Cyndy Brucato giving up KSTP anchor chair


Add Cyndy Brucato to the list of prominent Twin Cities television news anchors relinquishing their anchor duties this year. As noted earlier, WCCO's Don Shelby is retiring, and Fox 9's Robyne Robinson is running for lieutenant governor.

Brucato says she's staying at her post through the State Fair and then plans to open "a new chapter." As we noted in 2004, Brucato is ...

a consummate political and corporate insider. Following an earlier stint at KSTP (from 1981 to 1986), she worked as press secretary for former Republican Governor Arne Carlson, communications director for Republican Norm Coleman during his successful run for the U.S. Senate, and--over the past eight years--as a hired flak.

In the latter capacity, Brucato spun professionally for the likes of the Minnesota House Republican Caucus, the tobacco company Brown & Williamson, the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, and Koch Industries (a privately held company that made headlines a few years back when it received the largest environmental fine in state history for pollution at its Rosemount refinery).

Is there a chance that Brucato will dip back into GOP politics, maybe to help take a shot at DFLer Robinson as she runs with gubernatorial candidate Matt Entenza?

Here's the press release:

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS anchor Cyndy Brucato has announced plans to leave the anchor desk at the end of the summer, but will continue to anchor the 6:30 p.m. newscast through the Minnesota State Fair. "It's been a blast and now it's time to turn my attention to my own communications company," Brucato said. Brucato will continue to work with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS on special projects.

Brucato has worked with KSTP-TV starting in 1979. She has won a Peabody Award and a National Emmy. "It's an understatement to say that Cyndy has been an asset to 5 Eyewitness News," said Rob Hubbard, president of Hubbard Broadcasting. "Her reporting, anchor and communications skills are greatly appreciated and we hope she can remain part of the KSTP family in other areas."

"I'm looking forward to a new chapter, a terrific summer, and the chance to be with our viewers at the State Fair," Brucato said. "And I'll always consider myself part of the team."

Click here to link to KSTP bio.

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