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Star Tribune announces new political, Minneapolis, education reporters

Some comings and goings in Strib-land recently; Monday, managing editor Rene Sanchez announced the hiring of three veteran reporters who will start next month:

♦ Jennifer Brooks will join the Politics/Government team for election coverage after a five-year stint at the Nashville Tennessean. She also did time at the Detroit News, Gannett News Service and UPI. Sanchez noted her Nashville expertise was “breaking news and deep enterprise,” and was part of the team covering the city’s 2010 flooding that was a Pulitzer finalist. Twitter handle: @jenniferbroooks. The extra “o” is for “OMG it’s cold!”

♦ Maya Rao is slotted for the Minneapolis team; she’s covered the mean streets of Philly for the Inquirer. Sanchez name-checked her aggressive coverage of New Jersey’s Chris Christie and the always entertaining New Jersey Legislature. Maya may miss the cheesesteaks, but she’ll feel right at home talking to Lisa Goodman.

She’ll work alongside Eric Roper; Roper’s former colleague, Steve Brandt, will cover Minneapolis schools, replacing Corey Mitchell, who’s become a D.C. correspondent, replacing Jeremy Herb, who’s moved on to The Hill. Got all that? Rao’s Twitter handle: @mrao_inquirer, but that seems like company property so may not travel with her.

♦ Kim McGuire will cover Anoka-Hennepin schools; she’s worked at the Denver Post and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she was an environmental sciences reporter. It is unlikely she is Kara McGuire‘s sister, but she is married to Todd Stone, the paper’s newish business editor. Says here she has most recently been a stay-at-home mom with a new baby; she and Stone also moved as a team from Denver to St. Louis. Couldn’t find a Twitter handle, but that might have something to do with handling diapers.

I don’t have an exhaustive list of Strib departures, but among others, Bob Von Sternberg retired, Emma Carew leaves Thursday for the digital side of a magazine called The Cooking Club, and Lora Pabst, Sarah Lemagie and Myron Medcalf also took their leave this fall. 

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