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Vineeta Sawkar

Professional History and Awards
Before joining 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, Vineeta was a reporter and weekend weather anchor at KXJB in Fargo, North Dakota, and then a reporter and fill-in news anchor at WOWT in Omaha, Nebraska.  Vineeta’s professional goal to work in the Twin Cities was realized when she joined Hubbard Broadcasting in August 1995. Her role expanded when she was named weekend anchor in September 1998 and morning and midday anchor in November 2005.     Her work on the morning and midday team has received many awards.  In 2008, the morning team won an Emmy for Best Daytime Newscast for their continuing Breaking News Coverage of 35W Bridge Collapse.  Vineeta  anchored the midday newscast during a Tanker Rollover that won a 2008 Emmy for Breaking News Coverage. In 2007, the morning team won an Emmy for Best Daytime Newscast and in 2006, the midday team earned an Emmy for Best Daytime Newscast / Ford Plant Closes. 

 

Education
Vineeta earned a double major in Journalism and Political Science while at Boston University.  Her interest in journalism was sparked by working on the school paper in 5th grade in her hometown of Overland Park, Kansas, and by participating in speech tournaments in high school.

After her son Jack was born in June 2000, Vineeta's perspective on news shifted.  "I've been covering education issues for many years but I approach these stories from a parent's perspective now," says Vineeta.  When her daughter Leela was born in 2003, she became especially committed to reporting on stories about schools, children and families.

Active in the Community
For several years, Vineeta served as the Vice-President for Broadcasting for the Asian American Journalists Association chapter in Minneapolis. She helped start a scholarship for Asian American college students. She is also a former board member of the Boston University Twin Cities alumni club and a past member of the Boston University Alumni Council.  

Vineeta frequently emcees major events in the Twin Cities including the Children's Hospital gala, the Allina Hospice gala, the Frasier Center benefit gala, the Region's Hospital wine auction, the Midtown Global Market fundraiser and events associated with Children's Hospital in St. Paul. She is currently a board member of the Children's Hospital Assocation in St. Paul and a guild member of the Children's Hospital "Lunch Bunch" guild. 

Like many Twin Cities parents, she is busy with her children's activities including her son's hockey team, her daughter's dance group and the school PTA and Site Council.  She enjoys talking about her family and other life notes through her anchor blog, her tweets on Twitter, and her posting on the morning show's Facebook page. 

On a Personal Note
Vineeta's parents immigrated to the United States from India more that 40 years ago and now reside in Overland Park, Kansas.  Vineeta and husband Jason, Product Manager for Best Buy, are avid football and hockey fans.  They have been Minnesota Wild season tickets holders since the first season in 2000. You will find them at many sporting events around the Twin Cities and they also enjoy getaways with their children to places all over Minnesota.



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