Erin Hassanzadeh is a co-host of "The 4" on WCCO, the station's newest newscast that is smart with heart. The show melds in-studio guests, field reports and reporter debriefs. Erin is a two-time Emmy Award winning reporter and is passionate about experiential storytelling and taking viewers on an adventure - be it inside a bear den, at the bottom of a lake, or in an underground storm drain tunnel. She cares deeply about reporting on climate change and the environment.
Before jumping into reporting, Erin spent two years in Seoul, South Korea on a Fulbright grant. During her time there, she lived with a host family, worked with North Korean defectors, fell in love with kimchi and traveled extensively throughout Asia. Some of her stops included Japan, Cambodia, Thailand and New Zealand. Korean food is still one of Erin's passions. The spicier, the better. She has also lived in Italy and loves hiking, exploring new places and learning from new people.
Erin previously worked at KCCI and KETV and is a proud graduate of Jefferson High School in Bloomington and Drake University. Her favorite part of working at WCCO is the way reporters and photojournalists support each other to be better humans and storytellers.
Erin loves keeping up with international headlines but she's just as passionate about covering local stories that are happening down the street. If you have an idea, email her! Be sure to connect with her on social media as well.
Joined WCCO: 2019
Hometown: Bloomington, MN
Alma Mater: Drake University
Music: John Mayer; Beenzino
Movie: 500 Days of Summer
TV Show: As embarrassing as it is to be honest, I have to admit it's The Real Housewives franchise
Book: Anything by Haruki Murakami
Food: Korean food! If it is REALLY spicy, I am down to try it.
Local Restaurant: My parents have a place in Edina. It's called TJ's of Edina and I grew up working there.
Hidden MN Gem: I am hoping to discover a few new ones! My old spots aren't so hidden anymore.
Sport/Exercise: Yoga, pilates, soccer and tennis
Famous Minnesotan: Charles Schulz
Quote: "Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but follow no one absolutely." - Chinese proverb
Vacation Spot: Wine Country, Santorini, Seoul
Planet: Earth? I suppose.
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Dogs! For sure. Cats scare me...
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Phone call. My friends hate this.
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Coffee. Black!
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning person. Again, my friends hate this.
East Coast or West Coast? West Coast
Star Trek or Star Wars? Yikes...never seen them.
'Grey Duck' or 'Goose'? Grey duck! Of course.
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