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BEST LOCAL GIRL MADE GOOD Minneapolis 2004 - Katherine Lanpher

Readers' Choice: Lindsey Whalen

Katherine Lanpher could also be eligible for the "Best Comeback" award, for it was little less than a year ago when the former MPR Midmorning host was charged with drunk driving and hit and run. Yet instead of letting the incident ruin her career, Lanpher got her act together and continued to host Midmorning, all while emitting her trademark chortle. Her laughter is taking her places: She recently accepted the enviable gig of cohosting The O'Franken Factor with the loveable lefty Al Franken. Alas, the offer makes Lanpher eligible for the "Best Local Girl to Leave Town During the Past Year" award, too--the program is being created for the new liberal radio network, Air America, which required Lanpher to relocate to NYC.

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