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.
One in four women will suffer abuse from a partner. On occasion, men are also victims. At least 16 Minnesota women were killed by their partners in 2014. There’s a small group of Minnesotans trying to change that number. They help victims take the first step to get out, which can be much more complicated than it sounds.
A Minnesota man charged with recruiting terrorists is in custody in Africa. A State Department spokesperson tells WCCO Muhammed Abdullah Hassan, known as Mujahid Miski online, turned himself in Somalia.
The Dakota County Sheriff says he’ll know this week if a game involving Nerf guns had anything to do with the deaths of two Lakeville teenagers. A rollover crash Friday afternoon killed Lakeville South High School students Johnny Price and Jake Flynn.
MOCA is a name you’ll hear us say a lot this week. It stands for Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance. The group raises money to fight ovarian cancer — the fifth deadliest cancer of women — within the state. Now, MOCA has a story they want to share a story with a Hollywood twist.
WCCO has been going teal all week. It’s the color for ovarian cancer awareness, a cancer that affects 1 in 72 women. And it’s a cancer that kills more than half of those women within five years of diagnosis.
WCCO spoke with a ovarian cancer survivor who is fresh off of chemo and showing no signs of weakness. Believe it or not, the gym is her happy place.
Around 400 Minnesota women get the same scary diagnosis each year — ovarian cancer. The average age to get the news is 63, but younger Minnesotans are also affected. Twenty-six-year-old new mom Wendy Thurston and her husband have had an exhausting five months.
It is a type of cancer known for being one of the “bad ones.” Fifty percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer do not make it past five years. It is not necessarily because it is so hard to treat — it is because ovarian cancer is so hard to find.
They may be some of the most sacred people in our country right now – cancer researchers. It can seem like cancer is everywhere and everyone wants a cure, but some types are harder than others to fight. Ovarian cancer is one of them. It hits 1 in 72 women and 50 percent of those women pass away within five years.
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.