Former KARE presenter Cory Hepola on WCCO radio as he reflects on gubernatorial race – InForum


ST. PAUL — Radio host and former KARE-11 anchor Cory Hepola is no longer employed by WCCO Radio, where he had hosted the 9 a.m. to noon slot for the past three years.

During a Feb. 8 interview with Minnesota Public Radio’s Brian Bakst, Hepola said he was considering running for governor.

“I feel like we need community leaders to step in, not politicians to step in and say, ‘You know what? I serve people. Here are some bold, creative and innovative policy ideas that serve people,” Hepola said. “That’s a lot for me to think about. Is there room for choice, unity and hope? I certainly think so. But I do not know.

The Minnesota native said he would make a decision in four to six weeks and was considering a third-party offer. “It’s a huge decision. My life will never be the same again and I just want to make sure we stay authentic for all of Minnesota,” Hepola said.

February 8 also happened to be Hepola’s last day on the air at WCCO. He announced his departure via social media on Monday evening: “WCCO Radio has changed my life. And, I knew from the start that it would be, because I knew from the start what a responsibility it was to hold that mic. …I leave the iconic station with a grateful heart.

Hepola declined an interview request. A spokesperson for Audacy, owner of WCCO Radio, confirmed that Hepola was no longer with the station.

A native of Perham, Hepola spent 13 years working six jobs in different states.

He returned to his home country in 2015 as the presenter of KARE, where he won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Television Presenter in 2016 and 2018.

The following year he moved to WCCO, where he took over the place held by longtime local radio personality John Hines, who retired after more than 45 years in the business.


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