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City Pages loses its last news vet to Minnesota Monitor

Paul Demko, City Pages’ last remaining news reporter from the Steve Perry era, resigned today. He will join Perry’s new title, Minnesota Monitor, as a full-time political reporter, say sources who have spoken to Demko.

Under new editor Kevin Hoffman, City Pages has not covered politics on a sustained, beat basis; Demko has experience prowling Minneapolis and St. Paul city halls as well as the legislature. While at CP, he won the coveted Premack statewide public-affairs award for “The Hit Parade Revisited,” his look at Minneapolis police-brutality settlements. He won the award with G.R. Anderson Jr., now of MinnPost.

Just weeks after assuming the MinMon job, Perry has reassembled quite a few of his old CP crew. Britt Robson joined the team last month, and Molly Priesmeyer covers housing and other issues. Both are part-timers. Perry has at least one open full-time slot in his budget, which Demko will fill.

UPDATE: Steve Perry confirms it in this post. Demko’s coming on board April 28 – two weeks from today. No rest for the wicked, I guess.

UPDATE II: Demko is taking the high road on the way out. Here’s his e-mail: “It’s simply time for a change. I’ve been here eight years. It’s been a blast. But I’m looking for a new challenge. Hopefully, Minnesota Monitor will be the right fit. I look forward to what should be an intriguing political season.”

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