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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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Trevor Noah Selected to Host 2021 Grammy Awards

Noah was also nominated for Best Comedy Album at this year’s Grammys but lost out to Dave Chappelle’s Sticks & Stones.

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The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah will host the 63rd Grammy Awards on Jan. 3, . The Recording Academy and CBS revealed the news Tuesday. This marks Noah’s Grammy-hosting debut.

“Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the Grammys have refused to have me sing or be nominated for best pop album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event,” Trevor said in a statement.

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart emceed the awards show back in 2001 and 2002. Singer Alicia Keys hosted the last two ceremonies. 

Noah was also nominated for Best Comedy Album at this year’s Grammys but lost out to Dave Chappelle’s Sticks & Stones.

The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. 

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Legendary Director Duke Struck Recently Passed Away

Struck started directing The NFL Today in the early 1970’s and left to pursue other ventures. He returned to produce the show in 1980 and stayed for more than a decade. He also directed more than 800 episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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Emmy award-winning director Duke Struck suffered a respiratory failure in a Florida hospital and passed away last month, he was 82. Struck directed parts of The Oprah Winfrey ShowThe NFL TodayGood Morning America.

Struck started directing The NFL Today in the early 1970’s and left to pursue other ventures. He returned to produce the show in 1980 and stayed for more than a decade. He also directed more than 800 episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Struck was raised in Fairfax County, Virginia. His father was in the business as a stagehand for the TV variety program The Jimmy Dean Show. Struck, who also worked on the Dean show, graduated with a degree in English from American University in Washington.

“He won 14 Emmys. He went on the campaign trail and met 5 presidents,” said Struck’s daughter Sydney. “His life was nothing short of wild. My mom coaxed him for years to write a book about his life, but his reply was always that he did not want to “kiss and tell”.

He is survived by his wife and daughter, Sydney.

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Laura Ingraham Admits President Trump Lost the 2020 Election

“In what was perhaps the most consequential tweet sent since election day, President Trump gave the go-ahead for the transition,” Ingraham said. “And as unpleasant and disappointing as these past three weeks have been to so many of us, as much as we wish things were different, this is where things stand tonight.”

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Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham repeatedly claimed to the 2020 election was rigged.

However, as days go by, there’s no substantial evidence to their claim, which is why Ingraham is coming to terms with the reality that President Trump lost the election to Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden on her show “The Ingraham Angle.”

“In what was perhaps the most consequential tweet sent since election day, President Trump gave the go-ahead for the transition,” Ingraham said. “And as unpleasant and disappointing as these past three weeks have been to so many of us, as much as we wish things were different, this is where things stand tonight.”

“Now, legal challenges continue in a number of states. Serious questions about vote counting, poll watcher access are outstanding. But unless the legal situation changes in a dramatic and frankly unlikely manner, Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20th.”

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