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KARE 11 reporter to make the step up to the anchor desk

The Wisconsin native will be part of the weekend anchor team.

KARE 11 will have a new presence at the anchor desk on weekends. 

Chris Hrapsky, a native of Mequon, Wisconsin, announced Friday that he'll take the step up from being a general assignment reporter to a weekend anchor.

"I’ve been a reporter in the TV news business for 13 years. It’s time now to take some of that experience and apply it to the anchor desk. After a few months of trial and error (plenty of those), it is with great honor to say I’ll be joining Dave Schwartz, Laura Betker and Rena Sarigianopoulos for the weekend newscasts," said Hrapsky in a post to social media.

"It’s a humbling opportunity and a sincere responsibility. I’m truly grateful for KARE’s trust. Let’s learn, let’s cry, let’s laugh. LET’S GO!" 

According to his bio, Hrapsky has been with KARE since 2014, having previously worked at KPNX in Phoenix, KTTC in Rochester and WBAY in Green Bay. 

Hrapsky's favorite sports teams are the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers, so KARE has likely done some deep research and determined that his bad choices won't affect the ratings. 

"He knows so much about so many different things. Including football," said KARE's Dave Schwartz in a message to BMTN. "If there’s one negative I could say it would be his undying love for the Packers. It’s just so troubling to hear. But now that we’ll be together every weekend I can push to change his allegiance to purple.”

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Additionally, his KARE bio says one of Hrapsky's biggest pet peeves is arrogance, so we're not sure how he reconciles that with being a Packers fan.

Seriously, though, Schwartz is excited to have Hrapsky join the weekend anchor team. 

“Chris is a great guy, who’s mix of wit and integrity makes him so very credible. He’s a true journalist in every sense of the word and takes pride in doing the job to the best of his ability," he said. “We worked and lived together at the 2016 Olympic Games. It’s not often you can get through a month living and working with the same person every day, but Chris and I not only made a great team, we became great friends."

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