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.
“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.