April 26, 2017
Minnesota Senate
Capitol News Coverage
Directory 2017

Published by:

Secretary of the Senate
State Capitol Suite 231
75 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155
(651) 296-2344

Members of Capitol News Coverage Organizations are accredited through:

Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate
Suite G430
95 University Ave W.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155
(651) 296-1119

This publication was developed by the following departments:
Senate Sergeant-at-arms; Senate Information Systems and Senate Media Services

 David J. Oakes
Information Supervision 
 Marilyn Logan
Information Maintenance 
 Charley Shaw
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Senate Rule 16

16. Credentials for News Coverage

16.1 (a) The Secretary of the Senate shall provide a reasonable number of spaces on the Senate floor and in the Senate gallery for individuals and organizations with credentials and passes issued under this rule.

(b) The Sergeant at Arms may not issue credentials or day passes under this rule to political organizations or to individuals affiliated with a political organization. For the purposes of this rule, "political organization" means an organization owned or controlled by a registered lobbyist, a political caucus, a political party, or any party organization and "individuals affiliated with a political organization" means an individual who, during the preceding 24 months, has been employed by or received any compensation from a political organization.

(c) Due to the limited space available for organizations or individuals providing news coverage of the Senate, the Senate finds that there is a compelling public interest in limiting credentials issued under this rule to organizations or individuals who demonstrate that they provide regular news coverage of the legislature. For session credentials, an organization or individual must submit an application to the Sergeant at Arms. The Sergeant at Arms must review the application and approve or reject it within 14 days after receipt. Upon the request of the Sergeant at Arms, an applicant for credentials must provide evidence of the applicant's activities in providing regular news coverage of the legislature. Evidence of regular news coverage must include examples of news coverage of legislative matters produced by the applicant. The examples must include written, video, or audio coverage written or recorded in the past year, and a description of how they were publicly distributed. Any opinion expressed in the examples is not subject to review under this rule at any time.

(d) If an application is rejected, the Sergeant at Arms must state the reason for the rejection in writing and notify the applicant, the Secretary of the Senate, the Majority Leader, and the Minority Leader in writing.

(e) An appeal of a denial of credentials must be made in writing to the Secretary of the Senate, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Senate Minority Leader. The Committee on Rules and Administration shall review and decide the appeal within 14 days after receiving a letter of appeal.

16.2 The Sergeant at Arms may grant a day pass for access authorized under Rule 16.1, paragraph (a) The day pass may be issued for a single day to an individual or organization who has not applied for credentials and who is not prohibited from receiving credentials under Rule 16.1, paragraph (b). The pass may be granted upon the request of a member or the organization or individual, and may be renewed from day to day upon request.

16.3 The Secretary shall compile and distribute to the public a directory of individuals and organizations who have been issued credentials under Rule 16.1 to provide news coverage from the Senate floor. The directory must include each individual's picture and organization and a brief biography.

16.4 The Secretary must issue each individual or organization with credentials an identification badge showing the individual's name and organization. The individual must wear the badge when in the Senate Chamber.

16.5 (a) A credential shall be revoked by the Sergeant at Arms if the Sergeant has received credible information indicating that the individual or organization either was not qualified to receive the credential when it was given, or no longer qualifies for a credential.

(b) An appeal of a revocation of credentials must be made in writing to the Secretary of the Senate, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Senate Minority Leader. The Committee on Rules and Administration shall review and decide the appeal within 14 days after receiving a letter of appeal.

