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WCCO TV anchor Liz Collin, married to former Minneapolis police union chief, leaves job after nearly 14 years

Bob Kroll retired in January 2021, four months earlier than he initially planned, citing the impact of his job on his family.

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Liz Collin
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ST. PAUL -- WCCO TV anchor and reporter Liz Collin has left the station, her home of nearly 14 years.

“I want to thank you all for the support you have shown me in my home state of Minnesota,” Collin wrote in a social media post Tuesday morning. “Thank you for trusting me to tell your stories. Thank you to the talented team who helped make that possible.”

Following the murder of George Floyd, Collin found herself in the headlines. She’s married to former Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll, who came under public scrutiny after Floyd’s death. In August 2020, about 100 Black Lives Matter protesters – including John Thompson, then a DFL-endorsed candidate for House District 67A – marched to the Hugo home of Collin and Kroll and demanded they both resign. That summer, protesters also gathered outside of WCCO’s studio in downtown Minneapolis.

In 2019, Collin said she did not think her marriage was a conflict of interest and that she had not been reporting on stories about police for the past two years.

Kroll retired in January 2021, four months earlier than he initially planned, citing the impact of his job on his family.

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A WCCO spokesperson said the station would not comment on personnel matters. Collin did not return a message seeking comment.

Collin’s post did not reveal any future plans, but she wrote, “The truth makes me tick. I’ll get back to telling that soon.” The Worthington, Minnesota, native also shared her email address and asked readers for news tips. She closed the post with the bible verse John 8:32, which reads: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

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