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Rusty Gatenby Allegedly Left KSTP Because of DUI

RustyGatenby300Yesterday we told you Rusty Gatenby was out at KSTP.

While the Minneapolis-St. Paul ABC affiliate wouldn’t say why the longtime reporter had suddenly left the station, today we find out he had been arrested for DUI in January.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, Gatenby had a blood alcohol level of .134 at the time of his arrest.

Gatenby told the Star Tribune he was “very” embarrassed by the arrest. “I’ve had a clean record my whole life,” Gatenby said.

He said he was pulled over for not coming to a complete stop a few miles from his home and reminded readers, “Right now, I haven’t been convicted of anything.”

Yesterday Gatenby confirmed on his his facebook page that he was gone, but didn’t mention the arrest, “Hey everyone.. well it’s true.. after more than 30 years at KSTP I am moving on. I have nothing bad to say, in fact, I feel truly lucky for the amazing times I’ve had. I challenge anyone to have had more fun at a job than I have. I hope to see you all again down the road. In the meantime, I’m going to take a long long nap.”

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Rusty Gatenby Out at KSTP

RustyGatenby300KSTP has confirmed Rusty Gatenby is no longer with the Minneapolis ABC affiliate.

Gatenby started working as a reporter at KSTP in 1987. News director Lindsay Radford wouldn’t say why Gatenby left the station.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune, which first reported the news, said Gatenby’s departure comes as a surprise. “It is believed that he had one of the highest Q Scores — ‘a measurement of the familiarity and appeal of a brand, company, celebrity or television show used in the United States,’ according to Wikipedia — of all Twin Cities traffic reporters.”

KSTP Morning Reporter Angers Viewers with Kirstie Alley Fat Joke

A lot of things can go wrong at 5 in the morning when you haven’t had enough coffee. And Rusty Gatenby, a traffic reporter for KSTP‘s morning show, can attest to that.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul ABC-affiliate had to handle a flurry of angry viewer feedback this week after Gatenby made an ill-advised quip about “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Kirstie Alley during the station’s morning newscast. Read more