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TV news stalwart Pat Kessler to retire after 36 years at WCCO

He is one of the Twin Cities' most respected political reporters.
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After a long and illustrious in Twin Cities TV media, Pat Kessler is calling it a day.

WCCO's long-serving political reporter announced his retirement Wednesday evening after 36 years at the Twin Cities' CBS affiliate.

He will say goodbye to viewers following the 2020 Election.

Known for, among other things, his "Reality Check" fact checking service, Kessler said in a statement: "It has been the honor of my life to tell the stories of everyday Minnesotans and the people in elected office who represent them. I am humbled by the kindness and support our viewers have shown me for many years.

"Our state is vast, and our political differences are sometimes great, but we have a uniquely Minnesota ability to persevere and thrive. Thank you to my family at WCCO-TV, who made me a better reporter. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to work with some of the most dedicated journalists in the country."

The announcement of his impending retirement sparked tributes from the Twin Cities media community.

"Reality Check: it’s sadly true. A role model of integrity, getting a kind note or text from Pat has thrilled generations of reporters," said WCCO anchor Jason DeRusha.

"Wow! You should be so proud," said FOX 9's Amy Hockert," adding: "You’ve had an unparalleled career."

"Pat is part of what makes WCCO a legacy newsroom, covering some of the biggest political events of our time," said Ann Ouellette, Vice President and General Manager of WCCO-TV.

"Our community has benefitted from Pat’s consistent, impartial reporting.”

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