Nina Moini joined the WCCO-TV team in August of 2013. She reports for WCCO This Morning.
Nina grew up in Apple Valley, 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 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!
The first winter storm in the Twin Cities caused more than 100 accidents on Monday, and even police squad cars were involved in at least one crash. The Minnesota State Patrol says there were no serious injuries after multiple squad cars were hit by a semi-truck in Rogers late Monday night.
Crews across the state are working to clear the roads before ice becomes a bigger problem. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) says the timing of the storm made things tough Monday morning. They pre-treated several roads, but Mother Nature usually wins.
The Minneapolis Public Works staff is in overtime mode converting all of its trucks into snow plows throughout Sunday night and Monday. Minneapolis’ Fleet Services Director John Scharffbillig says crews were using trucks to sweep streets Friday. Now, all 60 trucks need to be equipped by Monday night to handle the snow.
A group protesting the Washington Redskins team name says 5,000 people will rally outside TCF Bank Stadium this Sunday for the Vikings game.
This weekend, WCCO-TV’s Jason DeRusha and Nina Moini will be hosting the Fraser Annual Benefit in downtown Minneapolis. Fraser is one of the largest providers of Autism services in the state, but we learned there are also resources for people with many other types of challenges. One of those resources could help someone you know start a business.
Amy Senser is headed home Monday after finishing the work release portion of her sentence in the 2011 death of Anousone Phanthavong in a hit-and-run crash in Minneapolis. The wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser will now be on supervised release either at her Edina home or someplace else she wants to live for the next year.
The new billion dollar Vikings stadium is one fifth complete.
Along the way, stadium organizers are making some costly changes but assure the Vikings team is picking up the cost.
For the first time, Minnesota cities are required to partner with the state for safety training on the transportation of oil and other hazardous materials.
For metro commuters, it seems there’s always more work to be done on Minnesota roads. And it’s very much needed because of the weather extremes in our state. Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday that $70 million is being allocated to help take ideas and make them realities in 13 of the most troubled spots on Minnesota roads.
A local charity is close to a milestone Monday morning. Feed My Starving Children will pack its one billionth meal. Feed My Starving Children has locations across the Twin Cities metro, but its headquarters are in Coon Rapids.
A West African restaurant owner in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota says fear surrounding Ebola may force her to close. During the lunch hour, Mama Ti’s restaurant owner says there used to be a rush.
The Mayo Clinic’s new Sports Medicine Center is celebrating its opening in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday. Dr. John Finnoff with the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center was one of the people instrumental in bringing the facility to the Twin Cities.
This week, the Minnesota State High School League is talking about having some guidelines for transgender students who play sports. OutFront Minnesota has been helping the MSHSL come up with the proposal.
Drivers in St. Paul will notice reduced lanes on a busy downtown bridge soon. City officials said the bridge at Third Street and Kellogg Avenue needs to be rebuilt. It spans nearly a half mile and it’s still young at about 30 years old. Still, city officials said some of its construction no longer complies with state and federal standards.
The golden sculpture atop Minnesota’s Capitol is temporarily losing a defining feature. Crews will use a crane Tuesday to remove the charioteer that is symbolically steering the golden horses.
It was an exciting morning for more than 100 Minnesota military families Tuesday as they gave some returning soldiers a very happy homecoming. Some got up as early as 1 a.m. to welcome home their loved ones returning after a nine month deployment to Afghanistan.
Top VA leaders say there is a federal investigation looking into allegations of misconduct within the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. The director of the Minneapolis VA health care system said the Office of Inspector General is interviewing whistleblowers who say they were pressured into falsifying patient records at the hospital.
A Twin Cities church is running exclusively out of a food truck. Shobi’s Table Lutheran Church started in April and parks along Payne Avenue in St. Paul every Thursday.
For the first time in state history, the Minnesota Department of Health is releasing a report about how concussions are impacting high school athletes. Health department officials estimate that there were nearly 3,000 sports-related concussions in Minnesota schools last year.
Thursday is Hunger Action Day around the country, meaning you’ll see plenty of people wearing orange in an effort to fight hunger. Orange is the national color to raise awareness about fighting hunger.
So many were at the Minnesota State Fair this year taking in all the sights and food that the fair is on track to break the standing record for overall yearly attendance. Already a record-breaking single-day crowd went there Saturday, with more than 252,000 people walking through the gates.
A first-of-its-kind meatless butcher has set up shop at Minneapolis Farmers Market. And it’s a hit with customers. Once they figure out what it is. Nina Moini spent the day with the brother and sister pair behind The Herbivorous Butcher.
The State Department has confirmed that a man who grew up in Minnesota has died while fighting for a terrorist group overseas. Douglas McCain, a 33-year-old man who grew up in New Hope, died over the weekend in Syria. Officials said they believe he was killed while fighting for the terrorist group ISIS.
Anoka County prosecutors say one of the victims in a brutal assault over the weekend was able to call the police after he had been stabbed eight times. Anthony McCollum and Yani Singh are still in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center after police say they were stabbed inside of a car early Saturday morning.
Most of the things to do at the Minnesota State Fair are fun and entertaining, but there are other features that aim to teach you a lesson. Nina Moini visited an interactive exhibit that serves as a wakeup call for Minnesotans about the dangers of distracted driving.