J. Patrick Coolican

J. Patrick Coolican


Minnesota Reformer




Is there room for one more media outlet in the Twin Cities? Hell yes, says the Minnesota Reformer. The politically focused online news site launched in January and soon established a reputation for breaking big stories with a small staff. It doesn’t sell subscriptions or ads; it’s one of 16 outposts of the well-funded, left-leaning nonprofit States Newsroom network. J. Patrick Coolican, who covered the state Capitol for five years at the Star Tribune, says that he’s staying away from what he calls “commodity news”—reporting on the same press releases that everyone else receives: “For the most part we’re looking for opportunities for investigation, analysis, and storytelling.”