Liz Collin

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, Minnesota, she’s held producing, investigative reporting and anchoring positions at TV stations in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Wichita, Kansas; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Miami, Florida.
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Joined WCCO: 2008
Hometown: Worthington, Minnesota
Alma Mater: Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale/Wichita State University

Music: Country
Movie: Good Night, and Good Luck.
TV Show: WCCO 4 News (Brownie points?)
Book: Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried
Food: Chicken wings
Local Restaurant: Pizzeria Lola (not for their chicken wings)
Hidden MN Gem: Park Point Beach in Duluth
Sport/Exercise: Yoga
Historical Figure: Does Don Shelby count?
Favorite Minnesotan: Sweet Martha (a.k.a. Martha Olson)
Quote: “The news is not about the newscaster it’s about the people who make it.” — Bob Schieffer
Word: Laugh
Vacation Spot: Okoboji, Iowa
Holiday: Christmas
Planet: Earth, I see no reason to leave

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Tearjerker
Phone Call or Text Message? Phone Call
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Night
East Coast or West Coast? West
Star Trek or Star Wars? Any other choices?
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Grey Duck

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, Minnesota, she’s held producing, investigative reporting and anchoring positions at TV stations in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Wichita, Kansas; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Miami, Florida.

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.

Liz has also made a mark in other news markets. The Bob Dole Veteran’s Hospital in Kansas implemented several policy changes after her reporting revealed lax nursing procedures endangering veteran’s health. A military school brought in new leadership after she uncovered long-term hazing of younger cadets. 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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