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.
Football safety in general was a hot topic for several metro coaches Sunday. By coincidence, the gathering was scheduled days after a metro high school football player collapsed. Matt Gegenheimer is a spokesperson for the Heads Up program of USA Football and head coach at Prior Lake High School.
The Phillips family says they feel heartbroken after their son was gunned down at a gas station. The man police want to talk to in connection to his death still hasn’t been found.
A week from Thursday, Minnesotans will get together in the form of the Minnesota State Fair. If you are heading out, you should know it’s going to cost a little bit more this year.
Before Kelly Phillips was part of a mystery, he was part of a love story. He was set to wed his fiancé, Nathon Bailey, in a matter of days. It was a union his father, Iowa resident Jim Phillips, says the family was excited about.
Three Minnesota adventurers are being honored by friends Sunday evening. Their plane went down during a fishing trip in Canada. Nikolas and Teresa Rajala, who had a logging business, died alongside their close friend, Lynn Bohanon, who was a pharmacist and pilot.
It’s been over a year since same sex couples have been allowed to legally wed in Minnesota. And in the months since gay marriage has been legal, for some couples, like Tara and Amy, the process of starting a family has changed, as well.
An estimated 20,000 gallons of sewage ended up in the Rum River in what’s being called a minor spill, the City of Cambridge announced Tuesday. According to the city’s utilities department director Todd Schwab, on Monday at 6:35 p.m., the Cambridge Wastewater Treatment Facility was notified by the Isanti County Dispatch Office that a boater reported seeing liquid coming from a manhole cover and flowing into the Rum River.
WCCO’s Good Question Reporter Heather Brown knows the struggle to find sleep first hand. She’s been off the air the past two months concentrating on her newest job, being a mom. Heather and her husband, Joe, welcomed Riley Rose in May.
The Minnesota State Fair is just weeks away and the most popular food is not in great supply. It’s just been in the past few weeks that local corn is being sold at places like the Minneapolis Farmers market. That’s at least two weeks later than normal.
A Minnesota company is making a world debut for its newest vehicle. Polaris has a new spin on the motorcycle and it’s probably unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s called the Slingshot and it’s on debut at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The family of a known local activist says he was beaten and kicked by police this weekend. Al Flowers was just released from the Hennepin County Jail Sunday. A mug shot shows his bruised face and bandaged head.
New numbers say 173 undocumented kids are living in Minnesota. That number represents a fraction of the thousands of children who have come to the U.S. from Central America, where gangs are recruiting young members and murders are commonplace.
Over the past few years, most of us have become familiar with the term “gluten-free.” About 1 percent of the population has celiac disease, which means no wheat, rye or barley. For kids with those types of allergies, there is respite right here in Minnesota. In Maple Lake, one of the only gluten-free camps in the country is being held this week.
If you’ve driven through the Twin Cities lately, you’ve probably noticed some major construction projects — and we’re not talking road construction. Some large-scale buildings are in the works. Twin Cities Premium Outlets near Highway 13 and Highway 77 in Eagan is one of the projects. It’s set to open in August, and has provided jobs to 400 construction workers.
There’s no doubt that air conditioners in our cars and homes will get a workout on Monday. We’re expecting one of our hottest days of the summer ahead with a high temperature expected to be in the low 90s.