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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 alone 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 child 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.

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 severe weather coverage 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 their new baby boy.

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How Do Mpls.’ 911 Wait Times Compare To A Similarly-Sized City?

In an emergency, every second counts, but a WCCO investigation found some 911 calls in Minneapolis were taking minutes to answer. For two weeks now, we’ve heard from frustrated citizens and operators who told us calls aren’t being picked up right away. One woman tried twice over five minutes to get through to 911 after her husband suffered a heart attack. He later died.

03/13/2014

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Post-Colonoscopy Scare Leads To Revised Post-Care

It can be a scary test to screen for colon cancer, but a Twin Cities woman says she wasn’t prepared for what happened after her colonoscopy. Peggy Kealy doesn’t think her doctors properly prepared her for what sent her to the hospital days after her procedure, one which is never described as pleasant.

03/11/2014

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Mpls. Mayor Responds To WCCO’s 911 Investigation

Rules are changing at Minneapolis’s 911 center after a WCCO Investigation found some callers waiting minutes to get through. Raymond Callihan’s wife tried twice to reach an operator last week when her husband suffered a heart attack. Her second call took more than two minutes to answer. Callihan died Thursday morning. City leaders Thursday expressed sympathy for his family. But operators at the 911 center worry others may not get help as quickly as they should, and they’re asking for more staff.

03/06/2014

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Lawmakers Want Tougher Rules On H.S. Transfer Athletes

As the boys state hockey tournament skates into the Xcel Energy Center, it’s another showdown in St. Paul that some high school athletes are fighting to win. Lawmakers are wondering if some students and their parents are going too far to gain a competitive edge.

03/05/2014

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With Dad Now On Life Support, Family Questions Mpls. 911’s Delayed Response

Pictures in a north Minneapolis dining room show the bright smile of 72-year-old Raymond Callihan, a man who loved nothing more than spending time with his large family. “My father was a wonderful person,” said daughter Kamie Reed. “He would help anyone.” But that happiness has been replaced by hurt now that Reed and her mother, Arcola Tullis, know there won’t be any more memories like them.

03/05/2014

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Mpls. Police & Fire Union Presidents Find Unanswered 911 Calls ‘Concerning’

After a WCCO-TV investigation exposed what 911 operators call dangerous staffing levels in Minneapolis, first responders are demanding answers.

02/25/2014

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Minneapolis 911 Operators Call For Change

For some people, it could be the most important phone call they will ever make but in a WCCO investigation, some 911 operators and dispatchers in Minneapolis said they’re in the middle of an emergency of their own.

02/24/2014

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For 13 Years, Couple Spends Valentine’s Day With Widows

Many of us take time to celebrate love during the month of February but one Minnesota couple sees to it that love is still celebrated even after a heartbreaking loss.

02/19/2014

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Cops, Lawmakers Not Seeing Eye-To-Eye On Medical Marijuana

The fight over legalizing medical marijuana in Minnesota again faces fierce opposition from law enforcement agencies. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he won’t support a law unless police departments sign off on it first.

02/12/2014

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MN Families Make Tough Move To Colo. For Medical Marijuana

Some Minnesota families didn’t want to wait for lawmakers to decide whether or not to legalize marijuana. They’ve already started over in Colorado to be able to treat their sick kids with the plant they believe will make them better.

01/29/2014

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New Allergy Tablets May Be Pain-Free Alternative To Shots

Forty percent of us suffer from some kind of seasonal allergies. But the best relief – allergy shots injected monthly or even weekly – can be painful. But Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration will consider approving an allergy tablet that gives the same kind of help, but without the pain. After years of suffering, Kris Phillips needs a weekly trip to the doctor to get relief. “My allergies are under control,” Phillips said. “I can sleep through the night and not get up 10 different times because I can’t breathe.”

01/27/2014

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Inside Minnesota BCA’s Financial Crimes Task Force

A security breach at Target stores across the country left tens of millions of Americans vulnerable to identity theft. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Financial Crimes Task Force works across the state to crack financial crimes.

01/25/2014

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1,500 Immigrants Are Now One Step Closer To Living The American Dream

Tuesday marked an important milestone for hundreds of proud Minnesotans. It’s the day they became U.S. citizens.

01/21/2014

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Minnesotans Fight For Legalization Of Medical Marijuana

The fight over legalizing medical marijuana moves to the State Capitol again next month. For some Minnesota families, a cannabis law can’t come soon enough. WCCO shares the battle two Minnesota families are fighting, believing that marijuana is the seed to a new life for their sick kids.

01/20/2014

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Opposing Sides Converge At Iron Range Copper Mine Meeting

About 1,500 people turned out Thursday night to weigh in on what Minnesota’s first copper mine could mean for their water and air. The DNR has spent the last five years studying what PolyMet’s proposal could mean for the environment on the Iron Range. A crowd packed the convention center in Duluth. The building, which is usually home to concerts and hockey games, turned into the place Barb Crow came to join a polarizing debate.

01/16/2014

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