Channel 4 anchor-reporter Lou Raguse is leaving the station when his contract expires next month to take his dream job in his home state of Minnesota.
Raguse confirmed this afternoon he will begin his new job as a reporter at KARE-TV, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis owned by Gannett, in April.
A native of Wheaton, Minn., Raguse will be going from the 52nd television market in the country in Buffalo to the No. 15 market in Minneapolis. He is expected to begin his new job in April after completing his Channel 4 contract in early March.
Raguse’s wife, Channel 4 reporter Emily Guggenmos, also will be leaving the station. According to sources, she plans to do some freelance work in Minneapolis and also take care of their 18-month-old daughter, Violet.
With the departures of Raguse and Guggenmos, Channel 4 will have lost seven news reporters and anchors in less than a year.
The list includes Diana Fairbanks, Ed Drantch, Rachel Kingston, Elysia Rodriguez and Joe Melillo. Melillo is leaving shortly to become a reporter at an Indianapolis station owned by Media General, which now owns Channel 4.
The latest news comes a week after Raguse received three New York State Emmy nominations.
Raguse and Guggenmos have been at Channel 4 for three years. He has been the weekend anchor in addition to doing investigative and feature reporting. Most recently, she has been a reporter on the station’s morning program.
Channel 4 appears to have a possible answer to replace Raguse on the weekends. This week, it finally announced the hiring of Binghamton anchor, Dave Greber. It was reported here two weeks ago.
Greber was hired as a reporter but he has anchored several newscasts at WBNG. A native of Cincinnati and a graduate of Miami of Ohio, Greber has been in Binghamton for three years. With his background, you would expect he would get an opportunity to at least substitute anchor here if he doesn’t get Raguse’s weekend spot.