Longtime MPR News Host Eichten To Retire In 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Longtime news host Gary Eichten plans to retire next January after more than 40 years with Minnesota Public Radio.

MPR announced Eichten’s retirement plans on Monday.

Eichten has served in a variety of roles at MPR, including station manager, news director and his current role as host of “Midday.”

Eichten began his career at MPR as a student announcer at Collegeville’s KSJR, MPR’s first station. His awards include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award for Best Local News Program.

In 2007, Eichten was inducted into the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting’s Hall of Fame. This year he won the Graven Award from the Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards Board for his contribution to excellence in journalism.

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  • Kevin

    Who will spew liberal garbage now????

    • Iconoclast

      Anybody who listens to Public radio can attest to the fact that no other news source comes even close to providing the level of depth and intelligence as it does. As a former listener of both conservative and liberal talk radio I can tell you MPR is neither. It’s simply the best radio resource on the air and there aren’t even commercials. Perhaps you should listen instead of disrespecting a hard working man as he retires.

  • Patrick

    Thank you Gary for 40 plus years of thoughtful, balanced, informative reporting and interviews. Your voice (and laugh) will certainly be missed. Best of luck sir.

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