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Longtime WCCO Reporter Retiring After 2020 Election

Kessler is known for holding elected officials accountable, publicly fact-checking politicians during the Emmy award-winning Reality Check show which debuted back in 1996.

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After 36 years of covering politics, WCCO-TV reporter Pat Kessler is calling it quits. Kessler will retire after the 2020 elections. He joined WCCO in 1984 and since then has covered the administrations of eight Minnesota governors including Jesse Ventura’s improbable gubernatorial run.

“It has been the honor of my life to tell the stories of everyday Minnesotans and the people in elected office who represent them. I am humbled by the kindness and support our viewers have shown me for many years,” Kessler said. “Our state is vast, and our political differences are sometimes great, but we have a uniquely Minnesota ability to persevere and thrive.”

Kessler is known for holding elected officials accountable, publicly fact-checking politicians during the Emmy award-winning Reality Check show which debuted back in 1996. He has interviewed every president from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump.

“Pat is part of what makes WCCO a legacy newsroom, covering some of the biggest political events of our time,” said Ann Ouellette, Vice President and General Manager of WCCO-TV. “Our community has benefitted from Pat’s consistent, impartial reporting.”

In 2015, Kessler was enshrined into the Silver Circle Hall of Fame by the Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with some of the most dedicated journalists in the country,” Kessler said.

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Mark Levin Angered By Early Exit From Hannity Appearance

While waving his hands in frustration, Levin said, “Oh Christ, you’re cutting me off early. I’m done.”

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Mark Levin couldn’t hide his frustration with both the Department of Justice and what he perceived as an early exit from Tuesday’s episode of Hannity.

Levin, who was appearing on the Fox News show for a second consecutive day to discuss the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, was deep into a monologue when he heard the universal cue to wrap up.

“They are in search to try and destroy Trump!”, Levin shouted. They conducted a criminal investigation! They failed! They have an investigation in New York with the attorney general that’s gonna to fail! They have a Democrat…”

As Levin got to that point, music began to wrap up the segment and head to a commercial break.

While waving his hands in frustration, Levin said, “Oh Christ, you’re cutting me off early. I’m done.”

Hannity insisted Levin finish his point, but after a back and forth that saw Levin say “no, I’m done”, the segment concluded.

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Former CNN+ Staffer Lands Streaming Role at CBS News

Allison Sandza would be leading the company’s streaming Washington D.C.-based coverage

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A former CNN+ staffer is jumping over to CBS News as the network announced Allison Sandza would be leading the company’s streaming Washington D.C.-based coverage, per TV Newser

Sandza will officially hold the title of executive producer for streaming beginning on Sept. 19. She joins CBS News from CNN, where she was supervising producer for The Source with Kasie Hunt on CNN+.

“This newly-created role serves the dual purpose of working with bureau correspondents, producers and off-air journalists to amplify the bureau’s reporting across the stream throughout the day, as well as leading our flagship politics show, Red and Blue,” CBS News streaming chief Anthony Galloway said on Monday in a memo to staffers. 

Before heading to CNN, Sandza spent time at NBC as a senior producer for Meet the Press and in Austin, where she produced Overheard with Evan Smith for PBS stations and covered state politics.

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Rhiannon Ally Named Co-Anchor for World News Now, America This Morning

She joins Mona Kosar Abdi and Andrew Dymburt as ABC News attempts to create unity across its weekday and weekend morning shows with the three-anchor format.

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ABC News has a new co-anchor for its “World News Now” and “America This Morning” coverage, as the network announced in a press release Rhiannon Ally is taking over the role.  

She joins Mona Kosar Abdi and Andrew Dymburt as ABC News attempts to create unity across its weekday and weekend morning shows with the three-anchor format.

“In this new role, Rhiannon will work alongside our talented overnight team,” ABC News president Kim Godwin wrote in a statement. 

“I am extremely proud of this dedicated group whose work continues to shine as “ATM” dominates the competition in all demos, and “WNN” is consistently a strong performer in overnight.”

Rhiannon has been with ABC News since December 2021, joining the company as a freelance correspondent for NewsOne and a fill-in anchor for ABC’s overnight news shows.

Furthermore, she has previous experience at WCBS in New York as a substitute news anchor and entertainment reporter and co-hosted Meredith Broadcasting’s nationally syndicated lifestyle program “Better TV.”

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