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Neal Justin

Columnist/Reporter | Media
Phone: 612-673-7431
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Neal Justin covers the entertainment world, primarily TV and radio. He also reviews stand-up comedy. Justin is the founder of JCamp, a non-profit program for high-school journalists, and works on many fronts to further diversity in newsrooms. 


Justin is currently president of UNITY, co-chair of the Star Tribune News Guild and teaches at Minnesota State University. He is a former governing board member of the Asian American Journalists Association and Minnesota chapter president for AAJA.
Recent content from Neal Justin
The cover of the Journal's current edition.

Downtown Minneapolis newspaper the Journal calls it quits

Shrinking ads and a shift in downtown demographics are blamed for its demise.
Alesha Erickson was photographed in her apartment with her cat on September 21, 2018 in Mountain Iron, Minn. She was raped in a different unit in the

6 TV greats who shaped star Peter Krause

During two decades in Hollywood, the Minnesota actor has worked for some of TV's sharpest writers. He dished on six key collaborators.
Tim Blake Nelson as Buster Scruggs.

Coen brothers shatter expectations with their new western 'Buster Scruggs'

REVIEW: The Grim Reaper rides high in the Coens' new western.
Paul Dano as David Sweat and Benicio Del Toro as Richard Matt in “Escape at Dannemora.”

Ben Stiller makes great use of comic instincts directing Showtime's 'Escape at Dannemora' series

The "Tropic Thunder" director brings a light touch to a heavy story.
Loudon Wainwright III

TV picks for Nov. 14: Loudon Wainwright, 'Westside,' 'Origin'

Father and son Christopher Guest and Judd Apatow have great taste — and not just in comedy. Both are fans of singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III,…
On the 100th episode of "Black-ish," the family is shocked to learn that Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane (Marsai Martin) are not familiar with the iconic

'Black-ish' throws TV's best-ever Prince party in its 100th episode

REVIEW: "Black-ish" cast goes all out to pay tribute to Prince.
Blake Lively and Cookie Monster in “Once Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Special.”

TV picks for Nov. 10-11: 'Sesame Street,' 'Anthony Bourdain,' Melissa McCarthy

Street smarts “When You Wish Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Special” may be aimed at kids, but like all adventures from the legendary…
Claire Foy trades in her crown and corgis for leather and tattoos in “The Girl in the Spider’s Web.”

'Crown' star Claire Foy goes from Buckingham Palace to the 'Spider's Web'

She may have abdicated her throne on "The Crown," but Claire Foy might just be starting her Hollywood reign.
Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander.

'The Girl in the Spider's Web' fails to spin a compelling thriller

REVIEW: The latest incarnation of Lisbeth Salander just isn't smart enough to work.
A mailroom associate at Star Printers in Cambridge stacks and binds freshly printed copies of the second issue of the Pine Knot News.

Minn. holds its own as small-town newspapers shrink across America

Papers continue to claim a vital role in communities like Cloquet, which just got a new weekly.
Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell, David Koechner and Steve Carell in 2004’s “Anchorman.”

TV picks for Nov. 7: Judd Apatow, 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey,' 'BoJack Horseman'

Staying classy Those who aren’t going to see Judd Apatow do his live stand-up act Wednesday at the Pantages Theatre can still appreciate the comedy…
Judd Apatow will return to his stand-up comedy roots at the Pantages Theatre on Wednesday.

Director Judd Apatow retakes stand-up stage in Minneapolis

The award-winning director/writer/producer talks about "the camaraderie of comedians," mentor Garry Shandling, the young comics he admires and more.
Julia Duffy focuses on career missteps in her new book, "Bad Auditions."

Minneapolis-born actress Julia Duffy dishes on 'Newhart,' 'Cheers' and George Clooney

The "Newhart" scene stealer returns to her home state of Minnesota with a new book.
Minneapolis filmmaker and interface designer Aswar Rahman on “Welcome to Waverly.”

