"Time to share what I've been quietly telling colleagues for the past few months," said one of the Twin Cities' most recognizable news anchors
" target="_blank">in a Facebook post Wednesday morning. "I'm going to retire from TV news..."
Mike Binkley, who's been on the Minnesota scene for 27 years, is officially stepping away from the anchor's desk at WCCO and hanging up his tie for good.
TV viewers know him as the co-host of the station's Sunday night newscast along with longtime cohort Angela Davis, with whom he previously hosted the morning and noon news shows.
He's also gained recognition (and Emmy nominations) for his "Finding Minnesota" segments, his WCCO biography says.
It's the end of a long career – he started in broadcasting in the early 1980s in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then Topeka, Kansas. He later moved to Minnesota and worked for KSTP, where he stayed for 20 years before switching to WCCO in 2008.
During his time in the anchor's chair, he won six Upper Midwest Emmy Awards, according to his biography.
"It's been an unforgettable 34 years – 27 of them here in the Twin Cities," he wrote Wednesday morning. "I've enjoyed the entire run, but life is short and I'm looking forward to pursuing other activities and interests while I'm still 'young.'"
He is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he received a degree in journalism in 1980, the Star Tribune reports.
Binkley says he'll anchor his last newscast on Dec. 6.