Meet Elizabeth


Elizabeth Ries
Fast Facts:

  Hometown: Apple Valley, MN  
  Last Job: Reporter, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS  
  High School & College Alma maters: Apple Valley High School & University of Wisconsin-Madison  
  When you were young, you wanted to be: A TV news reporter  
  First Concert: Prince  
  Favorite Movie: Changes all the time...but Bridesmaids for now!  
  Favorite thing to order at a coffee shop: Coffee with room for cream  
  Person you'd like to meet: So many! But today I'll choose The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten  
  Favorite TCL moment: Taking a bite of goat meat and then having to spit it out in front of "Bizarre Foods" host Andrew Zimmern. Totally embarrassing, but very memorable!  
  Favorite Twin Cities restaurant: Birchwood Cafe  
  Dream TCL segment: Taking the whole show on the road for a week. Maybe Disney? Italy? A cruise? Let's pack our bags!  
  One thing you can't live without: my dog, Henry  
  Proudest moment: Every time I'm with my family. I'm so lucky to have them!  

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 soon moved down to the Cities. She graduated from Apple Valley High School. 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, "Working at TCL is the best way to get to know my hometown even better. We love showing the Twin Cities everything our incredible community has to offer!"

Elizabeth enjoys hanging out with her friends and family who live in the south metro. She takes frequent trips to see her two younger sisters. One lives in Manhattan and the other lives in Chicago with her husband and dog. 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!

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, "I'm a Food Network addict and I'd love to cook with one of my fave Food Network chefs Giada de Laurentis, Ina Garten or Nigella Lawson someday on TCL."

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