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.
Hundreds of Twin Cities drivers are ending the year with a little less money in their pockets. Minneapolis officials say 670 vehicles were towed in Minneapolis alone after Tuesday night’s snow emergency, while St. Paul towed over 700. Minneapolis and St. Paul combined issued thousands of parking citations.
While Tuesday’s afternoon commute looks to be vastly improved, Minnesota’s winter storm resulted in hundreds of crashes so far.
Relatives of the family of four killed in a weekend accident tell us there will be a joint funeral a week from Monday. The four died in a crash on Highway 65 near McGrath Saturday afternoon.
We know now a family of four killed in an Aitkin County accident on Saturday was from Columbia Heights. The four died in a crash on Highway 65 near McGrath around 3 o’clock Saturday.
A short, online documentary about Allan Law and his one man charity, Minneapolis Recreation Development, has gone viral. He’s been giving out sandwiches and other essentials on the streets for years.
Activists with the group Black Lives Matter called Wednesday’s protest that started at the Mall of America and ended at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport a success.
A request for a temporary restraining order against Black Lives Matter by Mall of America was denied in part and granted in part Tuesday. The mall filed the motion to stop the group from protesting there Wednesday.
Nearly half of all holiday shopping is being done online this year. But as you wait to receive packages, cyber criminals may be waiting for you with a scam. They send emails that look like they’re from delivery companies, saying there was a shipping issue with your gifts.
In America, Sunday is synonymous with football. It’s something Vikings fans know well. This week, Hollywood is taking a crack against the game and the NFL.
The new “Star Wars” may not premiere until 7 p.m. Thursday, but some locals have been at the theatre since 10 p.m. Wednesday. These fans are in the midst of a marathon, watching every Star Wars ever made leading up to the big show Thursday night.
WCCO is talking a lot about domestic abuse this week — and a group that is providing safety for the many who endure it in Minnesota. SafeJourney is a program that works primarily out of North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
WCCO studios are draped in purple to represent the fight against domestic violence in our Trees of Hope campaign. SafeJourney is a small nonprofit that offers 24/7 in-person support for anyone who does not feel safe at home.
Schools in southeastern Minnesota are battling a whooping cough outbreak. Health leaders in the state say this surge of cases in Olmsted County, thankfully, seems isolated. But whooping cough, or pertussis as it’s also called, is certainly around this year.
WCCO is talking about domestic violence this week, and the numbers may be hard to hear. At least 19 Minnesota children lost their mothers to domestic violence in 2014. That is why a small office at North Memorial Medical Center is in existence.
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.