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Longtime local anchor Lisa Budeau joins WDAY's First News morning show

Lisa Budeau, who until mid-November was a morning news anchor at Valley News Live, said she is excited to be back in a newsroom.

Lisa Budeau joins WDAY's First News
Lisa Budeau has joined WDAY's First News morning show as a co-anchor.
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FARGO — Longtime area news personality Lisa Budeau is joining WDAY TV's First News morning show starting Monday, Jan. 3.

Budeau will be a co-ancher of the show along with the show's current anchors, Drew Trafton and Se Kwon.

"Anytime you can add a person with Lisa Budeau's experience to your team, it's only going to make your team stronger and make your news coverage better for viewers, said Jeff Nelson, WDAY news director.

Nelson added that having Budeau join Trafton and Kwon on First News "is going to give us the most experienced team in our market."

Budeau, who until mid-November was a morning news anchor at Valley News Live, said she is excited to be back in a newsroom.


"I love news," said Budeau, who has been in the news business for more than two decades, starting out at KVRR when the local Fox-affiliate first formed a newsroom.

After her time at KVRR, Budeau worked for a while at KFGO radio before taking a job with Valley News Live.

Budeau said when it comes to the news business, she's worn many hats over the years.

"I've really done everything: reporting, producing, working nights, working mornings," said Budeau, adding: "I'm excited to start this next chapter in my TV career with the No. 1 team in Fargo."

First News airs every day of the week on WDAY TV.

Budeau will co-anchor the show from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday.

I'm a reporter and a photographer and sometimes I create videos to go with my stories.

I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead and in my time with The Forum I have covered a number of beats, from cops and courts to business and education.

I've also written about UFOs, ghosts, dinosaur bones and the planet Pluto.

You may reach me by phone at 701-241-5555, or by email at
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