Skip to main content

Another popular Twin Cities TV anchor is leaving.

KARE 11's Gia Vang announced Friday that her last day at the NBC affiliate will be June 17. 

"Next week will be my last week here at KARE 11," Vang said. "I'll have much more to say next Friday." 

Vang said she'll find out next Friday if she can tell the world where she's going, though she suggested that she'll be leaving Minnesota. 

"It's been a really hard decision," she said. "Leaving this community, and not just my family, but the Hmong community and the Asian community. They've been so extremely welcoming and it's hard to even put into words what that means to me. A lot of sisterhood has been built around this community and I'm very, very grateful for all the relationships and I hope to carry that with me."

Vang joined KARE 11 in June 2019, becoming the first Hmong-American TV anchor in the Twin Cities.

Prior to that, she worked at a TV station in Fresno, California. Vang was born in Modesto, California, with her parents having moved to the U.S. from Laos during the Vietnam War.

Her departure comes on the heels of other big names leaving the station, including sports anchors Eric Perkins and Dave Schwartz. 

It's unclear who will replace Vang on KARE 11 "Sunrise."

Related: Florida reporter moving to Minnesota to join KARE 11 sports team

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-06-26 at 10.02.59 AM

North Dakota's only abortion clinic relocating to Minnesota

A GoFundMe set up to help the clinic make the move to Minnesota has surpassed its $500,000 goal.

Screen Shot 2022-06-26 at 12.37.03 PM

Deadly vehicle fire on Interstate 94 west of Fargo

The victim's age and name have not been released.

flickr - gov tim walz - mn senate dfl

Overturning Roe v. Wade won't do a 'damn thing' to prevent abortions, Walz says

Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Saturday meant to protect abortion access in the state and people who come from out of state seeking one.

ambulance

Man crossing Highway 13 in Burnsville fatally struck by driver

The victim is a 31-year-old man from Prior Lake.

Screen Shot 2022-06-26 at 7.50.33 AM

4 shot near Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Screen Shot 2022-06-25 at 7.55.28 PM

Charges: Cop feared for his life during struggle for gun with suspect

Allen Denzel Oliver-Hall has been charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Burnsville, Minnesota - May 2019 (2)

Shootout near Erik's Bike Shop, Lunds & Byerlys in Burnsville

Police say youths were shooting at each other on Saturday afternoon.

minnesota river

Fishermen find body floating in Minnesota River in Shakopee

The body was found upstream from Minnesota River Heritage Park.

Related

Screen Shot 2022-06-09 at 8.47.00 AM

Florida reporter moving to Minnesota to join KARE 11 sports team

She'll work alongside sports director Reggie Wilson at KARE 11.

Eric Perkins

Longtime sports anchor Eric Perkins is leaving KARE 11

Perkins posted a YouTube video hinting at what's next for him.

schwartz KARE 11 bio photo

Dave Schwartz announces he is leaving KARE 11

Schwartz has been a sports anchor with the station for nearly 15 years.

Gia Vang

Police investigating racist threats against KARE 11 anchor's father

The incident is said to have taken place in St. Paul on Friday morning.

Screen Shot 2021-06-15 at 7.12.44 AM

Former KARE 11 reporter Ivory Hecker fired by Houston news station

Her gripes involve Bitcoin coverage and being told to stop posting about an unproven COVID-19 treatment.