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Scott Gillespie

Editorial Editor and Vice President | Opinion
Phone: 612-673-4516

Scott Gillespie is the Star Tribune's editorial page editor and vice president. He's responsible for opinion content and leads the Editorial Board, which operates independently from the newsroom.  

Gillespie has been editorial page editor since 2007. He was the lead editor on "Separate and Unequal," the series of editorials on underfunded Bureau of Indian Education schools that was a finalist for a 2015 Pulitzer Prize. Before joining Editorial, Gillespie was managing editor at the Star Tribune, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the newsroom. During his five-year tenure in that role, the news staff produced awarding-winning coverage on the death of Paul Wellstone, the war in Iraq and the collapse of the I-35W Bridge. Before being named managing editor, Gillespie served as the paper's assistant managing editor for local news and assistant managing editor for business news. He has more than 30 years of news reporting and editing experience at newspapers in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He served as a Pulitzer Prize juror in 2004, 2005, 2011 and 2012. 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.
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A cartoonist and a gentleman

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Editorial Page Editor: Our 'Growing Minneapolis' series

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The governor deserves credit for not backing down.
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Wisconsin's governor looks ahead

Gov. Scott Walker met with the Star Tribune Editorial Board on Thursday.
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