Nation Bogs

Nation Bogs

Lee Schafer

Columnist   |   Business
Lee Schafer came to the Star Tribune after 15 years as a corporate officer, consultant and investment banker in the Twin Cities. He has been a columnist for Twin Cities Business magazine and was senior editor for Corporate Report Minnesota.

Ross Levin

Columnist   |   Your Money
Ross Levin is founding principal and president of Accredited Investors Inc., Edina, a fee-only wealth management firm. His Gains and Losses column runs on the fourth Sunday of the month. A compilation of these columns can be found in his book, "Spend Your Life Wisely." Send emails to Ross@accredited.com

Scott Gillespie

Editorial Page Editor
Scott Gillespie has been editorial page editor since October 2007. He is responsible for the Star Tribune's editorial and opinion pages and Sunday Opinion Exchange section. Prior to his current assignment, Gillespie was managing editor at the Star Tribune, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the newsroom. During Gillespie’s five-year tenure as managing editor, the Star Tribune staff produced awarding-winning coverage on the death of Paul Wellstone, the war in Iraq, the collapse of the I-35W Bridge and dozens of other stories. Before being named managing editor in 2002, Gillespie was assistant managing editor for local news at the Star Tribune. He also served as the paper’s assistant managing editor for business news. He has more than 25 years of news reporting and editing experience at newspapers in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He served as a Pulitzer Prize juror in 2004 and 2005. Gillespie has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been an adjunct faculty member in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. He lives in St. Paul with his family.

Jill Burcum

Editorial Writer
Jill Burcum has been an editorial writer since March 2008, joining the editorial board after working in the Star Tribune newsroom as an editor and reporter. She writes on a broad number of topics, but is particularly interested in health care, suburban issues and energy policy. Burcum has won numerous awards for her news coverage. Her work helped spur an FDA shutdown of a Georgia tissue bank and caused a Minnesota company to pull a dangerous supplement off the market after football player Korey Stringer's death. In 2009, she won her second Premack Award for public affairs journalism for an editorial that called for a nonpartisan inquiry into ethics allegations in the state attorney general's office. Burcum graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington in 1991 and started her career as a reporter for the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Burcum has previously worked for Mayo Clinic and Ican Inc. She lives in Andover with her husband and two children.

Denise Johnson

Editorial Writer
Denise Johnson has been an editorial writer at the Star Tribune since 1996. Before joining the editorial board, she was a reporter, editor, columnist and editorial writer at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and wrote editorials for the Miami Herald. She currently writes about urban affairs and a variety of other topics, but specializes in covering K-12 education. Johnson has also worked for the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Washington D.C. and done diversity training locally and nationally. Earlier in her career, she hosted and produced news and issues public affairs shows on Twin Cities public television. The recipient of several journalism awards, she was honored in 2007 with the Frank Premack Graven award for career contributions to public journalism. Johnson lives with her husband in St. Paul, her hometown.

John Rash

Editorial writer, columnist
John Rash writes the Rash Report column, which explores the intersection of media, culture, society and politics. He is also an editorial writer and a member of the Star Tribune’s Editorial Board. John teaches Mass Media and Politics at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, where he majored in political science and minored in French. John’s commentary on media and pop culture can be heard on “The Rash Report,” which runs Monday-Friday at 7:50 a.m. on WCCO-AM (830), the CBS radio affiliate in the Twin Cities. Prior to joining the Editorial Board John was a senior vice president, director of media analysis for Campbell Mithun, a Minneapolis-based national advertising agency. He lives in St. Louis Park with his wife and two children.

Lori Sturdevant

Editorial writer and columnist
Lori Sturdevant writes editorials and a weekly column about topics she has covered for more than 30 years, state government and politics. She joined the Minneapolis Tribune as a summer replacement reporter in 1975, returned as a reporter in 1976, and was lead Capitol reporter and a newsroom assignment editor before joining the editorial staff in 1992. A native of South Dakota, Lori is a graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a member of that institution’s Board of Trustees. She has been the editor or co-author of eight books, including “A Man’s Reach: The Autobiography of Elmer L. Andersen.” Her latest book is “Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement,” released by Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2014. She is also the author of “The Pillsburys of Minnesota,” Nodin Press, 2011. Lori lives in St. Paul with her husband; they have three grown children.

