Speculation has been confirmed that weekend news anchor Dennis Douda's days at WCCO-TV are numbered.
Douda said farewell to viewers Sunday at the end of the 10 p.m. newscast.
"The contract was not renewed," Douda said in an e-mail to the Star Tribune, adding that his last day at the station is Tuesday.
"It's been a wonderful experience for these almost 14 years," he added.
WCCO news director Mike Caputa declined to explain why the station didn't keep him on the staff.
Caputa did say he wishes "Dennis the best in the future and thank him for all of his work at WCCO-TV over the years. Dennis is an extremely talented man, and we're confident he'll have great successes in his new endeavors."
Douda joined WCCO in 1998 and has won multiple Regional Emmys for his anchoring, writing and reporting. Much of his time on-air was as the station's medical reporter.
He said he will now turn more of his attention to screenwriting, something he has been dabbling in for years.
He was a finalist for a prize handed out by Francis Ford Coppola's studio, for a screenplay with the working movie title "Hero Wanted." It's a story about a tough two-month period during Douda's teenage years in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.