Minnesota Senate

January 25, 2022
Minnesota Senate
Capitol News Coverage
Directory 2022

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

 Andrew J. Olmscheid
Information Supervision 
 Bryan Pierick
Information Maintenance 
 Aaron Person
Information Systems 
 Anna Moorjani
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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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Mohamed Ibrahim
Associated Press
Capitol: 651-222-4821
Newsroom: 612-332-2727
Cell: 612-381-6543
E-mail: mibrahim@ap.org
Education: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Experience: AP/Report for America, reporter; Star Tribune, student reporter; MPR News, reporter intern; Minnesota Daily, senior staff reporter.
Steve Karnowski
Associated Press
Capitol: 651-222-4821
Newsroom: 612-332-2727
Cell: 612-442-7649
E-mail: skarnowski@ap.org
Education: BA from the University of Minnesota in journalism and political science, 1982.
Experience: Associated Press reporter since 1994; Conus Communications All News Channel, associate producer, 1994; Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, Germany, senior news editor, 1985 - 1994; United Press International in Washington, national desk editor, 1985, Minneapolis Bureau reporter, 1983 - 1985; Minnesota Daily, political reporter, 1979 - 1983.
Torey Van Oot
Cell: 310-903-2160
E-mail: torey.vanoot@axios.com
Education: BA, political science and print journalism, University of Southern California.
Experience: Axios Twin Cities (2020 - present); Star Tribune Capitol Bureau (2018 - 2020); Refinery29 (2015 - 2018); NBC-owned TV stations national digital desk (2013 - 2015); The Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau (2009 - 2013).
Alex Derosier
Forum News Service
Capitol: 651-290-0707
E-mail: aderosier@forumcomm.com
Education: University of Wisconsin-Superior, University of Missouri
Experience: Superior Bureau of Wisconsin Public Radio, WNAX, Missourinet Radio, Southern California Public Radio, CBS News Washington Bureau, Associated Press Raleigh North Carolina Bureau, WDAY-TV and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
Dana Ferguson
Forum News Service
Capitol: 651-290-0707
Cell: 952-215-4046
E-mail: dferguson@forumcomm.com
Education: DePauw University, BA, 2014.
Experience: Joined Forum News Service as Minnesota Capitol correspondent in 2018. Previously worked as a state government and politics reporter for the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D., and The Associated Press in Madison, Wis.
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Thomas A. Olmscheid
Freelance Photographer
Cell: 651-208-4885
E-mail: taolmscheid@comcast.net
Education: AA degree, Inver Hills Community College.
Experience: MN House of Representatives, chief photographer, 1975 - 2011; Associated Press, freelance photographer, 1978 - 2018; freelance photographer, 2011 - 2018.
John Croman
Capitol: 651-292-8988
Newsroom: 763-797-7215
Cell: 612-209-9091
E-mail: jcroman@kare11.com
Education: BS, journalism, University of Kansas.
Experience: Reporter for KARE since 1997. Previously worked in TV news in Phoenix, Omaha and Lawrence, Kan.; and radio news in Kansas.
Theo Keith
Newsroom: 952-946-5767
Cell: 763-257-9690
E-mail: theo.keith@fox.com
Education: Bachelor's degrees in journalism and political science, University of Missouri.
Experience: WITI-TV/Fox 6, Milwaukee, Wis., political reporter (2015-2018); WAVE-TV (NBC), Louisville, Ky., political reporter (2013-2015); WISC-TV (CBS), Madison, Wis., reporter (2011-2013); KMOX-AM (CBS) and KOMU-TV (NBC), Jefferson City, Mo. (2009-2011).
Tom Hauser
Capitol: 651-665-0920
Newsroom: 651-642-4455
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.
Kamaria Braye
KTTC-TV 10 - Rochester, MN
Cell: 612-229-8281
E-mail: kbraye@kttc.com
Education: BS, Lincoln University (Mo.); MA, University of Missouri-Columbia.
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Noah Caplan
KTTC-TV 10 - Rochester, MN
Newsroom: 507-535-8965
E-mail: ncaplan@kttc.com
Education: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (BA, Communications and Media Studies)
Experience: MMJ, KTTC/KXLT; Big Ten Network
Micah Hagen
KTTC-TV 10 - Rochester, MN
Newsroom: 507-535-8951
E-mail: mhagen@kttc.com
Education: Associate's degree from Rochester Community and Technical College.
