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Former Twin Cities reporter Blake McCoy anchors 'NBC Nightly News'

Former KARE 11 reporter Blake McCoy stepped in to host on Saturday.

A former Twin Cities broadcaster was in the national spotlight Saturday as he stepped in to anchor the "NBC Nightly News."

Blake McCoy left KARE 11 in 2015 to join the national NBC News team, but on Saturday he found himself in the anchor chair for the first time, after regular anchor Kate Snow lost her voice.

McCoy spent three years at the Twin Cities' NBC affiliate, joining in 2012 and working as an anchor and a reporter.

He left three years later to join NBC's Los Angeles bureau as a correspondent for "Nightly News" and "Today."

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"Truly an honor to anchor tonight’s broadcast and represent the hard work of so many talented journalists at NBC News," McCoy wrote on Facebook.

"Thank you for all the kind words and hopefully Kate Snow gets her voice back soon!"

His national debut as an anchor did not go unnoticed by his former KARE 11 colleagues, who were full of praise for their friend on social media.

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