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Tim McNiff leaving KARE for media relations job

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Another on-air personality is leaving KARE 11 in the Twin Cities. The station announced Monday that Tim McNiff, who is an anchor on KARE 11 Sunrise, is leaving to become executive director of media relations for Media Minefield, a Minnetonka-based communications firm.

McNiff's departure is the latest from the KARE news department. Weekend meteorologist Jerrid Sebesta is leaving the station later this month after working at the NBC affiliate for four years. Sebesta, 35, said that he and his wife and their two young children are moving to Sioux Falls, S.D., to be closer to family.

Other recent departures include Scott Seroka, a reporter who is now a spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department, and Jeffrey DeMars, who left the station to work in media relations.

McNiff began his career at KARE in 1993 when he was hired as a sports producer. He worked in the sports department and anchored weekend sports until 2004, when he moved to KARE's morning news show, Sunrise.

McNiff, a Minnesota native, attended White Bear Lake High School, UMD and the University of Minnesota.

His last day with KARE will be in late August.

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