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425 Portland Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55488


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Founded: The Star Tribune’s history is interwoven with the history of Minnesota, with roots in three newspapers – the Minneapolis Tribune, the Star and the Minneapolis Journal. The oldest of the three newspapers, the Minneapolis Tribune, was founded in 1867. The papers were consolidated in 1935, under the ownership of the Cowles Family. In 1982, the evening Minneapolis Star and the morning Minneapolis Tribune were combined to make one daily morning newspaper – the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, which was renamed the Star Tribune in 1987. The McClatchy Company acquired the Star Tribune from Cowles Media Inc. in 1998.

Key Executives:
J. Keith Moyer, Publisher & President
Anders Gyllenhaal, Editor & Senior Vice President
Scott Gillespie, Managing Editor
Susan Albright, Editor of the Editorial Pages
Steve Alexander, Senior Vice President Circulaton
Michael LaBonia, Senior Vice President Sales & Strategic Development
Janet Owen, Senior Vice President Operations
Mike Riggs, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Ben Taylor, Senior Vice President Marketing & Communications
Helen Wainwright, Senior Vice President Human Resources & Labor Relations
Ken Riddick, Vice President Interactive Media
Tom Hardie, Vice President Production
Karen Larson, Vice President Classified Advertising
Bonnie Laux, Vice President Display Advertising

General Hiring Contact:Cover letters and resumes can be submitted online here:

Distinction:The Star Tribune is the leading media company in the Twin Cities metropolitan area in market reach and advertising market share.

Market: The Minneapolis-St. Paul area is home to 17 Fortune 500 companies. The population of the 13-county area is 3.1 million and is predicted to increase by 5.5 percent between 2005 and 2010. As a percent of total employment, the top three sectors are: Professional and Business services; followed by Education and Health services; and then Manufacturing. The area also has a high percentage of working women: 42 percent work full-time and 23 percent work part-time.

Circulation Area: The Star Tribune serves the entire 13-county Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area (defined as the Minnesota counties of Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright; and the Wisconsin counties of Pierce and St Croix). This area includes 1,153,766 occupied households (2000 Census). The Star Tribune newspaper also is available by mail and at single-copy outlets throughout most of the state, and home delivery also is available in some cities/counties outside the metro area.

Customers: Over the course of a month the combined reach of the Star Tribune and is 76 percent of the Twin Cities market.

Site: The Star Tribune newsroom and administrative offices are located at 425 Portland Ave. in downtown Minneapolis. The production facility, known as Heritage Center, is located 1.5 miles away at 800 North First St.

Readership: Average daily adult readers: 864,000. Average Sunday adult readers: 1,246,800.

Circulation:363,694 daily and 606,698 Sunday

Size:Daily papers average 82 pages; Sunday papers average 172 pages

Single-Copy Sales: 16% daily, 21% Sunday

Production: The Star Tribune has five GOSS Headliner Offset presses (55 printing units and 50 reel stands). The presses were installed in 1986 with 10 units each and commissioned in 1987. Five additional mono units were installed in 1999, one on each press.

Color: Color capacity varies by run. The Star Tribune is capable of printing these:


Average Monthly Page Views/Unique Visitors: Traffic on accounts for 41 million page views from 2.5 million unique visitors in an average month.

Other Websites: -- information about the company, employment opportunities, news releases, etc.

Employees: Approximately 2,400 full and part-time employees.

Newsroom Staff: Approximately 350 full and part-time employees

St. Paul, Minn.
Duluth, Minn.
Washington, D.C. (McClatchy Washington, D.C. bureau)

Major Awards:

Major Advertisers: Verizon Wireless, Target Department Stores, JC Penney, Marshall Fields-Macy’s Department Stores, Cub Foods, Mills Fleet Farm and Cingular Wireless

Creative Ventures:

Special Publications:

Well-Known Newsroom Personalities: Sports Columnists Sid Hartman and Patrick Reusse; Columnists Doug Grow, Nick Coleman and Katherine Kersten; Gossip Columnist C.J.

Community Involvement: The Star Tribune Foundation, founded in 1945, contributes $3 million to the community every year. Community partnerships include Read Across America (literacy event), People Serving People (shelter for homeless families), Neighborhood Forum, United Way, Jr. Achievement, Toys For Tots and Hands On Twin Cities. In addition to community partnerships, the Star Tribune has numerous marketing sponsorships with local sports teams, arts organizations, venues and events.

The Community

The Minneapolis skyline.

Market: The Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul and the surrounding region offer a progressive atmosphere with a Midwestern sensibility. Considered one of the most literate metro areas in the nation, the area also boasts pro teams in all four major sports, more than a dozen universities and colleges, a diverse economy and an increasingly diverse population. And it’s one of Kiplingers’ “50 Smartest Places to Live.” Minneapolis alone has more theaters than Boston, more parks than Denver and more golfers per capita than any other city in America.

Location: The Minneapolis-St. Paul area is approximately 400 miles northwest of Chicago, Ill., and 25 miles west of Hudson, Wis. Rochester, Minn., home of the Mayo Clinic, is 85 miles to the south. Also to the south are Des Moines, Iowa, (245 miles) and St. Louis, Mo. (620 miles).Duluth, Minn., the gateway to Lake Superior’s popular north shore, is 155 miles to the north.

Transportation: The Twin Cities metro area is home to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, a hub location for Northwest Airlines, which also has its headquarters here. Two major interstate highways – 35 and 94 – serve the area. The Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs are linked by the bus system, and light rail transit is available between the airport and downtown Minneapolis, with stops at the Mall of America and other locations.

Population: The population of 13-county Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area is 3,138,324.

