Rachel Slavik

Rachel Slavik joined the WCCO team in October of 2010 and is thrilled to be back in her hometown. Rachel spent three years in the sweltering heat of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She anchored, produced, and reported at WVLA. During her time in the Deep South, she covered Hurricane Gustav, the BP oil spill, and on the weekends, tried to master the art of southern cooking.
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Joined WCCO: 2010
Hometown: Mound, Minnesota
Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Music: Classic rock
Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
TV Show: Anything by Shonda Rhimes
Author/Book: Gillian Flynn is pretty good. Fave book is Green Eggs and Ham
Food: Cheeseburger
Local Restaurant: Hola Arepa
Hidden MN Gem: Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth
Sport/Exercise: Hockey and running
Historical Figure: Eleanor Roosevelt
Famous Minnesotan: Zach Parise
Quote: “When someone shows you their true colors, believe them the first time.” – Oprah Winfrey
Word: Basic
Vacation Spot: Anywhere with a beach
Holiday: New Year’s
Planet: Earth

Facebook or Twitter? Instagram
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Phone Call
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? Plastic, for doggie doo bags
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning
East Coast or West Coast? West
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Grey Duck

Rachel Slavik joined the WCCO team in October of 2010 and is thrilled to be back in her hometown.

Rachel spent three years in the sweltering heat of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She anchored, produced, and reported at WVLA. During her time in the Deep South, she covered Hurricane Gustav, the BP oil spill, and on the weekends, tried to master the art of southern cooking.

Prior to that, she worked at KBJR in Duluth. There, she learned that you’ve never truly experienced winter until you’ve spent a cold January night in Embarrass, Minn.

In her spare time, you’ll find Rachel training for a marathon or half marathon, cooking and spending time with her dog, Butters.

If you have a story idea, send it her way.

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A 5-year-old boy is dead after being hit by a car in Minneapolis while trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Minneapolis police say the child was hit shortly before 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the area of Memorial Parkway and Knox Avenue North.


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A Breast Cancer Support Group Connecting Survivors With Patients

During breast cancer awareness month in October, we often hear about new research or treatments for the disease. One aspect of treatment, that sometimes gets overlooked, is the support system needed to overcome cancer.


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It’s the time of year when many Minnesotans find some extra cash in their bank accounts. The state typically sends out renter’s rebates and property tax refunds in September, but some renters and homeowners say they still haven’t received that money.


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Chaska Is Now Home To Perhaps The World’s Largest Mustache

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After Recent Shootings, St. Paul Residents Call For An End To Violence

A man is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a St. Paul woman. Alvin Bell is accused of shooting Sarah Wierstad outside her home on Sunday evening near the corner of Bedford and Beaumont streets.


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Secondhand Hounds Saves Bulldogs From Puppy Mill

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15 Displaced Following Fire In South Minneapolis Home

Smoke and flames forced more than a dozen people out of their south Minneapolis home in the overnight hours.


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After Devastating Storm, Watertown Orchard Remains Resilient

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Minneapolis Dog Walker Keeps Dozens Of Canine Clients At Ease

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Otsego Family Sends Heartfelt Plea For Help In Search Of Missing Man

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Mpls. Boy Puts On Magic Shows In Honor Of Friend With Rare Genetic Condition

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Twins Make Last Push Toward Post Season

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Minneapolis’ ‘Urban Orchard’ Lets Folks Pick Unique Apples For Free

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Fans Show Up Bright & Early For SportsCenter In Collegeville

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Ragnar Still Hopes To Return As Vikings Mascot

Ragnar, the popular Vikings mascot, says he believes his time with the team is not over.


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Vikings Part Ways With Longtime Human Mascot, ‘Ragnar’

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Vikings Stadium Construction Hits Milestone With ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony

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Where Does Everything Go When The State Fair Ends?

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For Some, State Fair Work Is A Corporate Vacation

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