Ron Handberg grew up in Minnesota, was educated by its schools, its University and its School of Journalism. He took his first broadcast job in Minnesota. Resisting repeated efforts from the networks, Handberg chose to stay in his home state.
Handberg spent twenty-nine years of his professional life working for WCCO-AM and WCCO-TV. During Handberg's tenure as News Director and Vice President and General Manager at WCCO-TV, the station expanded to five newscasts each weekday, created the largest investigative unit in local broadcast journalism, launched the award winning "The Moore Report" and instituted regular editorials. Under his guidance, WCCO-TV created the I-Team in 1980, which in its first ten years won twelve national awards including two Emmys, two Peabodys and two duPont/Columbia awards.
maintained a strong relations between WCCO-TV and the University of Minnesota's
School of Journalism, supporting it financially, encouraging his staff
to teach and lecture at the school, and building an extensive student
Handberg retired from WCCO-TV to return to his first passion, writing.
After four years, he was enticed back into the newsroom to help launch
a daily newscast for Twin City Public Television, which became a model
for other public television stations across the country.