Households: The 13-county Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area has 1,153,766 occupied households.

Household Growth Rate: The Minneapolis/St. Paul area has 1.5 million households and is predicted to increase by 5.5% between 2005 and 2010.

Education: 94% of the population has at least a high school education, with 33% having at least some college and 32% being college graduates.

Ethnic Makeup: 89% white; 6% percent black; 5% Hispanic; 3% Asian/Pacific Islander and 3% other

Median Age: 43

Average Income: Median household income is $61,479.

Median Home Value: In Hennepin County (Minneapolis and west metro communities) the median home value is approximately $255,000.

Average Rent:$931 for a two-bedroom apartment.

Andrea Northwood's dog Scout celebrates the arrival of Minnesota’s winter weather.

Climate: The Twin Cities enjoy four distinct seasons. Winters are usually cold and snowy. The average January temperature is about 12 degrees, but below zero temperatures occur at some point during most winters. Average annual snowfall is nearly 50 inches. Summers are warm and, on some days, humid. The average high temperature in July is 84 degrees, but highs in the 90s are not uncommon. Spring and fall are transition seasons.

Major Employers/Industries: Top employers include Target Corp., Allina Health System, Northwest Airlines, Wells Fargo, University of Minnesota, 3M Corp., HealthPartners, Carlson Companies Medtronic, General Mills, Cargill and U.S. Bank.

Major Retailers: Target, JC Penney, Sears, Marshall Fields-Macy’s Department Stores, Nieman Marcus, Nordstrom, Wal-Mart and Kohl’s

Higher Learning: The metro area has numerous institutions of higher learning, including: the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas, Hamline University, Bethel University, Macalester College, Augsburg College, the College of St. Catherine and Northwestern College, as well as many state, community and specialty colleges and technical schools.

Patrons look over the work of Chuck Close at the Walker Art Center.

Culture: The area is ranked second in the nation (after New York City) in arts support and live theater per capita. It’s also considered one of the most literate metro areas in the United States. The region has a vibrant local theater and arts community, including such major cultural institutions as the Guthrie Theater, the Children’s Theater, the Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, the new Minneapolis Public Library, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota Historical Society, the Children’s Museum and Open Book (literary center).

Sports: Professional teams based in the Twin Cities include the: Twins (MLB), Vikings (NFL), Timberwolves (NBA), Wild (NHL), and Lynx (WNBA). There are also collegiate sports such as University of Minnesota men’s and women’s Big 10 Conference athletics and teams at numerous small colleges throughout the state and metro area. Other sports attractions include: Canterbury Park (horse racing), National Sports Center (youth athletics), the St. Paul Saints (minor league baseball) and the Minnesota Thunder (minor league soccer).

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Garnett are among the more popular sporting attractions in the Twin Cities.

Major Annual Events: Annual events include: the Minnesota State Fair, Taste of Minnesota, Aquatennial, Uptown Art Fair, Irish Fair, Renaissance Festival, Flint Hills Children's Festival, Stone Arch Festival of the Arts, St. Paul Winter Carnival, Holidazzle, and the 3M Championship Senior Golf Tournament. In addition, the Minnesota music scene is nationally recognized for its great concert venues for performers on nationwide tours, local talent and music festivals. The Minnesota State Fair is one of largest in the country.

Tourist Attractions: Mall of America, Valley Fair (amusement park), Minnesota Zoo and Canterbury Park (horse racing) are top tourist attractions. The Mississippi River, the lakes and the adjacent park system – with paths for walking and bicycling – also are popular with tourists.

Recreation: The Twin Cities metropolitan area has 949 lakes, many of which are suitable for swimming, boating and fishing. There are numerous city and regional parks, and many golf courses, including such outstanding courses as Hazeltine, Bearpath and Bunker Hills. Other popular outdoor activities include downhill, cross country and water skiing, bicycling, roller blading, horseback riding and hunting (in outlying areas). Minnesota ranks first in the country per capita in golf, bicycling, fishing and snow skiing. Hennepin County (Minneapolis and western suburbs) ranks second in the nation in horses per capita.

Nightlife: Downtown Minneapolis' booming club scene boasts standards like legendary music club First Avenue, but also has a host of new superclubs like Visage, Karma and Level. Jazz is featured at the Dakota. Outside of downtown, much of the metro area's nightlife spots are sectioned off by neighborhood. The trendy Uptown area keeps hipsters busy with fusion bars and restaurants like Chino Latino and the Independent. Cozy dive bars rule the southside and northeast neighborhoods of Minneapolis. Favorites include Chatterbox and Psycho Suzi's. St. Paul's downtown is catching up with its sister city with bars like Fhima's and LoTo. Surprisingly, you'll find a lot of nightlife destinations in the suburbs, including the state's largest club, Myth, in Maplewood. La Belle Vie and Lurcat, in Minneapolis, and the St. Paul Grill (in the St. Paul Hotel) and Pazzaluna in St. Paul, are among the area’s trendiest high-end restaurants.

Claim to Fame: The Mississippi River that runs between Minneapolis and St. Paul, the lakes, (Minneapolis is called “The City of Lakes”) and the extensive parkway system.

Famous Citizens: Famous citizens past and present include former Vice Presidents Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale, sports figures Bud Grant, Kirby Puckett and Kevin Garnett, actor Josh Hartnett writer/actor Garrison Keillor and musician Prince.

Trivia: When the Minneapolis Tribune (a predecessor of today’s Star Tribune) printed its first edition in 1867, the city didn't have a fire department, a sewage system or even a city water supply.

Area Information: (Bloomington is a suburb and home of Mall of America.)

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