Laura McCallum

Laura McCallum is the Deputy News Director for MPR News. She is a former reporter who covered education and politics, serving as MPR's Capitol Bureau Chief for six years. McCallum joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1993, starting at MPR's birthplace in Collegeville before moving to the St. Paul newsroom in 1997. She has won numerous state, regional and national writing and reporting awards. Prior to MPR, McCallum worked for three public radio stations in North Dakota and also did television and print reporting. McCallum is a past president of Capitolbeat, the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, a national journalism organization dedicated to improving statehouse coverage around the country. She also served as president of the Northwest Broadcast News Association, a regional news organization representing six states. McCallum, a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Dakota.

Stories by Laura McCallum

Red door opens for Gilda’s Club Twin Cities

<p>The signature red door officially opens in Minnetonka later today. Anyone who&#8217;s either battled cancer or watched a loved one fight the battle is probably familiar with Gilda&#8217;s Club, named in memory of comedian Gilda Radner, who died from ovarian cancer in 1989. The clubs are gathering places where people living with cancer can come <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2014/04/red-door-opens-for-gildas-club-twin-cities/"><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a></p>

Twin Cities cookbook author John Michael Lerma dies

<p>I first met John Michael in 1999, after I moved into the house across the street from him in St. Paul&#8217;s Highland Park neighborhood. I was coming home from a meeting one night, and the power was out on our block. Everything was pitch black &#8211; except John Michael and Chad&#8217;s home, which was as brightly lit up as if the power was still on. I knocked on the door, and this gregarious man opened the door, warmly welcoming me to a small cozy living room lit up by what seemed like dozens of candelabras. Typical John Michael &#8211; who needs power when you have candelabras?</p>

Life without power for many metro residents

<p>My morning tweet got quite a few responses from frustrated Twin Cities residents still without power after several days. @MPRsLauraMc @cathywurzer @mprnews Ours is one of those homes. Last time I showered or shaved other than by candlelight was last Thursday. &mdash; Joe Thiegs (@jthiegs) June 24, 2013 I also heard from Nick Gasper of <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/cities/2013/06/life-without-power-for-many-metro-residents/"><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a></p>

Saints ballpark to cost nearly $9 million more than budgeted

<p>Representatives from the city of Saint Paul, Ryan Companies, Saint Paul Saints and the Saint Paul Port Authority have a conference call at 3 p.m. to talk about the Lowertown Ballpark, including recent soil contamination findings. This letter went to city officials in advance of the call. Curtis Gilbert will have more on this story <a class="more-link" href="http://blogs.mprnews.org/stadium-watch/2013/06/12/saints-ballpark-to-cost-nearly-9-million-more-than-budgeted/"><span>Read more</span> &rarr;</a></p>