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

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

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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Dayton, Ellison Denounce Senate Health Care Bill, Highlighting Personal Stories

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Meth Making A Troubling Comeback In Minnesota

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Slip Caught On Camera At Mall Of America Leads To Lawsuit

A young girl slipping at Mall of America has led to a lawsuit and a call for better cleanup procedures.


Grandmother’s Death Highlights Growing Trend Of Canadian Border Crossings

A grandmother dies in Northern Minnesota less than a quarter mile from the Canadian border. The story made news around the world last month and only highlights a skyrocketing trend among immigrant populations seeking protection up north.


Protesters Block Traffic On I-94 After March In St. Paul

Demonstrators plan to rally at the Minnesota State Capitol after a verdict was reached in the trial of the St. Anthony police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile.


Who’s Paying For Officer Yanez’s Defense?

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Eagan Police Deal With Growing Mental Health Crisis

WCCO looked into a troubling trend police departments are training to handle.


FBI Investigating Fmr. ‘U’ Sports Ticket Sales Head

The head of sports ticket sales at the University of Minnesota has been fired, accused of stealing from the school.


Neuroscience Center Pioneering Alzheimer’s, Dementia Treatments

One of the few places in the country developing new treatments for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is in the Twin Cities.


Investigation Into Man’s Death Reveals Depth Of Minnesota’s Prescription Drug Problem

A Twin Cities family wants answers after they believe a psychiatrist went too far in prescribing medications to their son and brother.


‘I’m Not A Terrorist’: Mpls. Man Denies Possessing Arsenal

A Twin Cities man says he was not planning an attack when police allegedly found a weapons arsenal in a car.


Remains Of Sailor Killed At Pearl Harbor Returned To Minnesota

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How Much Vitamin D Should We Be Getting?

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Brainerd Student Speaks Out On Trump Comment In Yearbook

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School Denies Marine’s Surprise At Sister’s Graduation

It was supposed to be a surprise from a Minnesota Marine to his sister on graduation day, but a school district won’t allow it.


Murder Trial Begins For Woman Accused Of Selling Fatally Potent Heroin

It’s considered a first of its kind case in the state: a woman charged with killing five men with her fentanyl-laced heroin.


Trump Supporters Attacked At Capitol Upset With Law Enforcement

Some Minnesota veterans are recovering from cuts and bruises after a clash on the steps of the State Capitol.


Would-Be Snake Charmers Offer Solutions For Woman Living Serpentine Nightmare

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House Of Snakes: Dream Home Turns Out To Be A Nightmare

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Forest Lake PD Disbandment Would Lay Off 23 Officers, Save $385K A Year

On Monday, a city council in the north metro is expected to take a controversial vote on whether or not to disband their police department.


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