Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota Public Radio

In October 2013 I joined the digital music team at Minnesota Public Radio (a.k.a. American Public Media), where I edit and write stories for the websites of The CurrentClassical Minnesota Public Radio, and the recently-launched YourClassical.

Among my responsibilities is coordinating the Current’s college contributors program, a program supporting and developing the next generation of music journalists by providing Minnesota college students with training and opportunities to contribute to our Local Current blog. I also help run social media for all the music services; I have primary responsibility for the @LocalCurrent Twitter account and helped to launch the Current’s Tumblr blog.

This year, our team was honored to be presented with two Page One Awards from the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. We shared a first place award for Best Institutional Social Media Account for @TheCurrent; and Andrea Swensson and I shared a third-place award for Best Continuing Coverage for our stories about the 400 Bar’s ill-fated move from Minneapolis’s West Bank to the Mall of America.

As a producer, a couple of fun projects I’ve spearheaded are Minnesota Music Sleuth and The Current’s Rock and Roll Book Club. Samples of my writing for MPR:

• Blackboard Jungle turns 60: Revisiting the movie that marked the beginning of the rock and roll era

Tina Turner: A Gen-X appreciation

Disney’s Fantasia at 75: Why there’s still nothing like it

James Galway’s legacy: Crossover isn’t a four-letter word

Bob Dylan’s Shadows in the Night: Why Sinatra?

Every Bob Dylan album, reviewed by The Current staff

My first Replacements show: What I learned about a band I’ve always loved

Artist of the Month: Prince

Remembering Michael Jackson—but how?

What composer are you? Find your personality match

“Folk piano” by way of John Cage: George Winston defies musical stereotypes

Is new age music making a comeback?

How I learned to love vinyl (again)

Infographic: Music rights 101