Almanac is Minnesota’s longest-running public affairs show. When it debuted in 1984, Almanac upended the traditional public affairs format by combining balanced reporting, thoughtful analysis and a one-of-a-kind mix of Midwest quirkiness. Today, more than thirty years later, Almanac has become one of the most respected television offerings in the region. Look for Almanac every Friday at 7pm on your local PBS station.
Eric Eskola has co-hosted Almanac since 1986. Prior to that, he served as Almanac’s sports commentator. Eric, who is originally from Duluth, Minnesota, spent 30 years as a political reporter at WCCO Radio. In 2010, Eric was inducted into the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He has also won the Frank Premack “Graven Award” for his contributions to journalism.
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Cathy Wurzer has co-hosted Almanac since 1994 and received several regional Emmys for her work. Cathy is also the voice of morning radio on Minnesota Public Radio. Cathy has written several books, including “Tales of the Road: Highway 61.” In addition to TPT and MPR, Cathy’s been heard and seen on WCCO Radio and TV, KSTP radio and KMSP-TV.
Mary Lahammer has been an anchor, reporter and producer with Almanac since 1998 and during the legislative session hosts Almanac at the Capitol. Mary is a native Minnesotan, a University of Minnesota Honors College graduate where she served as president of the alumni board at the School of Journalism, and the Vice President of the Upper Midwest Emmy Board of Governors.
KAOMI LEE is the One Greater Minnesota reporter for Almanac. She travels around the state to tell stories about life outside the Twin Cities, to better connect all Minnesotans with each other. Lee was born in South Korea and adopted to Minnesota as a young child. In 2016, she returned as a Fulbright senior scholar where she interviewed adult adoptees who had returned to Korea to live.
ONE GREATER MINNESOTA is a multi-year reporting initiative brought to you by Almanac. Its purpose is to connect Minnesotans through multi-platform stories from across the state. We want to examine how we’re changing and how much we share from region to region. Funded by The Otto Bremer Trust, with additional funding from The Blandin Foundation, and The St. Paul Foundation, these stories encourage public discourse through regional forums and digital outreach, and aim to enhance public media programming in Minnesota.