Former Minneapolis mayoral candidate campaigns for viewers in new Bravo TV series

Former Minneapolis mayoral candidate moved to Kansas for a new Bravo series.
Johnny Cash met President Richard Nixon at the White House in 1972.

TV picks for Oct. 17: 'Neanderthal,' 'Remastered,' 'CMT Artists of the Year'

Ring of fire “Remastered,” a terrific collection of behind-the-music documentaries, includes a film about how Johnny Cash walked the line. In “Tricky Dick and…
Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf in the series premiere of “The Conners.”

'The Conners' is even better without disgraced Roseanne

Review: ABC sitcom is heartbreaking — but also hilarious.
Tom Bateman and Rebecca Rittenhouse star in “Into the Dark.”

TV picks for Oct. 11: 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat,' Carol Burnett, 'Into the Dark'

The joy of eating There may be more educated and talented TV chefs, but you’d be hard pressed to find one who savors the joy…
Daniel Ezra in “All American.”

TV picks for Oct. 10: 'All American,' 'Riverdale,' 'Big Mouth'

Back to school I suspect most of the actors in “Riverdale” were selected for their cartoonishly stunning figures, but they hold their own against…
Mike Elizondo joins “Live From Here” as music director.

50 Cent collaborator Mike Elizondo talks about joining 'da club' at 'Live From Here'

New musical director Mike Elizondo brings hip-hop cred to Chris Thile's third season.
Anthony Hopkins as “King Lear.”

TV picks for Oct. 3: 'King Lear,' 'Made in Mexico,' 'Criminal Minds'

A mad, mad, mad world Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson and Emily Watson give their lungs a workout in a new version of “King Lear.”…
Aziz Ansari is playing Acme Comedy Co. this week.

Aziz Ansari avoids sexual misconduct controversy in pop-up Minneapolis show

REVIEW: The Emmy-winning comic is on the comeback trail after an allegation of sexual misconduct.
Mark Rosen on his career: “It’s been spectacular."

Mark Rosen announces his departure from WCCO-TV after 50-year career

Rosen, the longest-tenured TV sports personality in any major U.S. market, plans to sign off in April following coverage of college basketball's Final Four tournament in Minneapolis.
Silas Nacita in “Student Athlete.” HBO

TV picks for Oct. 3: 'Trump's Showdown,' Ringo Starr, 'Student Athlete'

How we got here Those seeking a refresher course in how we landed in the current political predicament are encouraged to enroll in “Trump’s…
Hasan Minhaj in “Homecoming King.”

'Daily Show' veteran Hasan Minhaj returns to Minneapolis this weekend

Sunday at the State Theatre, expect more broad-based political material that will lead up to the Oct. 28 debut of his new weekly Netflix series.
“Murphy Brown” star Candice Bergen, right, with series creator Diane English.

'Murphy Brown' has aged well as it returns to TV after two decades

The sitcom, returning Thursday for a 13-episode run, also delivers a nonpartisan and ultimately more intriguing message: Senior lives matter.
Caterina Scorsone and Chris Carmack in “Grey’s Anatomy.”

TV picks for Sept. 27: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'The Good Place,' 'Caught in Providence'

Old friends When you’ve been on the air awhile, you can justify an extended welcome-back party. “Grey’s Anatomy” (7 p.m., KSTP, Ch. 5) kicks off…
Christina Moses and Christina Ochoa in “A Million Little Things.”

TV picks for Sept. 26: 'A Million Little Things,' 'Survivor,' 'Single Parents'

Be like Mike “Survivor” has remained popular enough that it hasn’t had to rely on “celebrity” casting, but occasionally a somewhat known name sneaks…
Dr. Jose Pulido performs eye surgery, as seen in the Ken Burns documentary “The Mayo Clinic: Faith-Hope-Science.”

Ken Burns' crush on Mayo Clinic dominates new documentary

REVIEW: Rochester-based clinic is true hero of the great filmmaker's latest TV project.
Ken Burns said the Mayo Clinic offers “a uniquely American story.”