adopted January 06,2015

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Julia Erynn
Alpha News MN - Alphanewsmn.com
Newsroom: 651-206-9081
E-mail: Julia@alphanewsmn.com
Education: BA, Political Science, University of Minnesota 2014 (Minor in Sociology).
Experience: Capitol reporter, Alpha News (2015-present); Weekly Contributor, 1280 AM The Patriot (2014); MN State Senate intern (2013).
Preya Davina Samsundar
Alpha News MN - Alphanewsmn.com
Newsroom: 612-229-7320
E-mail: preya@alphanewsmn.com
Education: BA, Political Science and Sociology: Law, Criminology and Deviance, with a minor in Mass Communications, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2016.
Experience: Alpha News MN (April 2016 to present); Contributor for The Hill.
Jim Mone
Associated Press
Capitol: 612-332-2727
Cell: 612-730-8258
E-mail: jmone@ap.org
Education: B.S. Degree, Nebraska Omaha
Experience: 43 years AP photographer.
Kyle Potter
Associated Press
Capitol: 651-222-4821
Newsroom: 612-332-2727
Fax: 651-222-2208
Cell: 612-805-0617
E-mail: kpotter@ap.org
Education: B.A., University of Minnesota
Experience: Minnesota Daily, Pioneer Press, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, The Forum of Fargo Moorhead, Associated Press.
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Don Davis
Forum News Service
Capitol: 651-290-0707
E-mail: ddavis@forumcomm.com
Education: Wm. Penn College, Oskaloosa; Journalism degree, Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa).
Experience: Covered state government for Rochester Post-Bulletin and Bismarck Tribune; newspaper editor for 15 years; Forum Communications Capitol Bureau chief since 2001.
Maureen McMullen
Forum News Service
Capitol: 651-290-0707
E-mail: mmcmullen@forumcomm.com
Education: Multimedia Journalism Degree, Minnesota State University-Moorhead.
Experience: Red Wing Republican Eagle, city reporter (2015-present); The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, internship; Covered energy industry news for an online publication.
Tom Olmscheid
Freelance - St. Paul
E-mail: taolmscheid@comcast.net
Education: AA degree Inver Hills C. C.
Experience: 36 years House Chief Photographer, 38 years contract photographer Associated Press. Freelance contribbutor to MinnPost and Pioneer Press.
John Croman
Capitol: 651-292-8988
Newsroom: 763-797-7215
Fax: 763-546-1111
Cell: 612-209-9091
E-mail: jcroman@kare11.com
Education: BS, Journalism, University of Kansas.
Experience: 30 years in TV and radio news, including 10 years covering MN State Capitol; Omaha, Phoenix, and Lawrence, KS; seven years in radio news in Lawrence, Salina, and Coffeyville, KS.
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Shawn Loging
KEYC-TV News 12 - Mankato, MN
Newsroom: 507-625-7905
Fax: 507-625-5745
Cell: 608-385-5314
E-mail: tvloging@keyc.com
Education: Bethany Lutheran College, degrees in communication and English.
Experience: KEYC-TV News 12 multimedia journalist (May 2015 - present).
Timothy Blotz
Newsroom: 952-946-5767
Cell: 952-412-7677
E-mail: timothyblotz@gmail.com
Education: B.S. Political Science, Communication - University of Wisconsin Stevens Point; M. A. Strategic Communications - University of Minnesota
Experience: 30 years of broadcasting and communications.
Tom Hauser
Capitol: 651-665-0920
Newsroom: 651-642-4455
Fax: 651-642-4409
E-mail: thauser@kstp.com
Education: BA, Journalism and Political Science, University of St. Thomas; MA, Journalism and Mass Communications, Drake University.
Experience: KAAL-TV, Austin, MN; WINK-TV, Fort Myers, FL; WHO-TV, Des Moines; KSTP-TV, Mpls-St. Paul.
Francisco Almenara-Dumur
KTTC-TV 10 - Rochester, MN
Newsroom: 507-535-8934
Fax: 507-288-6278
Cell: 804-551-1601
E-mail: fdumur@kttc.com
