Colleen O’Shaughnessy returned to KIMT News 3 in December 2012 as the Daybreak Anchor. She first joined the KIMT news team in 2007 as a reporter. She went on to report at KWWL in Waterloo, IA – where she was recognized for “Overall Excellence in Reporting” by the Iowa Broadcast News Association and honored with a 2012 Midwest Regional Emmy as a reporter for KTIV’s “June 2nd Flood Fight”. She also received commendations from the American Legion in 2011 – with both a state and national “Certificate of Appreciation” for her work covering the accomplishments and tragedies of Iowa’s service members.
Colleen was born and raised in the area. She grew up in Rochester, MN and graduated in 2007 with a Broadcast Journalism degree from Saint Cloud State University. Her first job took her south for a short time as a reporter in Baton Rouge. But her heart was in the Midwest – and, as it turns out, so was her future husband, Lucas.
During her time as a reporter, Colleen has covered a wide-range of stories. She was among the first on the scene when an EF5 tornado hit Parkersburg, New Hartford, and the surrounding communities. The floods of 2008 saw her standing knee-deep in rising water, warning viewers of the dangerous conditions. She’s interviewed just about every politician running for President in 2008 and 2012. But the issues closest to her heart are those of the U.S. Military.
Colleen has made two trips to Washington D.C. with the Waterloo Honor Flight, charged with telling the stories of our nation’s Greatest Generation. Her most recent work includes exclusive interviews with quadruple amputee U.S. Navy EOD Taylor Morris during his last return home to Cedar Falls. She also covered the deployment and homecoming of Mason City based 11-33rd Iowa Army National Guard.
Colleen believes her role in the community extends far beyond the newsroom. She recently spent three months training with a professional ballroom dancer to “compete” in the “2011 Dancing with the Stars: Benefit for Iowa City Hope Lodge” event. The event raised thousands of dollars for the Hope Lodge. She also hosted the “2012 Valentines for Veterans” event in Riverside, IA. Hundreds of local veterans enjoyed the free country music concert – some who fought in WWII, others who just returned from Afghanistan.
When she does have a day off, Colleen and her husband enjoy sailing on Clear Lake, camping, hunting, and spending time with their Miniature Pinscher, Star. Waking up early isn’t for everyone – luckily Colleen considers herself a morning person! She is honored to return to her “hometown” community, and looks forward to many years waking up with our KIMT viewers.