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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
Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy in “Stan & Ollie.”

Laurel & Hardy biopic is another fine mess

The film about one of comedy's greatest duos has a hard time playing it straight.
CNN anchor Don Lemon: “This is really an exciting time to be a journalist. Our role has never been more important.”

CNN's Don Lemon defends show's on-air debates, woozy New Year's Eve reports

The outspoken anchor squeezes in a trip to the Twin Cities to mark Martin Luther King Day.
Keegan-Michael Key, Jae Suh Park, Cobie Smulders, Zack Robidas and Nat Faxon on “Friends From College.”

TV picks for Jan. 16: 'Deadly Class,' 'Wayne,' 'Friends From College'

Holding out for a hero “Wayne” is a wannabe superhero without any superpowers, unless you count his willingness to get beaten to a bloody…
Mark Rosen.

As WCCO's Mark Rosen retires, his famous friends share memories of 'Rosie'

Family members and friends look back on Mark Rosen's half-century-long TV career.
Andrea Savage returns in “I’m Sorry.”

TV picks for Jan. 9: 'Schooled,' 'I'm Sorry,' 'You're the Worst'

Hot for teacher “Schooled” doesn’t have anything new to teach us, but as family comedies go, this spinoff to “The Goldbergs” makes the grade, thanks…
Iraq's Saddam Hussein is among those featured on "The Dictator's Playbook" on PBS.

TPT explores dark world history with new 'Dictator's Playbook' series

Six-part series is the latest big-tent project from the St. Paul-based outlet that helped bring "Hoop Dreams" to the screen.
Rami Malek, a Golden Globe winner for playing Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody," celebrated with Mercury's bandmates Brian May and

'Bohemian Rhapsody' rocks the Oscar race with surprise wins at Golden Globes

The Golden Globes celebrated diversity during an evening that left few clear front-runners.
Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh will host the Golden Globes on Sunday.

Celebrity duos we'd like to see hosting the 2019 Oscars

The Golden Globes have the right idea by putting Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh center stage.
Garrison Keillor recently performed at Crooners Lounge and Supper Club in Fridley.

Keillor is selling Common Good Books, but he isn't leaving the Twin Cities

The former host of "Prairie Home Companion" has no plans on retreating full-time to his Manhattan pad.
Yara Shahidi on “Grown-ish.”

TV picks for Jan. 2: 'Mythbusters Jr.,' 'Grown-ish,' 'The Masked Singer'

Sophomore year “Grown-ish” may be a spinoff of “Black-ish,” but its closest relative is “A Different World,” although I don’t remember Denise dealing with…
Rachael Kilgour performed at the Warming House in south Minneapolis. The Duluth native is getting national attention for her heartfelt songs about rel

Duluth songwriter Rachael Kilgour is folk music's Next Big Thing

Rachael Kilgour isn't hard to find. Just follow the sound of sobbing.
Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi in the early days of their Blues Brothers partnership.

Dan Aykroyd talks about his favorite Minnesotans, 'SNL' and why he's still singing the blues

Dan Aykroyd continues to sing the blues — and that's just the way he likes it.
Melissa Peterman and Reba McEntire showed off McEntire’s award from the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors.

Minnesota actress Melissa Peterman spills secrets on her Kennedy Center tribute to Reba McEntire

The Minnesota actress got a piece of the Kennedy Center Honors, thanks to her pal Reba McEntire.
TCM features a slate of Burt Reynolds’ flicks, including “Hooper.”

TV picks for Dec. 26: Burt Reynolds, 'Kennedy Center Honors,' 'Apollo's Daring Mission'

But seriously, folks I’m glad the Kennedy Center has a separate event celebrating comics, but the addition of the Mark Twain Prize means “The…
Jason Momoa in “Aquaman.” Warner Bros.

'Aquaman' is part man, part fish, part stand-up comic

"Aquaman," the latest comic-book epic, floats on one-liners and two fists.
Lakeith Stanfield, left, and Donald Glover in the Emmy award-winning series “Atlanta.”

'Atlanta,' 'Killing Eve' top the list of 2018's best TV shows

Daniel Glover's "Atlanta" took us into the Twilight Zone.
Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara in the “Schitt’s Creek” holiday special.

TV picks for Feb. 19: Justin Kirk, 'Schitt's Creek,' Samantha Bee

Gal pals Former Minnesotan Justin Kirk (“Weeds”) lends some star support to “Overthinking With Kat & June,” a new comedy about female friendship, featuring…
Roger Miret of Agnostic Front in “Godfathers of Hardcore.”

Neal Justin's TV picks for Dec. 12 – 'Champaign, ILL,' Agnostic Front, 'Paris to Pittsburgh'

Boys in the band Adam Pally (“Happy Endings”) and Sam Richardson (“Veep”) have proved they can shine in top-notch sitcoms. Their latest venture, “Champaign,…
Tom Barnard, center, with morning show sidekicks Mark Rosen and Dan Culhane in 1987. “It was the perfect mix” of personalities, Rosen said of thei

KQRS stars revisit 50-year saga of Minnesota's most loved/hated station

In their own words, here's how KQ emerged from the underground to become a classic-rock mainstay, a ratings powerhouse — and at times a lightning rod for controversy.
Much like the Sundance Film Festival does for Utah, Duluth hopes the Independent Television Festival can bring noteworthy revenue into the local econo

Duluth snags national TV festival — could it be the next Sundance?

ITVFest hopes to do for northern Minnesota what Sundance did for Utah.
Anchor Camille Williams left KARE 11 recently, and now husband Cory Hepola is also leaving KARE for WCCO Radio.

Departing KARE 11 anchor Cory Hepola will replace John Hines at WCCO Radio

KARE's Cory Hepola is just the latest television personality who's made the switch to radio.
Rachel Brosnahan won an Emmy for her role as “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Season 2 of Amazon's 'Mrs. Maisel' is as marvelous as ever

The year's most celebrated sitcom returns for a second season on Amazon Prime.
Clive Standen’s Duke Rollo is back as “Vikings” returns with Season 5.

TV picks for Nov. 28: 'Vikings,' 'A Legendary Christmas,' 'Homeless to Harvard'

The battle continues “Vikings” returns with Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh Andersen) discovering that being king isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, with…
A “Growing Pains” marathon will include this episode from 1991 starring Alan Thicke, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kirk Cameron.

TV picks for Nov. 21: 'Final Table,' 'Growing Pains,' 'Double Dare'

Show me that smile again Spend your Thanksgiving holiday with the Seaver family by devouring every single episode of “Growing Pains,” the sitcom that temporarily…
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.
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