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.
Minnesota’s law enforcement community is making changes to protect from the potential for Ebola. All Minneapolis police squad cars, bikes and Segway’s have a new tool in the fight against an invisible threat to public health.
A motion was filed by prosecutors Wednesday at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Conroe, Texas to have a new judge assigned to the Adrian Peterson child abuse case. Peterson’s legal team are pushing the case forward, looking more likely that they want to leave it up to a jury in Conroe to decide if what Peterson did to his son was child abuse or discipline.
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected in court Wednesday to face child abuse charges stemming from an incident in May. Peterson’s lawyer said Tuesday, if a judge asks him for a plea, it will be not guilty.
Hallie Jerve has fought health problems for years. And her parents say her school isn’t helping her keep up when she misses class — like the law says it should. Doctors delivered the diagnosis before Hallie celebrated her second birthday. “Anaplastic large cell lymphoma, and it was stage four,” said Hallie’s mother, Melissa Jerve.
The Vikings hold a title the team doesn’t celebrate – the most players arrested in the NFL. According to USA Today, 45 Minnesota Vikings have been arrested since 2000. That’s double the league average.
A former football player, who doctors didn’t think would survive a head injury, walked on the field to see the start of his team’s season. Isaac Kolstad has spent four months recovering from an attack in downtown Mankato.
Police have searched fields, an airport and now near a casino without any sign of Lyle “Ty” Hoffman. He’s been on the run for more than three weeks, wanted for murder.
A Twin Cities couple calls their experience with an insurance company a lesson that all homeowners should learn. David Hettlinger and his wife are still trying to recover from a storm two summers ago.
A Twin Cities family says their newborn has been without health insurance for months due to MNsure delays. The Emmerichs tried for more than four months to get coverage for their baby boy.
A Minnesota mother is charged with child endangerment for giving her son medical marijuana to treat his pain.
A Twin Cities college student says a recent oil change cost him his car. The engine on Joe Mikula’s Toyota Camry quit a few weeks after he paid for a quick oil change, but what another mechanic found now has Mikula fighting with a well-known chain to fix his car.
A Twin Cities family says they couldn’t wait any longer for medical marijuana to become legal in Minnesota. They’ve spent the last month in another state to see what cannabis can do to help their son.
The son of the leader of a religious group in southeastern Minnesota described a life of abuse and control in front of a judge on Monday. His was the latest testimony in a contentious trial against a religious group called Maranatha Fellowship in Spring Grove.
A religious leader in southern Minnesota will go back on trial next week, as a couple fights for the life savings they left behind once they left his group. Beyond the courtroom, the back and forth is also playing out in a small town newspaper.
A Minnesota woman says she’s on track to get thousands of family members in the same spot one year from now. Linda Drellack will spend two years planning what she hoped would be the world’s largest family reunion in Hastings.
A Lake Street landmark is getting ready to close its doors — much to the disappointment of its loyal customers. Roberts Shoe Store and its iconic green and white sign has been a staple on corner of Lake Street and Chicago Avenue for 77 years. More than 2 million pairs of shoes have been sold during that time.
While lying in a hospital bed at Regions Hospital earlier this week, the man suspected of killing Officer Scott Patrick looked another officer in the eye and said, “I hate cops and I’m guilty,” sources tell WCCO-TV’s Liz Collin.
A Minnesota county attorney sat on the other side of the courtroom Tuesday as his trial for allegedly getting too close to a teenage girl got underway. Tim Scannell faces two felony counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for kissing and touching a 17-year-old girl.
She’s accused of selling untrained service dogs for $10,000 to families of kids with special needs. Months after WCCO first exposed her business, the Wisconsin woman has shut it down.
After a mix-up in northern Minnesota, a family is questioning the safety of its ambulance service. When Brenda Sordahl’s grandson needed help, the ambulance crew went to the wrong address in Park Rapids. The Sordahl’s stay focused on the things Blake can do, rather than what he can’t.
A Minneapolis man woke up Wednesday to see his car had been set on fire and police say fireworks are to blame. It all happened on Tuesday just before midnight as a security camera rolled. The fireworks totaled Bobby Wilber’s car.
WCCO has uncovered more allegations of abuse against a religious leader in southeastern Minnesota. Susan Wilde spent nearly 20 years as a member of a Christian fellowship called Maranatha. Its leader has been taken to court, and he and the ministry are being sued by other former members who lost their home and business when they got out of the group.
A lawsuit has exposed deep-seated secrets surrounding a religious group in southern Minnesota. For 35 years, Suzanne and Karl Solum were members of a Christian ministry called Maranatha in Spring Grove, Minn. They pooled all their money with everyone else in the group but when they left six years ago, they wanted their share and sued.
The Mississippi River has forced a lot of people out of their homes over the last two weeks. In the small southeastern Minnesota town of Frontenac, nearly a dozen homes on Lake Street are surrounded by the Mississippi. The river has covered their yards and flooded the street.
A photographer has changed her view of Minneapolis’ toughest streets after what she’s witnessed this month. Sarah Hrudka set out to capture the real people of north Minneapolis and their reasons for calling it home. What started as a quick project turned personal.