KSTP taking Vineeta Sawkar off anchor desk next year

The Channel 5 morning news anchor said managers a few months ago informed her she would no longer be an anchor at the station as of May 1, 2013. She's been at the station for 17 years.

Managers at KSTP have told morning news anchor Vineeta Sawkar that she will no longer be on the anchor desk as of May 1, 2013, the Pioneer Press reports. She says that it's part of the business and that she's not bitter about it.

"I'm in the middle of a long [five-year] contract. They are giving me a year to find another job," Sawkar told Star Tribune gossip columnist CJ on Monday.

Sawker trivia: She and husband Jason, a product manager for Best Buy, are avid football and hockey fans who have been Minnesota Wild season tickets holders since the first season in 2000, according to KSTP's website. They live in St. Paul. She's a Kansas native.

On Twitter, she says she is "looking ahead."

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Meanwhile, Apple Valley-native Eric Kahnert is returning to Minnesota to join the Hubbard-owned ABC affiliate where he'll anchor weekday evenings, Mediabistro.com reports. Most recently, Kahnert was the weekend anchor at the Gannett-owned NBC affiliate in Denver.

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