Cyndy Brucato

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Cyndy Brucato is a Twin Cities news personality who got her start at WDIO-TV in Duluth, Minnesota. Brucato then garnered respect as a hard hitting, no-nonsense reporter at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, followed by WBBM-TV in Chicago. KSTP-TV brought her back to Minnesota in 1979 as a news co-anchor alongside Ron Magers. They were the Twin Cities' top-rated news team--an era unparalled at the station. After Magers' departure in 1981, Cyndy was paired with Stan Turner for most of the next five years, with a short stint sitting next to Bob Vernon.

In 1986, Brucato sought a news anchor position in Boston. Although a move never transpired, KSTP management decided to pull Cyndy off-air for the months remaining on her contract. After her non-compete agreement with Channel 5 expired, Brucato briefly moved to KARE in 1987. She was featured in special reports under the heading 'Cyndy's Notebook'.

From 1990-1996 she served as Deputy Chief of Staff, Director of Communications and Press Secretary for Minnesota Republican Governor Arne H. Carlson. She also served as Director of Communications for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and as Communications Director for Republican Norm Coleman.

During the next eight years, Brucato was President and Chief Consultant of Brucato & Halliday Ltd., a Minnesota-based public relations company. Her business was certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses.

In 2004, after an 18-year absence from the station, Cyndy returned to the KSTP-TV anchor desk. Her comeback had been preceded by a guest appearance as a fill-in sportscaster, at Sports Director Joe Schmit's request. Management then decided to rehire her for a news anchor position.

During her first year back at Channel 5, Brucato anchored the 10:00 p.m. until a new main anchor team was in place. She currently anchors the 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. news on KSTP-TV.


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