WCCO's Mike Binkley brings down the curtain on his TV news career

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Longtime Twin Cities television journalist Mike Binkley said goodbye to viewers as he anchored his last newscast Sunday at 10 p.m. Binkley, who'll be 58 in a few days, is retiring after 34 years in the news business, 27 of them in the Twin Cities.

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TV viewers know him as the co-host of WCCO’s Sunday night newscast along with longtime cohort Angela Davis, with whom he previously hosted the morning and noon news shows.

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He’s also gained recognition (and Emmy nominations) for his “Finding Minnesota” segments, his WCCO biography says.

Binkley told the St. Paul Pioneer Press choosing to retire was a "lifestyle decision," noting that as a TV journalist, he's worked nights, weekends and early morning shifts for his entire career. He's looking forward to spending more time with his wife, he said. 

It’s the end of a long career – Binkley started in broadcasting in the early 1980s in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then Topeka, Kansas. He later moved to Minnesota and worked for KSTP, where he stayed for 20 years before switching to WCCO in 2008.

During his time in the anchor’s chair, he won six Upper Midwest Emmy Awards, according to his biography.

"I'm so grateful for the years I've had in this business, it's really all I ever wanted to do," Binkley told the Pioneer Press, adding that he's grateful he can step away on his own terms.

Friends and colleagues have been sending good wishes his way via social media. Here's a sampling:

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