Minneapolis NBC mixes stone and glass in unique makeover

Tegna’s Minneapolis–Saint Paul NBC affiliate, KARE-TV, debuted the rest of its new studio Monday, following the launch of “Breaking the News” in early January.

The set design, which took 107 days to install and prepare, is located in Studio A, with the previous relocated to Studio B (where it was used during the transition process).

The design, which was handled in-house by KARE-TV staff with architect Alex Duval, mixes stone with glass panels to create a very unique look. The set does not have many backlit panels or printed graphics, relying instead on clean simple lines to create a warm, contemporary home look. Along with the set upgrade, the studios lighting was updated to LEDs.


Camera center, a monitor array features seven 55″ panels mounted vertically in a gentle arc. Behind, Kasota limestone, which is the same type used at Target Field where the Minnesota Twins play, is mixed with 23 7′ glass panels and a blue cyc.

The set uses a standing height anchor desk that is shaped almost like a guitar pick, with three curved sides.




To the right, an interview area includes a modular couch with faux window background. This area is also used for stand ups during the news.


To the left, a multi-purpose area serves as home base for “Breaking the News” and sports. The area has a wavy wall texture, with a single monitor. A glass table matching the anchor desk is present, with a view of KARE-TV’s Backyard, an outdoor weather area.

Interestingly, the set design uses real finishes, while most sets use faux wood and stone. The stone wall, for example, is from a local quarry and weighs over 1,300 pounds.

The set is not 100% finished, with the kitchen area still under construction.

Video Tour

Studio A here at KARE 11 has been completely remodeled! Sunrise had a chance to break in the new set! Alicia Lewis gives us a tour on the steady cam! Sven Sundgaard Cory Hepola Kim Insley KARE Ivory Hecker

Posted by Nate Anderson on Tuesday, January 26, 2016