KARE 11 morning anchor Tim McNiff says goodbye

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After more than two decades on the job, KARE 11 morning news anchor Tim McNiff is saying goodbye to the station Friday morning.

McNiff, who began in the sports department at the station before co-anchoring "KARE 11 Sunrise" with Kim Insley, is moving on to the Twin Cities media relations firm Media Minefield.

"I look at this as I grew up wanting to be on TV here in the Twin Cities and I accomplished that and I lived that dream," McNiff tells the Pioneer Press. "Now I'm going to be able to go into the business world, and I'm going to help people accomplish their dreams."

McNiff announced his departure from the station in June. KARE 11 aired a look back at McNiff's career Thursday night.

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A Minnesota native native, McNiff attended White Bear Lake High School before UMD and the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. He started with KARE in 1986 as a sports intern.

In 1993, he joined the station's staff as a sports producer before moving on to a reporter gig in the department. He moved over to his anchor spot – and getting up at 2 a.m. every weekday morning – for "KARE 11 Sunrise" in 2004.

"I'm not going to miss that. That's never easy," McNiff tells the Pioneer Press.

McNiff, 51, lives in Plymouth with his wife, Amy. The couple has two daughters, Haley, 17, and Bridget, 20.

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