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Liz Collin

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At 15 years old, Liz Collin made her broadcast debut covering a tornado that touched down in southwest Minnesota. It was her first night on the job at KWOA and KO95.

Since those radio days in her hometown of Worthington, Minn., she’s held producing, investigative reporting and anchoring positions at TV stations in Harrisburg, Pa., Wichita, Kan., Sioux Falls, SD and Miami, Fla.

Liz’s stories at WCCO have helped shape Minnesota public policy in the areas of public safety and fiscal oversight. Daycare centers must now have more trained CPR staff following her series about a little girl who choked to death at a Mankato daycare. Liz exposed the center and the state lacked adequate CPR requirements. Minneapolis added more 911 dispatchers after her series of stories highlighting wait times as long as 3 minutes, contributing to at least one death. Her reporting also exposed a loophole in state law that led to underfunding of electrical inspections statewide, leaving Minnesotans vulnerable to fire fatalities.

Liz says telling stories about the issues that help move Minnesota and its residents forward matter most. Her reporting has earned her opportunities to report live for the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning.

Liz has also made a mark in other news markets. A Kansas military school brought in new leadership after she uncovered long-term hazing of younger cadets. The Bob Dole Veteran’s Hospital implemented several policy changes after her reporting revealed lax nursing procedures endangering veteran’s health. Pennsylvania’s child welfare system introduced new policies when her reports showed a lack of due diligence in child abuse reports.

Her recognitions include Emmy awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, an Education Writers Association award, Associated Press awards and a special citation from The Kansas City Press Club.

Liz lives in Minneapolis with her husband and son.

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Operation Tea Party: Little Girl Surprised By Dad Returning From Deployment

The Minnesota National Guard has just over 13,000 active soldiers and airmen. Of course, they’re not the only ones who feel the effects of deployment. Their families do, too.

12/23/2014

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Mpls. Man Sends Hand Written Thank You To Hennepin Co. Sheriff

Mail carriers are busy this time of year delivering holiday cards across Minnesota. Recently, one greeting caught the eye of a leader in law enforcement. Hennpein County Sheriff Rich Stanek shares how two-page long hand written letter touched a department after a deputy made a decision months ago to pull over.

12/19/2014

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Mother Fights Charges Of Giving Injured Son Marijuana

A mother charged with giving her son medical marijuana months before it becomes legal in Minnesota wants her case to be dismissed. Angela Brown went back to court Wednesday. She is facing jail time for treating her 15-year-old son with cannabis oil after he suffered a traumatic brain injury in a baseball game.

12/17/2014

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This Meat Seller May Not Guarantee Satisfaction

It’s a popular gift during the holidays, but a Twin Cities couple has a warning for those thinking of placing an order with one door-to-door meat dealer that delivers all across Minnesota.

12/11/2014

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Man With Disabilities, Walker Refused Service By 5 Cab Drivers

A Twin Cities man with disabilities says five different cab drivers refused to take him home. It happened Saturday night when Mike Cohn went to leave Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in St Louis Park.

12/04/2014

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MOCA Fundraising Furthers U Of M Ovarian Cancer Research

The disease often goes undetected until it’s too late for the women who get it, but groundbreaking research at the University of Minnesota could mean ovarian cancer is discovered much earlier.

12/01/2014

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Good Question: How Can We Keep The Peace With Family?

Let’s be honest, by now someone in your house for the Thanksgiving holiday is getting under your skin. Surviving time with our relatives can sometimes be more work than cooking the big meal.

11/27/2014

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How Do We Know When To Spend Or When To Save?

Making a big-ticket buy will make anyone nervous. From a house to a car, one question is usually top of mind: can I afford it? Three families told WCCO what they hoped to buy, and a financial adviser crunched the numbers.

11/24/2014

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Simple Changes To The Home May Mean Burglars Will Stay Away

Home break-ins can leave families feeling vulnerable and police feeling frustrated by how difficult they are to solve. On average, more than 60 houses are broken into across Minnesota every day. Yet, only 15 percent of those cases end with an arrest.

11/18/2014

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Garth Brooks’ Chosen Fan Has Whirlwind Week

A Garth Brooks fan is celebrating an unforgettable week after her show-stopping moment in Minneapolis.

11/14/2014

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Down Syndrome Diagnosis Basket Brimming With Donations

Carissa’s made it her mission to celebrate each baby born with Down syndrome with the delivery of Jack’s Basket. With more than $8,000 in donations and countless gifts, she has enough to fill more than 130 baskets for hospitals.

11/13/2014

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Garth Brooks Sings To Fan With Cancer

Teresa Shaw caught Brooks’ attention with a hand-made sign.

What happened next brought the crowd to tears and gave Teresa the boost she needed for the battle she’s fighting at home.

11/08/2014

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High Schools Paying More To Play In State Tourneys

It’s state tournament time in Minnesota, and it will cost more for some schools to make the trip this year. The Minnesota State High School League has warned schools to expect smaller reimbursement checks at the end of the school year. Mayer Lutheran may only be home to 180 students, but on Friday nearly all of them made the 45-mile trip to St. Paul to see their team compete on the volleyball court.

11/07/2014

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Patient Who Helped Nurses During Attack Reacts To Surveillance Video

Surveillance video shows metro nurses scrambling to get away from a man wielding a metal bar. A patient, 68-year-old Charles Logan, first swings a bar through the nurse’s station.

11/06/2014

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Family Struggles With Complex System Of Autism Care

One in 68 children has autism. But in some Minnesota communities, kids are being diagnosed at a considerably higher rate — and nobody knows why. WCCO spent six months documenting what it’s like for one Twin Cities family navigating a complicated system of care. By now, Nick St. Sauver has grown used to the constant questions. As an 11-year-old, he has been asking them himself nearly his whole life.

11/05/2014

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