Sven Sundgaard fired from Kare11 for ethics violations


Screenshot from Sven Sundgaard's Facebook page

A screenshot from Sven Sundgaard’s Facebook page, where he posted his response.

Minnesota meteorologist Sven Sundgaard was fired from Kare11 for what Kare11 says was violations of the program’s ethical policies. 

“Due to continued violations of KARE11’s news ethics and other policies, we have made the decision to part ways with Sven Sundgaard,” Kare11 posted on Facebook on May 1.

Sundgaard retweeted a Facebook post of Rabbi Michael Adam Latz’s denunciation of public health restriction protesters. This post portrayed the protesters as “white nationalist Nazi sympathizer gun fetishist miscreants,” which went against unspecified ethics and policies, leading to Sundgaard being fired.

Sundgaard responded to the separation from employment on May 5 with a post of his own saying: “I disagree with and dispute my former employer’s claims, and I am considering my options at this time. Thank you again.”

During the COVID-19 quarantine period, Sundgaard and Robert McEachren, his boyfriend, have been organizing live chats in which they discuss diverse topics, including politics.

Sundgaard is a native Minnesotan, born in St. Paul, and joined the news station in 2006 after graduating from St. Cloud State University with a degree in meteorology.