Notes that have piled up in the inbox in recent days …
The Star Tribune has swapped out and switched up some beat writers. Hennepin County courts reporter Rochelle Olson will take over St. Paul City Hall from Chris Havens, who moves to online. Suburban cops reporter Abby Simons is taking the Hennepin courts beat. Olson’s a City Hall pro from her days covering Minneapolis, and she and PiPress competitor Dave Orrick are aggressive and will keep the Capitol City politicos on a short leash.
Also, Strib state Capitol reporter Pat Doyle now covers all things transportation, including the Met Council and the Metropolitan Airports Commission. The paper hasn’t had a dedicated transportation reporter since Jim “RoadGuy” Foti took a buyout; while Foti was a personable columnist, Doyle’s stories are more policy nuts-and-bolts.
KSTP-TV is looking for a new male anchor, and no, nobody’s getting fired. News director Lindsay Radford says, “As I tell all of the agents, the show depends on the person’s talent. We produce nine hours of news each weekday… with that many newscasts, we have plenty of room for another anchor.”
Former Strib classifieds V.P. Jamie Flaws is back in journalism; she’s a new associate publisher for Greenspring Media, which publishes Minnesota Monthly and Midwest Home, among other titles. Flaws lost her gig last summer in the Strib’s sales-side reorganization, and moved to CarSoup. Greenspring lost Midwest Home publisher Kori Meewes last month. Flaws’ last day at CarSoup is Feb. 18.
As I noted a week or so ago, Joe Soucheray is exiting 1500 ESPN‘s “Saturday Morning SportsTalk.” Longtime fans often heard the last few minutes of the 8-10 a.m. lead-in — “The Home and Garden Show” — but the onetime home of Loren and Freddy ended its run Jan. 29. Station V.P. Dan Seeman says the garden-store sponsor, Gertens, pulled out as a delayed consequence of 1500’s switch to all-sports last year; not enough women listeners in the mix. Seeman says a “sports lifestyle” show, possibly involving outdoors or motor sports, may replace the green thumbs. Currently, ESPN network programming is a placeholder.
Blogroll: Minnesota Public Radio has debuted an intriguing staff blog focused on urban news, “The Cities.” Also, Strib families reporter Jeremy Olson has a new blog, “Daddy-O,” which despite the name seems to be more than a dadblog.