I’m sorry that you find our local coverage too focused on Minneapolis.
There’s a lot of important news in Minneapolis we have to cover, so I can see your point, but we have 5 reporters based full time in St Paul and the east metro, not counting what we also cover there in prep sports, features, and local business. We’re also striving to write more in-depth stories about issues affecting both of the cities, such as this one.
I’d also recommend the work of our St. Paul reporter Jess Van Berkel.
Thanks for the question, but that’s not my role at the Star Tribune. My job is to lead our newsroom, which is very separate from our editorial board and the commentary pages.
Our Editorial Editor is Scott Gillespie. I never know what he and his team are publishing until I see it online or in the paper, just like you. We may need to do a better job explaining that division, which is common in journalism, to readers.
Sure, I'm happy to explain. Some stories that we publish unfortunately bring such a constant wave of hateful, even racist, comments that they are very difficult for our moderators to police. We’ve seen that especially on stories about crime and immigration, for example.