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.

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Foodies Rejoice, Restaurant Week Returns

Dying to try a new restaurant but holding back because it’s not in your budget? Have no fear, Restaurant Week is here.

10/22/2012

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Minnesota’s Unemployment Rate Drops To 5.8 Percent In September

The state’s unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point to 5.8 percent in September, a full two percentage points better than the national rate.

10/18/2012

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Wisconsin Wolf Hunt Underway Amid Controversy

Wisconsin’s first wolf hunting season is underway, and like in Minnesota, it’s not without some controversy.

10/15/2012

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Halloween Business Is BOOming In Minnesota

From the tame, child-friendly Planet Spooky to haunted houses and hayrides that will make you afraid to go to sleep, the business of “haunting” is serious business.

10/12/2012

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‘Explore Minnesota’ Officials Say State Tourism Is Up

The head of Explore Minnesota says the glass is “half full” when it comes to tourism in the state.

10/10/2012

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Romney Campaign Office Not Open In MN

The Romney for President campaign has not opened an office in Minnesota.

10/08/2012

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Behind The Ballot: College Students React To Debate

College political science classrooms will be buzzing today with presidential debate analysis. WCCO’s Laura Oakes has more from students at the University of Minnesota, who attended a debate watching party Wednesday night.

10/04/2012

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Body Language Could Overshadow Message In Pres. Debates

All eyes will be on President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney tonight for their first nationally-televised debate. WCCO Radio’s Laura Oakes has more on what to look for beyond their words.

10/03/2012

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Mankato Buzzing As Minnesota Timberwolves Training Camp Starts

Mankato is abuzz with Minnesota Timberwolves fever as the team opens its mini-camp there on Tuesday at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

10/02/2012

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Behind The Ballot: The Female Vote

So just what are the hottest races in Minnesota this election season? WCCO’s Laura Oakes goes Behind the Ballot.

09/27/2012

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Counselors Help Students After Bus-Pedestrian Crash

Counselors were on hand at Jackson Preparatory Magnet School in St. Paul Wednesday morning to assist kids who were on a school bus that struck and injured a pedestrian.

09/26/2012

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State Officials Urge Motorists Not to ‘Veer for Deer’

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety are out with a message in hopes of reducing car-deer crashes during this time of year when deer are most active: “DON’T VEER FOR DEER.”

11/12/2010

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