December 03, 2010 14:57 ET
KARE 11 Launches 11:00 a.m. Weekday Newscast
KARE 11 TODAY Taps Diana Pierce and Pat Evans to Anchor
MINNEAPOLIS, MN and ST. PAUL, MN--(Marketwire - December 3, 2010) - KARE 11 NEWS returns to a midday newscast in the New Year to better align with NBC's Today Show and to highlight the talents of Diana Pierce and Pat Evans.
KARE 11 TODAY will air at 11:00 a.m. weekdays for one hour. It will be a blend of daily news and lifestyle segments, with online and social media interaction during the program. It will immediately follow the fourth hour of NBC's Today Show hosted by Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee Gifford.
"We're pleased to be back with midday news on KARE 11, especially with the strength of Diana Pierce and Pat Evans," said John Remes, President and General Manager of KARE 11.
The program will continue the nationally acclaimed news reporting and community involvement that has been at the core of the KARE 11 brand for over a quarter of a century.
"Both Pat and I have such respect and appreciation for the wonderful people in this community," said Diana Pierce, "that we look forward to connecting even more with them on another stage."
Evans added, "Along with having the best laugh on TV, Di has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know. And the prospect of sharing more great moments with her on air and online is beyond exciting."
KARE 11 TODAY replaces Showcase Minnesota which has aired at 10:00 a.m. weekdays for the past four-and-a-half years. The new program debuts on January 10, 2011. Pierce and Evans will also anchor KARE 11 NEWS @ 4 Monday through Friday. Julie Nelson will join Mike Pomeranz to anchor KARE 11 NEWS @ 5.
"It's a great opportunity to highlight our strong news teams at KARE 11," said Remes. "Whether it's early mornings, midday, evenings, late news or weekends we are proud of the commitment of our journalists and their connections with our community."
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