KARE 11 fires Sven Sundgaard, cites 'continued violations' of 'news ethics and other policies'

Sundgaard served a role as a morning meteorologist at KARE 11.
Sven Sundgaard

KARE 11 announced Friday that it has parted ways with meteorologist Sven Sundgaard. 

The Twin Cities TV station made the surprising announcement in a Facebook post: 

"Due to continued violations of KARE11's news ethics and other policies, we have made the decision to part ways with Sven Sundgaard. We hope you turn to KARE 11 for your news, traffic, weather and more."  

Sundgaard was the meteorologist for the station's KARE 11 Sunrise program, which airs weekdays from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. 

It's unclear if the decision is related, but the decision to fire Sundgaard was made two days after former Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis called a recent Facebook post from Sundgaard "idiocy," with Lewis citing an Alpha News story that published screen shots of Sundgaard allegedly reposting a local Rabbi's message that referred to protestors of the coronavirus shutdowns as "Nazi sympathizers." 

BMTN asked KARE 11 if it would be sharing more information on the "continued violations" it referred to in its statement, but the station replied: "Not at this time."

Sungaard has been with KARE 11, the Twin Cities NBC affiliate, since 2006, having previously worked as KBJR-TV in the Northland for two-and-a-half years.

Before that he was an intern at the National Weather Service-Twin Cities.

His bio page has been removed from the KARE 11 website.

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