D.J. Tice

Commentary editor
D.J. Tice is the Star Tribune’s Commentary Editor and a member of the newspaper’s Editorial Board. He has been a writer, editor and publisher in Twin Cities journalism for more than 30 years. Tice was an editor at Corporate Report Minnesota and Twin Cities magazines, editor and publisher at the Twin Cities Reader, and an editorial writer and columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. From 2003-2009, he was the Star Tribune’s state political editor, directing coverage of the Legislature, state government, the Minnesota congressional delegation, and elections. He is the author of two books of popular history. His collection of ordinary Minnesotans’ memories, Minnesota’s Twentieth Century, published by the University of Minnesota Press, was awarded the Minnesota Book Award for history in 2000.

Steve Alexander

Columnist/Reporter   |   Technology
Steve Alexander follows consumer and business technology trends, and writes a weekly question and answer column for consumers. He also is a general-assignment reporter for business news.

Stephen Wilbers

Columnist   |   Effective Writing
Stephen Wilbers teaches seminars in effective business writing. His column appears online every other Monday.

Don Lindich

Columnist   |   Consumer electronics
Don Lindich writes about consumer electronics. Submit questions at www.soundadviceblog.com.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Columnist   |   Ask the Splendid Table
Lynne Rossetto Kasper hosts "The Splendid Table," Minnesota Public Radio's weekly show, www.splendidtable.org.

Liz Reyer

Columnist   |   Coach's Corner
Liz Reyer's Corner column, which advises executives, managers and workers on making positive changes, appears Mondays in the Star Tribune's Business Insider section.

Chris Farrell

Columnist   |   Your Money
Chris Farrell is economics editor for American Public Media's weekly "Marketplace Money" show and author of "The New Frugality." He answers reader questions on most Sundays. Send questions to cfarrell@mpr.org and put "Your Money" in the subject line.

Chuck Shepherd

Columnist   |   Weird news
Chuck Shepherd writes the syndicated column News of the Weird.

Harvey Mackay

Columnist   |   Outswimming the Sharks

Nancy Rose

Columnist   |   Digging In
Nancy Rose is a horticulturist with the University of Minnesota Extension. To ask her a gardening question, call 612-673-9073 and leave a message. She will answer questions in this column only

Deb Brown

Columnist   |   Digging In
Deb Brown is a garden writer and former extension horticulturist with the University of Minnesota. To ask her a question, call 612-673-9073 and leave a message. She will answer questions in her column.

Christopher Elliott

Columnist   |   Travel Troubleshooter
Christopher Elliott is ombudsman at National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Carolyn Hax

Columnist   |   Relationships
Carolyn Hax is a 40-something repatriated New Englander with a liberal arts degree and a lot of opinions and that's about it, really, when you get right down to it. Oh, and the shoes. A lot of shoes. Her column, "Tell Me About It," appears Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

Amy Dickinson

Columnist   |   Advice
Ask Amy appears on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Paul Brand

Columnist   |   Cars
Paul Brand writes about autos for the Star Tribune.

Matt Krumrie

Sales + Marketing columnist   |   Careers
Matt Krumrie answers readers' questions about job-hunting the first Sunday of each month. Matt has 10 years of experience reporting on the employment industry.

Rick Nelson

Columnist/Reporter   |   Dining and Food
Rick Nelson is a restaurant critic and food writer, and he and Claude Peck are the "RN" and "CP," respectively, of Withering Glance, a Sunday column in variety. He also blogs with Lee Svitak Dean in a food blog, Table Talk.

Claude Peck

Editor   |   Fine arts, features
Claude Peck spent most of his journalism career in the pre-blog era, but will try to keep up. After all, he’s already embarrassing his nieces on Facebook and dressing inappropriately for his age group. At the Star Tribune, he oversees coverage of movies, nightlife, theater, classical music, dance and the Talking Volumes book series. With Rick Nelson, he does the weekly column called Withering Glance.

