KARE 11 announced Wednesday that Diana Pierce is retiring, ending more than three decades in the station's newsroom. Pierce was a longtime co-anchor of the Twin Cities' top-rated television newscast and an award-winning reporter with a focus on health and fitness.
She was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2009.
KARE's announcement notes that Pierce will earn a master's degree in Arts and Leadership from Augsburg College next month. Pierce says "“The timing for me is excellent. I’ve been looking for new challenges .... The program at Augsburg gave me exactly what I wanted to add to my skill set for a new adventure.”
KARE General Manager John Remes praised Pierce for her grace and class, adding "Her connection to all Minnesotans runs deep, and it’s an understatement to say she will be missed.”
While Pierce has been a daytime anchor in recent years, she arrived in the Twin Cities in 1983 to anchor the evening news shows alongside Paul Magers when the station was still known as WTCN. They worked together until Magers left for Los Angeles in 2003.
KARE says "Over two decades Paul and Diana became one of the most popular anchor duos in Twin Cities' television history."
When the Magers-Pierce partnership ended, the Pioneer Press reported that KARE was making $20 million a year more than their closest competitor in the Twin Cities television news market.
The Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, which is home to the state's Broadcasting Hall of Fame, notes that Pierce won an award from the National Muscular Dystrophy Association for her profile of a man facing ALS. She's also been active with a number of charitable causes and is a singer who has released three CDs.
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KARE says there will be a week of special stories and surprise guests leading up to Pierce's last day at the station on Friday, April 22.