Ken Speake is retiring. The long-time reporter for Minneapolis television station KARE 11 is the only journalist I know who includes the word "yup" in his scripts. Click here to see a sample of his smooth storytelling. The only time I ever saw him deviate from his smooth on-camera delivery was when he ended a report at a wilderness camp with a shot of himself on a rope swing exclaiming, "Wheeeee."
Back in the 1980s, Speake took over "Minnesota's Child" duties from another reporter. The series of stories was designed to increase participation in Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Each week, Ken would do a fun activity with a youngster, while lamenting, "Yeah, it's tough growing up without a dad. Mom tries to take his place, but sometimes you want to do guy stuff."
Ken will be missed.
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