A year of change at KARE 11 continued Friday as the station bid farewell to reporter Ellery McCardle.
McCardle has been with Twin Cities NBC affiliate since 2016, having previously worked at WBAY-TV in Green Bay, having gotten her start at KAAL-TV in Rochester.
But she's moving onto pastures new, revealing on Friday morning's show that she's heading to "communications work outside news" but that she'll be staying in the Twin Cities.
"Thank you to my family for these wonderful four years," she tweeted Friday. "I dreamed about working here since I was a kid growing up in River Falls. I’ve gone on so many adventures thanks to our Sunrisers and their pride for this beautiful state.
"I’ve met some amazing people. Thank you for trusting me to tell your stories and thank you for sharing your love of nature with me. After 10+ years in the biz it’s time for a life outside of TV. But you know me, this ginger will still be exploring our state."
Her decorated journalism career has included a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for exposing a synthetic drug problem in Minnesota, and numerous Page One awards from the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists.
Among those paying tribute was KARE 11 Morning Show anchor Gia Vang, who tweeted: "She’s not just great on TV but she’s wonderful off. She’s kind, interesting and we will miss her very much. So happy for you and envious you’re taking back your sleep!"
It's the latest departure in what has been a year of change at KARE 11. Since the start of the year, Sven Sundgaard, Jason Disharoon, Adrienne Broaddus, Pat Evans and Alex Hagan have left the station, with new arrivals including Guy Brown and Ben Dery.