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September 3, 2014

Egert moves from ‘Twin Cities Live’ to KSTP morning news

A familiar face has joined KSTP’s morning news lineup.

Chris Egert, a former KSTP newsman who went on to co-host the station’s variety program “Twin Cities Live,” is now in the anchor chair for the weekday morning newscast.

Egert announced on Friday on Twitter that he was moving from “Twin Cities Live” to the morning news desk.

The show confirmed on Facebook that Egert’s last day on the show was Friday.

“At the end of the show today, we announced that as of Monday morning, Chris Egert will be joining Megan Newquist and Ken Barlow on the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Mornings anchor desk,” the show’s senior producer Christian Unser, wrote. “This is an amazing opportunity for Chris and while we loved having him on TWIN CITIES LIVE every day, we know this is a great move for him and his family.”

The former weekend newsman began co-hosting the show with Elizabeth Ries last April. He replaced John Hanson, who left the program in December 2012.

Unser noted in the Facebook post that the show was looking for a new co-host.

“Elizabeth will continue to bring food, fashion and fun to all of you on the show as we begin our search for a new co-host,” Unser wrote.

Egert’s move to the anchor chair at KSTP is the latest move in an eventful few months for the morning news show.

In November, morning anchor Brad Sattin and morning/midday meteorologist Patrick Hammer were each given six months to look for new work, and meteorologist Ken Barlow moved into Hammer’s old slot in January.

Earlier this month, longtime traffic reporter Rusty Gatenby was let go from the station, following his arrest on suspicion of DUI in January.