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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Police say he spent Wednesday night asleep in a burger restaurant waiting to burglarize it. On Thursday night, he slept in jail.


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Home Rehabber Nicole Curtis Accused Of Not Paying Subcontractor

A popular HGTV reality host who once called Minneapolis home is facing an unpleasant reality of her own. A WCCO investigation has found Nicole Curtis could be in legal trouble for an unfinished project and unpaid bills.


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WCCO Investigates: State Patrol Crashes From 2014

From being struck on traffic stops to dangerous chases, the Minnesota State Patrol logged nearly 300 damaged cruisers last year. A WCCO investigation looked at what can happen on the road in the course of a year.



Family Creates Foundation For Slain Sartell Student

The family of a murdered college student is keeping his memory alive as the investigation into finding his killer takes a new turn. It’s been eight months since police found Tom Bearson’s body in Moorhead.


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Why Are Some Twins Players Absent For National Anthem?

The Minnesota Twins wrapped up their longest home stand of the season with another win Thursday at Target Field. While fans are happy with outcome of the games, some are concerned with what’s going on before they start.


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Alzheimer’s Takes Toll On Doctor And His Family

At least half of us already know someone with Alzheimer’s Disease, and in the next decade twice as many Minnesotans will be diagnosed.

WCCO is beginning an up-close look, documenting the fight one family is in.


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Investigators Raid Burnsville Credit Repair Business

A Twin Cities business that says it can improve your credit profile could be in some money trouble of its own. Federal and state investigators took boxes of documents from United Credit Consultants in Burnsville on Wednesday morning.


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Vets Investigated After Dogs Burned By Heating Pads

A Minnesota couple blames their veterinarian for burning their dogs so badly it killed one of them. But what happened after, they consider even worse.


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Legal Issues Resolved, Marijuana Mom Moving To Colorado

Days before a Minnesota mom was set to stand trial for giving her son medical marijuana, WCCO has learned the charges against her will be dismissed.


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Community Raising Funds To Bury Murdered Woman In Kenya

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Woman Urges Workplace Sexual Harassment Victims To Speak Up

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Family Denied Refund After Baby Mistakenly Books Rental Car

A Minnesota family can’t believe how a well-known company has reacted after their baby made a costly mistake. “He hit the enter button and booked our rental car. He bought us a $609 minivan for our vacation,” Mandy Ellingson said.


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March Madness Means Big Business for Buffalo Wild Wings

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1 Year Later, Have Minneapolis 911 Call Times Improved?

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Should Minnesota Do More To Prevent Food Allergy Deaths?

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Milk Allergy Death Of 16-Year-Old Leads To Lawsuit

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Plane Skids Off LaGuardia Runway, Slams Into Fence Near Bay

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How Do Our Neighboring States Handle Sex Offenders?

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Now, more than 700 sex offenders are suing the state saying that’s unconstitutional.

So we wondered: How do our neighboring states handle sex offenders? Do they get out? And what happens when they do?


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Police Looking For Vehicle Spotted Near Body Of Murdered NDSU Student

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