A publication is only as good as its relationship with those it serves. And to this end, our team of seasoned journalists will be reaching out to more of you in coming weeks to broaden and deepen our awareness and understanding of our business community’s strengths and successes, most interesting personalities, and challenges. They’ll also be learning more about specific industries, and getting to know business leaders within specific ethnicities, which are becoming a much larger part of what the Twin Cities is all about.
Here are the individuals enthusiastically producing our print, e-newsletter, and daily online news content. They’re an incredible group of people dedicated to delivering the best in business journalism, and I invite you to reach out to them with story ideas, thoughts, and feedback.
Adam assigns, edits, and writes features stories, concepts and edits our Starters section, and helps set the overall editorial course for the magazine while ensuring copy is flowing as it should. He joined us in 2011 after 13 years as a senior editor, then executive editor, at our sister publication, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Before that, he edited a casino trade magazine and covered local media for the Twin Cities Reader.
Industry focus: Media and information delivery; transportation, retail and hospitality; urban planning
Community focus: Hispanic
This Adam manages our Spotlight section, edits stories and columns, manages special sections and supplements, and writes feature stories. He spent 14 years as executive editor at Minnesota Law & Politics, and three years as editor in chief of Super Lawyers.
Industry focus: Law; marketing, advertising and PR; nonprofits and the arts
Community focus: South Asian
Liz assigns, edits, and writes our Trending sections, which provide business leaders with the latest information in specific industries. She’s an 11-year veteran of the Star Tribune, where she reported on the airline industry and manufacturing, and supervised coverage of agriculture, consumer issues, and the housing market. Before that, she was editorial page editor, Minnesota political reporter, and columnist at the Grand Forks Herald.
Industry focus: Several
Community focus: TBD
Burl’s our first full-time reporter and writes major feature stories, including this month’s cover story, as well as shorter stories for print, web and the e-newsletter. He most recently worked for Finance & Commerce, covering commercial real estate for nine years. Before that, he worked at Corporate Report Minnesota, the Twin Cities Reader, City Pages, and has also freelanced for other publications.
Industry focus: Real estate; life sciences; health care
Community focus: Eastern European
Jake manages our website, daily news coverage, and twice-weekly Briefcase e-newsletter, among other projects, while also writing digital and print stories. Industry focus: Retail and hospitality; marketing, advertising and PR; capital markets
Community focus: Southeast Asian
Before taking on this position in late 2012, Gene was our senior editor for 13 years. Now a resident of Duluth, he covers established and emerging businesses in the region and also works with us as a freelance editor.
Industry focus: Manufacturing, mining, transportation, aviation, economic development and other
Kevin writes online news stories, prepares our twice-weekly e-newsletter, and contributes to the magazine. He also helps develop most of our social media content.
Industry focus: Media convergence; health care
Community focus: American Indian
Rebecca conducts research and assembles lists in our annual Business Information Guide. She also writes daily online news and e-newsletter stories, and contributes to the magazine.
Industry focus: Energy; technology
Community focus: African American
Raya, who began as our editorial intern, is leading our initiative to better serve young professionals. She also writes for the magazine, fact-checks our copy, and produces our Plugged In column.
Community focus: East African
Chris makes this magazine look great every month. Her 35 years of art direction include Better Homes and Gardens, Mpls.St.Paul, and running her own design firm. She also has written and illustrated three children’s books.
Judy meticulously reviews stories for typos and raises questions not only about grammar and sentence structure, but sometimes asks “What does this mean?” She has 20-plus years of experience at a variety of publications, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune, where she served as assistant features editor, among other roles.
Industry focus: Public policy; education and training
Community focus: Hispanic