Laura Kennedy

Laura Kennedy

After a year and a half on the news beat, Laura is very excited to be pursuing her passion for sports!  Moving here from the Twin Cities, she's excited to get into the action with our local sports teams. You can find her anchoring the weekend sportscasts and covering sports stories around the Northland. 

Laura joined the WDIO Team in September 2008. Laura has known she wanted to be a writer since she was five years old. "Journalism is a perfect fit for me because it's challenging, everyday is different, and I get to meet some really awesome people and hear their wonderful stories!"

Laura lived in Midlothian, Virginia for 8 years before moving back home to Minnesota. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism. She was recognized as the Outstanding Student in Broadcast Journalism during her senior year.

Throughout her college years, Laura produced the student-run news program Campus Scope. She also interned at KARE-11 News and KFAN Radio.

When she's not working at WDIO, Laura loves spending time with her family and her two dogs.  Her interests include watching movies, baking, reading. And she usually does each of these things with a Twins, Vikings or Wild game playing in the background.

You can E-mail Laura at or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Front Page

  • Wisconsin DNR Assessing Winter Deer Kill

    Wisconsin wildlife officials are using road-kill and radio-tracking data to assess the harsh winter's effect on the state's deer herd. Department of Natural Resources staffers are looking for 10 carcasses in every county so they can check a number of biological signs, such as fat stores and pregnancy. They're also is closely watching survival rates of more than 200 deer with radio collars in the northern forest and eastern farmland areas of the state.  

  • Minnesota Runners Head to Boston in Unity, Tribute

    More than 600 Minnesota marathoners will line up for the start of the Boston Marathon this year, including 212 who ran last year and say they're going back to finish what they started.

  • General Mills Backtracks on Controversial New Policy, Issues Apology

    General Mills has issued an apology to consumers after the company caught major flack over its policy change that could have affected their arbitration rights.   

  • Fitger's 5K Raises $20K For Young Athletes

    It may not have felt much like spring today, but thousands signed-up to voluntarily run outside. It was the 25th Annual Fitger's 5K this morning and that means racing season in the Northland has officially started. This year, the race raised $20,000 for the Young Athletes Foundation.

  • Wis. OWI Fines Hefty, but Deterrence Effect Debated

    The fine for a first drunken-driving offense, including court costs and surcharges, can be as high as $1,000. But industry experts are questioning whether heavy fines serve as effective enough deterrents.