About the Twin Cities Daily Planet


Mary Turck

Jeremy Iggers


Daniel Getahun


Emily Pearson Ryan

Tiffany Vang

Luce Guillen-Givins

Morgan Halaska

Bruce Johansen








 Lolla Mohammed Nur

Sheila Regan

Alleen Brown

Dwight Hobbes

Paige Elliott

The Twin Cities Daily Planet is an online publication connecting citizens in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul with one another and with the global community. The Daily Planet is a project of the Twin Cities Media Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the digital divide and helping citizens empower themselves with media.

Each day, the Daily Planet publishes multiple original articles and blog entries and also republishes several articles and blog entries from our 100+ community media partners. We invite, urge and encourage you to submit content directly to the Daily Planet's editors for possible publication. Here's a complete description of how we edit, moderate, and publish articles and blogs. Register as a user and write an articlepost a blog entry, add an event to our community calendar, or add your favorite places to our community attractions feature.

To learn more, see:
• More than a blog: Editorial procedures and standards
• TC Daily Planet editorial guidelines (for writers)
• Blogging on the TC Daily Planet (for bloggers)
• Information for freelance writers
Writing Neighborhood Notes
• Resources for Community Journalists
• Resources for Neighborhood Organizations 
• Classes and Training for Community Journalists

• How to use the Daily Planet


Editor Mary Turck

Community Engagement Editor: Caitlin Burgess

Arts Editorial Assistant: Morgan Halaska

Website and newsletter work: Luce Guillen-Givins Morgan Halaska, Kristoffer Tigue, Paige Elliott
Web Developer: Steve Hanson, Cruiskeen Consulting 


Executive Director Jeremy Iggers
Operations Manager
Emily Pearson Ryan
Programs Manager, Education and Engagement: Bruce Johansen


  • Chair:  Daniel Getahun, program director, Minnesota International Center
  • Secretary: Amy Xiong, digital media coordinator at Cornerstone Media Group 
  • Treasurer: Brooke Worden, senior v.p. financial services,Weber Shandwick
  • Elizabeth Patton, attorney, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP, at large member of the executive committee. 
  • Dennis Schapiro,  founder of Jola Publications and editor/publisher of Public School Montessorian
  • Ann Treacy, principal, Treacy Information Services
  • Tom Burke, community activist, Seward neighborhood
  • Cirien Saadeh, Media & Communications Organizer, La Asamblea de Derechos  Civiles


The TC Daily Planet is proud to publish articles from our media partners as well as original writing by freelance citizen journalists. Dozens of writers have contributed original reporting to the TC Daily Planet; listed below are some (but not all) of our regular contributors. For bloggers, see our blogs page.

Courtney Algeo

Jon Behm

Eric Blom

Alleen Brown

Jim Brunzell III

Makula Dunbar

Matthew Everett

Jeanette Fordyce

Stephanie Fox

Jean Gabler 

Morgan Halaska

Amina Harper

Dwight Hobbes

Karen Hollish

Ifrah Jimale

Bruce Johansen

Sarah Lahm

Lu Lippold

Erik McClanahan

Douglas McGill

Nekessa Opoti

Andrea Parrott

Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva

Deb Pleasants

Anna Pratt

Sheila Regan

Robin Sauerwein

Justin Schell

Nicky Stein-Grohs

Barb Teed

Kristoffer Tigue

Meredith Westin

Alan Wilfahrt




"The breadth and depth of this site is terrific. It connects on multiple fronts: reader engagement, neighborhood coverage, local opinions, 24/7 updates, and a strong commitment to a diversity of voices. Tcdailyplanet.net really taps the power of the medium to make the community part of the conversation—a lesson some of its competitors could benefit from." -Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists, conveying 2009 Page One Award for Best Independent Web Site

"A consortium of small and specialized news sources in the Twin Cities feed into the Twin Cities Daily Planet, which also includes a few originally reported stories as well. It's a great place to catch the news that the bigger news outlets will overlook." -Moon handbook to Minneapolis and St. Paul




The Twin Cities Media Alliance is a nonprofit organization that brings together media professionals and engaged citizens to improve the quality, accountability and diversity of the local media. Funding for the Twin Cities Media Alliance is provided by the McKnight Foundation, the Minneapolis Foundation, Bush Foundation, the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation Advised Fund of the St.Paul Foundation, the Still Ain't Satisfied Foundation, and a challenge grant from the Challenge Fund for Journalism, as well as by generous individuals who become members of the Daily Planet.

The Twin Cities Daily Planet is conceived as an experiment in participatory journalism, built on a partnership between professional journalists and individual citizens. Collectively, the residents of the Twin Cities have far more expertise and insight than can be found in any one newsroom. The premise of the TC Daily Planet is that new technologies are making it possible for these citizens to become more active and powerful participants in the news production process. One goal of the Daily Planet is to harness that community intelligence and enable individuals to share information and work together for the common good.


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