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Principal convenor Minnesota Journalism Center Minnesota News Council


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Program and Agenda

Wed., June 4

ABOUT JOEL KRAMER

Joel Kramer writes about his background at the local online news site he founded. Here's a excerpt:

BELOW EXCERPTED FROM: http://www.minnpost.com/about/

"I got involved with newspapers early in life — I delivered Newsday in Queens, NY, when I was 12 years old. I was the editor of both my high school and college newspapers, and then worked as a writer or editor for Science Magazine, Newsday and the Buffalo Courier-Express.


"I moved to Minneapolis in 1983 to become editor of the Star Tribune, and in 1992 I was named publisher and president. I held that position until 1998, when the newspaper was sold to McClatchy. Then I spent three years as a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

"In 2003, I started a think tank called Growth & Justice, focusing on state policy that simultaneously creates economic growth, does so sustainably, and shares the fruits of the growth broadly. I served as executive director until this spring, when I became board chair.


"On the civic front, I served as chair of the board of the Children's Theatre Company in the mid-1990s, and more recently as board chair of Achieve!Minneapolis, which galvanizes community support for public education in Minneapolis."