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.

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

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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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