Minnesota's Mayo Clinic becomes part of Ken Burns' America

The filmmaker behind "The Civil War" salutes a Minnesota institution in his latest project.
Dom DeLuise and Burt Reynolds in the 1978 film “The End.”

TV picks for Sept. 20: 'The End,' 'Dead Lucky, 'American Vandal'

Lucky town Rachel Griffiths (“Six Feet Under”) sports a badge in “Dead Lucky,” a four-part thriller in which her character is entangled in a series…
Garrison Keillor, from right, performed with singer Brad Paisley, Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Fred Newman during a live broadcast in 2016 in Nashville.

Chris Thile drops final three members of Garrison Keillor's 'Prairie Home' cast

Richard Dworsky, Tim Russell and Fred Newman are gone. But they may be part of a Keillor comeback.
Jane Fonda on “Norm Macdonald Has a Show.”

TV picks for Sept. 19: 'Norm Macdonald Has a Show,' 'Big Food Truck Tip,' 'I Feel Bad'

Outside the norm “Norm Macdonald Has a Show” is a mess, thanks to a host that constantly interrupts A-list guests like David Letterman and Jane…
Amy Sherman-Palladino celebrates with two of her Emmys for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The Amazon Prime show took home five awards including Best

'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' lives up to its name at the Emmys

Amazon's "Mrs. Maisel" and HBO's "Barry" usher in a new class of Emmy champions.
Seann William Scott in Season 3 of "Lethal Weapon" premieres Tuesday, Sept. 25.

This Minnesotan will forever be Stifler, but now he's a 'Lethal Weapon'

When it comes to redefining his career, Minnesota's Seann William Scott is no dummy.
Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke on the season finale of "Game of Thrones."

Who will win? A TV critic's cheat sheet for the Emmys

Pay special attention to these categories during Monday's ceremonies.
Kiernan Shipka in “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

Fall season's 10 must-see TV shows, from 'Murphy Brown' to 'The Conners'

Some of your old favorites are back in exciting new series.
Mrs. Minnesota 2018 Allison Crandall was among the guests at a Miss America viewing party in Chaska hosted by Jacquelyn Vranicar, a former Miss Minnes

Former Minnesota pageant contestants 'judge' the Miss America competition

The new rules for the 97-year-old competition were hot topics throughout the evening. But the main agenda was trying to pick the winner as early as possible.
Arsenio Hall seen at KAABOO 2017 at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invisio

Coming to Minnesota: Arsenio Hall opens up on Prince, Trump and Eddie Murphy

Arsenio Hall, who rewrote the rules of late night TV, returns to his stand-up roots with a tour headed to the Twin Cities.
Miss North Dakota Cara Mund reacted after being named Miss America during the 2018 pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. She has claimed bullying by current

No swimsuits, lots of drama: Debating the merits of Miss America's new era

There's more than a crown on the line during Sunday night's competition. We asked several women with a vested interest in the contest to weigh in.
Dave Chappelle

TV picks for Sept. 5: 'Back to School Just for Laughs,' Eugene McCarthy, 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'

Be true to your school Returning to the classroom may not be an assignment that students are looking forward to, but A-plus comedians John Mulaney,…
Brooklyn Park native Angelica McDaniel, head of CBS daytime programming spun the wheel with “The Price is Right” stars James O’Halloran (left) a

How this Minnesotan became 'fast-rising' queen of daytime TV at CBS

Brooklyn Park native Angelica McDaniel is obsessed with keeping CBS' game shows and soaps at the top of the ratings. But right now, she'd kill for some cheese curds.
Patrick Reusse, left, and Joe Soucheray talked to KSTP listeners last week.

Reusse and Soucheray ending their KSTP radio show with a few last insults

Joe Soucheray and Patrick Reusse are saying goodbye to KSTP radio, but not before getting in a few final digs.
‘’Jeopardy!’ contestant Brian Weikle with host Alex Trebek in 2006.

TV picks for Aug. 22: 'The Story of the Royals,' 'Mr. Mercedes,' 'Jeopardy!'

