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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MPD, Henn. Co. Sheriff Vie For Vikings Security Duty

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Police: 2 Found Shot To Death In South Minneapolis Home

Two people are dead and two are in custody after a shooting in a south Minneapolis residence early Friday evening, according to police. The shooting was reported at about 5:12 p.m. on the 2200 block of 10th Street South.


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Family: St. Paul Man Dead After Being Shot By Police

The family of a St. Paul man, who had struggled with mental illness, say he is dead after being shot by police Thursday night. The fatal shooting happened at about 6 p.m. on the 600 block of Canton Street in St. Paul.


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Missing A Signature, Minneapolis Man’s Last Will Invalidated

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Lake Mtka. Community Grasps For Answers After Family Murder-Suicide

It has been a week since police discovered a gruesome scene in Greenwood — five members of a family dead. South Lake Minnetonka Police say Brian Short shot and killed his wife and their three kids with a shotgun before killing himself last week.


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Brainerd City Council Considers ‘On-Call’ Fire Department

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Expert: Upgrades Needed At Nursing Rooms In Most Twin Cities Stadiums

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Paramedic Accused Of Giving Patients Unneeded Painkillers

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Boy With Autism’s Birthday Brightened By Twins Game

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Father Sues Catholic High School Over Argument

A Minnesota father is suing a Catholic high school over what he recorded a teacher saying at their sons’ basketball game.


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Twin Cities Police Cracking Down On Illegal Drag Racing

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From Robert To Emma: The Journey Of A Transgender Minnesotan

Caitlyn Jenner told the world what the transgender community needs while accepting an award for courage last week. The former Olympian announced months ago she would begin living as a woman. A transgender woman from Minnesota made the same decision, and she is now documenting her very personal story.


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WCCO Investigation: Day Care Owner Owes Nearly $75K In Unpaid Taxes

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Child’s Death Shines Light On Stressed Protection Services

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Key State Official To Become CEO Of Medical Cannabis Company

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