Nina Moini

Nina Moini joined the WCCO-TV team in August of 2013. She reports on a wide range of topics during weekdays and weekend nights. Nina grew up right here in Apple Valley (GO Eastview Lightning!), but was born in Denmark to Iranian parents who moved to the United States when she was 5 years old.
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Joined WCCO: 2013
Hometown: Apple Valley, Minnesota
Alma Mater: University of Missouri

Music: Top 40
Movie: Steel Magnolias
TV Show: 48 Hours
Book: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Food: Persian
Local Restaurant: Victor’s 1959 Cafe
Hidden MN Gem: Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
Sport/Exercise: Power walking
Historical Figure: Nelson Mandela
Favorite Minnesotan: Prince!
Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
Word: Resilience
Vacation Spot: Hawaii
Holiday: Independence Day
Planet: Earth

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Tearjerker
Phone Call or Text Message? Text
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? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Grey Duck!

Nina Moini joined the WCCO-TV team in August of 2013. She reports on a wide range of topics during weekdays and weekend nights.

Nina grew up right here in Apple Valley (GO Eastview Lightning!), but was born in Denmark to Iranian parents who moved to the United States when she was 5 years old.

Nina found a passion for journalism at a young age through seeing good stories that show how people everywhere are more alike than different, regardless of their backgrounds.

Nina’s work in reporting breaking news has been recognized through Emmy awards and by the Society of Professional Journalists. She is also an active volunteer with Fraser, a Minnesota-based non-profit serving children and adults with Autism and other special needs.

Nina is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, where she also earned a degree in Political Science. (Go Tigers!) After covering local government, health, and consumer news in sunny Fort Myers, Fla., she is thrilled to be back in her chilly hometown!

Nina loves to chat with viewers on Facebook and Twitter. You can find her on both. And please share your story ideas with her. She’s always looking for a good story and a good laugh.

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Man Meets With Family Of Woman He Killed In Drunk Driving Crash

The Department of Public Safety says the night before Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous for drunk-driver related deaths in Minnesota. That is why they hosted an unusual reunion Tuesday afternoon.


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Black Lives Matter Assessing Protests As Clark Shooting Investigation Continues

People who’ve been protesting outside the Minneapolis Police 4th Precinct for the past week say it’s time to re-evaluate their strategy. This comes after a meeting with Governor Mark Dayton on Saturday.


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Tickets Getting Pricey For Huge Vikings/Packers Rivalry Game

For the first time years, the Vikings are at the top of the standings, looking down on the Green Bay Packers. Sunday’s game at TCF Bank Stadium is sold out, which isn’t uncommon for this huge rivalry.


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Minneapolis Officials Call For Federal Investigation In Jamar Clark Shooting

Mayor Betsy Hodges along with members of Minneapolis City Council say calling for a federal investigation into the shooting of Jamar Clark is necessary for transparency and community confidence.


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Fire At Brooklyn Park Apartment Suspicious In Nature

Authorities say a fire that started at a Brooklyn Park apartment complex Monday afternoon appears to be suspicious in nature. The Brooklyn Park Fire Department was dispatched to the Huntington Place Apartments on the 5800 block of 73rd Avenue North before 3 p.m. on a report of a fire.


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ACLU’s ‘Mobile Justice App’ Launches In Minn.; Aims To Hold Police Accountable

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota released the “Mobile Justice App” on Friday, which officials said will empower individuals to hold Minnesota’s law enforcement agencies accountable for their actions.


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Repeat ‘Peeping Tom’ Facing Stalking Charges In St. Paul

A convicted “Peeping Tom” who has been in and out of jail for 25 years is now awaiting trial again. This time, some young women near a college campus hope his stay behind bars will be longer. John Searle, 44, is now accused of peeping in windows near the University of St. Thomas and recording video of young women.


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Train Derails In Western Wisconsin; Alcohol Tankers Leaking Into Miss. River

A BNSF train derailed Saturday morning just north of the Wisconsin city of Alma, according to the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office. WCCO confirms that 32 cars derailed, 10 of which are empty auto carriers. Several of the other cars are tankers carrying denatured alcohol — two of which have tipped into the Mississippi River and are leaking from vents atop the cars.


