Minnesota Public Radio's Journalist Series
The wellbeing of our audiences is of the utmost importance to MPR. In response to growing concerns surrounding COVID-19, Minnesota Public Radio will cancel all public events from March 14 through April 24.
Spring 2020 Interviews
MPR News correspondent Brandt Williams interviews KARE 11 journalist Jana Shortal
Previously Scheduled for Monday April 13, 7pm
Seventeen. That’s how many years Jana Shortal has worked as a journalist for KARE 11 news in Minneapolis. She is from a town you’ve never heard of but it’s a 40-minute drive from St. Louis. She once sold her ten-year anniversary gift from KARE 11 to an ex so she could buy a pair of Air Jordans. Jana graduated from the University of Missouri–Columbia a very long time ago and had it not been for a persistent journalism professor would have spent her adult life driving the Wienermobile. Jana has won six regional Emmy awards. You can see Jana on Breaking the News, KARE 11, weeknights at 6:30 pm.
MPR News correspondent Brandt Williams covers the city of Minneapolis with a focus on city and county government, public safety, courts and racial disparities. Brandt has won a Silver Gavel, an Eric Sevareid, a Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and was a finalist for the Scripps Howard Foundation’s National Journalism Award; he was also a 2004 Knight Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow in 2011 and 2015, and he is a board member of Criminal Justice Journalists. When he’s not doing journalism, Brandt plays guitar for his unappreciative cat and is an unapologetic sci-fi and fantasy book/tv/movie nerd.
All Things Considered host Tom Crann interviews MPR News correspondent Catharine Richert
Previously Scheduled for Monday, April 20, 7pm
Catharine Richert is based in Rochester, Minnesota, and covers Southeast Minnesota for MPR News. This election year, she’s leading MPR’s Can You Believe It? reporting project, an effort aimed at helping listeners and readers navigate disinformation they see on social media. Previously, Catharine was on MPR's politics team where she reported MPR’s weekly fact-checking column PoliGraph, and she has contributed to MPR's health care coverage. Before moving to Minnesota, Catharine lived in Washington, D.C., where she reported for Congressional Quarterly and PolitiFact. She lives in Rochester with her husband, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic, and their three children.
Tom Crann is the host of All Things Considered for MPR News. He's been in the host chair since 2005 and has interviewed a wide range of public figures, including Minnesota's members of congress, politicians, experts, writers and artists. He has hosted other special coverage for MPR News, including live coverage of election nights since 2012. He has been a host, producer, and interviewer for Minnesota Public Radio since 1995. In addition to his work in news, Crann has spent over 20 years hosting and producing classical music and cultural programs at public radio stations around the U.S, and for RTE/Lyric FM in Ireland, where he is still a contributor.
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