Stassen-Berger jumps from Pioneer Press to Star Tribune

[Note: update added 2 p.m.]

In a move guaranteed to shake up both dailies’ political desks, the Strib is hiring away PiPress Capitol correspondent Rachel Stassen-Berger, multiple sources confirm.

I’m on vacation, so I don’t have much, except to say the Strib practically wrote its job description for Rachel. While I’m sure they would’ve gone after her talented, aggressive self regardless, this is a hire that owes substantial credit to blogging and Twitter (and perhaps a bit to YouTube).

The question now: Does the Pioneer Press hire/elevate a politics writer to replace Stassen-Berger, or will Bill Salisbury be solo most of the time? Sure hoping it’s the former.

[Update: PiPress editor Thom Fladung says it’s the former. “We’re planning to replace Rachel on the Capitol beat.”]

I’ll be back Monday for more.

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Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Gary Lee on 08/03/2009 - 10:03 am.

    Indeed, she must know something the rest of us don’t. Jumping from the PiPress to the Strib is like jumping to the floating rock in the Most Extreme Elimination tournament.

  2. Submitted by Jeff Cagle on 07/31/2009 - 12:53 pm.

    That’s amazing. I think Rachel is a talented reporter and will do an excellent job working at the Star Tribune.

  3. Submitted by Aaron Landry on 07/31/2009 - 01:22 pm.

    Hum. Called it. (See comment #3):

  4. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 07/31/2009 - 01:28 pm.

    On what basis do you conclude this is due to social networking? as a whole does a fraction of the traffic of (and I’m guessing Rachel’s stuff on there is dwarfed by the sports traffic), according to quantcast, and having 1,500 tweet followers for general-interest posts isn’t a lot.

    Perhaps she was hired because she’s an excellent reporter.

  5. Submitted by David Brauer on 07/31/2009 - 01:55 pm.

    Kevin – re-read this item and the earlier one. I don’t think we have to choose; Rachel was hired because of her reporting AND her social networking (take note of the job description).

    By all accounts, Rachel does both as well as anyone in the market.

  6. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 08/02/2009 - 07:51 am.

    An interesting vote of confidence in the long term prospects of survival of the Star Tribune. Does Rachel know something we don’t know?

  7. Submitted by Robert Moffitt on 08/03/2009 - 09:04 am.

    Glad she is staying in the market, Rachel is one of the best local scribes.

    Still, one less reason to read the PiPress, which has always been my fav daily.

  8. Submitted by Norman Larson on 08/03/2009 - 12:31 pm.

    I hope that Rachel has a really good contract so that she is protected from being fired like Jeanette Trompeter of ‘CCO-TV was. Media stars in the Twin Cities, as elsewhere, seem to fade quickly.

  9. Submitted by Annalise Cudahy on 08/03/2009 - 01:31 pm.

    Congrats to Rachel and the Strib for recognizing her talent!

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