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Watch: KARE 11's Jana Shortal appears on the 'TODAY' show

The Twin Cities broadcaster continues to attract national attention.
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Jana Shortal's journey to being herself on television has attracted more interest from the national media, this time from NBC's "TODAY" show.

Shortal, who works for NBC affiliate KARE 11, appeared on the morning show Tuesday to talk about the personal struggle she went through not only to come out as gay, but to come out as Jana on Twin Cities TV screens.

The broadcaster featured last month in a CNN segment about how she defied TV norms and went against the conventional notion of how a female TV anchor should look when she debuted as the co-host of KARE 11's "Breaking The News" in 2016.

Her story was re-told in The Today Show segment which you can watch here:

Shortal then spent some time on the air with the Today Show team talking about her experiences and addressing the comments that women in the news media get about their appearance.

No stranger to troll comments herself, Shortal tries to set an example for others in the way she reacts to criticism.

"There are a lot of people online who are just out to hurt people and they do it to get noticed," she said. "And I just imagine they're hurt on the inside."

Tweeting after the show, Shortal wrote: "This was the morning of a lifetime. I am so grateful & humbled. To be able to be who I am and sit on the set of the TODAY show was beyond my wildest dreams."

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