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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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2 Off-Duty Mpls. Cops Fired After Confrontation In Green Bay

Two Minneapolis police officers have been fired after a June incident with Green Bay Police. In June, SWAT officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell were visiting Green Bay off-duty.

12/03/2013

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Are Outlet Malls Really A Better Deal? WCCO Went Shopping To Find Out

Along with many malls and big box retailers, dozens of stores at outlet malls in Minnesota will also be open come eight o’clock Thursday night, but we wondered are outlet malls really a better deal? Beyond Albertville, shoppers can also check out deals in Medford and come next summer an outlet mall in Eagan will open its doors.

11/27/2013

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Minn. AG, Milwaukee For-Profit School Settle

Minnesota’s attorney general has reached a settlement with a Milwaukee for-profit college that requires the institution to notify prospective students about the accreditation of certain programs and offer refunds to students who may not have had full information about what they needed for career certification.

11/27/2013

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2 Children Die Following Pond Crash; 3 Others In Hospital

Two children have died after being trapped in a car underwater anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes in a holding pond following a crash in St. Louis Park Thursday morning.

11/21/2013

For Profit Colleges

For-Profit Colleges Under Fire: ‘They’re Selling A Dream’

The business practices at some for-profit schools are under the microscope in Minnesota and across the country. The Department of Education says there are pricey post-secondary schools that leave students with more debt than public colleges and less of a chance of graduating.

11/20/2013

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Credit Rewards: Are Points, Miles Or Cash Back Best?

Is it better to use points, cash back, or miles? When it comes to credit cards, all rewards are not created equal. With so many options out there, we wanted to know what’s the best deal. As sifting through her stuff, Jamie Tauer admitted to making what experts consider one of the biggest credit card mistakes of all.

11/18/2013

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Cops Involved In Green Bay Incident To Soon Go Before Police Panel

Sources tell WCCO-TV that two Minneapolis police officers facing discipline after an incident in Green Bay will tell their side of the story to investigators next week. They’ve been on paid leave since the incident more than four months ago.

11/08/2013

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Proposal: Don’t Let Out-Of-State Athletes Steal Ice Time

Parents will live in another state while their children move to Minnesota to play hockey. It may sound extreme, but schools say it’s happening. Now, some college students are calling on lawmakers to crack down.

11/07/2013

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For $10K, Families Feel Cheated By ‘Trained’ Service Dogs

They’re $10,000 dogs, sold to a vulnerable population with the promise of offering safety and protection, but some Minnesota and Wisconsin families who bought in can’t believe what they’ve got.

11/04/2013

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Cook County Atty. Charged With Kissing A Teenage Girl

Cook County’s top prosecutor will be prosecuted himself. Tim Scannell is charged with getting too close to a teenage girl, and faces two felony counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

10/31/2013

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‘U’ Student Takes His Thriftiness To Web Series

A University of Minnesota sophomore is living on an extreme budget, and chronicling it online. David Levitz’s apartment is barebones, like a lot of college students.

10/22/2013

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Breeder Charged For Deplorable Conditions, Still Allowed To Sell Pets

The Minnesota woman charged with keeping more than 130 dogs in deplorable conditions is still allowed to raise and sell pets. Earlier this week, Deborah Rowell pleaded guilty to mistreating dogs at her kennel in Pine River.

10/17/2013

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WCCO Discovers Pricing Problems At Walgreens

Pricing problems WCCO-TV uncovered at Minnesota’s largest drugstore chain will likely have you looking a lot closer at your receipts.

10/07/2013

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They Thought It Was Patriotic, The School Saw It As Suspendable

Students said they wanted to show their love for their country, but a superintendent believes it went a little too far. The result? More than a dozen students are suspended for drawing on doors and windows and scattering small American flags outside their high school.

10/03/2013

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Thinking Of Changing Your Career? Where To Start

Have you ever considered changing careers? It’s a common thought, but a gutsy move in a tough economy. So now, with the economy improving, we asked some people who’ve done it: How to start and two key questions to ask before making a change.

09/30/2013

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