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September 22, 2014

Traffic reporter Rusty Gatenby out at KSTP after 30 years

One of the longest-serving broadcasters in Twin Cities media has parted ways with KSTP-TV.

Traffic reporter Rusty Gatenby posted on his Facebook page Monday that “after more than 30 years at KSTP, I am moving on.”

“I have nothing bad to say, in fact, I feel truly lucky for the amazing times I’ve had,” Gatenby wrote. “I challenge anyone to have had more fun at a job than I have. I hope to see you all again down the road. In the meantime, I’m going to take a long, long nap.”

Word of Gatenby’s abrupt departure came early Monday afternoon in C.J.’s column in the Star Tribune. Gatenby also reported on entertainment for the station.

C.J. said she reached out to KSTP to find out the circumstances behind Gatenby leaving, but had no luck landing any details.

“KSTP-TV news director Lindsay Radford confirmed to me Monday that Gatenby was no longer with the station but declined to answer my questions, citing this as a personnel matter,” C.J. wrote.

C.J. said when she reported on the pending departures of morning anchor Brad Sattin and meteorologist Patrick Hammer, she believed Gatenby “was on solid ground.”

“So all I know for sure is that something happened, because I am fairly confident that there was no intention to dump Gatenby in November when big changes were being made to ‘5 Eyewitness News Morning’ show,” C.J. wrote.

Gatenby is the latest high-profile departure from the station, following anchor Joy Lim Nakrin, who left to go to FOX affiliate WFXT in Boston in October; and Sattin and Hammer, who in November were given six months to look for new work.

In December, longtime “On the Road” reporter Jason Davis announced his retirement from the station after more than 38 years with the station. Davis will officially retire on May 30.

In August 2012, KSTP notified longtime anchor Vineeta Sawkar that she was being taken off the anchor desk.

Sawkar left the station May 1 and was hired to become the Star Tribune’s video host in June.