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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Woman Starts ‘No Helmet, No Ride’ Group After Son’s Near Fatal Fall

After her 14-year-old son almost died from a fall off of his skateboard, Mary Barsness of Little Canada has spent hundreds of hours asking young skateboarders and people on bikes to please wear a helmet.


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Sheriff: Man, 43, Drowns In Lake Harriet

Water rescue crews are looking for a man they say probably drowned in Lake Harriet Sunday night. Hennepin County Water Rescue crews came out to search at about 6:30 p.m. when witnesses say a 43-year-old man went under.


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Police Warning Bloomington Pet Owners After Coyote Attacks

Police want pet owners in one south metro suburb to be extra cautious after a series of deadly coyote attacks. Bloomington resident Patty Palacios lost her dog a few weeks ago to a coyote.


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Firefighters Battle Extreme Heat In 2 Minneapolis House Fires

Saturday’s hot weather took a toll on fire crews in Minneapolis. Firefighters with the Minneapolis Fire Department took extra caution while battling a duplex fire on the 3200 block of Colfax Ave S. at about 3:15 p.m.


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Arthritis Foundation Hosts Camp Cambria For Kids In Maple Lake

The Arthritis Foundation estimates 1 in 250 children has juvenile arthritis in the U.S. This week, a camp that is located about one hour west of the Twin Cities is giving children with juvenile arthritis a chance to spend time with others who share the disease.


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Mpls. Police Seek Help Finding Driver Following Attacks On Cyclists

Police are still looking for the public’s help to find a driver they say is hurling chunks of cement at bicyclists in south Minneapolis.


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Answers Tough To Find After Cyclist Hit By Chunk Of Concrete

A cyclist in Minneapolis never saw what hit him, but a witness said it was a vicious attack. Mackenzie Jensen has a fractured jaw after someone threw a chunk of concrete at his face from a passing vehicle.


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Dayton Promotes Bass Fishing At Lake Mille Lacs Amid Walleye Crisis

After the state abruptly ended walleye fishing season on Lake Mille Lacs, there’s a new push to promote bass fishing there. Gov. Mark Dayton was fishing for bass Saturday after visiting Hunters Resort in Isle. This past week, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also loosened some bass fishing restrictions on the lake.


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Target Set To Upgrade To Safer Card Technology

Changes are on the way for customers in the check-out line. After the Target data breach that impacted at least 40 million accounts, stores and banks decided to upgrade to chip-implanted credit cards.


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Mille Lacs Businesses Brace For Walleye Fishing Suspension

The Department of Natural Resources is closing Mille Lacs Lake for walleye fishing at 10 p.m. on Monday. Minnesota natural resources officials said Sunday that anglers had exceeded the central Minnesota lake’s walleye quota by 2,000 pounds.


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Crews Searching For Missing Man In Twin Cities Lake

Police say the incident began while two people were attempting to swim across Gervais Lake, which sits between Maplewood and Little Canada. The other swimmer noticed the man was gone after reaching the shore.


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Minneapolis Pool Adds New Safety Protocol After Drowning Scare

An opening weekend drowning scare at an innovative new pool in North Minneapolis has the city’s parks department rethinking its safety procedures.


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Minneapolis Homicides Up For First Time In 3 Years

As summer scorches on, the city of Minneapolis is dealing with a disturbing trend in crime. So far this year, police have seen an average of one murder per week. Over the weekend, three separate shootings resulted in two deaths.


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Newly Opened North Minneapolis Pool Evacuated After Drowning Scare

Swimmers were quickly evacuated from Webber Park Natural Swimming pool Saturday evening as emergency crews arrived and divers began scouring the water for the victim of a possible drowning.


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Community Gathers To Mourn U.S. Marine Killed In Chattanooga Attack

Sgt. Carson Holmquist, 25, was one of the five service members killed in a shooting at a Chattanooga military recruitment center. On Friday night, friends, family and community members staged a solemn salute in Holmquist’s hometown of Grantsburg.


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Internship Program Growing In Cedar Riverside Neighborhood

Students in one Minneapolis neighborhood say their summer jobs are about much more than making a little money.


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Harper Lee’s 2nd Novel Released To Eager Fans

Harper Lee’s second novel hits store shelves Tuesday, 55 years after her first.


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After Daughter’s Death, Family Raises Money To Build A Chapel

She was only alive for eight months, but thanks to her parents’ determination, her memory will live on. Three years ago Marc and Mandy Seymour set out to raise $500,000 to build the Quinn Seymour Chapel inside the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.


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Police: St. Cloud Man Suspected Of Setting Fire In Woman’s Apartment

A St. Cloud man is in custody on suspicion of intentionally starting a fire in a woman’s apartment early Saturday morning. St. Cloud Police say firefighters and officers were called to an apartment complex on the 800 block of 13th Street South just before 6 a.m.


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More Students Turning To Crowdfunding For Tuition

With the cost of tuition rising every year, crowd fundraising site GoFundMe reports more people are turning to the internet to ask for help. The College Board estimates the average college student graduates with $30,000 in loans.


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Minnesota Sees Worst Air Quality In 20 Years Due To Canadian Wildfires

Massive forest fires in Canada continue to cause problems in Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) reported that Monday’s air quality was the worst that has been recorded in Minnesota in the last 20 years. MPCA spokesperson Frank Kohlasch says for about 8 hours on Monday air quality was worse in Minnesota than it is in Beijing, China.


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Minnesota Zoo Grizzly Shatters Glass Pane Of Enclosure With Rock

A grizzly bear at the Minnesota Zoo repeatedly slammed a 50-pound rock into the glass wall of its enclosure, cracking the the thick pane that separated the bears from surprised zoo-goers.


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Man Talks Of Flying Confederate Flag At Albert Lea Parade

A small-town Minnesota firefighter has stirred up a firestorm by flying the Confederate flag at an Independence Day parade. Brian Nielsen is a volunteer firefighter in the town of Hartland. He said he was demonstrating against political correctness when he flew the flag at Friday’s parade in Albert Lea.


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Minn. Teen Killed In Eau Claire Rollover, 2 Other Teens Injured

A teenage boy from Plymouth was killed and two other teens were injured Friday evening in a rollover crash near Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says the accident happened at about 7:18 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 94.


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A Year After Flooding, Delano Plans Fourth Of July Parade

Each year the city of Delano has one of the largest and oldest Fourth of July parades in the state. But last year intense flooding of the Crow River almost cancelled the festivities.




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