Kari Patey has been named WCCO-TV News Director, as announced by Ann Ouellette, Vice President and General Manager of WCCO-TV.

This move represents a homecoming for Patey, who got her start at WCCO-TV in 1999, producing WCCO This Morning. After six years in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, which also included a stint as a producer at KSTP-TV, Patey moved to New York and has worked for WNBC-TV since January 2006.

She currently serves as the station’s assistant news director, a position she earned after rising through the ranks as a writer and producer.

“Kari is primed to be a leader in our organization,” Ouellette said. “She has first-hand experience leading and mentoring a newsroom and brings an innovative focus on content and our business. We are very pleased to welcome her back to WCCO-TV.”

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be coming home and joining a team of terrific storytellers,” Patey said. “I’m very excited to do what I love in an area I love. I’m a Midwest girl through and through.”

Patey received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism, communications and sociology from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. She is a National Edward R. Murrow Award Winner, a National Emmy Award winner, as well as a New York Regional Emmy Award Winner.

WCCO-TV is part of the CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.


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