Liam James Doyle / University of St. Thomas

PR Director Vineeta Sawkar Joins WCCO Radio as New Talk Show Host

Vineeta Sawkar, director of public relations at the University of St. Thomas, is making a move to News Talk 830 WCCO as the new host of "The Morning News with Vineeta Sawkar," the radio station announced. She replaces longtime morning drive host Dave Lee, who retired in April.

“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."

To her St. Thomas colleagues, she said: "I have loved working with the incredible staff, faculty and students here at the University of St. Thomas. I am taking some wonderful memories with me and I am so grateful for the opportunity I had at this university. I will miss everyone! Hope you will listen weekday mornings on WCCO radio!"

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.