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.
Some of the most startling images from Wednesday’s building fire were those of people jumping from up to three stories high to the icy streets below. One man who made such a leap got out of the hospital Thursday and spoke with WCCO-TV shortly after.
A billowing fire engulfed a three-story building with several apartments in Minneapolis early New Year’s Day, sending 13 people to hospitals — including six who were critically hurt — with injuries ranging from burns to trauma associated with falls. Families on the scene said at least three people were still unaccounted for.
Some of you have already gotten rid of your Christmas trees, and some of you are probably putting it off. Sure, you can leave yours by the curb for pickup. But we found out there’s a way you can make good use of that tree for the next four months or so.
It’s officially two days until the end of an era, as the Vikings and their fans get set for the team’s final game at the Metrodome, and the last day the public will be allowed inside. But things will be different at this game for another reason.
With just a cough or sneeze, it can hit you from six feet away. So cover your mouth and wash those hands, because flu season is back in Minnesota.
It’s hard to believe any birds can tough out our Minnesota winters. Swans in Monticello choose to stay through the ice and snow, some even living on ice with only a patch of water nearby. But lately, the Department of Natural Resources has received a lot of calls about birds on ice. Nongame Wildlife Information Officer Lori Naumann says people think they’re stranded, but that’s usually not the case.
A father and son who fought two very different battles this year are home together for Christmas. When Ryan Johnson went to war in Afghanistan this past spring, he didn’t know if his father would still be here for the holidays.
Some of Target’s employees won’t spend the Christmas holiday at home. The company says corporate staff will continue to help people whose data was breached.
Target says about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach. The chain said Thursday that the accounts may have been impacted between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.
The Secret Service says it is investigating a credit- and debit-card data theft at Target stores. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary confirms the agency is investigating, but declined to provide further details.
The parents of a 3-month-old baby could face neglect charges after deputies say they found the infant in a car outside a bar. Witnesses told officers the parents were in the Red Diamond Saloon in Randolph for around 45 minutes last month.
The early season extreme cold outside is bad enough, but many Minnesotans are suffering inside as well, with dry skin. This brutal weather can leave your skin dry and itchy. And it can lead to eczema — even infection.
It turns out that one of the up-and-comers on the national chocolate scene is in Hudson, Wis. Over the past few months, Knoke’s Chocolate has been visited by Duff from ACE of Cakes and Martha Stewart who tried to learn his techniques.
A college student is in the hospital Tuesday night after experiencing just how cruel a Minnesota’s winter can be. Nineteen-year-old Alyssa Jo Lommel’s family says she may lose limbs after she spent all night Friday outside in subzero temperatures.
Some Minnesotans say “bring on the winter.” They want the snow, the sports and the ice. But others say “It’s not even Christmas. Can’t this all wait?” Bryn Mawr-resident John Padgett is definitely a Christmas guy. The lights go up early in his yard display, a 15-year tradition. “I usually start the first week of November to be done by Thanksgiving,” Padgett said. “And they’ll probably be up until I can get them unfrozen from the ground.”