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.
Sunday marked another day of protests in Minneapolis. The protesters are joining a nationwide effort to demonstrate against what they consider police brutality. It follows the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two men who were killed by police officers. In both cases, grand juries reviewed the evidence and did not indict the officers.
Trees of Hope is now shining a light on the good work done by Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge, a place for people who are fighting for their lives. Not a hospital, but an organization that offers another kind of healing for those who are battling drug and alcohol addiction.
This week we’re spotlighting MOCA, the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance as part of our Trees of Hope campaign. Ovarian cancer occurs in 1 in 71 women. Fifty-six percent of women die within five years. But it’s not a cancer people know much about. The average age for a woman to be diagnosed is 63. But doctors told Kristen Miles she had the disease when she was just 17.
Police are hoping to talk to anyone who was at a western Wisconsin bar and grill in the hours leading up to a worker’s death. Coworkers of 21-year-old Brooke Baures called 911 from the WingDam Saloon and Grill in Fountain City to report an accident around 7:45 p.m. Monday. “I think one of our coworkers got squished in like our dumbwaiter. But I’m, like, not willing to look close enough,” said one of her coworkers in the initial 911 call.
This week WCCO is spotlighting MOCA — the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance — as part of our Trees of Hope campaign. Ovarian cancer occurs in one in 71 women. Fifty-six percent of women die within five years. But it’s not a cancer people know much about. On the Nicollet Mall, Sara Langworthy stands dressed in teal, a superhero headdress, outfit and boots. She’s stopping people and handing out symptom cards.
The average age for a diagnosis of ovarian cancer is 63, so it was a shock when a 7-year-old Minnesota girl found out she had it. We first introduced you to Harlie Corneliusen in September. After chemo and some dark days, she is now free of cancer.
Eleven years ago, an Andover family knew almost nothing about ovarian cancer. Now, the three generations — five grandchildren, three sisters, a mom and a dad — are now some of the strongest advocates for it.
Eighty-five percent of women with ovarian cancer pass away within five years, so the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) works to comfort those diagnosed. It is the fifth-deadliest women’s cancer.
This is the time of year when many of us reflect on the reasons we’re thankful. For three sisters who grew up in St. Louis Park, they are thankful because they found something they never even knew they were looking for. A drive down memory lane led them to the surprise of a lifetime.
While it may not be safe for driving, the ice formation is generally ahead of schedule. And if you ask Joe Harty, bait shop owner and 47-year Medicine Lake fisher, it’s been a long time since it’s been ready this early.
Whether they are breaking a sweat at a fundraiser or all dressed up at a banquet — the color teal always marks an occasion for the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance. And so does a sense of pride. Eleven-year survivor Erica Dahlin and her family help support the annual walk.
For three months, you’ve seen the pictures and the crowds through many a lens. But University of Minnesota sophomore Eric Bauer saw it with his own eyes. “It tugged on my emotions in ways that I didn’t expect at all,” Bauer said. Along with about a dozen others, he made the trek south to Ferguson, Missouri, to stand for Michael Brown, a teenager he never knew.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — New numbers show the state’s unemployment numbers are below 4 percent, suggesting it’s a great state to find work in. And this holiday season is offering many opportunities. You could call it […]
Across the country, families are gathering in courtrooms for a very happy occasion. It’s National Adoption Day, a day to celebrate children who were once “wards of the state” as they transition into their forever families.
A mother and her 6-year-old son died in a car crash on an icy road near Norwood Young America Saturday. Her husband and surviving 4-year-old son are in serious condition.
A Wisconsin medical supply company is growing. On Thursday they announced they’ll bring nearly 500 new jobs to people in the metro and in western Wisconsin.
When Everett Diemert woke up, he knew he had quite a manic Monday ahead of him. He works at Hallberg Marine in Wyoming. There were a whole lot of boats that required snow removal. “We are going to have another long winter like last year,” Diemert said.
Minnesota health officials said Wednesday they are monitoring 48 recently arrived travelers as part of their new program to watch for signs of Ebola.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner has identified the 68-year-old patient who attacked four nurses at St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood and later died Sunday morning. The medical examiner says St. Paul resident Charles Emmett Logan was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after the incident.
For the next six hours, every child in the Twin Cities is entitled to a free coat, hats and gloves. It’s because of Coats for Kids, a Salvation Army program going on all day Thursday in 11 locations.
While many of us are making holiday plans, some Americans don’t have that option. Members of the military will again be spending the season in Afghanistan.
A man was shot on a Metro Transit bus in North Minneapolis, according to Minneapolis Police. The shooting occurred just after 11 a.m. on a southbound route 19 bus near 17th Avenue and Penn Avenue North.
Children across the state dressed in orange on Wednesday to highlight Bullying Prevention Day. The color blazed inside Hopkins’ Eisenhower Elementary School.
It’s still two weeks until Election Day, but the voting has already begun. For the first time in Minnesota, anyone can vote early. Unlike previous years, you don’t need a reason to vote absentee.
A specific group of Minnesotans is being asked to consider traveling to the area where Ebola is at its worst–West Africa. The people being urged are native Liberian health care workers.