Experience: Photojournalist at KTTC (June 2019 - present).
Darian Leddy
KTTC-TV 10 - Rochester, MN
Capitol: 507-215-5009
Newsroom: 507-288-4444
E-mail: darian.leddy@gray.tv
Education: University of Minnesota (BA)
Experience: MPR digital team intern, Gopher Sports production assistant, Timberwolves/Lynx production assistant, Nine North production assistant.
Carli Petrus
KTTC-TV 10 - Rochester, MN
Capitol: 507-288-4444
E-mail: cpetrus@kttc.com
Education: BA Communications, Mercyhurst University
Experience: KTTC MMJ, 2021 - present; Fox 66 MMJ (intern), 2020; WKYC-TV (intern), 2019-2020.
Charles Raymond Sibley
KTTC-TV 10 - Rochester, MN
Newsroom: 507-280-5125
E-mail: csibley@kttc.com
Education: Rochester Community Technical College (AA)
Experience: Started as news photographer at KTTC in 1977, shooting and editing 16mm film. Converted to videotape in 1982, covering news, weather and sports. Many stories at the MN State Capitol.
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Dan Ochsner
Leighton Broadcasting AM 1450/FM 99.3 KNSI - St. Cloud, MN
Capitol: 320-492-5661
Newsroom: 320-203-4831
Cell: 320-492-5661
E-mail: dochsner@leightonbroadcasting.com
Education: Associates Degree Radio/TV Broadcasting; Bachelor's Degree Media Business.
Experience: 20+ years in radio news and talk radio; KDLM news director, 1998-2001; MN Associated Press Broadcasters Board, past president; Political talk show host, KNSI St. Cloud, 2001-present.
Alex Steil
Minnesota Daily
Cell: 651-231-9818
E-mail: asteil@mndaily.com
Education: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Scott Peterson
Minnesota News Network
Capitol: 651-224-0355
Newsroom: 612-724-2820
Cell: 612-423-4676
E-mail: speterson@mnnradio.com
Education: BS - UW - Riverfalls, WI Associates - Radio Broadcast - Brown
Experience: Anchor, reporter, producer, Minnesota News Network; KYMN - Radio; Clear Channel - KTCN 1130
Bill Werner
Minnesota News Network
Capitol: 651-224-0355
Newsroom: 952-545-6660
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.
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David Montgomery
Minnesota Public Radio
Newsroom: 651-290-1033
E-mail: dmontgomery@mpr.org
Education: BA in political science, Grinnell College.
Experience: MPR News, 2020-present; CityLab, 2018-2019; St. Paul Pioneer Press, 2014-2017; Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 2012-2014; Rapid City Journal, 2010-2012; Pierre Capital Journal, 2008-2010.
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.
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.
Ricardo Lopez
Minnesota Reformer
Cell: 702-426-9165
E-mail: ricardo@minnesotareformer.com
Education: BA, journalism and Spanish, University of Nevada, Reno.
Experience: Previously at The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.), Variety (Los Angeles), Star Tribune, Los Angeles Times.
Max Nesterak
Minnesota Reformer
Cell: 612-360-4843
E-mail: max@minnesotareformer.com
Education: BA, Swarthmore College.
Experience: MPR News, NPR.
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Deena Winter
Minnesota Reformer
Capitol: 763-283-9012
Newsroom: 202-491-7755
E-mail: winterdeena@gmail.com
Education: University of Mary (Bismarck, N.D.)
Experience: Bismarck Tribune, Associated Press, Lincoln Journal Star, Denver Post, Nebraska Watchdog, Southwest News Media, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, New York Times, Wall Street Journal.
Peter J. Callaghan
Newsroom: 612-455-6950
Cell: 253-219-6332
E-mail: pcallaghan@minnpost.com
Education: BA, University of Washington
Experience: MinnPost; Associated Press in Olympia and Seattle; Everett Herald; Tacoma News Tribune.
Walker Orenstein
Cell: 651-276-7490
E-mail: worenstein@minnpost.com
Education: BA, University of Washington.
Experience: Reported on Washington State's Legislature for The (Tacoma) News Tribune and The Associated Press. Interned for The Seattle Times.
Martin D. Owings
Capitol: 612-819-8599
Cell: 612-819-8599
E-mail: owings1064@gmail.com
Education: BA, history and political science, Metropolitan State University; MA, organizational leadership, Saint Catherine University.
