KARE 11 anchor Cory Hepola announced Friday that he is leaving the Twin Cities TV station.
"I'll never forget the day KARE 11 called me. I didn't have a job, was laid off again, and was holding a 4-month-old son. I cried. KARE 11 gave me an opportunity in News when no one else would and I will forever be grateful," he wrote in his announcement.
Hepola has not announced what he'll do next, but he'll remain with KARE until his last day Jan. 6.
Hepola, a native of Perham, Minnesota and graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, joined KARE 11 in April 2015 following a stint as an anchor in Houston, Texas, and began as an anchor on KARE 11 Sunrise weekday mornings.
In January 2017 he transitioned to a weekend anchor role alongside his wife, Camille Williams, on the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.
Hepola recently won a Midwest Regional Emmy Award for Best Talent-Anchor.