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BEST FM RADIO PERSONALITY Minneapolis 2002 - Cathy Wurzer

Readers' Choice: Tom Barnard

For those of us who are not morning people, starting the day is a treacherous process that pits the desire for information against a grumpy impatience with same. Thank goodness for Cathy Wurzer. The host of Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Edition, Wurzer is with us every day from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. And her cozy and mellifluous voice offers just the right combination of enthusiasm and thoughtfulness, whether she's talking about the war in Afghanistan, women's college hockey, or the weather. (Her amusing quips even make those fund drives tolerable.) Wurzer's talent and knowledge of public policy have carried her through a variety of media outlets during her local broadcast career. From 1987 to 1994 she worked as a host and anchor on MPR news programs, then left to host TPT's weekly Almanac program. From there she went on to report and to anchor the weekend news on WCCO-TV (Channel 4). Only in the fall of 2000 did she come full circle, returning to MPR. And we're certainly glad she did. Her ability to distill the news into interesting dialogues makes it worth skipping the snooze button.

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