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.
It’s something people are pretty uncomfortable talking about: babies who are stillborn. It’s also something that became real to our WCCO-TV family last year. Aaron Goodyear, whom we call “Goody,” is a photojournalist at WCCO-TV. Last December, he and his wife, Amber, lost their baby late in the pregnancy.
A jury has found Jeffery Trevino guilty of second-degree murder, but not guilty of second-degree murder with intent in the death of his wife, Kira Steger. The jurors found that Trevino did kill his wife but that it wasn’t his plan. They say her death happened during his attack.
It could have been any school in the country, but Northside Elementary in tiny Benson, Minn. — west of Willmar, about 2.5 hours from Minneapolis — came in first in the Give With Target contest, nabbing a $10,000 prize.
It’s been a year since a gunman opened fire at Accent Signage, and no one feels it more than the six families who lost the ones they loved. A terminated employee, Andrew Engeldinger, shot five employees and a UPS driver, before taking his own life. That driver, who just happened to be making a delivery, was Kenneth Basinski. On the evening of the anniversary, Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield spoke with Basinski’s family.
On Tuesday afternoon, police said Anarae Schunk was last seen with former boyfriend Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, a man currently in custody and suspected of shooting and killing 23-year-old Palagor Obang Jobi early Sunday morning at Nina’s Grill in Burnsville.
Friday brought more emotional testimony during the murder trial of Jeffrey Trevino. The St. Paul man is accused of killing his wife, Kira Steger last winter. Her body was found in May. Most of the testimony came from Steger’s close friends, all of whom stated that they heard Steger mention relationship problems leading up to her disappearance.
A Hopkins teenager who generously — and without anyone watching — went out of his way to help a stranger, is now reaping the rewards of that kindness. Joey Prusak saw a woman steal $20 from a blind customer at the Dairy Queen where he works. So he gave the guy his own cash.
His name is Joey Prusak — a name people all over the country are reading about this morning. The 19-year-old Hopkins Dairy Queen employee is stealing hearts all over the country after an act of kindness he thought no one even saw.
No one was injured, but a dog did die in a Tuesday afternoon house explosion in the Lyn-Lake area of Minneapolis that rocked the neighborhood. The home — that was unoccupied at the time — on the 3000 block of Grand Avenue South burst into flames as a result, and Battallion Chief Michael Fust believes gas was the cause of the one-alarm fire.
A Minnesota September tradition is a bit trickier this year. Because of the warm August, the apple crop is behind schedule. That makes picking them a little bit different.
It’s a Minnesota first — two metro high school football teams will play in front of the nation tomorrow night. The local football scene is in the spotlight because of Jashon Cornell, the Cretin-Derham Hall defensive end is ranked as the No. 1 2015 recruit in the country, according to ESPN.
Some University of Minnesota students are facing some unexpected charges, while the U said it will soon have it all straightened out. The university said a programming glitch added $1,000 to 1,800 students’ bills for the semester.
At the moment, 2-year-old Lydia Kohler is sailing through life. But her mother, Anna Kohler, says Lydia’s life was at a standstill last year. “[We thought]this could be the last time we, I don’t know, put her to bed – and that was really scary,” Kohler said. The blood in Lydia’s brain started flowing into a cavity, a pouch that ballooned in her head. Lydia’s condition stopped two young University of Minnesota doctors in their tracks: Dr. Bharathi Jagadeesan and Dr. Andrew Grande.
A catholic school in Fridley is making news once again, and again the story centers around an instructor’s sexuality.