Neal St. Anthony

Columnist, reporter   |   Business
Neal St. Anthony has been a business columnist and reporter for the Star Tribune for more than 25 years. He also has worked in financial communications for two publicly held companies.

Gail Rosenblum

Columnist   |   Metro
Gail Rosenblum writes two to three columns a week on people, social issues, trends, and the complexities of human relationships.

Jon Tevlin

Columnist   |   Metro
Jon Tevlin is a metro section columnist.

Rachel Blount

Reporter/Columnist   |   Sports
Rachel Blount is a sports columnist and general assignment reporter, with a particular emphasis on Olympic sports.

Bill Ward

Features reporter   |   Lifestyle | Entertainment | Wine
Bill looks for stories off the well-trod path, covers baby boomer issues, and writes about wine in his Liquid Assets column.

C.J.

Columnist   |   The Dish
C.J. is a columnist in the Star Tribune's Twin Cities section. Her column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Patrick Reusse

Columnist   |   Sports
Patrick Reusse is a sports columnist who writes two to three columns per week. He also can be heard on AM-1500 KSTP from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Neal Justin

Columnist/Reporter   |   Media
Neal Justin is the TV and radio critic for the Star Tribune. He previously covered music and nightlife for the paper. He is heavily involved in the Strib’s college internship program and is the co-founder of JCamp, a non-profit organization designed to inspire the country’s most passionate high school journalists. Neal grew up in Mason City, Iowa, and graduated from Northwestern University. From 1991-93, he covered crime and regional news for the Rockford Register Star. Some of Neal’s favorite interviews over the years include Bruce Springsteen, David Letterman, Miley Cyrus, Paul McCartney, Mindy Kaling and Jimmy Kimmel.

Chip Scoggins

Columnist/Reporter   |   Sports
Chip Scoggins is a sports columnist and feature writer..

James Lileks

Columnist   |   Metro
James Lileks writes a metro column and is an anchor/producer for NewsBreak, the webcast on startribune.com. He also blogs under The Blog O'Things.

Jim Souhan

Columnist   |   Sports
Jim Souhan writes four columns and week and writes posts to the blog Souhan on Sports on Startribune.com. He can also be heard on 1500ESPN on Sunday from 10-noon and weekdays at 2:05 p.m.

Mark Craig

Reporter/Columnist   |   Vikings/NFL
Mark Craig covers the NFL and the Vikings.

David Banks

Editor/columnist   |   Opinion
David Banks is the Star Tribune's assistant commentary editor.

John Ewoldt

Reporter   |   Consumer news
John Ewoldt searches the Twin Cities and beyond for bargains and strategies to spare consumers time, money and hassles.

Chris Riemenschneider

Columnist/Reporter   |   Local Music
Chris Riemenschneider has been covering the Twin Cities music scene since 2001, long enough to earn a shout-out from Prince during “Play That Funky Music (White Boy).” The St. Paul native was also a music critic at the Austin American-Statesman for five years.

Dennis Anderson

Columnist   |   Outdoors
Anderson has been the Star Tribune outdoors columnist since 1993. Before that, for 13 years, he wrote the outdoors column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He and his colleague, outdoors writer Doug Smith, cover hunting, fishing, camping, boating, paddling and other outdoor activities, as well as natural resource conservation.

Tom Horgen

Columnist/Reporter/Editor   |   Nightlife
Tom Horgen is an editor and reporter in the Star Tribune's Variety section. He has covered nightlife, restaurants, music, fashion, film, comic books and art for the paper. He hopes you'll check him out on Twitter (please excuse the excessive food and cat photos).

Colin Covert

Columnist/Reporter   |   Movies
Colin Covert has covered films for the Star Tribune for 20 years, interviewing Peter Jackson, Kate Winslet, Steven Spielberg, Cate Blanchett, Quentin Tarantino, Neil Gaiman and John Travolta, to name a few. Colin’s job as a film critic consists mostly of thinking up synonyms for “mediocre.” He still gets a thrill when the lights dim, and all too often a bigger thrill when they come on again.

Sid Hartman

Columnist   |   Sports
Sid Hartman is a sports columnist. He also can be heard weekdays on WCCO AM-830 at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m.