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!
A 15-year-old St. Paul boy says he was attacked for trying to stick up for fast food workers who were being bullied by three customers.
St. Paul police are investigating a possible suspicious death Saturday afternoon. Police say they were called to a residence on the 200 block of Birmingham Street.
Fire officials in St. Paul say two young boys were taken to a hospital unconscious Monday afternoon after being rescued from an abandoned pool.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has presented the Bronze Star and other war medals to the family of a World War II veteran. Warren Reyburn was a staff sergeant stationed in the Pacific with the 25th Infantry Division nicknamed “Tropic Lightning.”
After a new treatment appeared to rid Christmas Lake of zebra mussels, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the invasive aquatic species is back.
The Metropolitan Council’s latest look at population growth shows St. Paul is back to around 300,000 people. It hasn’t been this full since 1970. The Met Council also found Minneapolis has grown as well as the entire seven county Metro area.
The discovery of another infected flock of chickens will mean that 2 million birds will have to be destroyed — the latest casualties of the bird flu. Meanwhile, the economic impact of the flu is just beginning to be felt.
Help is on the way for Minnesota farmers trying to bounce back from this year’s devastating outbreak of the bird flu. Millions of turkeys and chickens have had to be euthanized, and the State Fair is canceling all bird exhibits this year as a precaution.
Seven years ago, rescuers in southwest Minnesota faced a horrifying scene when a van slammed into a school bus near the town of Cottonwood. But from that tragedy comes a heartwarming gesture, seven years later, from a student who survived and went on to become valedictorian.
Soft drinks are still on the kids’ menu at Dairy Queen. But come Sep. 1, the fast-food franchise will joins chains like McDonald’s and Wendy’s in eliminating soda. That doesn’t mean adults can’t order it for kids if they want. But for grandmother Jackie Preusse, just knowing the option isn’t listed is a huge relief.
The number of Americans who identify as Christian is decreasing, according to a survey done by the Pew Research Center. The survey shows that between 2007 and 2014 the number of people who identified as Christian fell from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent.
Minnesota’s seven Supreme Court justices held court inside Edison High School in Minneapolis Monday, where the judges heard arguments from attorneys about an appeal in a real murder case.
The Elk River Police Department is dealing with the death of an officer for the first time in the department’s history. Officer Todd Besser and his son were both shot to death Saturday night. And now, authorities have another one of the officer’s sons in custody.
Gov. Mark Dayton was out on the water early Saturday morning — He was fishing with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk on Lake Vermilion, about 90 minutes north of Duluth, in Tower.
Police canines are usually the first members of law enforcement to enter a dangerous situation. Members of law enforcement tell WCCO that caring for K-9s is quite expensive. Plymouth Police Officer Matt Gliniany says it costs roughly $13,000 to raise and care for a typical police dog.
The search continues for a woman who disappeared while drinking on a camping trip. Police in Le Sueur say 20-year-old Moriah Zwart and a friend were camping on a sandbar along the Minnesota River Thursday night.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Minnesota on Tuesday and called the state a model for others. He announced that the White House has named Minneapolis a “Promise Zone.” That means the city can get a leg up on the competition when applying for federal grants that create jobs and help close the achievement gap.
Families with loved ones battling serious illnesses face significant financial burdens in addition to emotional pain.
That’s why 12-year-old Taylor Breimhorst, of Shakopee, makes and sells hundreds of bracelets from her home to help families in need.
Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo encouraged fans to have a few Bloody Mary’s and get excited about Game 6 Sunday, knowing a win would send them to the Western Conference Semifinals against Chicago.
Dozens of local Somali families gathered at the State Capitol Saturday afternoon, calling for the release of six terror suspects. They’re calling for the government to stop what they see as attacks against them, and say the young men were set up.
A man has been charged with making threats in retaliation over the six Minnesota men who prosecutors say were trying to join ISIS. Mahamed Abukar Said is accused of tweeting that he would “whack” the U.S. Attorney General, and said that he would “kill for those guys.”
Barway Collins’ family pastor says he wants to set the record straight about the community fundraising efforts to give the boy a proper burial. The 10-year-old’s body was found just over one week ago in North Mississippi Regional Park.
The Department of Natural Resources says divers found no evidence of the aquatic invasive species zebra mussels in Christmas Lake in Shorewood.
Even with Barway found and Pierre Collins arrested and charged with his murder, the sadness of what’s happened deepens and the anger some in the community feel is alive.
Every parent wants their child’s birthday to be a day they’ll remember. Jenny Moretter of Shakopee is no different.