THIS OR THAT
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.
Now through Christmas, WCCO is shining a light on Minnesota groups who could use your help to make the season brighter. It’s our “Trees of Hope” campaign. To kick off the campaign, WCCO is decked out in teal to support MOCA – the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance.
It is officially on – deep discount shopping has begun all over the metro. Best Buy opened at 5 p.m., with lines beginning at 12 p.m. Target at Ridgedale opened at 6 p.m., lines there began at 3:30 p.m.
It’s been one week since Black Lives Matter protesters started occupying a Minneapolis police precinct and Sunday night, the protest continues. The protesters are camping out in front of the fourth precinct in north Minneapolis. They say they will stay there until tapes are released in the shooting of Jamar Clark.
About four thousand miles west of Paris, new security precautions are in place. Because of last week’s attacks, security at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is expanded up this weekend.
Fifty-three northern Minnesota hound dogs are getting a chance at a better life. The dogs were surrendered to the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society a few weeks ago. Staffers there say a man had dogs for years. He never got them fixed, so they kept reproducing.
Days after the Vikings’ quarterback took a major hit to the head, new research suggests there may be a new way to detect concussions by way of a simple blood test. Researchers at Orlando Health found that a blood test correctly identified traumatic brain injuries in 94 percent of the cases studied.
A pilot project allowing cameras in some criminal court hearings has begun in Minnesota district courts. The project that began Tuesday is limited to hearings that take place after a defendant is convicted in certain types of cases.
A night of YouTube browsing led to an arrest after a thief made off with several catalytic converters over the summer. Surveillance video from A-Scape Landscaping in Shakopee shows someone driving up in a blue Taurus, going up under a car and cutting out a catalytic convertor before taking off.
It’s estimated around 50 percent of Americans over 40 have considered or decided to take cholesterol-lowering drugs. But a new study involving a local cardiologist suggests their chances of having a heart attack are actually minimal.
Thousands of teenagers from 500 schools around Minnesota are winding down after a day of pure excitement. For the third year, Minnesota hosted WE Day, a star-studded event honoring students who volunteer.
Baseball games, school lunches and chocolate candy, just a few of the places you can find peanuts. But what is an indulgence for some is a demon for others.
It’s hard for some of us to believe. This is late October in Minnesota, but the moderate temperatures aren’t the only thing making this fall season extra special. It is a perfect year for pumpkin picking and pumpkin growing.
The start of a new week in St. Paul marks the end of a deadly one. Three people died last week on the east side of the city. That makes the 10th murder of the year in St. Paul.
The City of St. Paul will be hosting a community meeting Wednesday where you can share your thoughts and hear the results of a public survey on police body cameras.
The list of well-known restauranteurs in Minneapolis who are calling it quits is growing. Vincent A. Restaurant, a popular white table cloth restaurant announced it’s closing its doors for good. That comes soon after the announcement that La Belle Vie, the most formal restaurant in town, will also close before year’s end.
Authorities in Richfield are telling citizens to be on alert as a coyote is loose in the city. The Richfield Police Department says the city has received several calls within the last week about a coyote sighting.
Target Center is celebrating 25 years in downtown Minneapolis by giving the city a taste of what’s shortly to come. As the venue marked the 25th anniversary of its grand opening, plans were unveiled detailing a planned $129 million renovation project that will include new gathering spaces, clubs, and exteriors.
It’s now up to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office to decide if a mother who lost three children in a house fire will face charges. The fire happened late on Saturday, Oct. 3.
For a state that has a reputation for uncomfortable weather, Minnesota was the place to be on Sunday. Near record highs in the low 80s were the cause for celebration.
The Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund is a charity unlike any other in the country that awards money to veterans. The MMAF has awarded millions over the past decade to combat vets who are native Minnesotans. Depending on injury or loss, they get checks ranging from $500 to $10,000.
Combat veterans in our state have access to a program unlike any other in the nation. The Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund is a group WCCO has been reporting on over the past few weeks.
WCCO is sharing the stories of Minnesota veterans and their families who are benefiting from the generosity of a group called the Minnesotan’s Military Appreciation Fund. The MMAF gives checks to every recent combat vet from Minnesota and to families who lost their loved ones at war. Some vets receive anywhere from $500 to $10,000, depending on injuries.
Three young children are dead after their house caught fire Saturday night in north Minneapolis. The family had just moved into the home, and we’re told they may have left the oven open and running in the kitchen to keep warm.
Tens of thousands of people are a night’s sleep away Saturday from doing something less than 1 percent of the U.S. population ever does: finishing a marathon. For one of those runners, it was a much more grueling path to the starting line than long training runs.
The oldest-practicing pastor in the United States will not be at his Minneapolis church on Sunday. Rev. Noah Smith passed away this week at the age of 107, leaving a crowd of admirers.