In February 2022, I joined the Duluth News Tribune as an arts and entertainment reporter. Here are some of the stories I’ve published so far.
“Zach Ross, drummer in Superior band Crescent Moon, dies at 28” (August 4). This was very raw for family and friends. I was honored they trusted me with their memories.
“Hallelujah documentary celebrates Leonard Cohen’s classic song” (August 4). Great song, okay movie.
“Tasting the world at Twin Ports breweries” (August 3). Our photographer told me he had no idea how I was going to write this one. Glad I pulled it off.
“At top Duluth destinations, bike parking is catch as catch can” (July 13). I’ll admit it: this one was personal.
“Elvis Presley’s Duluth scarf is in very good hands” (June 23). The buried lede here is that a Duluth man was later conceived on the bed where Elvis slept. Should I have tried for an interview?
“One of us! One of us! Exploring Duluth’s new brand” (June 9). After this was published, a staffer behind the rebranding effort wrote to tell me the design team “felt seen.” Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
“Thanks to Ken Buehler, the whole world loves Lake Superior Railroad Museum” (June 8). This man spends all day, every day, in a Duluth depot full of vintage trains. What makes him tick?
“Top Gun: Maverick improves on original” (May 26). A colleague in New York was disappointed I didn’t call this movie fascist. I can only speak my truth.
“Poignant young-adult novel draws on author’s history with Prince” (May 12). The authentic historical detail in Vanessa L. Torres’s The Turning Pointe floored me.
“Tulsa’s new Bob Dylan Center wows Northland fans” (May 11). No, I didn’t get to go see it myself. Next time?
“Lake Superior phantom island inspires new book for young readers” (May 10). Until the 1820s, explorers genuinely believed there was a giant island in the middle of the lake.
“Why is Shen Yun controversial?” (May 5). This one actually turned out to be a lot less complicated than I expected.
“Smelt Parade returning to Duluth’s Lakewalk after 2-year hiatus” (May 3). How Duluth learned to love an invasive species.
“Duluth Homegrown 2022: Hot takes on all 45 venues” (April 29). I appreciated the candor of the Homegrown organizers who, without warning, riffed on four dozen spots.
“The Garden Wedding and Event Center opens in Duluth” (April 28). When you get a Ph.D. to write a story about a wedding venue, sometimes you end up with a lot more history than you bargained for.
“‘We’re in a race’: Inside the drive to build a soundstage in Duluth” (April 27). Maybe the largest single piece of reporting I’ve ever produced, this longread takes a look at the developments nationally, regionally, statewide, and locally that are pointing towards a major new film production campus in Duluth.
“What I learned when I moved to Duluth” (April 21). I didn’t expect this column to be such a hit, but I supposed I should have guessed that street parking would prove a high-interest topic.
“How I joined Duluth’s pickleball pack” (April 14). Reader, I ripped my shorts.
“How I became an arts writer” (April 7). The kickoff post in my new Front Row Seat column, now in its third iteration since I originally launched it as a teenager.
“Rolling Stones keyboardist taps Duluth band for Dylan cover” (March 31). An eyewitness account of a truly heartwarming afternoon of music at the historic Sacred Heart Music Center.
“From Odessa to Duluth: The journey of Bob Dylan’s grandparents” (March 28). It was particularly meaningful to research this article, walking in the steps of a couple who fled pogroms in what is today Ukraine, and ended up in Duluth where they had a son whose son changed the world.
“Lake Superior Zoo surprised with twin loris babies” (March 25). I’ve decided the zoo, and especially zoo babies, fall under the “entertainment” beat.
“DECC doubles down on entertainment” (March 15). This was one of the stories I pitched in my job interview: the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center creating new positions to expand and diversify its entertainment programming.
“Harlem Globetrotter charms Duluth” (March 14). I had one day’s notice on this story. Did I want to follow a Harlem Globetrotter on his day of media rounds? Yes. Yes, I did.
“‘Immensely talented’ Duluth guitarist dies at 59” (March 7). Obituaries are some of the hardest stories to write, but also among the most rewarding. Mark Anderson had quite the collection of claims to fame.