Press Release via WCCO TV:
Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 1st, 2018) - WCCO-TV announced long-time sports anchor Mark Rosen will be leaving the station in April. Rosen's retirement will come 50 years to the month he first started working at Minnesota's most watched station.
During his storied career, Rosen has covered some of the biggest moments in sports history. He's choosing to time his retirement after what's expected to be another career high, which is covering the 2019 NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis. Rosen says the highlight of his career was covering the "Miracle on Ice" hockey team in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid.
"My book said it best, I've had the best seat in the house for so many years. I'm thankful for the opportunity and the trust of Minnesota's die-hardsports fans," said Rosen about his retirement.
Rosen joined WCCO-TV as a high school junior in 1969 and was hired full time while attending the University of Minnesota. He grew from reporter and weekend sports anchor to his current role as main sports anchor of the 6p and 10p weekday newscasts.
"Mark is a legend in this town leading us through the highs of game day. We plan to take the next few months to celebrate him and his incredible reel of personal highlights," said Ann Ouellette, Vice President and General Manager of WCCO-TV.
Rosen was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2013. He has also been honored with multiple Upper Midwest Emmy Awards, a division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He's also been named Best TV Sportscaster for City Pages a number of times and was inducted into their Hall of Fame.
Beyond WCCO-TV, Mark is a familiar voice for KFAN listeners appearing on their radio shows regularly.
WCCO-TV is part of the CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.