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Tom Weber announces he's leaving Minnesota Public Radio

The MPR News and The Daily Circuit host confirmed his exit on Wednesday.

After more than 10 years with Minnesota Public Radio News, Tom Weber is leaving.

The reporter and radio host confirmed his exit on Twitter Wednesday, noting that he doesn't have any "new gig" lined up.

“Tom is a superstar in our newsroom," MPR News executive director Nancy Cassutt told BMTN.

"He’s multitalented and has done so much to bring new audiences to MPR News. We will miss him, his humor, and all that he brought to MPR during his 10 years here. We wish him all the best."

The Chicago native joined the MPR in January 2008 as a general assignment and education reporter, and since 2012 has been the co-host of weekday news talk show The Daily Circuit.

In late 2014 he became the host of MPR News with Tom Weber, though he was reassigned earlier this year to avoid a conflict of interests, after confirming he was in a romantic relationship with Rep. Peggy Flanagan – the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz.

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Announcing his departure in a series of tweets, Weber said the "most satisfying thing" he'd done during his time with MPR was helping the newsroom unionize.

There will unlikely be a better tribute paid to the departing Weber than by his colleague, Newscut's Bob Collins.

"In the 26 years I’ve spent here, I can think of only a handful of people who may have been as well-liked, who were as funny, and who were as skilled as anyone who’s ever walked through the door in the company’s 50-year history," he wrote.

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Collins is full of praise for Weber's interview style, perfecting the art of listening to a guest's answer "rather than waiting for the opening to ask his next prepared question."

"Listen to a Tom Weber interview, and you’ll hear someone peeling an onion," he writes. You can read his full tribute here.

Another colleague bummed about Weber's departure is Andrea Swensson, who hosts "The Local Show" on 89.3 The Current.

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