Education: BA, Journalism; Minor, Computer Science, James Madison University
Experience: KTTC (June 2016 - present); internship at WRIC in Richmond, Va.; reporter for JMU Today in college.
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Shannon Bolte
KTTC-TV 10 - Rochester, MN
Newsroom: 507-280-5125
Fax: 507-288-6278
Cell: 507-251-7984
E-mail: sbolte@kttc.com
Education: BA, photojournalism, Winona State University.
Experience: Full-time photographer at KTTC since November 2014.
Niala Charles
KTTC-TV 10 - Rochester, MN
Newsroom: 507-535-8939
Fax: 507-288-6278
Cell: 951-719-6542
E-mail: ncharles@kttc.cocm
Education: BA, Journalism and Economics, Pepperdine University
Experience: KTTC reporter/fill-in anchor (October 2015 - present); NewsWaves anchor and reporter during college; internships at BBC Worldwide Americas and International Documentary Association.
Alanna Martella
KTTC-TV 10 - Rochester, MN
Capitol: 513-479-4982
Newsroom: 507-535-8957
Fax: 507-288-6278
E-mail: amartella@kttc.com
Education: Ohio University, majored in broadcast journalism with specializations in political science and theater.
Experience: Reporter and multimedia journalist at KTTC since January 2015. Anchor at WOUB at Ohio University. Internships WKRC and CNN.
Justin McKee
KTTC-TV 10 - Rochester, MN
Newsroom: 507-535-8967
Fax: 507-288-6278
Cell: 919-610-5372
E-mail: jmckee@kttc.com
Education: Worked at KTTC since March 2015. Interned at Time Warner Cable News in Raleigh, N.C.
Experience: BS, meteorology, North Carolina State University. Minor in environmental science (2014).
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Shannon Rousseau
KTTC-TV 10 - Rochester, MN
Newsroom: 507-535-8935
Fax: 507-288-6278
E-mail: srousseau@kttc.com
Education: BA, Radio, TV and Film, University of North Texas. Minors in music and communication.
Experience: Weekend anchor, producer and multimedia journalist at KTTC since August 2016. Nightly news anchor, producer and reporter at North Texas Television. Internship at WFAA in Forth Worth,
Chuck Sibley
KTTC-TV 10 - Rochester, MN
Newsroom: 507-280-5125
Fax: 507-288-6278
E-mail: csibley@kttc.com
Experience: Worked at KTTC since 1972, with more than 20 years as the senior news photojournalist.
Chris Yu
KTTC-TV 10 - Rochester, MN
Newsroom: 507-535-8932
Fax: 507-288-6278
Cell: 252-571-4600
E-mail: cyu@kttc.com
Education: BA, journalism, University of Maryland.
Experience: Mutlimedia reporter at KTTC since November 2015. Previously worked at WCTI-TV and WHTM-TV.
Trey Mewes
Mankato Free Press
Capitol: 651-491-0633
Newsroom: 507-344-6365
E-mail: tmewes@mankatofreepress.com
Education: University of Minnesota 2006-2010, BA degree in journalism, history.
Experience: 5 years with The Austin Daily Herald. 6 months with Mankato Free Press.
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Scott Peterson
Minnesota News Network
Capitol: 651-224-0355
Newsroom: 612-321-7211
Cell: 612-423-4676
E-mail: speterson@mnnradio.com
Education: BS - UW - Riverfalls, WI Associates - Radio Broadcast - Brown
Experience: MNN KYMN - Radio Clear Channel - KTCN 1130
Bill Werner
Minnesota News Network
Capitol: 651-224-0355
Newsroom: 612-321-7211
Fax: 612-321-7222
E-mail: bwerner@mnnradio.com
Education: BA, Political Science, Macalester College.
Experience: Political correspondent, Minnesota News Network since 1993.
Brian Bakst
Minnesota Public Radio
Capitol: 651-291-1035
Newsroom: 651-290-1424
Cell: 651-226-6089
E-mail: bbakst@mpr.org
Education: BA, Political Science/Journalism, University of Minnesota.
Experience: Copy editor, Albuquerque Journal; legislative correspondent, Murphy McGinnis Media; legislative reporter, Associated Press, 1999 - 2016.
Tim Nelson
Minnesota Public Radio
Newsroom: 651-290-1393
Cell: 651-315-4900
E-mail: timnelson@mpr.org
