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CHANNEL 12 NEWS: Meet The News Team
        

NEWS DIRECTOR/ANCHOR MIKE JOHNSON

Mike was born and raised in Minnesota. He joined the 12 News team in May 2005. While work and family have taken him away for years at a time to places like Texas and Wisconsin, he keeps returning to Minnesota.

Mike comes to 12 News most recently from Madison, Wisconsin, where he worked as news anchor and reporter for NBC affiliate WMTV. Before that, he worked for ten years as an anchor at Hubbard Broadcasting's All News Channel based in St. Paul. Mike also worked for more than 15 years as news anchor and reporter for NBC affiliates in El Paso and Corpus Christi, Texas.

Mike enjoys telling stories that are important to viewers and meeting interesting people who make the news.

When he's not working, Mike has always been a Minnesota sports fan, following the Twins and Vikings, even in Packers and Cowboys country.




ASST. NEWS DIRECTOR/ANCHOR ALEXANDRA RENSLO


Alexandra Renslo originally joined 12 News as a reporter and weekend anchor. Since 2013, she's served as the station's assistant news director and anchor.

Alexandra comes to 12 News from WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin where she worked as a weeknight anchor, reporter, and producer. Before that, Alexandra worked for a political reporter at CNN in Washington, D.C., and also worked on several news programs at Wisconsin Public Television. Alexandra's reporting has been recognized with a regional Emmy, and with awards from the Associated Press and Northwest Broadcast News Association.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Alexandra also spent part of her childhood living in Jakarta, Indonesia. She especially enjoys reporting on local stories that show the cultural diversity of the northwest metro and its influence on the community.

Alexandra has degrees in journalism and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her free time, she loves to travel, read, play tennis, spend time outdoors, and take pictures.

If you have a story you would like to share, email Alexandra at arenslo@twelve.tv or follow her on Twitter at @alexrenslo.

  


    

 


ANCHOR/SPORTS DIRECTOR JOHN JACOBSON

John Jacobson has worked as Channel 12's sports director since March 1990. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at River Falls with majors in Broadcast Journalism and Speech Communications. Previous work stops for John include KDMA and KROX Radio, Paragon Cable, KXLI-TV and KMSP-TV.

John is a native of Crystal, Minnesota, and a graduate of Robbinsdale High School.

 







SPORTS REPORTER/ANCHOR JAY WILCOX

Jay has covered the northwest suburban sports scene for Channel 12 since 1988. He is a sports reporter, play-by-play announcer, anchor, and co-host of "Sports Jam". Prior to coming to Channel 12, Jay got his start covering sports at KGCX radio in Sidney, Montana. Jay is a graduate of Elk River High School and Brown Institute.



  
 
  

 


REPORTER CASSIE BONSTROM

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REPORTER SHANNON SLATTON


Shannon came to the Twin Cities from Shreveport, Louisiana where she was an anchor and reporter for the NBC affiliate. While there, she covered the Columbia shuttle recovery effort in East Texas and the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans as well as several other stories in the Ark-La-Tex.

Shannon has reported, anchored, and produced for 12-News since 2008 and her work has received regional Emmy awards and awards from the Northwest Broadcast News Association.

Shannon grew up in small town Arkansas and earned her degree at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas before completing graduate work at the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University in New York. Shannon taught a broadcast journalism course at HSU for seven semesters, and she continues to teach online courses.

Shannon loves to travel, and has enjoyed getting to know the places and people of Minnesota. She enjoys working with local charities and participating in local volunteer organizations. On a beautiful day, you can find Shannon enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two children.

Feel free to email story ideas to Shannon at sslatton@twelve.tv or follow her on Twitter @sslatton 


 

 


  
 
 
 

 

REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER NEIL PURSLEY

Although Neil now appears in front of the camera at 12 News, much of his career has been covering events from behind it as a photojournalist. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, Neil began his adventure in television news.

He has worked for affiliates of ABC, NBC, and CBS in markets as small as Great Falls Montana and as large as Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles California, as well as several years in communications at the Minnesota Senate.

Neil has worked in 6 different television markets including 4 in the top 20 and two in the top 10. His work has been recognized with awards from many professional organizations including two regional Emmys.

He has seen everything through his lens from forest fires to flooding, been in hurricanes and tornadoes, and interviewed presidents and pop stars. Through it all he’s found that some of the most interesting stories come from people who don’t make headlines. He believes that everyone has a story and he enjoys telling them through sound and image.

Email story ideas to Neil at npursley@twelve.tv




REPORTER DELANE CLEVELAND 

Delane joined the 12 News team in August of 2011. He was born and raised in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in journalism in 2004.

Upon graduation, he left the Twin Cities to become a reporter and weekend news anchor at KOTA-TV in Rapid City, SD. After spending two years reporting on topics such as tourism, state legislative issues and the Rapid City common council, he thought it was time to move on to a warmer climate.

In 2007, he moved to Tucson, AZ and took a reporting job with KMSB-TV. While in Tucson, Delane reported on immigration issues as well as state and local politics.

After three years, the Arizona heat got to be too much, so he decided to return to the Twin Cities to not only experience the four seasons again; but to also cheer on the Vikings, Twins and Timberwolves.

Feel free to email story ideas to Delane at dcleveland@twelve.tv or follow him on Twitter @DelaneCleveland

 
   

 
REPORTER SONYA GOINS

Sonya first came to Channel 12 as a freelance reporter in 2011. She became a permanent employee in March 2013.

Before coming to Channel 12, Sonya worked at WCCO-TV for over 15 years, as a producer. She's also worked at KARE-11, Black Entertainment Television, and WRC-TV in Washington DC.

She graduated at the University of Maryland, College Park with a BS in Broadcast Journalism.

Sonya is a military brat. She has lived all over the world, including Italy and the Netherlands. As a child, she spoke fluent Dutch. She calls Clinton, Maryland home.

When she's not cheering for her three children at their basketball, baseball, and softball games, she likes to garden, read and run outside. She's currently training for her third half marathon.

Sonya is proud to be a member of the Channel 12 family. If you have any story ideas, you can reach her at sgoins@twelve.tv, twitter: sonyagoins1, Facebook: sonya goins channel 12.



 



SPORTS REPORTER JASON MELILLO

Jason comes to Channel 12 after three years as a sports anchor/reporter at WXOW in La Crosse, WI.

Jason was born and raised in New Jersey and is a graduate of New Hampshire College where he played hockey.


 

 




 

 
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