Joined WCCO: 2020
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
Alma Mater: University of Maryland, College Park

Music: Folk, indie, pop, and everything Taylor Swift
Movie: When Harry Met Sally
TV Show: The Office and 60 Minutes
Book: The Opposite of Loneliness, Marina Keegan
Food: Pizza
Local Restaurant: Young Joni
Hidden MN Gem: TBD post-COVID
Sport/Exercise: Biking
Historical Figure: Princess Diana
Famous Minnesotan: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Quote: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” — Thomas Jefferson
Word: Indefatigable
Vacation Spot: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Holiday: Christmas

Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Cats or Dogs? Never met a dog I didn’t like
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedies
Phone Call or Text Message? Phone call
Mac or PC? Mac
Beer or Wine? Both
Morning Person or Night Person? Night owl, for sure
Star Trek or Star Wars? Neither, oops

Caroline Cummings is an Emmy-winning reporter with a passion for covering politics, public policy and government. She is thrilled to join the WCCO team.

Caroline comes to the Twin Cities from Des Moines, Iowa, where she reported on government and politics as the statehouse reporter for five local TV stations across the state. She covered three sessions of the Iowa Legislature, spending hours covering state policy as it was introduced, debated, and signed into law at the state capitol.

During the 2020 election cycle, she crisscrossed the state to follow presidential candidates ahead of the Iowa Caucuses and had several one-on-one interviews with then-candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and more. She relentlessly covered the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, questioning the governor weekly and seeking answers for Iowans. Caroline’s favorite stories are those that investigate and reveal the impacts that government policies have on people and the community.

She was selected for the National Press Foundation’s state and local government fellowship in 2019 and her reporting contributions to a special program on the caucuses earned her an Upper Midwest Emmy in 2020.

Caroline was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in the suburbs in Maryland. She’s a proud graduate of the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism. In college, she reported on the Maryland Legislature and covered hearings on Capitol Hill, experiences that solidified her passion for political reporting.

When she isn’t snooping for her next story, she’s probably catching up on 60 Minutes, streaming new music on Spotify or eating her way through the Twin Cities’ “Best Restaurants” lists.

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Latest From Caroline Cummings

Minneapolis Police Policy And Training Under Scrutiny At Federal Civil Rights Trial For George Floyd’s DeathKatie Blackwell, a Minneapolis police inspector, continued her testimony on Friday defending the policies of the Minneapolis Police Department and saying the three former officers charged with depriving George Floyd of his civil rights did not follow those standards.
Southwest Light Rail Project Faces Overrun Costs, Delayed Until 2027A new transit line connecting Minneapolis to suburbs as far as Eden Prairie is facing a massive cost overrun and a three-year delay, prompting calls for an audit of spending and decision-making.
Public Safety Emerges As Key Issue Ahead Of Minnesota's Legislative SessionPublic safety will be a key debate Monday when the legislative session begins, but even as Republicans and Democrats’ proposals vary in scope and approach, there is at least one area where there might be agreement: Incentives to get more law enforcement officers into the profession and keep them on the job.
Gov. Walz Pitches $5.1B For Schools, Children’s Mental Health, Paid LeaveGov. Tim Walz on Tuesday proposed spending $5.1 billion over the next three years for child care, teacher recruitment, mental health access in schools and a paid family and medical leave policy with funds from a record state surplus that will shape the debate at the capitol this year.
Republicans Call For Further Investigation Of Other COVID-Related Federal Funds After Feds Investigate Nonprofit For Alleged FraudState Republicans are calling for an audit of COVID spending after details emerged about a federal investigation into an alleged large-scale fraud scheme that diverted millions intended child nutrition programs to individuals who spent lavishly.