Education: BA, Gustavus Adolphus College.
Experience: Minnesota Daily, St. Paul Pioneer Press.
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Tim Pugmire
Minnesota Public Radio
Capitol: 651-291-1035
Newsroom: 651-290-1424
Cell: 651-261-3287
E-mail: tpugmire@mpr.org
Education: BS, St. Cloud State University.
Experience: Minnesota Public Radio, 1990-present.
Tom Scheck
Minnesota Public Radio
Capitol: 651-290-1574
Newsroom: 651-290-1424
Fax: 651-227-5238
E-mail: tscheck@mpr.org
Education: BA in Broadcast Journalism and English, Syracuse University.
Experience: General assignment reporter, Indiana Public Radio, 1996-2000; reporter on health care issues, MPR news, 2000-2005; reporter, politics and state government MPR News, 2005-2010.
Ken McAuliffe
MinnesotaFound.com - MSP
Capitol: 952-270-0512
Newsroom: 952-473-0503
E-mail: Ken@MSPFOUND.com
Experience: Owner and journalist for MSPFound.com, owner 2013
Briana Noel Bierschbach
Newsroom: 320-469-3206
E-mail: bbierschbach@minnpost.com
Education: B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Experience: Previously covered the Minnesota Legislature with the Associated Press and Politics in Minnesota.
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Martin Owings
mncapitolnews.com/KFAI Radio News
Capitol: 612-819-8599
Cell: 612-819-8599
E-mail: owings1064@hotmail.com
Education: MA - Organizational Leadership IT, Saint Catherine University (Exp 2015), BA - History, Metro State University
Experience: KFAI Radio News, Public Record Media, MN Capitol Conversations, mncapitolnews.com.
Alexandra Renslo
NWCT-12 News
Capitol: 612-720-9074
Newsroom: 763-533-8196
Fax: 763-533-1346
E-mail: arenslo@twelve.tv
Education: BA, Journalism & English, UW-Madison
Experience: 15 years of experience in television news; reporter, anchor, producer. Wisconsin Public Television, WKBT-TV, NWCT-12 News, 2005-present.
Heather J. Carlson
Rochester Post-Bulletin
Capitol: 507-301-1927
Newsroom: 507-281-7482
Fax: 507-285-7715
E-mail: hcarlson@postbulletin.com
Education: MA in Journalism, University of Missouri; BA, College of St Catherine.
Experience: Previously worked as Associated Press statehouse reporter in Missouri; Rochester Post-Bulletin, 2005-present.
Kevin Featherly
St. Paul Capitol Report/Politics in Minnesota
Newsroom: 651-222-1837
E-mail: kevin.featherly@politicsinmn.com
Education: BA, Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Experience: Most recently 12 years of freelance writing for dozens of local and national publications; held previous positions as reporter and editor with Washington Post Newsweek Interactive, McGraw-Hill, Landmark Communications, North Country Community Newspapers and Internet Broadcasting System.
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Christopher Magan
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Capitol: 651-228-5136
Newsroom: 651-228-5557
Fax: 651-228-5500
Cell: 513-535-0281
E-mail: cmagan@pioneerpress.com
Education: B.S. Journalism from Tennessee State University
Experience: Education reporter Pioneer Press 2011 - Education/Government reporter Dayton Daily News 2004-2011
David Montgomery
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Capitol: 605-224-5064
Cell: 605-223-1233
E-mail: dmontgomery@pioneerpress.com
Education: B.A. in political science,Grinnell College, I.A. 2008
Experience: St. Paul Pioneer Press, 2014-present; Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 2012-2014; Rapid City Journal, 2010-2012; Pierre Capitol Journal, 2008-2010.
Dave Orrick
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Capitol: 651-283-5489
Newsroom: 651-228-5512
Fax: 651-228-5500
E-mail: dorrick@pioneerpress.com
Education: Northwestern University.
