Multimedia journalist Alex Hagan's final day at KARE 11 in the Twin Cities was Sunday, as the reporter unexpectedly announced that he's moving back to Florida to be closer to family following the deaths of his mother and grandmother.
"Today is my last day at KARE-11. Leaving KARE may be one of the toughest decisions I have ever made," Hagan wrote in his announcement, which came just over a year after his debut with the NBC affiliate in March 2019.
"As many of you know, I lost my grandmother and mother in a span of less than 2 weeks back in April. I was and still am totally devastated by this. After a week of mourning the loss of my mom, I returned to Minneapolis heartbroken," Hagan said.
"I was alone, stuck in my apartment, in the middle of a pandemic. So I made the decision to move closer to the people I love."
Hagan previously worked as a multimedia journalist at WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida, in addition to stops at TV stations in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Bismarck, North Dakota.
"I worked my butt off to put myself in a position to get a job at KARE-11," he added. "It truly has been an honor and privilege to work alongside the greatest storytellers in the nation. Not only are they so talented, but they are outstanding people."
What's next in his career is to be determined, as Hagan said he's going to take some time to "work on myself," while being closer to family will help him heal and grieve, he said.
You can read Hagan's full announcement here.
KARE 11 has seen significant turnover in the past year, especially in the last couple of months. Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard was fired for what the station called a violation of its news ethics; meteorologist Jason Disharoon left a week later for a job at The Weather Channel; anchor Pat Evans left to take care of his mother; and sports anchor Ryan Shaver departed last July for a job with Twin Cities Orthopedics.