top of page

Ep. 121 Rural by Choice


This episode is about dreams, missions, storytelling, and how Cory Hepola combines all of those things into his life as a storyteller and documentarian, and how he uses his gifts and skills to highlight small towns.


About Cory:

Cory Hepola is an Emmy Award Winning TV Anchor and Documentarian.

Currently, he serves as the Vice President of Communications, Growth & Strategy at The Brookshire Company where he helps businesses around the world reach their fullest potential through strategic connections, high-impact storytelling and inspiring purposeful partnerships.


A dynamic leader led by his core values and mission to empower others, Cory has earned two Emmy Awards for Outstanding TV Anchor at KARE 11, been named “100 People To Know” by Twin Cities Business Magazine as the creator & host of his own daily show on iconic WCCO Radio, developed and hosted the popular docuseries “Rural By Choice” and ignited a 3rd party Campaign for Governor of Minnesota.


Last year, Cory was honored by his alma mater, Concordia College, with the “Sent Forth Award” which is presented “to a young alumni who has made an impact early in their career, emphasizing service to others and demonstrating a strong vocational commitment.”

In this episode, we cover:

  • Cory’s road from broadcast journalism to his current role

  • The power of learning more about yourself and your own mission, and planting the right seeds

  • Why he’s so passionate about rural America

  • Why rural America isn’t what many people think it is

  • How the way we communicate has changed, and why it matters

Links + Resources Mentioned:

Brookshire’s Community Venture Network: https://brookshireco.com/services/community-venture-network/


Subscribe and Review The Growing Small Towns Show!


Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of The Growing Small Towns Show! If the information in our conversations and interviews has helped you in your small town, please click on the images below for Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or Spotify, subscribe to the show, and leave us an honest review. Your reviews and feedback will not only help us continue to deliver relevant, helpful content, but it will also help us reach even more small-town trailblazers just like you!




bottom of page