Drew Duchesne

Duchesne Drew


Minnesota Public Radio




The longtime Twin Cities journalist landed one of the more difficult directives of 2020, changing (and healing) the culture at MPR, while rethinking its approach for a new generation of listeners. Repeatedly roiled by internal gender, race, and identity controversies, beginning with Garrison Keillor’s ouster, MPR is no longer the cloistered and combative colossus that Bill Kling built, but a content organization that seeks to better reflect and speak to the breadth of Minnesota rather than just a few affluent neighborhoods of south Minneapolis. Duchesne Drew’s task is complicated by a remote workforce (Covid) and a shrinking financial base (Covid). Insiders expect his humility and curiosity to be sources of strength in what will be a challenging opening act.