Frank Vascellaro has announced he's leaving the NBC station where he as been the co-anchor of the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. daily news for the past two years.
KARE 11's president and general manager, John Remes, made the announcement to the staff on Tuesday afternoon.
"Frank’s contributions have been great," said Remes, who added, "He added value to KARE. I have nothing but respect for Frank and we’re sorry to see him go."
Vascellaro came to KARE 11 from WHOI-TV in Peoria, Illinois in 1996. He has been involved in community projects since arriving; most notably, the Cancer Kids Fund, the Crisis Nursery and the Minnesota Children’s Museum among many other organizations.
Frank himself addressed the staff, saying he was looking forward to reducing his weekly nanny bill but that he would miss the friends he had made over the years.
"I’m looking forward to spending time at home with my three young children as I explore other opportunities in the future," Vascellaro said. "It has been a great nine years. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the most talented people in local television news."
Tom Lindner, vice president of news and news director, said, ''It's tough to say good-bye to friends, especially ones with Frank's dedication and talent. We are thankful for everything he has contributed to KARE 11 News."
Vascellaro will remain in the anchor chair until December 9.
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