Experience: Seventeen years’ experience; six years’ experience with St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Jean Pieri
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Newsroom: 651-228-5497
Fax: 651-228-2169
Cell: 651-325-6017
E-mail: jpieri@pioneerpress.com
Education: University of Minnesota.
Experience: St. Paul Pioneer Press photographer since 1983.
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Bill Salisbury
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Capitol: 651-228-5538
Newsroom: 651-228-5555
Fax: 651-228-5528
Cell: 651-334-5538
E-mail: bsalisbury@pioneerpress.com
Education: BA, History, University of MN, Morris.
Experience: Reporter, Fairmont Sentinel, 1971-72; reporter, Rochester Post-Bulletin, 1972-77; reporter, St. Paul Pioneer press, 1977-present.
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Capitol: 651-224-5812
Cell: 651-398-6130
E-mail: rstassen-berger@pioneerpress.com
Experience: Star Tribune
Tad Vezner
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Newsroom: 651-228-5461
Fax: 651-228-5500
E-mail: tvezner@pioneerpress.com
Education: MA from Missouri School of Journalism
Experience: 10 years s reporter at Pioneer Press.
Patrick Condon
Star Tribune
Capitol: 651-925-5049
Cell: 612-655-7312
E-mail: patrick.condon@startribune.com
Education: University of St.Thomas, St. Paul.
Experience: Star Tribune 2014-present. AP reporter in Minnesota 2004-2014. Covered 2005 and 2006 Legislative sessions in St. Paul. Also covered Legislatures and state government for newspapers in Washington State and North Dakota.
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J. Patrick Coolican
Star Tribune
Capitol: 651-925-5042
Fax: 651-222-0101
E-mail: patrick.coolican@startribune.com
Education: B.A. University of Notre Dame Fellowships: The Ohio State University University of Michigan
Experience: The Seattle Times, Las Vegas Sun.
Erin Golden
Star Tribune
Capitol: 612-673-4790
E-mail: erin.golden@startribune.com
Education: BA, History and American Studies, College of William and Mary; MS, Journalism, Northwestern University.
Experience: Star Tribune (2014 - present); Previously: Omaha World-Herald, The Bulletin.
Ricardo Lopez
Star Tribune
Capitol: 651-925-5044
Fax: 651-222-0101
E-mail: ricardo.lopez@startribune.com
Education: B.A., Journalism and Spanish, Magna Cum Laude University of Nevada, Reno
Experience: Previously a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times.
Leila Navidi
Star Tribune
Newsroom: 612-710-1293
E-mail: leila.navidi@startribune.com
Education: Rochester Institute of Technology B.A. Applied Photography 2003
Experience: Star Tribune since Sept., 2014 Las Vegas Sun 2007-2013
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Maya Rao
Star Tribune
Capitol: 651-925-5043
Cell: 612-710-5403
E-mail: maya.rao@startribune.com
Experience: Maya Rao has written for the Press of Atlantic City, The Philadelphia, Inquirer, and The Atlantic. She joined the Star Tribune in 2012 and is currently at work on a book about her time in the North Dakota oil fields.
Christopher Snowbeck
Star Tribune
Newsroom: 612-673-4744
Cell: 612-900-4019
E-mail: c.snowbeck@startribune.com
Education: B.A., Carleton College, 1994
Experience: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2014-present; St. Paul Pioneer Press, 2006-2014; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1997-2006; Charlotte, Va., Daily Progress, 1994-1997.
Glen Stubbe
Star Tribune
Capitol: 612-210-8603
Newsroom: 612-210-8603
E-mail: glen.stubbe@startribune.com
Education: BS Photojournalism, Syracuse University.
Experience: Wilkes-Barre, PA, Times Leader, 1981-83; Tampa Tribune, FL, 1983-86; Washington Times, DC, 1986-98, Star Tribune, 1998 - present.
Lori Sturdevant
Star Tribune
Capitol: 612-673-4505
