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WCCO reporter Christiane Cordero is leaving for California

The announcement comes the same week WCCO welcomed a new face.

WCCO reporter Christiane Cordero is leaving, having taken a job in California after three years in the Twin Cities.

Cordero announced Wednesday that she's moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles to take up a job with ABC 7 Eyewitness News.

She described her time in the Twin Cities – during which she was a part of the reporting team that covered the death of George Floyd and the subsequent unrest – as "life changing."

"I was told Minnesota would change me as a journalist, but had no idea how much it’d impact me as a person," she tweeted. "In local news, we arrive as a story emerges, and we stay through the heavy emptiness of 'what comes next.' We live in these communities. We care about them.

"And by 'we,' of course, I mean those of us on TV, behind the camera, in the control room and answering calls, through varying degrees of imperfection, is stacked with quality people who want to make a difference."

Prior to joining WCCO, Cordero spent five years working for WVIT in Connecticut.

Among those paying tribute to a departing colleague is WCCO anchor Jason DeRusha, who tweeted: "So proud of @ChristianeWCCO – a great journalist and better person. We will miss you!"

Cordero's departure comes as WCCO welcomes a new face to its reporting team.

Pafoua Yang, who most recently worked covering the northwest Twin Cities metro for CCX Media, made her debut on the Twin Cities' CBS affiliate this week.

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