MINNEAPOLIS — It's not uncommon for a talented St. Cloud State student to be working in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, and then get a job in the NHL less than two years later. Katie Emmer might be the first person to do so while holding a microphone.
Emmer, 24, who was the Gopher hockey sideline reporter for Fox Sports North last season, announced Friday on social media that she is departing Minnesota for a new position.
"It comes with mixed emotions to tell you all that I am leaving for a new adventure and a new step in my career," Emmer wrote on Twitter. "Thank you to Fox Sports North for the opportunity to cover the same teams I grew up watching as a kid, and giving me an outlet to grow."
Emmer, who is the daughter of U.S. Congressman Tom Emmer, graduated from Delano High School in 2013, and from SCSU with a degree in broadcast journalism in 2018. She got her first air time on FSN as a college senior when Hockey Day Minnesota came to St. Cloud.
"We are sad to see Katie leave," FSN General Manager Mike Dimond said. " She left on great terms. She has a strong work ethic and is a good person. She has a very bright future and we wish her all the best."
As a student in SCSU's renowned mass communications broadcasting program, Emmer frequently interviewed Gophers coach Bob Motzko during his time coaching the Huskies.
"It's such a great program and we've watched so many of them come through and blossom, then they get their first job and just keep going," Motzko said. "Katie's going to be the latest in a long list of very talented young women who's going to do great. It's great to see her in hockey."