KARE 11 reporter is leaving the news business after 16 years

Award-winning journalist Jay Olstad is calling it quits.

You won't be seeing KARE 11 reporter Jay Olstad on your screens starting next week.

After 16 years as a broadcast journalist, the last six of which have been at KARE, Olstad announced on his Facebook page Friday he's moving on so he can spend more time with his family.

"I have a passion for telling people's stories, but often times I miss out on my own. That's the job," he said. "But if there's one thing I've learned from all those interviews and all those stories is that time is not guaranteed to anyone."

During his time in the media, Olstad estimates he interviewed 8,000 people and wrote 4,000 stories. He leaves the industry with a message for Minnesota readers and viewers at a time where skepticism of the media is at its height.

"The last six years have been the most rewarding of my career working with some of the most talented and thoughtful journalists at a television station that is still one of the most respected and honored in the country," he said. "So as I leave, a simple request: Support local journalists. They are not fake. They are not perfect. They work hard to cover your community which is also their own."

Olstad, who according to his bio is Minnesota born-and-bred and graduated from Mound-Westonka High School, told his followers that he knew he wanted to be a broadcast journalist since he was 5 years old.

He spent time in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Billings, Montana during his career before returning to Minnesota. He has been honored with multiple Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for his investigative reporting.

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