Game of thrones “The Story of the Royals” explores the history of the English monarchy with a who’s who of royal observers, including Minnesota-raised journalist…
Features reporter M.A. Rosko says she's leaving Fox 9.

Fox 9's M.A. Rosko leaving the station after 19 years

The morning show reporter says she's going to take some time to reboot and travel.
Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5 and a coach on “The Voice,” will produce “Sugar.”

TV picks for Aug. 15: 'Raising Tourette's,' 'Sugar,' 'Network'

Finding strength The new docuseries “Raising Tourette’s” spotlights five families, each raising adolescents dealing with Tourette’s syndrome. The cast includes an 11-year-old Army brat…
Andrew Zimmern

TV picks for Aug. 13: 'Sacred Sites,' 'Frontline,' 'The Hilarious World of Depression'

Once and future king Those who believe King Arthur was an early incarnation of Harry Potter may be disappointed by the second-season premiere of
“Like Father” stars Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer.

TV picks for Aug. 8: 'CMA Fest,' 'Like Father,' 'Boomtown Builder'

Are you ready for the country? In recent years, Nashville’s formerly down-home Fan Fair has metastasized into the mega-glitzy “CMA Fest.” Four days of…
Prior Lake's Becca Kufrin chose Garrett Yrigoyen as the winner of "The Bachelorette" Monday.

Minnesota 'Bachelorette' breaks a heart, picks her man

The decision could land Becca Kufrin in the same hot water that scalded the previous star of the ABC franchise.
“I think it’s obvious in our shows that we really like each other and people want to see that,” said Martin Short, left, with partner Steve Mart

Steve Martin and Martin Short return to Minn. for another wild 'n' crazy night

Steve Martin and Martin Short still want to be two wild 'n' crazy guys — as long as the hotel has a good kitchen.
Aerial of coastal waters in western Australia.

TV picks for Aug. 1: 'The Sinner,' 'The Outback,' 'Suddenly'

The land Down Under “The Outback,” a three-part series about the parts of Australia most tourists never see, offers some beautiful photography of animals…
Garrison Keillor, pictured here during a live broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion” at the State Theatre in Minneapolis in May 2016, praised the

MPR lets go of three 'Prairie Home' veterans, including Garrison Keillor's son

Dismissed were managing director, publicist and Garrison Keillor's son.
Andre Holland in “Castle Rock.”

TV picks for July 25: 'Burden of Truth, 'Castle Rock,' 'The Art Show'

The Maine event “Castle Rock” isn’t technically a sequel to “The Shawshank Redemption,” but there are plenty of references to that classic tale as…
Bob Dylan in D.A. Pennebaker’s 1967 film “Don’t Look Back.”

TV picks for July 13-15: Jim Jefferies, Bob Dylan, 'Who Is America?'

Documentary chronicles Dylan's 1965 tour of England.
Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke on the season finale of “Game of Thrones.”

'Game of Thrones' and 'Atlanta' reign over Emmys, and Louie Anderson too

Minnesota native Louie Anderson made it three nominations in a row for his supporting turn in FX's "Baskets."
Emmy contenders? Betty Gilpin and Alison Brie in “GLOW.”

Neal Justin's TV picks for July 12 – Emmy nominations, 'G Funk,' 'Carnival Kings'

The contenders The announcements of the 70th Annual Emmy Nominations comes with many questions: Will “GLOW” challenge “Atlanta” in the comedy categories? Will Minnesotan Louie…
Bighorn Sheep fight over mates in Wyoming in “Kingdoms of the Sky.”

TV picks for July 11: 'Ronnie Wood Show,' 'Kingdoms of the Sky,' 'Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters'

Photography in "Kingdoms of the Sky" is out of this world.
“American Ninja Warrior” contestant Meagan Martin made her way through the course outside U.S. Bank Stadium on May 25.

'American Ninja Warrior' takes the battle to Minneapolis tonight on NBC

For the first time in its nine-year run, "American Ninja Warrior" makes Minneapolis its battleground.
Comedian Ali Wong gets laughs from the agony of breast-feeding and other mothering foibles in her Netflix special “Hard Knock Wife.”

