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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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 2008
Hometown: Worthington, Minnesota
Alma Mater: Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale/Wichita State University

FAVORITES
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

THIS OR THAT
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

Liz Collin made her broadcast debut covering a tornado that touched down in southwest Minnesota. She was in high school and it wasn’t pretty. 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.

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A social network known for connecting neighbors now helps police fight crime and make communities safer.

04/06/2017

Let’s Talk About Intimacy: Margot Anand Coming To Minneapolis

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03/17/2017

State Revokes Credit Repair Business Owner’s License Again

The state revoked a Twin Cities businessman’s license Wednesday for what they call “untrustworthiness” and “incompetence.”

03/15/2017

‘They Can Change The World, Too’: Teen Donates $1.5K To Family’s Nonprofit

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03/08/2017

Despite Sister’s Pleas, No Charges In Brother’s Overdose Death

A Twin Cities woman says she’s fighting to send a man to prison for giving her brother a deadly dose of drugs.

03/03/2017

‘Baby Cafe’ Supports Moms Struggling With Breastfeeding

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03/02/2017

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02/21/2017

Chisago County Family Known For Fostering Babies, & Only Babies

Each year, thousands of Minnesota children are in need of a safe place to escape sad circumstances. And one family in the northeast suburbs is fostering a new generation in a notable way.

02/20/2017

Good Questions: What Are The Rules Of Congress?

There are 44 standing rules the Senate must follow, it’s one in particular we heard a lot about Tuesday night: rule 19.

02/08/2017

Moms Of School Bully Victims Press District For Action

Two Minnesota families are in the middle of a fight with a school district after what they call a clear case of bullying that was caught on camera.

02/07/2017

Henn. Co. Attorney Charging More Heroin Dealers With Murder

Hennepin County’s top prosecutor has charged a total of 12 people in the last five years with selling someone a deadly batch of heroin.

01/17/2017

Hopkins Family, Police Still Looking For Leads In Fatal Hit-&-Run

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01/05/2017

Law Enforcement Targeting Shoplifting Amid Holiday Rush

They are not the crimes that get the most attention, but police say they often lead to much more dangerous activities.

12/20/2016

Good Question: How Often Should We Check Tire Pressure?

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12/20/2016

55 Years Later, Woman Abandoned As Baby Reunited With Family Who Found Her

“All of the sudden it hit me — ‘Oh my god, it’s the baby my parents found,'” Bobbi Fischbein said.

12/19/2016

Attorneys Charged In Porn Extortion Case

United States Attorney Andy Luger calls them corrupt lawyers who abused the court system they took an oath to protect.

12/16/2016

DOJ To Review St. Anthony Police, Help Rebuild Trust

Details about a federal review of the St. Anthony Police Department by the Department of Justice are expected to be released Thursday afternoon.

12/15/2016

Good Question: What Are College Students’ Rights?

Colleges and universities follow a different evidence standard than a criminal prosecution.

12/14/2016

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12/13/2016

City Council Votes To Remove St. Paul Officers From Internal Affairs Commission

The St. Paul commission that reviews complaints against police will soon not have any officers weighing in on those decisions.

12/08/2016

Is ‘Screen Time’ Affecting Teens’ Sleep Patterns?

With the help of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, WCCO tracked the phone usage of three teenagers.

12/05/2016

Minnesota Health Department OKs Medical Marijuana To Treat PTSD

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12/01/2016

‘Operation Blitz’ To Target Professional Shoplifters

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11/23/2016

2 Men Suing Stearns County In Separate Cases

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11/21/2016

Lawsuit Over Reporting On Minn. Cop Killing Rejected By Jury

A Minnesota jury has ruled against a man who sued two media organizations over news stories that named him as a suspect in the killing of a police officer.

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