Rusty Gatenby out at KSTP following DWI arrest


Rusty Gatenby's lengthy tenure as a KSTP-TV reporter has come to an end.

Gatenby confirmed his departure in a Facebook post yesterday, writing, "well it's true.. after more than 30 years at KSTP I am moving on."

"I have nothing bad to say, in fact, I feel truly lucky for the amazing times I've had," he continued. "I challenge anyone to have had more fun at a job than I have. I hope to see you all again down the road. In the meantime, I'm going to take a long long nap."

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A South Lake Minnetonka police report obtained by City Pages indicates Gatenby, 53, was arrested for DWI around 1:30 in the morning on January 19. Pulled over for a traffic violation, his blood alcohol level was .134, the report says.

A South Lake Minnetonka PD employee told us the matter was passed on to the city prosecutor for possible charges. A voicemail left with the prosecutor seeking comment on whether charges have been filed hasn't been returned.

It's unclear what role, if any, Gatenby's arrest played in his departure from KSTP. Station officials have declined to discuss the matter with reporters.

Gatenby's criminal record doesn't indicate any prior drunk driving incidents, though he was convicted of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct in Carver County back in 1997.

Gatenby's departure comes just over two months after KSTP axed anchor Brad Sattin and meteorologist Patrick Hammer, and eight months after reporter Mark Saxenmeyer was shown the door for jokingly inserting an "inappropriate gay reference" into a story.

h/t -- C.J.

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