Amelia co-anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news Monday through Friday. She’s been with the station since 1996. Ten years later, her husband, Frank Vascellaro, joined her as co-anchor. They are the first married couple to co-anchor a news program in the Twin Cities.
Before coming to Minnesota, Amelia anchored the weekend news at WTIC-TV in Hartford, CT. She started her career in Washington, D.C., at WUSA, where she was a reporter trainee. From there, she went to WETM-TV in Elmira, N.Y., where she anchored the weekend newscasts. Then she moved on to WNEP-TV in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa. as a reporter and anchor.
Amelia was born in Alexandria, Va. She grew up in a career military family and lived in Virginia, Japan and Texas. She attended Marywood University in Dunmore, Pa.
City Pages editors named her Best Newscaster in the Twin Cities in 2000 and 2013. Readers of The Minnesota Women’s Press picked her as their favorite local female television personality.
Amelia and Frank are deeply involved with the community and frequently serve as the master of ceremonies at some of the Twin Cities premier charity events.
They live in Minneapolis with their three kids and two dogs.
Colbert spent ten years playing a right-wing pundit on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and fans have been wondering if they’ll recognize him in his new persona. Amelia Santaniello got the chance to ask him that question during a recent interview in Chicago.
The National Association of Black Journalists is in Minneapolis for the rest of the week.
Some Twin Cities students are speaking up about bullying by staying silent. Totino-Grace High School in Fridley launched a new campaign this week called “We Don’t Say.” It highlights seven words and phrases the students won’t use because of their meanings and how the words affect others.
One of the most important events in the history of St. Peter was a tornado that took two lives and damaged two thirds of the buildings here.
It may be October, but skiing’s happening right now at Wild Mountain Ski Area near Taylors Falls.
As all of the colorful lights came on, families packed into the Midway to enjoy the rides and games. Through Sunday, more than 550,000 people have visited the fairgrounds.
With 9-year-old Jayden and 7-year-old Andrew, Karen Wettanen is always busy. And when back-to-school time arrives, she’s almost always strapped. The working mom from St. Louis Park lives on a fixed income, so filling up their backpacks stretches her budget.
A Minnesota business that has stores throughout the country is about to get a new name. Hot Mama will change its name Monday, but WCCO got a peak at the new logo Sunday night. Not to mention an explanation of the surprising reason behind the change, and what it means to an owner so closely connected to the original name.
It’s one of the most memorable milestones for any high school student. Ten, twenty, thirty years later, we all remember who we went with and what we wore. Of course, we’re talking about prom. For one student, their memories will also include Mark Rosen.
There’s a fresh coat of snow on the ground, but don’t let that fool you. Some parents already feel like they’re behind on their summer planning. With so many choices for day and overnight camps, and for every possible interest area, sorting through it all can feel like doing your taxes. “It’s hard to imagine how early you need to get it all done,” said Lindsay Litman, a mother of two from New Hope. “Not only do camps fill up, but you need to save money for them.”
Mixing work with family can be tough for a married couple. But one duo seems to have done it, building a booming business despite very limited experience. “I didn’t have a retail background and I opened up a store called Hot Mama,” said Megan Tamte, the founder and CEO of Hot Mama. “I think those are two things right there that set you up for a lot of naysayers.” But Tamte has been proving those naysayers wrong for nine years. The third grade teacher turned business mogul was recently named Ernst and Young’s Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year. So Amelia Santaniello sat down to talk to her about building a business, with kids, without any experience, and with her husband as a partner. Watch them getting ready for a family dinner, and you can tell that Megan and Mike Tamte know how to work together. They preach teamwork to 16-year-old Allison and 13-year-old Roian, and say it’s one of the secrets to their success in an unexpected business.
Some 18,000 were mesmerized by the music at the first ever We Day at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday. But they were also transfixed by the message from a 62-year-old American who became the Queen of Jordan.
Two months after storms slammed the Twin Cities, downed and weakened trees are still getting in the way. In an area of undeveloped land that sits right on the border of Edina, St. Louis Park and Minneapolis, the storms knocked down several trees, and the city of Minneapolis decided to post “no trespassing” signs.
If you work at a Minnesota company with at least 21 employees, there’s a change in the law you should know about. It has to do with sick leave benefits.
The Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is a recreation destination. But this summer, some of the biggest animals there are cows. About an hour north of the Twin Cities, the refuge is more than 30,000 acres of oak savanna and wetlands. But some invasive plant species are threatening to change this habitat. So they’re trying a new way to control the undesirable plants, letting cows eat them.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An 8-year-old boy celebrated a special Father’s Day at Target Field Friday afternoon. Tyson Hill was just 3 when he lost his father to a brain tumor. His grandmother, Barb Probst, reached […]
A controversial new book on women and leadership is topping best-seller lists and it’s got people talking.
When other schools are quieting down for the summer, one school gets louder. Kids at Obama Elementary in St. Paul are building birdhouses as part of their Career Explorations class. On paper, they’re learning about architecture. In practice, they’re learning a whole lot more.
When you’re out driving, you’re more and more likely to see women on motorcycles. In the last 10 years, the number of women riding motorcycles in Minnesota has grown more than 58 percent — from 31,576 riders in 2002 to 53,784 in 2012. And one of the brands that is seeing the most growth is the one that is considered the most masculine — Harley Davidson.
Actress, activist and philanthropist Angelina Jolie revealed in the New York Times she had a voluntary double mastectomy, and said her decision came after learning she had an 87 percent risk of getting cancer.
Marilyn Carlson Nelson has been recognized by the White House and will receive the Public Leadership Award from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs next week for her work to stop sex trafficking.
As many as 15 people are feared dead and more than 160 others hurt in a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas.
Susan Allen described her son, Aaron Schaffhausen, as a little boy with big problems. He didn’t connect with adults and had very few friends.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities have been providing meals for students, ages six to 18, since 2007. Kids Feeding Kids is the name of that program, and those kids got to thank a major donor Tuesday.
By mid-March, most of us are sick of winter and ready for a getaway. Getting out of town can be expensive, but there are some places you can at least pretend to be in the tropics.