Kate Raddatz

Kate Raddatz joined the WCCO-TV team in April 2013, but it wasn’t her first time inside the newsroom. She worked as the “Good Question” intern in college. An Excelsior native and proud Gopher grad, she’s thrilled to be telling stories in the place she grew up.
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Joined WCCO: 2013
Hometown: Excelsior, Minnesota
Alma Mater: University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

Music: Beyoncé & Rolling Stones
Movie: Liar Liar
TV Show: I Dream of Jeannie
Book: Tina Fey, Bossypants
Food: Is Sriracha a food? Then falafel.
Local Restaurant: Brasa (Northeast!)
Hidden MN Gem: My hometown 🙂
Sport/Exercise: Football and yoga
Historical Figure: Joan of Arc
Favorite Minnesotan: Too many favorite Twins players
Quote: ” There will never be a day when we won’t need dedication, discipline, energy, and the feeling that we can change things for the better.” — George Sheehan
Word: Can
Vacation Spot: Coronado Island, San Diego
Holiday: Christmas Eve
Planet: Earth, I’ve been there!

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Too hard!
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Stones
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text, always
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Depends
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Crazy early morning
East Coast vs. West Coast? West
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Grey Duck

Kate joined the WCCO team as a reporter in 2013, but it wasn’t her first time in the newsroom. She interned at the station during her senior year at the University of Minnesota, and is proud to be back telling stories in her home state.

Kate has been awarded Upper-Midwest Emmy Awards for her reporting and breaking news coverage. She currently contributes to the “Best Of Minnesota” series, highlighting the people and places that make Minnesota great. She is also a fill-in co-host for KDWB-FM radio, and keeps busy with event hosting, charity work, and public speaking.

Kate was a musician before pursuing journalism, and has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Pantages Theatre, and numerous sporting events. You may still catch her singing The Star Spangled Banner at a gig around town.

Kate lives in Minneapolis with her husband, John. They love biking, running, and all Minnesota sports!

She’s always looking for story ideas. You can contact her here.

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Local Bar Raising Funds To Help Girl Breathe On Her Own

A Twin Cities family is hoping a surgery will help them hear their daughter’s voice for the first time.


Twin Cities Groom Won’t Have Parents At Wedding Due To Travel Ban

Two very special guests will not be attending the Minnesota nuptials. It’s Mostafa’s parents, who are from Iran.


Arrest Made After Boulder Falls Off Vehicle, Kills Mother & Daughter

Police is Rosemount say an arrest has been made after an 800-pound boulder dislodged from a commercial vehicle and struck another vehicle, killing a mother and daughter.


VITALS App Helps Officers Help People With Disabilities

The app alerts law enforcement if a person has autism or cognitive disabilities.


Shelter ‘Heartbroken’ After 11 Dogs Bound For MN Die

A statement from the shelter on its Facebook page Saturday said the vehicle was undergoing a thorough inspection.


Flood Waters Crest In Windom

Paul Johnson, Cottonwood’s emergency management manager, said many have never seen the water this high.


Minnesota Students Mourn Teacher Killed Hiking In Alaska

Outside of school, Brittany Boegel lived for traveling, and had been on adventures all over the world. Her family said she died doing what she loved.


CDC: Waterborne Illnesses More Often In Public Pools, Not Lakes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new study that says the majority of water-borne illnesses are in public pools, hot tubs and wading pools — not lakes.


Rushford Sailor Killed At Pearl Harbor Returning Home Friday

Joseph Johnson died aboard the USS Oklahoma in the attack on Pearl Harbor. His remains were never identified — until now.


How To Keep Your Pets Safe During July 4 Fireworks

For families, the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate. But for pets, it can often be a dangerous holiday.


Cancer Diagnosis Leads To Emergency Wedding

A Twin Cities bride and groom put a wedding together in a matter of weeks, for a very bittersweet reason.


Iowa Baby Hit By Softball Returns Home

An Iowa baby is home recovering after a terrifying injury at her father’s softball game back in May.


Extreme Hot Or Cold? The Quintessential Minnesotan ‘Would You Rather’

Friday will mark Minnesota’s ninth above-90-degree day this year. We average only 11 for an entire year.


Hennepin Healthcare Suspends Trial Of Paramedics Administering Ketamine

Hennepin Healthcare plans to suspend a clinical trial of the sedative ketamine in emergency situations following criticism that Hennepin County Medical Center enrolled patients in the study without their knowledge.


‘The Sky Hasn’t Fallen’: Same-Sex Couple Reflects On 5 Years

This year’s Twin Cities Pride Weekend marks five years since same-sex marriage went into effect in August of 2013.


How Same-Sex Marriage Has Impacted The Wedding Business

It has been 5 years since Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage, and this weekend celebrates that wave of change and achievement.


Vikings Hold Summit On LGBTQ Inclusivity In Sports

The team is the first in the NFL to hold a summit and fundraiser focused exclusively on LGBTQ inclusion in sports.


ACLU Sues Faribault, Says Rental Ordinance Racially Discriminates

The ACLU says requirements disproportionately affect black residents, who are arrested at a higher rate than whites, and Somali-Americans.


Hennepin Co. Leaders Working To Keep Juveniles Out Of Jail

Leaders in Hennepin County are trying to keep teenagers out of jail.


SPPD: Burglaries Tied To Youth Basketball Door-To-Door Scam

St. Paul police are warning residents about a recent rash of burglaries — and the prime suspects are children.


While Twin Cities Taprooms Thrive, Bars & Restaurants Struggle

While restaurants are struggling to compete, a new study says taprooms in the Twin Cities are doing better than ever.


Friends Credited With Pulling 12-Year-Old Boy From Rochester Pool

Two friends are being called heroes for saving a boy from the bottom of an apartment swimming pool.


New Ulm Dance Coach Loses Job Over Living With Fiance

A high school coach says she was given an ultimatum: Say your wedding vows or say good-bye to your job.


MDH Discusses Food Safety After Food-Borne Illness Cases

Six people got salmonella poising after eating a breaded chicken product, similar to a larger chicken nugget.


Life-Long Friends Make Good On Wedding Pact

We have seen this story before in the movies: Two friends agree if they are still single someday, they will tie the knot.