A Minnesota Capitol reporter who is almost as much a part of the state political scene as the officials he covers has taken a buyout that will remove him from daily radio.
WCCO-AM's Eric Eskola said Tuesday he is leaving the Minneapolis-based station after 30 years.
Eskola has been covering the Capitol since 1985. He said he reported on his first political convention in Duluth in 1976 for a local station.
He says he will continue co-hosting the weekly "Almanac" public affairs show on public television.
Eskola joins an exodus of veterans from the station this spring, including Dark Star, Tim Russell and Jeff McKinney.
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