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.
Next month will mark 20 years since an Iowa TV anchor went missing. Jodi Huisentruit’s disappearance has remained a mystery ever since, but a group of retired police officers and journalists have organized to keep her story alive.
Police say he spent Wednesday night asleep in a burger restaurant waiting to burglarize it. On Thursday night, he slept in jail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minnesota Kenyans are coming together in tragedy to send one of their own home. Police say Esther Muchina-Dobie’s husband shot her in the head before killing himself. Their bodies were found in their Savage home a week and a half ago.
A Twin Cities woman says a man she sat next to at work sexually harassed her for months. Kathy is now suing Det-Tronics, a manufacturing company based in Bloomington. She says her bosses didn’t do enough to get the man to stop.
Hospitalized children, and their parents, say it’s because of what they’re breathing at school. Halle Wassenberg, 7, spent months seeing different doctors.
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.
March Madness brings people together. They want to compare brackets and share a meal, watching multiple games at one time, and one Minnesota company is making the most of this sports holiday.
One year ago, a WCCO investigation found some Minneapolis residents waiting more than three minutes for their 911 calls to be answered. Dispatchers exposed what they called dangerous staffing levels leading to those long wait times.
A Minnesota family is suing a restaurant for what they consider a fatal mistake. Scott Johnson died last summer after eating pancakes at a Bemidji restaurant. He suffered from a severe dairy allergy since birth. The Johnson’s said they were told the restaurant’s gluten-free pancakes were also dairy-free.
A Minnesota family wants restaurants to make changes after an allergic reaction took the life of their son.
Scott Johnson, 16, had a severe milk allergy since birth. He died last summer after eating restaurant pancakes that his family thought were dairy-free.
How honest do we need to be with our kids when it comes to our money? It’s a question debated by Minnesota families every day.
A plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing Thursday, crashing through a chain-link fence and coming to rest with its nose perilously close to the edge of an icy bay.
A bill to better protect Minnesota’s firefighters from an invisible danger has been introduced at the state Capitol. The proposal would ban cancer-causing chemicals from furniture and children’s products.
For more than two decades, Minnesota’s most dangerous sex offenders have been locked up a second time after serving prison sentences. They’ve been committed to indefinite detention in treatment programs.
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?
They are companies that claim to clean up your credit — for a price. But the growing industry of credit repair is surrounded by controversy. WCCO-TV looked into one such business under fire for its business practices in Burnsville.
To buy your dream house or land a better job, you need a good credit score, but 20 percent of us don’t have one. That’s where companies like United Credit Consultants offer to help.
The Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead police departments are releasing more information Monday on a Minnesota college student who was murdered last fall after just a month away from home.