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Cynthia Dickison

Designer-Features | Newsroom
Phone: 612-673-4639
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Cynthia Dickison is a features designer. She is a St. Paul native and graduate of the University of Minnesota. She has worked at the Star Tribune since 1978, starting on the copy desk. Dickison has worked in every department — news, sports, features, even a short stint on the business cover.


Dickison lives in south Minneapolis with her husband, former Star Tribune theater critic Graydon Royce. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Dickison has a small side business designing and sewing children's clothes, which she sells at local craft shows. Her other hobbies include reading, singing, movies, biking and hiking.
Recent content from Cynthia Dickison
Jordan Buckellew.

This Minnesotan fights to keep offensive 'R' word from making comeback

She uses kindness and humor to encourage people to rethink how they treat people with disabilities.
In “Bao,” a Chinese woman suffering from empty-nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood — with a dumpling.

Academy Award shorts focus on parents, children and life's fragility

Oscar-nominated animated and live-action shorts lean heavily on familial bonds and the shadow of death.
A scene from "Roma".

Which movie should win best picture? We have some favorites

We weigh in on which movie should win and which ones don't stand a chance.
Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) arranges the figures that populate his fictional town in “Welcome to Marwen.”

In 'Marwen,' Steve Carell plays a man who uses toys for healing

Steve Carell plays a real-life man who uses toys for healing.
Since 1961, thousands of children have soaked up German language and culture at Waldsee village, now located on Turtle River Lake near Bemidji.

Concordia Language Villages confronts an ugly truth head-on as a step toward healing

Concordia Language Villages confronts an ugly truth head-on as a step toward healing
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in "A Star Is Born."

How does new 'A Star Is Born' compare with past versions?

Each generation gets its own version of "A Star Is Born," that timeless tale of a young up-and-comer inextricably bound to a self-destructive has-been.
Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams in the film, “Get Out.” (Justin Lubin)

Oscars 2018: Handicapping the 9 nominees for best picture

Which movie will come out on top on Oscar night?
A boy is comforted by his mom.

REVIEW: 'Our Short History,' by Lauren Grodstein

FICTION: Lauren Grodstein's poignant new novel unfolds as a letter from a dying mother to her to her young son.
This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling, right, and Emma Stone in a scene from, "La La Land."

The race for best picture: Can 'Moonlight' edge out 'La La'?

The Star Tribune's Cynthia Dickison assesses the nine nominees for the top Academy Award.
Julia Pott and Winona Mae provide the voices of Emily Clone and Emily Prime in “World of Tomorrow.”

Oscars guide: We rank this year's animated and live action short films

Examining the Oscars' often overlooked short-film category.
Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant."

Best picture: Which of the eight contenders should win?

"The Revenant" is gaining steam after its big Golden Globes win, but there are other top contenders in the best film race. Here's a look at what will play into each movie's favor, and what's working against them. Plus, our critic's original star rating.
Review: 'The Dream Lover,' by Elizabeth Berg: So many lovers, so little time

Review: 'The Dream Lover,' by Elizabeth Berg: So many lovers, so little time

FICTION: An imagined recounting of the life — and the many romances — of George Sand.
Minho (Ki Hong Lee) and Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) study a model of the maze for clues to escape in “The Maze Runner.”

'Maze Runner' puts boys through their paces

REVIEW: Is there room at the multiplex for yet another entry in the young adult/dystopia/survival genre? Those who hunger for more could do worse than "The Maze Runner."
Jeannette Walls , author of “The Silver Star.”

REVIEW: "The Silver Star,' by Jeannette Walls

FICTION: Bestselling writer Jeannette Walls returns with another tale of abandoned children.
Vince Vaughn, left, and Owen Wilson on the Google campus in “The Internship.”

Review: Vaughn, Wilson back together in 'The Internship'

Vince Vaughn retains his glib-yet-desperate patter and Owen Wilson his earnest sweetness in the corporate send-up about life at Google.
Jodi Picoult’s latest novel, “Sing You Home”

Picoult sings a new song

Picoult, known for her social-issue themes, pits fundamentalists against a lesbian couple in this novel about the rights of gay parents.
Rescue by Anita Shreve

A man on a rescue mission

Can a car wreck of a marriage and a family, born of tragedy, be resuscitated by another tragedy?
Jodi Picoult author of "Change of Heart"

Picoult explores what-ifs of life

Mega-author Jodi Picoult's house rules: Write about what you don't know.

Shreve scales marital discord

Another engrossing Anita Shreve novel about adventure in Africa, and a marriage in turmoil.

The Dish

Daniel Radcliffe, who's played Harry Potter for almost half his life, wants it made clear: He's done with the fantasy thing, thank you, so don't even ask him to play Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit."

Thorny tale of love and loyalty

BOOK REVIEW A family sues for malpractice over a child's disease, with agonizing fallout.
Testimony by Anita Shreve

Teen trials turn to town tragedy in 'Testimony'

Sex, lies, videotape and prep school make for a potent brew in "Testimony," Anita Shreve's compelling tale of teenage scandal and its brutal aftermath in a New England hamlet. This focus on the kids marks a bit of a departure for Shreve, a seasoned chronicler of adult love, loss and betrayal. But then again, the event upon which the story turns leaves no one in its ever-widening path -- young or old -- untouched.

Grappling with fish, and life

BOOK REVIEW: An outdoorsman/writer unsparingly chronicles his Alaskan summers with the salmon.
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