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 Sunday night newscasts which feature his Emmy-nominated Finding Minnesota reports.
Mike has been honored with six Upper Midwest Emmy awards for Best Morning or Best Daytime Newscast.
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.
Former Minneapolis Police Sgt. David Clifford was sentenced Thursday in Anoka County court to nearly 2 1/2 years in prison for punching Brian Vander Lee at an Andover bar in June 2012. He’ll serve a year of supervised release, too.
A great grandmother is recovering from a head wound after a violent robbery inside The Corral Bar in Willow River one week ago.
We will never grow pineapples or enjoy lakeside palm trees in Minnesota. But now we can “hang 10.” Stand up paddle boarding has exploded in popularity over the past few years.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters organization provides one-on-one mentoring programs for about 200,000 children. But the government says the group needs to keep better track of its money.
A Twin Cities man is offering a solution to a sensitive problem involving social media. As we share so much of our personal lives online, what if that tweet about your cat or the Facebook post about your lunch ends up being your final message?
In an average month, 514,900 Minnesotans receive SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps. The average monthly payment is $117.26 per person. In a visit to Bergan’s SuperValu, WCCO loaded seven items into a grocery cart – cookies, candy, ice cream, dishwashing detergent, hot macaroni and cheese, dog food and steak – to test shoppers on their knowledge of what’s eligible.
It does a man good to have hobbies that bring him joy, but there are times when that passion veers into territory that no one saw coming. Bruce Bauer took a manure spreader, farm antiques and a ’93 Chevy S-10 pickup chassis to build a thing of beauty.
The worrying is over for dozens of Minnesota families. Their loved ones with the Minnesota National Guard returned home Tuesday after spending nearly a year in Afghanistan. As they were saving lives overseas, new lives were beginning in some of their own homes.
A few months ago, it seemed to be a great success story, but now a charter school in north Minneapolis is closing amid bitter feelings and allegations.
The Twin Cities metro area is consistently ranked among the most bike-friendly communities in the country, but people in some neighborhoods still struggle to find affordable rides.
Five days away from Father’s Day, many families don’t have any plans yet — or gifts. Dads don’t seem to get quite the attention that Moms do. This year, people said they planned to spend an average of $168 on Mother’s Day, compared with only $120 on dad, according to a survey in Forbes magazine.
Millions of dollars will be needed to clean up a well-known site in St. Paul because of what’s buried there. Decades worth of manure and construction debris are in the ground beneath Midway Stadium, where the Saints play. And when they move to a new downtown ballpark, the St. Paul Port Authority intends to clean up the property for redevelopment – at a cost of $6-8 million.
The Minneapolis park system has been rated tops in the nation by The Trust for Public Land. The nonprofit awarded Minneapolis a perfect “five park bench” score in this year’s ratings. San Francisco fell from first place to third, while New York improved from third to second
Minnesota native Karen Nyberg, 43, is now on her second trip to the International Space station. She was aboard a Soyuz spacecraft that lifted off from Kazakhstan on May 28, headed for the International Space Station. She became the 50th woman in space during her first trip to the ISS in 2008 – before she became a mother.
All week, the WCCO Morning Show team is sharing how they ended up doing what they’re doing. Previous installments covered the beginnings of Mike Augustyniak and Natalie Nyhus’s careers. Now it’s time to take a look at how Mike Binkley got started.