Meet the Twin Cities Live Staff

How long have you been with Twin Cities Live? 8 years (July 2011)

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A singer/songwriter living in Nashville, TN

What is your favorite thing about working for Twin Cities Live? The people I work WITH and the people I get to MEET!

What one goal do you still aspire to achieve? I would love to record an album one day.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing? I love spending time with my husband and two girls. Plus I’m game for trying any new workout in the Twin Cities!

Who inspires you? My dad. He’s the hardest working man I know and gives the BEST work and life advice.

First concert you ever attended? Michael Bolton! (my parents couldn’t find a sitter, so they brought me and my sister with them).

Who would you like to see in concert that you haven’t seen yet? I would love to see PINK in concert.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had? BBQ Shrimp ‘N’ Grits from Handsome Hog

If you were reincarnated as any celebrity, who would you choose to be? Emma Stone – she likes to stay out of trouble!

Kelli Hanson, Reporter

How long have you been with Twin Cities Live?
Since September 21, 2020. I was a reporter for Denver TV News, but grew up in Shakopee!
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Veterinarian or Actress
What is your favorite thing about working for Twin Cities Live?
I love meeting new people and bringing positive stories to the community
What one goal do you still aspire to achieve?
I would like to get involved with the MN Brain Injury Alliance. I would love to help raise awareness for others, who like me, have survived a traumatic brain injury.
When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I love spending time with my husband, daughter, and our two mini-Huskies! I enjoy running, volunteering, fishing, hiking up mountains and shredding the slopes.
Who inspires you?
My mom, Kathy. She has an endless amount of energy, exceptional creative talents, and so much compassion for others! She wears a smile everywhere she goes! I strive to be a fun mom just like she’s been for me.
First concert you ever attended?
Last Chance Summer Dance at Canterbury Park back in 1998. But we were bummed the Backstreet Boys had to cancel.
Who would you like to see in concert that you haven’t seen yet?
If Cash Money Records had a “Reunion Tour” I’d be in the front row. I still have my necklace!
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Filet mignon wrapped in bacon and loaded mashed potatoes from Manny’s Steakhouse. Yum!
If you were reincarnated as any celebrity, who would you choose to be?
Lucille Ball. I especially love the episode where Lucy and Ethel attempt to wrap chocolates on the assembly line and it goes hilariously wrong.

Kristin Haubrich, Reporter

How long have you been with Twin Cities Live? I have been directing the show for 2 years and was technical directing for several years prior. I was at the Mall of America recording the host auditions before it started and have been with the show, in some capacity, since then.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? The typical kid things, firefighter, astronaut, movie star.

What is your favorite thing about working for Twin Cities Live? Each day can be different than the previous, it is full of surprises and challenges as a director.

What one goal do you still aspire to achieve? Building/rebuilding a car from the ground up.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing? Spending time with the family. Venturing about to different breweries. Running and biking. Driving my car.

Who inspires you? Parker Schnabel

First concert you ever attended?  Who would you like to see in concert that you haven’t seen yet? Metallica at the Target Center. I would love to have seen Led Zeppelin in their prime, but since I can’t I would still like to experience an Atmosphere concert.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had? The meal I had at The Old Spaghetti Factory with my wife when we were on our first date.

If you were reincarnated as any celebrity, who would you choose to be? Bruce Lee

Scott Carlson, Director

How long have you been with Twin Cities Live?
I started in July 2021, but have been a viewer since the show started. And I starting my KSTP career in the newsroom from September 2018-July 2021.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A backup dancer for boy band *NSYNC – or Backstreet Boys. Did they have regular dancers aside from themselves? No. Or not yet is what I told myself!

Why are you excited to work with Twin Cities Live?
After college I moved to Texas and then Oregon – but my heart was always in Minnesota. I love learning and trying new things – TCL seems like just the place for finding new spots and meeting new people.

What one goal do you still aspire to achieve?
A not so serious goal, but still one I’ve been trying to figure out how to do for years – spend a night overnight (legally) at Mall of America.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
Painting, reading and listening to music! I also love going on walks with my family and watching Twitch streamers and YouTube videos online.

Who inspires you?
My Mom – she’s loving, intelligent and kind.

First concert you ever attended?
The Jonas Brothers with my Dad – what a trooper.

Who would you like to see in concert that you haven’t seen yet?
Post Malone, Bruno Mars or Fleetwood Mac.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Stuffed French Toast from Peg’s Countryside Café. If I could eat only that every single day, I would.

Caroline Rode, Producer

How long have you been with Twin Cities Live?
I was born and raised in Edina! I then went off to college in Chicago at Loyola University, lived in Bangkok for a year after graduating, and worked as a reporter for a year in Bemidji before moving to Minneapolis in September 2021. It was a long road to come back home but I couldn’t be happier in the Twin Cities!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was in fifth grade I was voted “Most Likely to be a Talk Show Host” by my teacher, I think it was her subtle way of telling me I was chatting too much in class but ever since then I’ve known I’ve wanted to work in television. Working on a show like this is a dream come true!

What is your favorite thing about working for Twin Cities Live?
I love meeting and talking to new people every day who each have their own unique skills and stories.

What one goal do you still aspire to achieve?
I want to visit all seven continents! I just have Australia and Antarctica to go.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy live theater, traveling (I’ve visited 29 countries so far!), spending time with my friends and family in the cities and trying new restaurants!

