Mike Binkley

Mike Binkley has been covering Minnesota news for more than 25 years. He joined the WCCO family in 2008 after 20 years with KSTP. Mike co-anchors the nightly weekend newscasts. The 10 p.m. Sunday shows feature his Emmy-nominated Finding Minnesota reports. Mike has been honored with six Upper Midwest Emmy awards for newscasts he co-anchored.
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Joined WCCO: 2008
Hometown: Topeka, Kansas
Alma Mater: University of Kansas

Music: Anything that doesn’t involve loud screaming
Movie: Up
TV Show: CBS Sunday Morning
Book: Vince Flynn; John Grisham; Chris Crowley & Henry Lodge, Younger Next Year
Food: Turkey
Local Restaurant: Monte Carlo
Hidden MN Gem: Four waterfalls of the Baptism River in Tettegouche State Park
Sport/Exercise: Bicycling
Historical Figure: Walter Cronkite
Favorite Minnesotan: Joe Mauer
Quote: “There comes a time in your life when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who do not. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.” — José N. Harris
Word: Why
Vacation Spot: Burntside Lodge near Ely
Holiday: Easter
Planet: Earth

Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Paper or Plastic? Plastic (we “recycle” them when we walk the dog)
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning
East Coast or West Coast? West
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Duck

Mike Binkley has been covering Minnesota news for more than 25 years. He joined the WCCO family in 2008 after 20 years with KSTP.

Mike co-anchors the nightly weekend newscasts. The 10 p.m. Sunday shows feature his Emmy-nominated Finding Minnesota reports. Mike has been honored with six Upper Midwest Emmy awards for newscasts he co-anchored.

Mike and his wife, Mary, are dog lovers and avid bicyclists who love to explore Minnesota’s bike trails. They have also gone on biking adventures in France, Costa Rica, Spain, Hawaii and the Swiss Alps.

In the summer, one of his favorite hangouts is Target Field, where he averages about 20 Twins games a season. He is also a big fan of the Vikings and Timberwolves, but saves much of his winter sports passion for the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.

Before arriving in the Twin Cities, he worked at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati and WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas.

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After Another Fatal Fall, Red Wing Officials Considering Safety Measures

After three deadly falls in four years, the city of Red Wing is considering more safety measures along a scenic trail.


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Finding Minnesota: The Flower Bomber

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In fact, David Cook, 50, hopes to achieve the opposite effect.


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Vikings Add Mini-Suites, Club Purple to New Stadium

The Minnesota Vikings are now taking appointments from the general public to buy season tickets in the new stadium, while also unveiling new features.


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Finding Minnesota: Country Music’s Northern Mecca

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Finding Minnesota: Couple Wins A Café

Two years ago, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity opened up in southern Minnesota: a chance to win a free restaurant through an essay contest.


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Finding Minnesota: TC Media Now

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Forest Lake Couple Charged In Public Assistance Fraud Scheme

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Finding Minnesota: Casket Factory Gets New Life

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Stevie Wonder Surprises North Minneapolis Church

New Salem Baptist Church is known for its community activism and outreach. But fewer people knew about the pastor’s famous friend, Stevie Wonder, until he showed up for Sunday service.


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Downtown Soccer Stadium Funding Has Yet To Be Worked Out

While Minneapolis cheered the announcement of a new Major League Soccer franchise, it’s not clear how the owners plan to pay for a new 18,500 seat stadium, and whether they’ll ask for the public’s help.


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Fundraiser To Help Pay Vet Bills Of Tampered Dog Treat Victims

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Finding Minnesota: BMX Riding Year-Round

Daredevils on bikes can now get their thrills year-round at a new arena about an hour north of the metro. The Rum River BMX track used to be outside and exposed to the elements, but the city of Isanti just finished a $2 million project to cover it.


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Home Surveillance Cams Capture St. Paul Hit-And-Run Crash

Friends are asking for prayers and donations for a young mother of two who was critically wounded by a hit-and-run driver. The crash happened Monday evening at the intersection of 6th Street and Cypress Street on the east side of St. Paul.


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Finding Minnesota: Bike For Beer

He might seem a bit young to be running a brewery, especially since he only reached legal drinking age seven years ago. But when it comes to beer, Ilan Klages-Mundt, 28, already has a world of experience.


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Finding Minnesota: Hastings Sculptor Welds Whimsical Steel Artwork

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It’s a symbol of how Lewis adapted when hard times hit.


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Survival Expert Offers Outdoors Preparedness Tips

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Enthusiasm All Around For KG, T-Wolves Fans

It took less than three minutes for fans to gobble up 1,000 Timberwolves tickets, offered for free online by Kevin Garnett.


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Finding Minnesota: The Wooden Stools Of Jackson’s Hole

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Finding Minnesota: Whimsical Stick Sculpture Nearing Its End

For more than two years, curious drivers in Stearns County have been pulling over to check out something that looks surreal: a dream-like sculpture made entirely of sticks.


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Anti-Terror Summit In D.C. Focuses On Curbing Recruiting

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Finding Minnesota: Bar Stool Races in Ironton

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Finding Minnesota: Sexy Secrets At The Minn. Zoo

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Finding Minnesota: Fat Bikes Are Gaining Traction

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