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WCCO's Aristea Brady leaving station after 2 1/2 years

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WCCO anchor and reporter Aristea Brady is going home to Colorado.

The Star Tribune says Brady, who came to WCCO in July 2011 from KUSA in Denver, is leaving the station March 8. Word of the Brady's departure came in a staff email sent from WCCO News Director Mike Caputa Monday, Star Tribune columnist C.J. says.

"As you know, Aristea is from the Denver area and her husband (Nathan) has a business opportunity in the area, and Aristea is excited about the prospect of being closer to family," Caputa wrote. "Aristea has been a fantastic reporter and anchor for us and we’ll miss her contributions."

"I'm excited to go home and be with my family – big fat Greek family, kind of like the movie," Brady tells C.J. "But I am also sad to leave a second family at WCCO. This is by far my most favorite station where I’ve ever worked."

WCCO says Brady graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois, with majors in broadcast journalism and legal studies. She's also worked at stations in Chicago and Salt Lake City.

News of Brady's departure comes on the heels of her win at the “Dancing with the Twin Cities Celebrities” charity competition Saturday at the Marriot City Center in Minneapolis. Other competitors in the event included Bryan Piatt (KARE 11), JD Greene (K102) Sue Falls (KOOL 108), Karen Sorbo (benefit auctioneer) and former KSTP traffic reporter Rusty Gatenby.

Brady danced to raise money for "Hope Chest for Breast Cancer" after losing an aunt to the disease, event organizers say. She also has another aunt who is current beating the disease, the charity says.

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