Who inspires you?
I am inspired by my parents who taught me a sense of tenacity and self-confidence.

First concert you ever attended?
Right after I graduated 5th grade I saw Fergie at the State Fair Grandstand. At the time it was the best night of my life!

Who would you like to see in concert that you haven’t seen yet?
I would really love to see Hozier in concert the next time he releases an album! I would also love to go see Mitski.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
One of the best meals I ever had was in Vietnam, after a tour of Ha Long Bay me and my friends went to a Bun Cha restaurant that was suggested to us. The family had owned the restaurant for generations and the food was out of this world good! I still think about it.

If you were reincarnated as any celebrity, who would you choose to be?
I could not pick a celebrity I would like to be reincarnated as because a lot of the celebrities I like I would not want their lives.

Betsy Melin, Producer

How long have you been with Twin Cities Live? 2008

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A professional WWF wrester, or an author

What is your favorite thing about working for Twin Cities Live? Telling stories & connecting Minnesota kids & families through adoption. Also, tacos.

What one goal do you still aspire to achieve? Joy.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing? Spending time with my family, watching hockey, playing soccer, eating nachos

Who inspires you? Rob Bell & Tara Reid

First concert you ever attended? Jefferson Starship at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota.

Who would you like to see in concert that you haven’t seen yet? I haven’t seen Foo Fighters in concert yet. I’d like to combine the two and see Dave Grohl as the new frontman for Jefferson Starship.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had? Chillaquiles are my spirit animal.

If you were reincarnated as any celebrity, who would you choose to be? Bob Barker

Seth Holst, Videotographeditor

How long have you been part of the TCL team? Long enough to know, I have seen too much.

If you didn’t have this job, what other job would you have? Brew Master at a microbrewery.

Do you have a pet? If so, tell us about it. Nope, my wife has banned animals from in our house since the “Incident”.

Where would you like to live? In a van down by the river.

What celebrity would you like to see on TCL? Neil Degrasse Tyson

What is on your bucket list? Become the World Champion.

What would you NEVER be caught doing? Wearing Crocks

Worst fear? Snakes, No…Spiders, No…My Wife, yep definitely My Wife

Biggest personal accomplishment? Becoming the World Champion.

If you could pick anyone, who would you like to travel with? Batman

What is your motto in life? Lose Well

Andrew Schingen, Photographer/Producer

How long have you been with Twin Cities Live? Since February 2008 – before the show even launched.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A mom, a teacher, or a nurse. I accomplished one of those.

What is your favorite thing about working for Twin Cities Live? Hands down the people I work with.

What one goal do you still aspire to achieve? This is a tough one but the one thing that immediately came to mind is to travel more.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing? Traveling, spending time doing just about anything with my kids and grandkids.

Who inspires you? Professionally, Mandy Tadych – she has such an incredible drive and has accomplished so much. Personally, My best friends – Beth, Kim, Teri, & Stacey. They’ve each taught me different things – how to laugh at myself, how to see the good side of things, how to persevere, and how to tolerate.

First concert you ever attended? Who would you like to see in concert that you haven’t seen yet? The first concert I ever saw was Donny & Marie at the Minnesota State Fair. The one person I still haven’t seen in concert that I really want to is Pink. Lady Gaga is now a close second.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had? My family’s homemade Mexican.

If you were reincarnated as any celebrity, who would you choose to be? Pink

Tracy Robb, Office Manager

Mike is Twin Cities Live’s Co-Executive Producer and serves as KSTP’s Executive Producer of Local Programming.

Mike is a native Minnesotan, growing up in Blaine and graduating from Centennial High School. He majored in elementary education from Gustavus Adolphus College, but never went into teaching. Instead, he started working at KSTP at the age of 19, starting out as a temporary promotions staffer at the Minnesota State Fair.

Mike started at “Twin Cities Live” in 2011 as an Assistant Producer, and during his time, moved from Producer to Senior Producer, coordinating several big giveaways and marriage ceremonies, including a wedding in Mexico. He left Twin Cities Live in 2020 to work for a nonprofit, but returned to KSTP in 2021 to launch “Minnesota Live.” In November 2022, he moved into his current position as Executive Producer for both “Twin Cities Live” and “Minnesota Live”.

Beyond his job at KSTP, Mike is an official adjudicator with Guinness World Records. He loves to travel, try new restaurants, and play with other people’s dogs. His journeys are posted on his website, Give Me The Mike.

Mike Marcotte, Co-Executive Producer

How long have you been with Twin Cities Live? Since the very first day! I was hired about 9 months before the show launched and it all started with me, an idea and a desk!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? TV Meteorologist! Dave Dahl has always been my hero!

What is your favorite thing about working for Twin Cities Live? The staff! They are creative, hardworking and so much fun to be around!

What one goal do you still aspire to achieve? Twin Cities Live does a week in Hawaii!

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing? Cooking, traveling, restaurants, concerts, spending time with my cute hubby and crazy kiddos!

Who inspires you? My dad.

First concert you ever attended? New Kids on the Block!

Who would you like to see in concert that you haven’t seen yet? I’m a huge country fan but I hate to admit I’ve never seen Dolly live!!

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had? Italian food at Mucci’s in St Paul tied with sushi at Nobu in Vegas!

If you were reincarnated as any celebrity, who would you choose to be? Kelly Clarkson or Michelle Obama

Mandy Tadych, Director of Programming & Promotions