News Talk 830 WCCO introduces "The Morning News with Vineeta Sawkar"

Vineeta Sawkar
Photo credit Audacy/Vineeta Sawkar

After an extensive search to replace longtime morning drive host Dave Lee, News Talk 830 WCCO is proud to introduce Vineeta Sawkar as the new host of "The Morning News with Vineeta Sawkar."

Sawkar is an Emmy award-winning anchor and broadcast journalist, who joined local TV station KSTP-TV in the summer of 1995. She served as a reporter, weekend news anchor and morning news anchor during her almost 18 years at the station. In addition to this role, she has also previously served as digital reporter with The Star Tribune, and most recently as Director of Public Relations at the University of St. Thomas. Sawkar is a sought-after emcee and speaker for marquee fundraising events in the Twin Cities, and is active in the community; having previously served as board member for Children’s Hospital Association St. Paul, Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, and Circus Juventas. She continues to volunteer as ambassador for the Minnesota Wild’s “Hockey is for Me” initiative to attract children from communities of color to the game of hockey.

“After an extensive search, we are excited to welcome Vineeta to 830 WCCO and are thrilled that the tradition of news and personality in the morning will continue,” said Brad Lane, Brand Manager, News Talk 830 WCCO. “Her rich experience, journalistic integrity and warm personality make her the perfect choice to evolve our station’s longstanding tradition of delivering the biggest headlines in the morning while exploring the news and events that matter most to Minnesotans.”

“I’m truly humbled, honored and excited to host ‘The Morning News’ on WCCO,” said Sawkar. “No one can replace Dave Lee. He is a broadcasting legend and a friend as well. This station is so rich with history and memories for so many of us. I hope the ‘Good Neighbor’ station you once listened to in the mornings for school closings is the place you can continue to listen for news and information to get your day started…with some fun, too.”

She succeeds Dave Lee, who retired at the end of April following 32 years in the role. Her first day on the air will be January 3rd.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Audacy/Vineeta Sawkar