Magers was born in Santa Maria, California and spent the majority of his childhood in Ellensburg, Washington. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in 1977. In 1979, he earned his juris doctorate degree from the Hamline University School of Law.
The recipient of numerous industry awards, including several Emmys and a Golden Mic Award, Magers began his broadcasting career at KSTP-TV in St. Paul, then moved in 1979 to KATU-TV in Portland, where he began working as an on-air reporter. In 1981, he moved down the West Coast to KGTV-TV in San Diego, where he spent two years as a reporter and anchor before he returned to the Twin Cities and began his 20-year career with KARE. Magers then moved to KCBS-TV in Los Angeles in 2004.
In addition to anchoring the evening newscasts, he hosted numerous specials and moderated political debates and participated in a wide variety of community events, including a 1997 telethon to raise money for flood relief in Minnesota.
Magers announced his retirement from television broadcasting in March 2017, revealing his long struggle with, and recent treatment for, alcoholism.
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