About the Twin Cities Daily Planet


Allison Herrera

Allison Herrera




 Bruce Johansen


Morgan Halaska

Daniel Getahun


Sheila Regan


Tiffany Vang


Dwight Hobbes


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
• Resources for Community Journalists
• Resources for Neighborhood Organizations 
• Classes and Training for Community Journalists

• How to use the Daily Planet


Editor Allison Herrera

Arts Editorial Assistant: Morgan Halaska

Website and newsletter work:
Web Developer: Bob Keller, Keller Design LLC



Executive Director Adaobi Okolue
Operations Manager
Andrea Roeger
Programs Manager, Education & Engagement: Bruce Johansen


  • Chair:  Daniel Getahun, Minnesota International Center
  • Vice chair: Elizabeth Patton, attorney, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP
  • Secretary: Amy Xiong, digital media coordinator at Cornerstone Media Group
  • Treasurer: Brooke Worden, senior v.p. financial services,Weber Shandwick
  • Ann Treacy, principal, Treacy Information Services
  • Shaina Brassard, interim executive director, West Broadway Business & Area Coalition
  • Lisa Love, reporting and information specialist, Twin Cities Public Television
  • Timothy L. Scully, University of St. Thomas


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.


Christina Cerruti

Basil Considine

Matthew Everett

Stephanie Fox

Betsy Gabler

Morgan Halaska

Amina Harper

Dwight Hobbes

Bill Huntzicker

Bruce Johansen

Sarah Lahm

Anthony Morley

Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva

Sheila Regan

Jeff Rutherford

Erin Collins Salinas

Barb Teed

Kristoffer Tigue

Ann Treacy

Mary Turck

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.