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KTD speaker selected

WORTHINGTON -- Over the more than 70 years since its founding, King Turkey Day has served as a stage for an impressive list of speakers, including presidents to be, ambassadors, governors and military generals.

In recent years, however, the focus has been less political, and in keeping with that trend, the King Turkey Day Board of Directors has chosen a television personality with local roots to address the crowd.

Liz Collin, a reporter-anchor with WCCO-TV in the Twin Cities, will take the podium at 1 p.m. September 17 as the featured speaker for King Turkey Day 2011.

"She's a hometown girl, and we're all very proud of what she's accomplished," said KTD President Pete Suby. "We think she will make a great addition to our list of featured speakers."

Collin, the daughter of Bill and Jane Collin of Worthington, is a 2000 graduate of Worthington High School. Her first job in the news business was at age 15, working at Worthington's KWOA radio station.

She furthered her education in the broadcast program at the Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Collin's first on-air job was at KDLT in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she spent two years and helped to launch the station's morning show. She further honed her reporting and anchor skills at stations in Wichita, Kan., and Harrisburg, Pa., before landing the post at WCCO, which is in the 15th-rated TV market in the nation.

In addition to reporting on a wide variety of stories that impact Minnesotans and regularly taking a seat at the WCCO anchor desk, Collin has reported live for the "CBS Evening News" and "The Early Show."

"I've loved being able to be back home in Minnesota these last few years and work at WCCO," said Collin. "I've heard from a lot of folks with Worthington ties since I started, and I'd say they are the best in the state. The support has been so nice."

Although she has a face and voice that is familiar to people all across the Upper Midwest, Collin admits that she was initially a bit overwhelmed by the invitation to speak at King Turkey Day.

"At first I thought it was just politicians who would take the podium, so I'm still thinking about which office I will announce my candidacy for," she joked.

But Collin is already putting her thoughts together about what she wants to tell the hometown crowd on Sept. 17.

"I've been working on my speech, and I look forward to sharing a few stories about growing up and my work as a television reporter," she shared. "I couldn't be from a better place."

Following her speech, Collin will serve as an official for the first heat of the Great Gobbler Gallop, with Worthington's racing turkey Paycheck taking on Ruby Begonia from Cuero, Texas, in the 38th running of the annual race to determine which city can claim to be Turkey Capital of the World.

According to Collin's WCCO bio, she and husband Joe live in Minneapolis with their Westie, Andy.

Beth Rickers

Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  

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