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Veteran AP sports/political reporter Brent Kallestad retiring



TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Veteran newsman Brent Kallestad is retiring from The Associated Press after a 40-year career with the international news agency.

Friday will be Kallestad's last day. He'll leave the Tallahassee bureau more than 26 years after being named correspondent.

Kallestad covered sports and politics, including Florida State University's unparalleled run of 14 straight 10-plus win seasons under coach Bobby Bowden. He also covered former Gov. Jeb Bush's Florida political career from start to finish.

A native of Miller, S.D., Kallestad started his AP career in 1972 in Sioux Falls, S.D. His first job in journalism was as a middle school student writing high school basketball stories for The Miller Press in the late 1950s, earning 20 cents a story.

[Last modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 11:26am]


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