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Perham native Cory Hepola leaving KARE-11 TV for WCCO Radio

KARE-11 Weekend News Anchor and Perham native Cory Hepola announced he would be leaving the station after four years to take a job as a morning host for WCCO Radio. Hepola grew up in Perham, and after working for several news organizations, he got his dream job at KARE-11 in Minneapolis.

“When I was about eight years old, I set a goal of working in TV in Minneapolis,” he wrote on his facebook post announcing the move. “Told my parents. As I got older, I wrote that goal down and hung it on my bedroom wall in high school, then college, then in all six markets I worked in before I finally reached that dream in 2015.”

Hepola went on to say he’d never forget the day KARE 11 called him.

“I didn’t have a job, had been laid off again, and was holding our four month-old son. I cried.” Hepola thanked KARE 11 and some of his colleagues there, saying he leaves KARE as a “better person and professional” because of them.

Hepola was co-anchoring the weekend show with his wife, Camille Williams, who also left the station in October.

“Growing up in Perham, Minn., just seeing or hearing the iconic call letters — WCCO — gives me chills,” Hepola said in a news release to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “The history here is amazing. For nearly 100 years, brilliant people have been laying a successful foundation of respect and trust at WCCO Radio. I’m thankful to be adding my voice, energy and personality to this already incredibly talented staff.”

The Pioneer Press goes on to say that Hepola will be replacing John Hines, who retired in September.

On his facebook page, Hines wrote of Hepola, “This is what we would call a ‘good get’. I am proud that WCCO Radio has tapped Hepola to replace me. He’s a good guy, he is ‘one of us’ and will be great….Thanks for keeping the Good Neighbor spirit alive!”.

Hepola’s last day at KARE-11 will be Jan. 6.

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