It was announced this week that Star Tribune won two National Headliner Awards. Please join us in congratulating the winners!
Josephine Marcotty won first place for environmental writing by an individual or team, for her beat reporting on the environment, including the North Woods project and four other stories.
Jeff Meitrodt and Kim McGuire won first place in the category of education writing by an individual or team for "Costly Lessons," their series examining special education in Minnesota's public schools.
The National Headline Awards draws great work from the country's best newspapers to view a list of winners click here: 2014 National Headliner Awards Print Division
Minnesota billionaire Glen Taylor has made a formal offer to acquire the Star Tribune, a purchase that would add the state's largest media company to his diverse business empire. He acquires and builds businesses for the long-term, and his ownership will benefit Star Tribune readers and advertisers alike.
MinnPost wrote: "The pending purchase of the Star Tribune by Glen Taylor is great news for Minnesota." Read the full story.
Congratulations to Star Tribune photojournalist, Jim Gehrz. He is the winner of the 2014 ASNE Award for Community Service Photojournalism for his photographic work on the North Dakota series.
From the judges:
"Life in the Boom - Trading Tradition for Oil" beautifully documented the historic oil boom of North Dakota. Gehrz was awarded top billing for his originality and revealing content, which depicts a seldom seen narrative. His entry provided an outstanding sense of place and captured the lives of people: home and work in the evolving fabric of America."
It was announced this afternoon that Suki Dardarian will be Senior Managing Editor and Vice President. Dardarian, who will start work at Star Tribune on April 21, brings tremendous skill and experience to this crucial role as we strive to make our coverage more ambitious and more innovative for our readers.
"The Star Tribune is truly fortunate to have Suki join our team here in Minnesota," said Rene Sanchez, editor and Senior Vice President. "She is an exceptional editor with a long and stellar record of delivering great journalism and leading newsroom innovation."
Dardarian joins the Star Tribune after a distinguished 14-year career at the Seattle Times. For four years she was the managing editor directing news and enterprise coverage. During that time, the Seattle Times won a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for its print and real-time digital coverage of the slaying of four police officers and the intensive manhunt for the killer. Dardarian then spent two years as the managing editor for digital operations, overseeing seattletimes.com, which was honored by the Online News Association for general excellence.
Prior to those roles, she led the local news staff as assistant managing editor/metro, and served as deputy managing editor, overseeing the Sunday edition of the Seattle Times. Since last fall, she has also worked across the company as a top strategist on audience development, digital innovation, and community engagement.
In addition to her leadership at the Seattle Times, Dardarian is a past president of the Associated Press Media Editors and a two-time Pulitzer Prize juror.
"I'm honored to join the Star Tribune at such an exciting time and to be able to work with a team so committed to quality journalism," said Dardarian. "I'm also looking forward to exploring a new and beautiful part of the country."
The Timberwolves' Kevin Love knows basketball. Turns out he also knows media. When Love wanted to thank Timberwolves fans for voting him onto the NBA All-Star Team, he turned to the media brand that reaches more Minnesotans than any other. Read about Love's full-page ad in yesterday's Sunday Star Tribune.