Newsroom: 612-673-4505
Fax: 651-222-0101
Cell: 612-644-6963
E-mail: lsturdevant@startribune.com
Education: BA, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; graduate work, University of Minnesota.
Experience: Star Tribune reporter, 1976-1986; assignment editor 1986-1992; editorial writer and columnist, 1992-present. Author and/or editor of nine books, including “Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement,” to be released Feb. 2014.
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Richard Tsong-Taatarii
Star Tribune
Capitol: 612-418-2163
Newsroom: 612-673-4517
E-mail: richard.tsong-taatarii@startribune.com
Education: B.A. U.C. Berkeley '92
Experience: 12 years Star Tribune staff photagrapher
Michael McIntee
The Uptake
Capitol: 612-261-2272
Newsroom: 651-538-0411
E-mail: michael.mcintee@theuptake.org
Education: BA, Journalism, University of MN.
Experience: WMMR-AM news director, 1977-81; WCCO -TV producer, 1979-1982; KGBT-TV producer, 1982-84; KETV-TV producer 1984-87; KWTV TV producer, 1987-88; Conus Communication 1989-2002; cofounder and executive producer, The UpTake, 2006-present.
Cirien Saadeh
The Uptake
Capitol: 612-261-2272
Newsroom: 651-538-0411
E-mail: cisaadeh@gmail.com
Education: BA, Political Science, St. Catherine University, 2012; MA, Humanities, Prescott College, 2015; Ph.D., Sustainability Education (Journalism Focus), Prescott College, currently pursuing.
Experience: Freelance reporting during the last several years on local politics and community mobilization efforts. Previous work as a reporter at the Minnesota State Capitol, reporting on both state and local elections, as well as legislative politics for independent, nonprofit organizations.
Bill Sorem
The Uptake
Capitol: 651-452-0530
Newsroom: 651-452-0530
Cell: 952-239-1169
E-mail: bill_sorem@me.com
Education: BS, Agriculture Sciences, University of Minnesota.
Experience: 20 years advertising agency experience 5 years reporting for TheUptake
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Mitchell Berg
True North - St. Paul, MN
Newsroom: 651-855-8912
E-mail: mitchpberg@yahoo.com
Education: BA, English, Jamestown College, ND.
Experience: Shot in the Dark, 2002-present; True North, WWTC-AM,
David N. Gillette
Twin Cities PBS
Capitol: 612-296-9030
Newsroom: 651-229-1345
Cell: 612-296-9030
E-mail: dgillette@tpt.org
Education: BA, Art, Creative Writing, Univ. of MN; Honor Program, 2001; Policy Fellow, Hurbert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, 2009 - 2010; Center for the Study of Politics and Governance.
Experience: Commentator and essayist for TPT since 2007, Almanac and Nightly Business Report; covered Legislative sessions for Almanac At The Capitol, since 2007.
Mary Lahammer
Twin Cities PBS
Capitol: 651-402-8848
E-mail: mlahammer@tpt.org
Education: University of Minnesota; major: Journalism and Mass Communications; honors: Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Experience: Host, Almanac at the Capitol; reporter, Almanac; anchor/reporter, WQOW-TV, Eau Claire, Wis.; anchor/reporter, KUMV-TV, Williston, N.D.; winner of several Emmys and other awards for hosting, reporting, producing, and photography.
Scott Trotman
Twin Cities PBS
Capitol: 612-867-8358
Newsroom: 651-222-1717
E-mail: strotman@tpt.org
Education: BA, Winona State University; major, Mass Communications, Broardcasting; minor, Speech Communications.
Experience: Over 20 years of video production experience; 16 years with TPT. Worked four sessions with Senate Media in 1990's.
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Pat Kessler
Capitol: 651-287-6991
Newsroom: 612-330-2509
E-mail: pjkessler@wcco.cbs.com
Education: Macalester College, English/Journalism.
Experience: WCCO-TV; Minnesota Public Radio.