Perry at the Governor’s confirmation hearing to be Energy Secretary.

01/19/2017

St. Paul Schools Locked Down After Shooting Injures Man

A letter is going home to parents of kids at 10 east side St. Paul schools following a nearby shooting late Thursday morning.

01/19/2017

Hy-Vee Fights Food Waste By Discounting ‘Ugly’ Produce

The newest grocery chain to come to the Twin Cities, Hy-Vee, is already making a name for itself in the fight to end food waste.

01/19/2017

Not The News With Laura Oakes: Youth Sports

In this episode of Not the News, WCCO’s Laura Oakes gets an inside look at this crazy world of youth sports from a guy who is living it.

11/29/2016

Can You Survive Politics Talk This Thanksgiving?

Dreading that Thanksgiving family time because you fear a nasty conversation over the presidential election? You aren’t alone.

11/23/2016

Not The News With Laura Oakes: Getting To Know Chad Hartman

Some touching revelations here, and some pretty funny stories of life with Sid you’ll never forget.

11/10/2016

Not The News With Laura Oakes: Brewing Beer With Brett

Check out any liquor store and you’ll see the craft beer craze is showing no sign of slowing down.

10/24/2016

Not The News With Laura Oakes: Becoming A Minimalist

WCCO’s Laura Oakes talks with local minimalist Amy Blank, who wouldn’t live any other way.

10/05/2016

Minneapolis Orange Line Project Gets $37.5 Million

A proposed rapid-transit bus line on I-35W linking Burnsville to downtown Minneapolis survives another day.

08/17/2016

Expert: Teens Would Benefit From Later School Start Times

Does your teen come alive late at night just as you’re winding down? Join the club. The science is there.

08/08/2016

Twin Cities Housing Market Reaches New Record

The median sales price reached an all-time high of $242,000, surpassing the record set 10 years ago in June 2006.

07/19/2016

Not The News: Taking That Leap Of Faith

Have you ever wanted to throw caution to the wind, quit your comfortable, yet maybe uninspiring job, and create the job of your dreams?

06/30/2016

Not The News With Laura Oakes: Modern Mother

Parenting is challenging enough, and no one’s family life is even remotely similar to those perfectly-curated posts you may see on social media.

06/09/2016

Photo Credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Macalester Grad Develops App To Help Veterans With PTSD

Macalester College grad Tyler Skluzacek’s “MyBivy” app recently took first place at a coding competition in Washington DC.

05/30/2016

A Look At The Science Behind Stuttering

The severity of stuttering ran the gamut at a recent National Stuttering Association Twin Cities chapter meeting.

05/10/2016

Herbivorous Butcher Serves Paul McCartney Dinner

A local vegan butcher shop had the honor of serving dinner to Sir Paul McCartney before his concert in Minneapolis last night.

05/05/2016

Minnesota Congressman Works To Help The State’s Small Banks

Minnesota Congressman Tom Emmer is making a push to help small banks and credit unions in Minnesota. Emmer said the state has lost a quarter of them since the Dodd-Frank Act went into effect after the Great Recession.

05/05/2016

Twins’ Byung Ho Park Still Getting Accustomed To American Life

The Twins have had their eye on the South Korean slugger since high school, and judging by his recent 462-foot blast to center field, their instincts were right.

04/19/2016

Police Seek Suspects In St. Paul Walgreens Robbery, Drug Theft

St. Paul police are looking for suspects after a large amount of prescription drugs were taken from a Walgreens on Monday.

04/06/2016

Police: Naked Man Flees Fatal Apple Valley Crash

One man is dead and another is in custody following a fatal crash on the border of Apple Valley and Lakeville during the rush hour Friday morning. Lakeville police say the crash happened at about 8:30 a.m. on 160th Street and Cedar Avenue.

04/01/2016

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