A mainstay at Twin Cities NBC affiliate KARE 11 for the past 25 years, anchor/reporter Pat Evans has left the TV station.
Evans told the Star Tribune that he's not retiring, but after exhausting 12 weeks of PTO to help care for his 95-year-old mother in California, he had to choose between staying at KARE or continuing to care for his mother. He chose the latter.
The first indicators that Evans was leaving the Minneapolis market for good came on through Evans' Facebook page on June 5 when he announced that he'd moved to Palm Springs, California, in addition to starting a new job as a freelance broadcast journalist.
On Tuesday, after the Star Tribune feature was published, Evans thanked his followers for nice comments, adding a photo of him and his mother from her 95th birthday in December.
Evans joined KARE 11 in 1994, most recently anchoring the 4 p.m. weekday news. He's also worked in the weather department and reported on feature lifestyle and entertainment stories.
KARE 11 has seen a number of departures in the past 45 days. After Evans took paid leave to care for his mother, meteorologist Sven Sundgaard was fired and weekend meteorologist Jason Disharoon also left, later taking a job at The Weather Channel in Atlanta.