The Minnesota Reformer is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization covering state politics and policy. We focus on enterprise journalism — investigations, analysis, storytelling. We're ferreting out corruption and watching out for corporate influence in government decisionmaking. We're telling stories of people often left out of the usual media narratives. We're getting policymakers focused on the most important problems and how to fix them. The Reformer is part of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and a coalition of donors and readers. It retains full editorial independence.
Established in 2019, Sahan Journal's mission is to provide fair, groundbreaking coverage that illuminates issues affecting Minnesota immigrants and communities of color, and to chronicle how these communities are changing and redefining what it means to be a Minnesotan. We are expanding our audiences by partnering with ethnic news media in the state as well as two of the largest legacy newsrooms in Minnesota.
Chloe Johnson covers the environment for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and is part of the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk, a collaborative reporting network across the Basin. Previously, Johnson reported on the environment, climate change and the people adapting to a warmer planet for The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina. She started her career at The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and holds a journalism degree from American University. Her work has been recognized by the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Society for Features Journalism, and she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Johnson is always looking for a good excuse to hop on a boat.
Trisha Ahmed is a Statehouse reporter in Minnesota for The Associated Press. Ahmed recently completed her master’s degree in journalism at the University of Maryland, where she also worked as an investigative and data reporter at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. She was part of a team that won an award from Investigative Reporters & Editors, along with the Innovator of the Year Award from the News Leaders Association, for uncovering how newspapers contributed to racial terror lynchings in the United States. Ahmed has worked at CNN as a digital production assistant, and before that, she was a field interviewer for poverty and inequality research labs in Maryland and California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and social policy from Johns Hopkins University.
The Associated Press is a global news agency that began 172 years ago as a cooperative of five New York City newspapers. With 263 locations in more than 100 countries, AP provides journalism to roughly 15,000 media outlets around the world. AP sets standards for ethics and excellence, and has won 52 Pulitzer Prizes, including the 2016 gold medal for Public Service for an investigation into labor abuses in the seafood industry, reports that freed more than 2,000 slaves. AP’s seven news bureaus in the northeast U.S. provide vital local and regional news to 378 newsrooms.
The Star Tribune is the largest news organization in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, and has been in business for more than 150 years. It is committed to serving the community with outstanding journalism on a wide range of topics. Its work has earned many national honors—most recently the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for its breaking news coverage of the killing of George Floyd and its aftermath.
Vicki Adame is a bilingual reporter covering Minnesota’s Latino communities for Minnesota Public Radio, which is based in St. Paul. An award-winning multimedia journalist, Adame has focused on the lives of immigrants and communities of color, especially Latino communities in California and Washington state. Most recently, her work has appeared in Palabra, Latino Rebels, Latino USA, CTLatinoNews, among others, and she has translated articles for El Salvador’s El Faro. Adame holds a master’s degree from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. Her reporting on communities of color in the Tri-Cities area of Washington state earned her two consecutive C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards for Distinguished Coverage of Diversity. Her hometown is Merced, California.
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is an acclaimed regional and national provider of news and cultural programming that serves nearly all of Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Michigan, Iowa, and Canada. MPR News provides daily reporting, analysis, conversation and debate. It has a large central newsroom in St. Paul as well as regional bureaus staffed by full-time reporters who live and work in strategic locations to ensure full coverage of the state.
Jaida Grey Eagle reports for Sahan Journal, a news site in Minnesota’s capital, St. Paul, which focuses on immigrant communities. In her work as a photojournalist for Sahan, Grey Eagle covers Hmong, Somali and Latino communities. She is Oglala Lakota, and was born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Grey Eagle is a photographer, producer, beadwork artist and writer. Her photography has been published in numerous publications such as Native People’s Magazine, Indian Country Today, Briarpatch, Vogue and Tribal College Journal. She is a co-producer on the Sisters Rising Documentary, which is the story of six Native American women reclaiming personal and tribal sovereignty in the face of ongoing sexual violence against Indigenous women in the United States and has recently received an Honorable Mention at the Big Sky Doc Festival. She received formal training in photography at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and holds her Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography.
Zoë Jackson reports for the StarTribune in Minnesota where she focuses on younger voters and politics. Prior to this she was the metro reporting intern at the StarTribune, where she covered a range of issues including suburban politics. She covered water crisis recovery as an intern at The Flint Journal in Flint, Michigan, and has reported stories for Kalamazoo, Michigan NPR affiliate WMUK 102.1. She was the news editor of the Western Herald, the student-run newspaper at Western Michigan University. Her work as a student journalist has been honored by the National Association of Black Journalists and the Detroit chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists.