Long-time broadcast journalist Cyndy Brucato is joining MinnPost to report on and analyze what’s going on in the Republican Party and in the conservative movement.
That’s a rich topic these days, of course. The GOP is expected to make significant gains in the coming mid-term elections, and party officials seem to have their hands full with the growing popularity of the Tea Party. Minnesota is also home to several of the country’s most influential and well-known Republican leaders, including one who wants to be president.
Cyndy has the journalism skills and experience to sort out these developments and others. Cyndy got her start as a reporter for WDIO-TV in Duluth, later moving to WCCO-TV in Minneapolis and WBBM-TV in Chicago. But most Minnesotans probably know her as the respected and long-time news anchor for KSTP-TV, where she earned Peabody and national Emmy awards.
Cyndy has also worked in the world of politics. She was deputy chief of staff and press secretary for Gov. Arne Carlson from 1990 to 1996, and she worked as Sen. Norm Coleman’s communications director. She had the same position with the state Department of Transportation. She’s now president of Brucato & Halliday Ltd., a Minnesota-based public relations company. (The firm has done political consulting in the past but will not take on that work while she writes for MinnPost.)
So Cyndy knows Minnesota’s political scene as an insider, as well as a journalist. We’ve asked her to use her sources and connections to develop stories about state politics, especially about the people, issues and strategies talked about in Republican and conservative circles.
Her first article for MinnPost is here.
Roger Buoen is MinnPost co-managing editor.