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Former WCCO radio host, KARE anchor Cory Hepola announces run for governor

The Perham, Minnesota native made his announcement Tuesday afternoon via social media.
Credit: Twitter/@CoryHepola

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — After days of speculation following his departure from WCCO Radio, Cory Hepola has officially announced he will challenge Gov. Tim Walz for his office this fall.

The Perham, Minnesota native made his third-party bid announcement Tuesday afternoon via social media.

Before joining WCCO Radio in 2019, Hepola worked as an anchor at KARE 11, anchoring Sunrise and the weekend newscast, including an on-air pairing with his wife, Camille.

He joins several candidates looking to unseat incumbent DFL Gov. Tim Walz, including Republicans Sen. Michelle Benson, former Sen. Paul Gazelka and former Hennepin County Sheriff Rick Stanek.

Hepola started his WCCO radio gig in 2019 and hosted the 9 a.m. to noon "Hey, it's Corey Hepola" show until mid-February, when Hepola announced he was leaving under circumstances that were somewhat mysterious. 

"Every experience, positive or negative, prepares us for what's next," Hepola tweeted in announcing his departure Feb. 14. "None of us are a finished product. but each day is a new opportunity to identify our special gifts and use them to uplift others. I knew from the start I'd do my best to accomplish that at WCCO...or so I thought. WCCO DID change my life, only in positive ways that I didn't expect. So today, I leave the iconic station with a heavy heart."  

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