Nancy Barnes: Three talented journalists are joining the Star Tribune

  • Article by: Nancy Barnes
  • July 24, 2010 - 7:05 PM

Two new leaders and a veteran reporter are joining our newsroom, and I expect them to make us a better news organization in very different ways.

Janet Reeves will join our staff in August as the assistant managing editor for multimedia, with responsibility over all visual storytelling, from still photography to video, wherever and however it lives -- in print, online, or on cell phones and iPads.

Todd Stone, currently the business and enterprise editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will be our new assistant managing editor for business news, with responsibility for business news across all platforms.

And Jeremy Olson, a veteran reporter who most recently worked at the Pioneer Press, joined us this month to take on an important new beat covering families and children in a substantial way.

Reeves is one of the most distinguished visual journalists in the United States. As the senior editor for multimedia for the former Rocky Mountain News, she built one of the strongest photo staffs in the country. Under Janet's leadership, the paper won three Pulitzer Prizes for photography. The staff of the Rocky, as it was known, also built a reputation for excellence, in video as well as still photography. As the closing of the paper grew more imminent in early 2008, her staff produced a touching documentary, which you can still see on the Rocky's site at

Reeves is a proactive visual leader who helped guide coverage through many big stories during her tenure in Colorado, from the JonBenet Ramsey killing to the Columbine shootings that shocked the country. She also teaches visual journalism at workshops across the country. With her refined visual eye, I hope she will bring readers surprising, powerful, emotional and unexpected visual treats that will help us bring you a more interesting newspaper, however you read us.

Stone is an accomplished, ambitious editor with a great eye for big stories and a track record of seizing on the news. He has been in St. Louis since 2007, where he oversees the Post-Dispatch's business news coverage in print and online. As part of that role, he is also responsible for cultivating and editing enterprise stories and serving as the writing and editing coach for the newspaper's metro/business department. This year, his staff won a prestigious Loeb award, the top business journalism award in the country.

Prior to joining the Post-Dispatch, Stone was a regional editor for the Denver Post, supervising a staff of 15 and leading coverage of some of the biggest stories in Colorado. He also has worked as an editor and writer at a number of other papers across the country, including the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise, the Shreveport (La.) Times and the Vicksburg (Miss.) Post. Todd has both a bachelor's degree and an MBA from Texas A&M University.

Stone has some ambitious projects waiting for him, including a remake of our Sunday business section and a rebuilding of our website for a stronger business presence.

Olson, who has been a hard-charging, award-winning health reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for the past five years, will explore an array of issues affecting families and children through state and local government, family courts and private-sector services. At the Pioneer Press last year, he won a Premack Award in public-affairs journalism for his compelling investigative story on how ethical issues in a drug trial may have contributed to a patient's suicide.

Before he arrived in St. Paul, Olson spent six years as an investigative and health care reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, where he investigated child abuse deaths and exposed safety risks in the cleaning of packinghouses. He also has had reporting stints at newspapers in Illinois and Iowa. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

We're delighted to have these accomplished journalists joining our staff.

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