Best of the Twin Cities 2012: People

2012’s movers of note, Q&A with “Best News Anchor” Frank Vascellaro, and a shout out to hands on creatives.

Best of the Twin Cities 2012:  People

Movers

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1. BEST CELEBRITY DESIGNER

Nate Berkus
He lost his TV show but wrote a book, inked a deal with Target, and landed on the cover of Architectural Digest

2. BEST CAKE CREATOR

Robin Martin
The Gateaux cake master made Betty White’s 90th birthday cake on behalf of Betty Crocker.

3. BEST CUPCAKE BAKER

Kevin VanDeraa
Owner of exquisite Cupcake bakery and winner of TV’s Cupcake Wars.

4. BEST SPORTS FIGURE

Chris Kluwe
Vikings kicker, human rights advocate, Twitter-monster.

5. BEST BREWER

Omar Ansari
The founder of Surly Brewing Co. paved the way for our taproom boom.

6. BEST LAWYER

B. Todd Jones
He won the landmark case against Mahamud Said Omar, who helped recruit terrorists for al-Shabab.

7. BEST CHANCE AT U.S. PREZ

Amy Klobuchar
With the U.S. senator’s ever-growing popularity and power, some say she’ll be president in 2016.

8. BEST NEWS ANCHOR

Frank Vascellaro
Our hero. See below.

9. BEST ACTRESS

Anna Sundberg
Onstage at the Guthrie Theater. A lot.

10. BEST SONGWRITER

Dan Wilson
Wrote an Adele hit, won a Grammy, wrote a Facebook post telling people not to send him their songs for Adele.

11. BEST MIXOLOGISTS

Ira Koplowitz & Nick Kosevich
The Bittercube founders are the geniuses behind the bar at Eat Street Social.


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Frank Vascellaro

SUPER ANCHOR In 2011 and 2012, Vascellaro won Regional Emmy Awards for best news anchor, beating out, among others, his co-anchor wife, Amelia Santaniello. The era of Dave Moore, Paul Magers, and Don Shelby has passed, but Vascellaro represents a new kind of anchor and a new kind of guy. Like past giants of local news, he has integrity, charisma, and great hair. But those aren’t the only reasons we think he’s the best.

SUPER DAD What better model for contemporary manhood could we have than a good-humored guy who shares the spotlight—and the workload—with his wife at home and at the office? “Every day is not harmony and bliss. Fortunately, love, trust, and respect for each other make it work. We both cook, clean, and do laundry, and I do the yard work—Amelia hit the jackpot,” he says. “Our twins, Joe and Francesca, are 10. Sam is 12. They’re all very athletic and we spend a lot of time in gyms or on ball fields. I’m an excellent chauffeur.” Of course, there’s more to parenting than knowing how to operate a vehicle: “Listen, ask questions, and be constantly engaged. I don’t think you can be selfish and be a good parent. I had some hobbies before the kids were born, but I can’t remember what they were.”

SUPER GUY Fundraisers, nonprofit events, community service—he does it all with a smile, without breaking a sweat, and, most important, with heart. “The Cancer Kids Fund does great work and has been asking me back for 16 years. The Bash for Nash is deeply personal because our dear friend Nash Wicka has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

HIS KRYPTONITE? Potato chips.

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