Andy Mannix to join MinnPost

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Andy Mannix

We’re excited to announce the latest addition to our staff. Award-winning journalist Andy Mannix is joining MinnPost as our new data reporter.

Mannix, who grew up mostly in the Detroit area and Stillwater, began his journalism career as a reporter and editor at the Minnesota Daily, the University of Minnesota’s student-run newspaper, where he wrote in-depth pieces on everything from a video piracy ring to the real-estate empire connected to the University’s wrestling program.

After his time at the U, Mannix worked for four years as a staff writer for City Pages, covering the criminal justice system, politics and LGBT rights. Among the stories he produced for CP was a series exposing the prolonged warehousing of offenders with mental illnesses in Minnesota’s county jails; the story exposed issues that eventually spurred lawmakers to change several laws around inmate care. His profile of gay marriage activist and then-Vikings punter Chris Kluwe won the 2013 GLAAD award for “Outstanding Newspaper Article.”

Mannix has also written for TIME and The Seattle Times, and is currently finishing his master’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley journalism’s school, where he studied investigative and data reporting. 

At MinnPost, Mannix will focus on public policy reporting and analysis informed by the ever-growing mass of publicly available data. He’ll be joining MinnPost at the beginning of June.

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 04/10/2015 - 11:11 am.

    He sounds perfect for the Minnpost!

  2. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 04/10/2015 - 12:38 pm.

    A complete air ball is given as a CREDIT ??

    The alleged “real-estate empire connected to the University’s wrestling program” story, cited here as an example of the accomplishments of Mr. Mannix, was found, in an investigation by the University of MN legal counsel, to lack any substance of NCAA violations WHATSOEVER.

    So THIS is what now passes for journalistic accomplishment – spectacular, unfounded accusations ??

    However, Mannix, and now MinnPost, offer this as a shining example of the kind of journalism we can expect on these pages ??

    I have seen more nonsense at MinnPost in recent days than ever before. Does the ship still have a rudder ?

    • Submitted by Peter Knicks on 04/10/2015 - 03:01 pm.

      That “real estate empire connected to the University’s wrestling program” story is not alleged; it is, in fact, a real story. You can read it here:
      http://www.mndaily.com/2009/12/10/u-wrestling-makes-real-estate-big-business

      I didn’t see any accusations of the University violating any NCAA rules in this story. It brings to light some suspicious facts about the coaching staff and team, but does not say that they broke any rules. The coaching staff was operating in a grey area. The fact that no sanctions were brought down on the program is good for the University, but it does not discredit the story.

      • Submitted by Steve Titterud on 04/10/2015 - 05:58 pm.

        A “real story” ?? Alice in Wonderland is a real story, too.

        In all other respects, the suspicions and innuendo of Mannix was empty of substance.

        There was no literal accusation, but without the clearly implied allegation of violation of NCAA rules in the piece, which ARE INDEED referenced multiple times in the “story”, there was absolutely no story at all. What are “suspicious facts” supposed to do, besides arouse suspicions ??

        Now, maybe Mannix has done good work elsewhere, but this piece, IMO, was a journalistic hatchet job.

    • Submitted by Pat Borzi on 04/10/2015 - 03:02 pm.

      Not quite an airball

      The accusations were not unfounded. In fact, they were true. J Robinson’s program escaped NCAA sanctions only because he offered the same benefits to non-wrestlers. Andy’s follow-up piece explains: http://www.citypages.com/2010-06-03/news/j-robinson-wrestling-real-estate-probe/full/

      • Submitted by Steve Titterud on 04/10/2015 - 05:43 pm.

        “escaped NCAA sanctions only because” there were no…

        …violations ?? OF COURSE there were no sanctions, there being no violations. The whole implication of the of Mannix’s story was the innuendo that the program was in violation. Without that, there was no story at all.

        So WHAT is your point, Pat ??

  3. Submitted by Beth-Ann Bloom on 04/10/2015 - 01:07 pm.

    Welcome!

    The more data the better!

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