A popular anchor-producer-reporter with Fox 21 News in Duluth is leaving northern Minnesota for a new position in a major metro market, she announced Monday.
Diane Alexander, who co-anchors with Dan Hanger Sunday through Thursday, will be behind the scenes as a morning producer at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis starting Nov. 30. Her final on-air shift in Duluth will be Nov. 25.
"Duluth is such a great city. It's been so kind to me, but I was just ready for a new challenge," Alexander told the News Tribune. "I've always enjoyed the Twin Cities area. I've had my eye on it for a while."
Alexander, who is from Traverse City, Mich., was at KVRR-TV in Fargo before moving to Duluth four years ago.
In her new role, Alexander will be singularly focused on producing - which she also does now. She said she will miss the community involvement - the emceeing and volunteering that goes along with being on-air. But being on TV was never the draw for her.
"I love the thrill of news, breaking news, community journalism," she said. "I produce every day, this will be solely my role. I'm excited to focus solely on the show. Here we all wear many hats."
Alexander said WCCO-TV offers the chance to learn from people who have been in the business for decades.
Over the years, Alexander and Hanger have developed a working relationship and off-air friendship that is chronicled on Hanger's Facebook page, which has thousands of followers. She calls him her "work husband." She said he has been her biggest ally and has been supportive of the move.
"Dan can hold down the fort," she said. "Whoever fills my shoes will be great."