The Iron Crib

Ian Stan, John Donald, Iron Crib, Don Shelby

Revisiting ‘The Iron Crib,’ Part 2

When WCCO-TV first did the stories about the thousands of Romanian orphans in 1990, the pictures and stories shocked Minnesotans. People sent medical and financial help. And others opened their homes and hearts to adopt the children.


Vasilica Fritz, Iron Crib, Don Shelby Reports, Romania, orphan

Revisiting Shelby’s Report On ‘The Iron Crib’

Of all the stories WCCO-TV Anchor Don Shelby has ever done, there is one that stands out above the rest. It stands out because if WCCO hadn’t done the story, thousands of lives would never have been changed for the better. It was the story of Romanian orphans. It was 20 years ago. It was called “The Iron Crib.”