Steve joined 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in December of 2013. Before coming to the Twin Cities, Steve spent time working for Hubbard Broadcasting in Los Angeles, California and Albuquerque, New Mexico for the company's entertainment cable news network REELZ Channel. During his time there, Steve was as a correspondent and anchor for the network's daily entertainment news program, as well as anchoring special events for the network.
Steve studied at Azusa Pacific University in southern California, earning a degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Media Studies. During his time in college, he anchored various campus television shows. After graduation, he took a job at his alma mater working in the Undergraduate Admissions Office as an Admissions Counselor. By day, he helped students and their families' work through the admissions process. By night, he covered various red carpet events for an entertainment website he created. The website was purchased by REELZ. Before leaving REELZ, Steve co-created, wrote, produced and hosted a weekly comedic show called "Who Said What?
While working for 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, Steve was asked to guest-host for Twin Cities Live, in February of 2014. He had no idea what it would turn into. After multiple fill-in appearances, Steve was asked to join Twin Cities Live on a full-time which gave him the opportunity to return to his entertainment roots. "I've admired the quality of work Elizabeth does, even before working with her. And from the first show we did together, it just felt right."
Steve has had family in Minnesota for years and he fell in love with our state after spending a summer here in high school. He, along with his wife and two small kids, are grateful to finally be able to call Minnesota home. Steve enjoys reading (feel free to email him a good book recommendation), playing the guitar and most of all, hanging out with his family. Each weekend, whether indoor or outdoor, is an adventure with his kids who do a great job at keeping his inner-kid alive and well!
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Twin Cities Live welcomed co-host Elizabeth Ries on June 15, 2009. She was a familiar face to TCL viewers having been a frequent guest host and field correspondent from metro greenhouses, wave pools, parade routes, and salon spas.
Elizabeth was born in Cambridge but grew up in Apple Valley, graduating from Apple Valley High School in 1999. After interning at KMSP in Eden Prairie and WMTV in Madison, Elizabeth received her B.A. in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She immediately jumped into TV news, anchoring the morning newscast at KDLH in Duluth and later anchoring and reporting at WBAY in Green Bay, WI. She was reporting for 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS before making the move to Twin Cities Live. Elizabeth says, "I'm so proud to be from this community and getting to showcase what makes the Twin Cities so special every day on TV is the best gig out there."
Elizabeth shares quite a bit of her personal life on Twin Cities Live. During her time hosting the show, she met and married her husband Jay, gave birth to their daughter Bernadette and welcomed a second dog and a flock of backyard chickens to the family. "The greatest compliment," Elizabeth says, "is when people tell me they feel like they know me because they watch Twin Cities Live. It's a real honor to have people invite me into their living rooms every day."
Elizabeth enjoys reading, walking, and bike riding with her West Highland Terrier, Henry, who rides in a basket and receives quite a few stares when they're out on the road together. Cooking is her passion and she's growing as much of her own food as possible in her backyard garden. That is, of course, when it's not covered with snow. Elizabeth says, "Meeting super accomplished chefs has been one of the most fun perks of hosting TCL. I've gotten to cook with Lidia Bastianich, Mario Batali, Martin Yan, Amanda Freitag, Ree Drummond and more." Although she's a Minnesotan through and through, her football loyalty lies in Wisconsin. She's a loyal Badger fan and her dad raised all of his girls to cheer for the Packers. Please forgive her!
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