Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield never imagined she’d be in the Twin Cities, but this is exactly where she says she wants to be. She says in her travels as a journalist, one common denominator was that she always really liked the people she met from Minnesota. And years ago, when she came to visit her longtime friend and WCCO reporter, Heather Brown, she realized the cities are as great as the people.
Susan-Elizabeth decided she wanted to be a journalist in the fourth grade. She put the plan into action at the University of Georgia’s school of journalism. While at UGA, she helped produce the Peabody Awards in New York City and studied in Rome, Italy.
Her first crack at news was at KRON in San Francisco as an intern. After that, she joined Teach for America and taught first grade in under-served schools in Houston and Texas. After TFA, she got back into journalism. She’s worked as a reporter and weather forecaster in Columbus, Ga. Most recently, she worked as an evening anchor and reporter at WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C. She says she loves the way WCCO honors the lives of Minnesotans. That’s what drew her here.
The answer: nine. The question: how many syllables are in her name? Susan-Elizabeth’s mother says she named her daughter after her own two favorite childhood baby dolls. “Susan” was her favorite; “Elizabeth” was next in line.
You may have guessed by that double name, she’s from the South. Home for Susan-Elizabeth is Tyrone, Ga., where her family still lives. She loves hanging out with them and eating fried okra. (Ever tried it?) Speaking of food, she loves taste explorations and diving in to the Twin Cities restaurant scene. Got a suggestion? Shoot her a note. She also likes to run, play fantasy football and hop a plane to someplace she’s never been.
Susan-Elizabeth says her new favorite phrases are “uff da” and “you betcha.” She can’t wait to meet y’all.
Crowds of Allina Health employees say they are overworked and worried about their jobs.
St. John’s University is about to lose a legend. Jim Smith started coaching basketball there in 1964 and has won more games than any other college basketball coach in Minnesota history. Tuesday, Smith told his team he’s retiring.
A milestone has been reached on the St. Croix Crossing bridge. The $600 million project has reached the halfway point.
A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in St. Paul Monday afternoon, according to police. The incident happened at 411 White Bear Avenue, which is just north of Interstate 94 in St. Paul.
Parishioners of a Minneapolis church are trying to get people who don’t attend to take on their cause. Our Lady of Lourdes is holding a meeting Thursday to inform people about the skyscraper that’s been proposed a few doors down. The church is the oldest in the city, and parishioners are worried major construction could shake the integrity of the building.
Late winter days like Thursday aren’t just good for morale. For some locals, the early arrival of spring means more money. For instance, on Marquette Ave. and 7th Street, light jacket weather equals heavy foot traffic in the food truck lines.
Police in St. Cloud are searching for three males suspected of stealing textbooks from a bookstore on eight separate occasions. According to the press release, at 10 a.m. on Feb. 14 St. Cloud Police responded to a call of a theft by shoplifting at Husky Bookstore, located within Centennial Hall in the 2000 block of 8th Street South.
Officials released more details Tuesday on the shooting in Coon Rapids where a teenage boy accidentally shot his girlfriend and then killed himself.
Dog owners in a Twin Cities suburb believe someone is deliberately trying to harm their pets. Over the past several days in south Lakeville, they’ve found nails, screws and other harmful items hidden in food or treats, left outside for dogs to eat.
A 34-year-old western Wisconsin woman is accused of using Facebook on her phone while driving and causing the deaths of three child passengers when she drove into oncoming traffic, according to charges filed in Pierce County.
The parents of a U of M band member killed on his motorcycle say they got an apology in court Wednesday. The apology came from the teenager who crashed into him.
A state trooper is recovering after a crash during the Tuesday morning commute. He has been released from the hospital and expected to be OK.
Workers at the Como Zoo say they are in the midst of a time of grief. A week ago, the zoo lost 22-year-old Wynona.
Some local immigrants say they, and their families, are being unfairly affected by an anti-terrorism effort. Most banks that have helped east African immigrants wire money home are no longer doing that.
For the first time in more than five years, thousands of people in the metro area have a chance to apply for Section 8 housing.
They hit the pavement and jumped on public transportation to display their desire for peace, not violence. About ten leaders in the Somali-American community are trying to show solidarity and stand up against the terror threat video released by al-Shabaab.
Security officials at Mall of America say they heard the chilling video from terrorist group al-Shabaab, and they take it seriously. With 150 people on staff just for security, they say this place is safe — they amped up security heavily after 9/11.
Crowds of shoppers turned out at Mall of America Sunday, one day after a chilling video clip. A terror group linked to al-Qaida, released a video yesterday hinting to a threat at the mall.
A federal judge is closer to deciding if it’s constitutional to keep Minnesota sex offenders in custody indefinitely. Only three offenders have been released from treatment.
Before Minnesota plays host to the Super Bowl in 2018, the state will host an even more popular event. The next Ryder Cup will be played in Minnesota in September 2016.
A Farmington mother said her boyfriend had quietly turned into a monster. Police charged the mother’s boyfriend, 35-year-old Mike Meak, with second-degree murder.
A movie coming out this Valentine’s weekend has a lot of people talking, and whispering.”50 Shades of Grey” is based on a book series about a sexual relationship between a man and woman. One local group is taking a national stand against the film. The Minnesota Child Protection League has turned their website into a pledge site.
The Minneapolis-based Target Corp. is reportedly shedding 550 jobs in Minnesota following the discount retailer’s retreat from Canada.
A Wayzata man is only a portion of the man he once was after he lost 80 pounds in a very Minnesota-like way. A dramatic picture shows Dallas Johnson before and after he started skijoring. The sport combines cross country skiing with dog racing and the two are tethered together with a bungee.
A mother of a toddler who suffered a severe head injury in a crash near the Twin Cities is asking people to avoid texting while driving.