Why motherhood is comedy's hot topic: 'That's real life and it's messy'

Both national and local comics are opening up on stage about motherhood. The results aren't always pretty.
"Bob's Burgers"

Boom in TV animation turns up the volume on voice talent

Actors behind the growing number of animated characters on TV are finally getting their due.
Kevin Costner in “Yellowstone.”

Kevin Costner's fascination with westerns continues in new TV series, 'Yellowstone'

Kevin Costner's "Yellowstone" rides the new wave of westerns, a world in which good and evil aren't so clear-cut.
Kelly and Ozzy Osbourne listen to Peace United Methodist Church LGBTQ Choir on “World Detour.”

TV picks for June 14: Gordon Ramsay, 'Ozzy & Jack's Road Detour,' 'Command and Control'

The longest day “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” sounds an awful lot like one of the chef’s previous series, “Kitchen Nightmares,”…
Roseanne Barr as Roseanne Conner.

Too bad Roseanne Barr couldn't be more like Roseanne Conner

ABC made the right decision when it canceled "Roseanne." But it also killed an opportunity to facilitate a civil discussion on what divides us.
Ken Burns shared a sample of his new film on the Mayo Clinic and answered questions from staffers after the screening.

Ken Burns checks in at Mayo Clinic to give sneak preview of documentary

Ken Burns gave Mayo staffers a sneak peek at his documentary about the Minnesota medical center.
Ellie Kemper in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."

TV picks for May 30: 'The Americans,' 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,' 'Reverie'

American woman “The Americans” may not have done much to remind our country of the Cold War with Russia, but it did prove that…
Host Casey Webb posing with the Brunching of Champions mini ferris wheel at Betty Danger's Country Club in Minneapolis, as seen on Travel Channel's "M

Minnesota is the main course in new season of Travel Channel's 'Man v. Food'

Restaurants in the Twin Cities and Duluth are heavily featured in new episodes of the TV series.
Sacha Horler as Sando in "Sando" on Acorn TV.credit: Acorn TV

TV picks for May 23: 'Sando,' 'The Split,' Tig Notaro

'Sando' channels 'Ab Fab' vibe.
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greeted the crowd as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel.

Media swoons, sighs over Markle, Prince Harry

Real journalism wasn't on the guest list for Harry and Meghan's nuptials.
T.R. Knight

Minnesota actor T.R. Knight reflects on life and love after 'Grey's Anatomy'

The Minnesota actor has doubled down on his commitment to theater after leaving "Grey's Anatomy."
Jim Pagliarini

Twin Cities Public TV's longtime CEO to step down

Leader for more than two decades, Jim Pagliarini is credited with sparking innovation at TPT.
The Guthrie Theater.

Guthrie bias investigation finds 'inappropriate physical contact' after carpenter quits

Minneapolis theater is taking steps to improve its workplace culture.
Emily Yang of Woodbury won the state archery tourney and is now headed to the nationals. “Hard work pays off,” said her dad.

Woodbury teen hits the bull's-eye on the archery field

Take your preconceived notions of archers and stuff them in your quiver. Emily Rose Yang, who just turned 17 and stands 5 feet 1, isn’t…
Antonio Banderas voiced the title character in “Puss in Boots.”

TV picks for May 9: 'Jurassic Park,' 'The Rain,' 'Puss in Boots'

Prehistoric days “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” doesn’t roar into theaters until June 22, leaving you ample time to go back and watch the original.
The changing face of television.

In an era of #MeToo, television faces its gender gap

As women take control behind the scenes, they're beginning to influence the characters and stories we see on screen.
Sinclair Broadcast Group's headquarters.

Sinclair's TV editorials worry media watchdogs as debate unfolds

Mandatory TV editorials worry media watchdogs.
Hank Azaria in "Brockmire."

TV picks for April 25: 'Brockmire,' 'Archer,' 'Code Black'

Fantasy island “Archer,” the animated series that takes more cues from film noir than “The Simpsons,” is setting its ninth season on Danger Island,…
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