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WCCO reporter Bill Hudson to retire after more than 30 years on the job

Well-wishes are pouring in from his fellow journalists.

It's the end of an era in Twin Cities news television, with one of its most well-known personalities exiting the scene. 

Bill Hudson, an Elk River native and St. Cloud State University alum, has been a mainstay of WCCO's news team for decades, making a name for himself with his on-location reporting — which took him all over the world.

On Saturday, he announced his retirement in an interview with the Star Tribune, saying, "you know when the time has come and the time has come," adding that "I didn’t feel like I was contributing the way I wanted to anymore" in an industry more and more geared toward social media. 

The paper notes that his last day on the job will be Friday. 

According to his WCCO bio, he's been with the station since 1989, and has covered stories all over the country, including the Waco siege and the return of U.S. troops from the first Gulf War. 

The station notes that the 64-year-old also "reported extensively" on Minnesota's National Guard troops and their operations around the globe, having accompanied them to Panama, Honduras and Bosnia.  

Following the news of his retirement, his colleagues at WCCO and beyond took to social media to lavish with Hudson praise and well-wishes: 

In a Facebook post, fellow WCCO personality Jason DeRusha described Hudson as "the finest reporter I’ve ever worked with," noting his work on behalf of his colleagues as a steward for SAG-AFTRA — a union for broadcasting professionals. 

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