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.
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.
Minneapolis Fire Department officials are investigating an early morning fatal fire Sunday they said was difficult to battle.
Minnesota roads are safer than they’ve been in decades. Early numbers show the total amount of deadly crashes last year, 370, was the second lowest number since World War II.
In just over a year and a half, Minnesota and Wisconsin will be connected by a brand new $360 million bridge. The whole project, including new roads, will cost $600 million.
After three weeks of trial, the case alleging there was a defect in a Toyota Camry that was involved in 2006 fatal crash has gone to a jury.
It has now been one year since a young Crosby man’s mom got the call. There had been an ATV accident near the North Dakota oil rig where he was working.
The shooting death of a Twin Cities man is having an impact on several communities in the east Twin Cities metro. David Frigaard, 46, was a popular teacher and business owner.
A Prior Lake father is taking a unique approach to fight back against the family he says bullied his 14-year-old girl. He’s calling them out on YouTube by showing an offensive video sent to his African-American daughter. (Warning: Video contains strong language). Brad Knudson posted the video to show people how his daughter was being bullied with racist messages via Snapchat. The YouTube video he made late Monday already has over 58,000 views.
Demonstrators at the “Black Lives Matter Minneapolis” rally Monday said they think Martin Luther King Jr. would’ve been proud of what they did.
Three people were found dead in an Apple Valley home on Saturday, the result of an apparent murder-suicide. Authorities said they found the bodies of two adults and one child inside a home on Ramsdell Drive.
Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis opened a pain clinic unlike any in the country.
The Bloomington City Attorney announced Wednesday that 10 people have been charged in connection with the “Black Lives Matter” protest at the Mall of America on Dec. 20, 2014.