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Sean Baker

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Sean Baker is a reporter for the Star Tribune covering southeast Minnesota.


Baker joined the Star Tribune in June 2024. He previously spent eight years covering Rochester for Med City Beat, an independent news website he founded at the age of 25. Prior to moving to Southeast Minnesota, Baker worked as a news producer for WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wis. Baker also served as news editor for the Fourth Estate, the student paper of UW-Green Bay, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Baker lives in Rochester with his wife, Sarah, and their two boys.
Recent content from Sean Baker
Pat and Michael York at a gallery exhibition put on by Pat prior to moving to Minnesota

Celebrity photographer and her famous actor husband call Minnesota home

Pat York's photos of Steve Martin, Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol and other stars are on display at the Rochester Art Center.
Attorneys for Olivia Flores' family are calling on state leaders to launch an “open and independent investigation of the organizational failures”

Trooper charged in fatal Rochester crash had history of reckless driving on the job

State trooper Shane Roper was reprimanded four times in eight years for on-duty crashes before the collision that killed an Owatonna teen, records show.
Olivia Flores

Minnesota trooper charged in Rochester crash that killed 18-year-old student

Olmsted County Attorney's Office files second-degree manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide charges against trooper Shane Roper.
The Edison Administrative Building in Rochester.

Rochester schools to allow students to fail classes again

The district is reinstating the "F."
Dwight and Dian Diercks gave $20 million to Mayo Clinic to support the use of AI in health care.

Red Wing native donates $20 million to Mayo Clinic for use of AI in early cancer detection

"People need new therapies and cures now."
Mayo Clinic recently signed an agreement with Zipline, the world’s largest commercial drone delivery company, with the goal that medications could b

Mayo Clinic to use drones to deliver prescription drugs to patients' homes

The Rochester-based health care system inks agreement with Zipline to begin offering prescription deliveries by drone beginning in 2025.
Local writer and anthropologist Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara poses on June 20 in front of a bookshelf inside the creative hub she is launching to amplify Blac

Rochester writer to open city's first Black-owned art gallery, bookstore

"Black culture is essential to American culture," says Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara.
Husband-and-wife duo Mark and Lynn Scotch, both living donors, are riding across the Midwest in support of organ donations. “As crazy as it might so

'Nothing but grateful': In Rochester, Organ Trail donors meet boy they helped save

Along a 1,173-mile bike ride through the Midwest, Mark and Lynn Scotch bring attention to the urgent need for living organ donors.