St. Cloud has always been a second home to me. After growing up in the town of Paynesville, I moved to Sartell to begin my college career at St. Cloud State University, majoring in Mass Communications. In my time there I mostly focused on the television side of things, spending most of my time with the campus television station UTVS. While at UTVS I did many roles such as news anchor, reporter and sports anchor for our many live newscasts. I even did play by play for the football and basketball games that we had televised. However, I didn’t just limit myself to television. While putting myself through school I worked with Leighton Broadcasting in their sports department, doing many things behind the scenes and over the air. Upon my graduation from St. Cloud State in 2012, I began to find that first opportunity to enter the broadcast journalism world and to my excitement landed here at WJON as a field reporter/news anchor. I love what I do and can honestly say that I never think of my job as work. While I cover all news in our listening area, my main beats are Waite Park, Sartell, Sartell-St. Stephen School District, Rice and Arts/Entertainment. I am also the host of Rush Hour weeknights from 5p-6pm. Feel free to message me for any possible story ideas. Outside of the news room my pastimes include sports, music, hanging with my family and just enjoying the great Minnesota weather.
The Weekender: Carnival at Crossroads, Oktoberfest, and More!
You won't find any shortage of fun happening throughout central Minnesota this weekend.
CentraCare To Hold Free Prostate Cancer Screening Night
Local health officials are encouraging men to get tested for prostate cancer.
Paramount Postpones Autumn Moon Dinner, Fundraising Event
The Paramount Theatre has decided to postpone their annual Autumn Moon fundraiser.
Utility Work for New Sartell Business to Prompt Traffic Detours
Drivers in Sartell can expect some detours over the next few weeks.
California Man Charged With Child Sex Crimes Reaches Plea Deal
A California man charged with felony sex crimes involving a minor has agreed to a plea deal.
Former Tech High School Transforming Into New St. Cloud City Hall
Things remain on schedule as construction crews transform the old Tech High School into the new St. Cloud City Hall.
Severe Weather Threats Weaken, Thunderstorm Watch Remains
Threat of severe weather quickly moved across central Minnesota Thursday afternoon.
Rox Project S.A.V.E., District 742 Putting Books in Hands of Kids
The St. Cloud Rox Project S.A.V.E Foundation and St. Cloud Area School District are partnering to put books in the hands of kids.
Level 3 Sex Offender Moving to Sherburne County Community
A Level 3 sex offender is moving to a Sherburne County community.
New CVB Director Excited To Lead, Grow St. Cloud Tourism
Humbled and excited are the first words that come to mind for Rachel Thompson about her new role.