KARE Bids Farewell to Anchor Tim McNiff

By Mark Joyella 


After 20 years, Minneapolis-St. Paul NBC station KARE has said farewell to morning anchor Tim McNiff, who made his final appearance on the anchor desk Friday.

McNiff announced in June he’d leave KARE to join a communications firm, ending a long tenure as one of the best known local journalists on Minneapolis television:


McNiff grew up in White Bear Lake and graduated from White Bear Mariner High School before starting at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and later transferring to the University of Minnesota. His first job with KARE was in 1986 as a sports intern. He joined the station’s staff as a sports producer in 1993 and went on to work as a sports reporter and sports anchor. In 2004, he moved to mornings as an anchor on “KARE 11 Sunrise.”

He says what he’s going to miss most about TV news is something he takes a lot of pride in: “just doing the job.”

McNiff’s departure including a Tim McNiff signature cocktail and full breakfast:

The St. Paul Grill prepared Tim a breakfast of champions. Executive chef, Adam Bartos, whipped up some steak and eggs and hash browns. For an extra special touch, Bartos added lobster to the scrambled eggs.

The station also devoted part of its Thursday night newscast to a look back at the anchor’s career at KARE: