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MPR hires Brett Neely as D.C. correspondent

Minnesota Public Radio has opened its Washington, D.C. bureau; Brett Neely, a former NPR reporter and editor, started Monday as the solo correspondent.

Neely has also worked for Marketplace, the business-oriented show from MPR's sibling entity, American Public Media, so it's sort of an in-house hire. He likely has a bigger brain than you; the fluent German speaker (he grew up in Munich) has a master's degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and was a management consultant out of college. If Angela Merkel visits D.C., he's your man.

Here's his infrequently updated Twitter feed. You have to like a guy with an ID tagline that reads: "Public radio wench, but I'd rather be in a hair metal band." Here's his old blog from Old Europe.

Neely is the second Minnesota-affiliated journalist to begin reporting from D.C. in the past month. Star Tribune business reporter Jim Spencer joined that now-three-person bureau in January. And of course, there's our guy Derek Wallbank. It's a nice reversal of a trend that, at its nadir a few years ago, saw only a single Star Tribune intern stationed in the nation's capital.

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