Catherine joined the WDAY 6 News team as a reporter and photographer in April of 2014 and is honored to bring you stories from around the Red River Valley. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and got her first taste of the news industry during a high school mentorship at Fox 9 in the Twin Cities. Catherine graduated from Emerson College in Boston where she participated in the student-run TV station WEBN and spent a semester in Washington, DC working at Voice of America. Those opportunities gave her a front-row seat to the 2012 Presidential election cycle, reporting at the Iowa Caucuses, Republican National Convention and President Obama’s second inauguration. Now happy to be back closer to family, Catherine enjoys exploring the nature and culture of the upper Midwest. She’s an avid runner, novice foodie and lifelong Twins fan. If you have any story ideas or just want to say hello, Catherine would love to hear from you!
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NOME, N.D. – It's back to life as usual in sleepy Nome, for now. A renowned white supremacist who has sought to create havens for like-minded people in multiple small North Dakota town has given up his land in Nome.
NORTH DAKOTA & MINN.—A new law to help relieve North Dakota prisons is also giving drug users a big break. Under the measure first time possession charges are no higher than a misdemeanor. At the Cass County Jail about 10% of the charges inmates are facing are drug-related. Staff here says the new law wouldn't necessarily affect those numbers. It could make a difference between who gets clean and who heads to prison. North Dakota lawmakers say the prison population and cost is reaching a breaking point.
FARGO—Half of Americans could be paying more than the rest of the country for the same goods and services. A so-called "Pink Tax" refers to markups on women's products. You may have heard employers accused of nickel and dime-ing female employees. Nationally, women make an average of 79 cents per every dollar men make and some studies suggest the gender pay disparity also extends to the how much female shoppers pay at the checkout line. It's a pricing practice known as the pink tax, when otherwise similar items cost more when they're marketed to women.
WEST FARGO—A West Fargo special education teacher, a former Miss Montana who won her pageant title on a platform of inclusive education for students with disabilities, is being investigated by district officials for social media posts about her job and her students. An anonymous group of self-described concerned parents sent a packet of printed-out Twitter posts to media and school officials late last week, including more than 20 pages of tweets from Sheridan Tihista, a special education teacher at Liberty Middle School.
Rolette County, N.D.—Before a shootout that killed Deputy Colt Allery here, technology brought the suspect's car to a stop. OnStar helped county deputies and the BIA track and disable the stolen truck. General Motors equips most new vehicles with a small blue button. If the car owner subscribes to the OnStar service, a representative can remotely gain access to the vehicle. Clay County driver Ron Bjorland says he barely touches the OnStar button in his Chevy pickup, but he likes the peace of mind he feels with the emergency system.
(WDAY/WDAZ News) - This time of year we take a look back on our favorite stories before we dive into the year ahead. One national story from October stood out this year when WDAY Anchor Drew Trafton found himself on the other end of the camera. ORIGINAL STORY: It happened in Florida. He was visiting for a wedding. Catherine Ross tells us about how Hurricane Matthew decided to crash the party. "Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate," said Gov. Rick Scott, R-Florida. That's the order from Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - More than seven decades after his escape from a Nazi prison camp, family members are solving the mystery of their grandfather's military service. Wednesday, a ceremony in Fargo honored World War II veteran Robert Johnston. Robert Johnston passed away more than 20 years ago and his family believed many of his service records vanished during a fire in St. Louis. Thanks to the diligent research of his grandson and some help from Congress Sergeant Johnston is finally receiving the honors he deserves.
FARGO - A Snapchat photo featuring a racial slur is under fire at Fargo South High School. It shows a white high school girl posing in an athletic shirt and high top sneakers, and using the "N-word" in a caption. We're concealing the student's identity.
Fargo, ND (WDAY/WDAZ News) - A global refugee crisis is increasing fears of violence and conflict here in the U.S., but a Fargo church is hoping to clear up concerns with conversation. Lutheran Social Services provides a myriad of services in the community, but on Sunday members of Faith United Methodist Church zeroed in on a topic that's lately created the most controversy. "One of the misperceptions people have is that a person who comes to our community as a refugee is somehow really different," said Jessica Thomasson, LSS President and CEO.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo shopping mall is giving the green light to green transportation. Today, West Acres unveiled a parking space with powerful potential. It may not be the closest parking spot to the mall doors. But for some it's the best space in the lot. "We're in the future. The future is now," said William Weightman, City Captain. No, it's not the flying car future Marty McFly knows. But these cars and this little box could be changing transportation.