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.
We found one family moving into rentals across the metro and living for free for months at a time. WCCO also found out how these renters have been able to skirt the system for so long and what they did to at least one property that has them in even more trouble.
Police are trying to figure out if wedding crashers who swiped a gift box on Sunday have struck again. Police say an uninvited couple walked in to a wedding reception at Edinburgh Golf Club in Brooklyn Park. Security cameras rolled as the man walked out with a box filled with the couple’s gift cards and cash. The same thing happened 13 miles away on Saturday at Majestic Oaks Golf Club in Ham Lake.
Paul will turn into Tinsel Town this weekend during the 13th annual So The World May Hear Awards Gala at the RiverCentre.
Frost Simula calls himself the poster child for what’s call “predatory remodeling” and now he’s talking about his fight to protect others.
Hundreds of soccer teams are in Blaine this weekend for what’s called the “largest youth sports event in the Western Hemisphere.” One team, however, has overcome more than most of us could imagine to get a shot to compete.
Music will still be played at a north Minneapolis church despite losing its most important instrument to arson.
Workers say what wasn’t installed inside a western Wisconsin hospital put them in danger while doing their jobs. Four CT technologists have filed a lawsuit claiming they were exposed to excess radiation for years at Hudson Hospital. The lawsuit says construction crews installed the wrong glass inside the room where they read the scans. As Hudson Hospital undergoes a $10 million expansion, it’s a small sheet of glass that has shattered the trust of four CT technologists.
On average, a person will pay about $200 for a pair of prescription glasses. Add on a designer name and fancy frames and you’ll pay much more. But, some glasses are selling online for as little as $7. WCCO wondered how they measure up.
It has been a weekend of unrest and uncertainty in Egypt. The country’s military removed President Mohammed Morsi from office days ago but what happens next remains to be seen.
This summer, for the first time since the scenic river town of Red Wing started celebrating Independence Day, it won’t have fireworks to mark the holiday. A committee couldn’t come up with the money necessary to put the show on.
Like many Americans, lawmakers will have this week off for the 4th of July, but that break has Minnesota college students and their parents wondering what’s next for their student loan rates.
Seven workers at a well-known grocery store are out of a job. They’re accused of abusing a shopper rewards program for their own personal use.
Month after month, a Twin Cities church has been billed for stuff workers say they never ordered. St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Maple Grove has paid thousands of dollars to an office supply company.
The impassioned pleas to get a county attorney out of office have been going on for six months now. Some people living in Grand Marais started weekly protests outside the courthouse after County Attorney Tim Scannell admitted to getting too close to a teenager.
The trouble started for Frost Simula just days after he moved into a home in Columbia Heights. Now, he’s on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars. At first, his 2,100 square foot home in Columbia Heights seemed brand-new, but a trail of post-it notes from the last few weeks explains why. He’s found 51 problems with the house.