A.J. Hilton Is Named Morning Anchor for WCCO in Minneapolis

By Kevin Eck 

Minneapolis CBS owned station WCCO has named A.J. Hilton co-anchor of its morning and mid-morning newscasts.

Hilton comes from WZTV in Nashville where he was a morning anchor. He’ll join co-anchor Heather Brown, meteorologist Riley O’Conner along with morning reporters Shayla Reaves and Pauleen Le starting on Monday, June 27.

“We are thrilled to welcome A.J. to WCCO and have him join our outstanding team of journalists. His positive energy is as infectious as is his passion for our community,” said WCCO news director Kari Patey. “WCCO and Minnesota gain from A.J.’s homecoming.”


He’s a graduate of nearby Apple Valley High School and he also went to the University of Minnesota. He started his career at KSAX in Alexandria, Minn., and has also worked in Michigan and Florida.

“It’s a great privilege to work where I grew up watching the news,” said Hilton. “Coming home to Minnesota is not only full circle for me, but my wife and I are excited to have our young son grow up around the things and places we love — from the state fair to the lakes, fall weather to sports. I can’t wait to be a part of a community that continues to evolve and the fabric that makes Minnesota special.”