Editorial Writer |
Denise has been an editorial writer at the Star Tribune since 1996. Before joining the editorial board, she was a reporter, editor, columnist and editorial writer at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and wrote editorials for the Miami Herald. She currently writes about urban affairs and a variety of other topics, but specializes in covering K-12 education. Johnson has also worked for the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Washington, D.C., and done diversity training locally and nationally. Earlier in her career, she hosted and produced news and issues public affairs shows on Twin Cities public television. The recipient of several journalism awards, she was honored in 2007 with the Frank Premack Graven award for career contributions to public journalism. Johnson lives with her husband in St. Paul, her hometown, and they have one grown daughter.
Editorial Writer |
Burcum has been an editorial writer since March 2008, joining the Editorial Board after working in the newsroom as an editor and reporter. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial writing. "Not This Mine. Not This Location," which focused on copper mining's risk to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, was recognized in 2020. Her "Separate and Unequal" series on dilapidated Bureau of Indian Education schools was a finalist in 2015, and she also testified before Congress that same year about these schools' poor condition. Burcum graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington in 1991 and started her career as a reporter for the Rochester Post-Bulletin. She previously worked for Mayo Clinic and Ican Inc.
Awards and recognition: NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, Best of the West, The Associated Press, The Eddie Adams Workshop, Alexia Foundation, Editor and Publisher, Nevada Press Association, Iowa Newspaper Foundation and the Inland Press Association.
Editor and Senior Vice President |
He joined the Star Tribune in 2004 as a regional reporter and was later named its Sunday editor. He has subsequently overseen the Metro, Business and Sports departments as well as special reporting projects and investigative work. He helped lead the Star Tribune's investigation of child deaths at daycare facilities in Minnesota that earned the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. Sanchez's journalism career began in New Orleans at The Times-Picayune, where he reported on sports and local news. He then spent 17 years as a local and national reporter for The Washington Post. In his last six years at the Post, he was based in Los Angeles, covering California and the American West.
A New Orleans native, Sanchez earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from Loyola University.
Senior Digital Editor |
Kelly has worked as an editor and designer at the Miami Herald, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and El Mundo (Lima, Peru). Her journalism degree is from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Assistant Managing Editor |
Kupper has spent much of his career as a business journalist and led the Star Tribune's business news team for five years. During that time, the staff won numerous awards including general excellence from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for 2016. He has degrees in journalism from Northwestern and business from UCLA.
Reporter | Editor |
Before coming to the Star Tribune in 2005, Shiffer worked at The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., where he was an editor and reporter. Shiffer is the author of "The King of Skid Row," a local history book. He lives in Minneapolis with his family.
Schafer grew up on a southwest Minnesota cattle farm and studied history and economics at Macalester College. He received his masters degree from Northwestern University and worked as a writer and editor for a regional business monthly before returning to business. His work included investment banking but he had the most fun advising CEOs on growth strategy. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Tanya Bell, a real estate development consultant and civic leader, and they have three adult daughters. He's also been active as a volunteer, including for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Neighborhood House and Urban Homeworks.
Team Leader |
Meryhew is a native of St. Paul and a 1977 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he worked as a writer and editor for the Minnesota Daily. He later he worked as a staff writer at the Worthington Daily Globe before joining the Minneapolis Star in 1980.
Digital projects editor |
Prior to joining the Star Tribune in late 2014, DeLong was a digital editor on the national desk at the Washington Post, where he focused on national politics, the federal government and national security. He was part of the team awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of the National Security Agency's secret surveillance programs. A native of upstate New York, DeLong currently lives in Minneapolis. He can be reached on the encrypted messaging app Signal at 612-643-0344.
Ryan covered the Minnesota United FC during its first two years of existence. She previously spent two years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covering Penn State football, Robert Morris basketball and high school sports. A Minnesota native and Minneapolis resident, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a major in journalism and minors in management and global studies. She has lived in Pennsylvania, Texas (covering the real Friday Night Lights for the Dallas Morning News) and New York (as a sports copy editor for a summer through the Dow Jones News Fund).
Senior editor |
Prior to becoming an editor, she wrote extensively on home- and garden-related topics.
Assistant Managing Editor |
Campbell has been a digital and print journalist for 25 years. She spent 20 years at the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a features and projects editor, ultimately moving to the Metro team, where she led the paper's coverage of courts, crime, communities and politics. Outside of newspapers, she was the editorial director for PBS/Next Avenue, a national digital project. She started her career as a magazine writer, and holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing. For 15 years, she lived on 13 acres in Scandia, Minnesota, where she raised chickens -- and three children. She recently returned to city living.
Night home-page producer |
Vince Tuss is a producer working on the StarTribune.com home page most evenings. Before that, he was a copy editor and a night police reporter.
Senior Managing Editor/VP |
At the Seattle Times, where she was a senior editor for 14 years, Dardarian helped oversee work that earned two Pulitzer Prizes, for breaking news and investigative reporting. She earlier served as a senior editor and reporter at the News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash, and a reporter at the Everett, Wash., Herald. Dardarian is a former president of the Associated Press Media Editors, a national professional organization. A San Francisco native, Dardarian earned her bachelor's degree in communications and political science from the University of Washington.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Sayle moved to Minneapolis in 2013, when she was named managing editor of City Pages. She was previously a news reporter and food writer for Memphis Flyer and Memphis magazine. In 2019, Sayle joined the Star Tribune as a digital editor in the features department. She has won awards for her music and food criticism from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Team Leader |
Previously, Groebner was editor of Vita.mn, the Star Tribune's entertainment magazine (2006-2015), as well as the entertainment editor and an occasional news editor for StarTribune.com. He lives in Minneapolis and enjoys travel, cycling, sailing, geography and the Twin Cities arts scene.
Homepage editor, digital news desk |
Common has been at the Star Tribune since 2001. Before joining the online staff, he served as a suburban editor and a senior copy editor who supervised the production of our Business section. He was also the first "voice" behind the Star Tribune's Twitter feed back in 2010-11. Common grew up in Apple Valley and graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. When not on the job, he's a fan of the Twins, the Lynx and, of course, the Northwestern Wildcats. He lives in St. Paul.