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.
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.
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.
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.
After a WCCO-TV investigation exposed what 911 operators call dangerous staffing levels in Minneapolis, first responders are demanding answers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Tuesday marked an important milestone for hundreds of proud Minnesotans. It’s the day they became U.S. citizens.
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.
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.
Five frigid days have passed since an SUV plunged into the Mississippi River, killing four people. The deadly accident happened Sunday morning in Winona after Andrew Kingsbury, Matthew Erickson, Christina Hauser and Blake Overland left a local bar. Searchers have spent the week trying to find the body of 29-year-old Kingsbury. Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude with the Winona County Sheriff’s office has spent several days aiding in the search.
This Christmas Eve, WCCO brings you the story of two Minnesota mothers with an unbelievable strength dedicated to brightening the holidays for other families. It all started with a connection they wish they never made, but one that’s led to Christmases filled with hope for hundreds of others.