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US Marshals Service: Escaped Murderer From Ohio Caught In St. Paul

Nearly 40 years after escaping prison, an Ohio man convicted of murder has been caught in St. Paul, according to the U.S. Marshal’s Service.


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Unseasonably Warm #Top10WxDay Draws Droves Of Minnesotans Outdoors

Plenty of sunshine and near record warmth can only mean one thing in November: WCCO’s first Top 10 Weather Day of the fall and winter season.


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Investigation Continues Into Officer-Involved Fatal Shooting In Hutchinson

More information should be released Monday about a deadly shooting involving Hutchinson police over the weekend. According to police, the shooting occurred around 4 p.m. Sunday at a home in the 500 block of Harmony Lane Southwest.


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Hutchinson Police Officers Shoot & Kill Suspect; Officer Injured

Authorities say a suspect is dead after an officer-involved shooting west of the Twin Cities Sunday night. The Hutchinson Police Department responded to the 500 block of Harmony Lane in Hutchinson at about 4:13 p.m. Sunday on a report of a verbal disturbance.


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New Minneapolis Task Force Looks To Curb Violence Downtown

As people enjoyed Halloween festivities on Saturday night in downtown Minneapolis, city leaders were coming off of a week of talks about improving downtown safety.


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U Of M Breaks Ground On ‘Athletes Village’

The University of Minnesota is breaking ground on its new Athletes Village Friday. The $166 million project includes three new buildings, one of which will be able to hold over 700 student athletes.


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As REI Waves Goodbye To Black Friday, Don’t Expect Other Companies To Follow

REI shocked everyone when the CEO announced Tuesday that the outdoor retailer is saying no to Black Friday.


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St. Paul Bar Owner Closing Earlier To Stay Safe

Big V’s Saloon sits right along the Green Line’s path at the intersection of Snelling and University Aves. in Midway. Owner Vic Masanz says since the light rail was built, the area feels less safe around bar close. Masanz has been in that spot for decades.


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Leukemia & Lymphoma Talks About Disease After Saunders’ Death

The news of Flip Saunders’ death came as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Minnesota held an event at Mall of America on Sunday. The LLS works to find a cure for different types of blood cancers, including Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, from which Saunders suffered.


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Midway Community Pins High Hopes On New Soccer Stadium

St. Paul city leaders and community members hope to see big changes now that a new soccer stadium is coming to town. Minnesota United owners and the city hope the $120 million privately-funded stadium will revitalize one of the poorest areas of the city: Midway.


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Teen YouTube Star Bethany Mota Speaks Against Bullying At MOA

A 19-year-old YouTube sensation is using her story about being bullied to empower others. Bethany Mota has nearly 10 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, where she posts video blogs about a variety of issues that impact young people.


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Aitkin Co. Man Faced Domestic Violence Charges Before Killing Deputy

The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office says a man who shot and killed a deputy was charged a week before in a violent domestic situation.


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Aitkin Community Devastated, Mourning Loss Of Deputy

A northern Minnesota community is mourning and in a state of shock Sunday night after a sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed inside a St. Cloud hospital early in the morning.


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Chief Harteau Focused On Keeping Guns Out Of The Wrong Hands

Police chief Janee Harteau says it isn’t easy to predict when and where these homicides will happen because the motives vary. She says the common denominator in most homicides this year has been guns in the hands of the wrong people.


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Police Investigating After Woman Found Dead In Farmington Home

Farmington police are investigating a homicide after a woman was found dead inside a home late Thursday night. According to the Farmington Police Chief, around 11:45 p.m. officers responded to a medical call in the 600 block of Linden Street.


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Free Yoga Coming To North Minneapolis

Take a look around most parts of Minneapolis and it isn’t hard to find a yoga studio. But a couple that has been teaching yoga for 15 years says there isn’t a single one in north Minneapolis.


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Dentist Won’t Be Charged In Zimbabwe Over Cecil The Lion’s Death

Officials in Zimbabwe say Dr. Walter Palmer did not break the country’s hunting laws. This means top government officials are no longer pressing for the Twin Cities dentist to be extradited to Zimbabwe for killing Cecil the lion.



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