Experience: Reporter/editor/online host; Board President at Public Record Media.
John Eric Autey
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Capitol: 651-228-5136
Newsroom: 651-338-5497
Cell: 651-328-1753
E-mail: jautey@pioneerpress.com
Experience: St. Paul Pioneer Press photographer: 20 years with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, 15 years in the newsroom.
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Mara Gottfried
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Newsroom: 651-228-5262
Cell: 651-503-0163
E-mail: mgottfried@pioneerpress.com
Education: BA, University of Maryland.
Experience: St. Paul Pioneer Press, 2001 - present.
Christopher Magan
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Cell: 513-535-0281
E-mail: cmagan@pioneerpress.com
Education: B.S. Journalism from Tennessee State University
Experience: Education reporter for Pioneer Press, 2011 - present; education/government reporter for Dayton Daily News, 2004-2011
Dave Orrick
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Capitol: 651-224-5812
Cell: 651-283-5489
E-mail: dorrick@pioneerpress.com
Education: Northwestern University.
Experience: Twenty-plus years' experience; 14 years' experience with St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Bill Salisbury
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Capitol: 651-228-5538
Newsroom: 651-228-5448
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.
C. Scott Takushi
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Newsroom: 651-228-5497
E-mail: ctakushi@pioneerpress.com
Education: BA, Wheaton College.
Experience: Seattle Times, 1985-1987; St. Paul Pioneer Press photographer since 1987.
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Briana Bierschbach
Star Tribune
Capitol: 651-925-5042
Cell: 320-469-3206
E-mail: briana.bierschbach@startribune.com
Education: BA, journalism, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Experience: Star Tribune since 2020. Previous experience at the Capitol for The Associated Press, Politics in Minnesota, MinnPost and Minnesota Public Radio.
Patricia Ava Lopez
Star Tribune
Newsroom: 612-673-7028
Cell: 612-599-2654
E-mail: plopez@startribune.com
Education: California State University, Los Angeles.
Experience: Editorial writer, Star Tribune; former state and national political editor, Star Tribune; former chief political reporter; Star Tribune; Previously reporter for Cincinnati Enquirer, Los Angeles Times, Roanoke Times, Los Angeles City News Service.
Stephen Montemayor
Star Tribune
Capitol: 651-925-5048
Newsroom: 612-673-1755
Cell: 612-760-8405
E-mail: smontemayor@startribune.com
Education: BA, journalism, University of Kansas.
Experience: Star Tribune (2015 - present). Previously: Twin Cities Business; Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World.
Leila Navidi
Star Tribune
Newsroom: 612-673-4840
Cell: 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
Emma Nelson
Star Tribune
Newsroom: 612-673-4509
E-mail: emma.nelson@startribune.com
Education: BA Journalism, University of Minnesota
Experience: Star Tribune reporter and editor, 2014 - present.
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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
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, 1992-2018. Retired from the Editorial Board in December 2018 and continues as an occasional columnist. Author and/or editor of 12 books, including "Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women's Movement" and "The Pillsburys of Minnesota."
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
Jessie Van Berkel
Star Tribune
Capitol: 651-925-5044
Cell: 612-516-0121
E-mail: jessie.vanberkel@startribune.com
Education: BA, journalism, University of Minnesota.
Experience: Star Tribune (2014-present). Previously: Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Post-Crescent.
Michael McIntee
The Uptake
Capitol: 651-261-2272
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.
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Sheila Regan
The Uptake
Cell: 612-447-6983
E-mail: sheilacecilia@gmail.com
Education: BA, Macalester College; MFA, Indiana University.
Experience: Twelve years' experience as a freelance journalist. Bylines in the Washington Post, Star Tribune, Salon, Mic, PRI, Vice; stringer for The Associated Press.
Cirien Issa Saadeh
The Uptake
Capitol: 651-538-0411
Cell: 952-423-8186
E-mail: cirien.saadeh@theuptake.org
Education: BA, political science, St. Catherine University, 2012; MA, humanities, Prescott College, 2015; Ph.D., sustainability education, Prescott College, 2019.
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.
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.
Caroline Cummings
Newsroom: 612-330-2509
Cell: 240-899-4639
E-mail: crcummings@wcco.com
Education: BA, broadcast journalism, University of Maryland, College Park (2017).
Experience: Iowa statehouse reporter, KGAN-TV, June 2017-December 2020; reporter, WCCO-TV, January 2021-present.