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MPR News Journalist Series: Jana Shortal with host Brandt Williams

Monday, April 13
Show | 7pm // Doors | 6:40pm

Seventeen. That’s how many years Jana Shortal has worked as a journalist for KARE 11 news in Minneapolis. She is from a town you’ve never heard of but it’s a 40-minute drive from St. Louis. She once sold her ten-year anniversary gift from KARE 11 to an ex so she could buy a pair of Air Jordans. Jana graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia a very long time ago and had it not been for a persistent journalism professor would have spent her adult life driving the Wienermobile. Jana has won six regional Emmy awards. You can see Jana on Breaking the News, KARE 11, weeknights at 6:30 pm.
Are you curious about how today’s news is uncovered? Reserve your free spot for the MPR News Journalist Series featuring KARE 11 News journalist Jana Shortal.
Join host Brandt Williams in conversation with Shortal about her fascinating career. Gain insights into the craft, understand the challenges journalists face, and get a chance to put the interviewers in the interviewee chair with an audience Q&A. Info and free tickets at mprevents.org.

WHEN: Monday, April 13, 7 p.m.

WHERE: The O’Shaughnessey Educational Center, University of St. Thomas

For more than 20 years, Minnesota Public Radio has been bringing world-renowned journalists and correspondents to Minnesota for the MPR News Journalist Series. Every fall and spring, we look behind the scenes at their work in an hour-long live discussion with an MPR News host, as the journalists share insights on their craft, as well as on the people and events they’ve covered. Everyone is invited to join the discussion. The interview is recorded for later broadcast on MPR News.


Hosted by Brandt Williams of MPR News

MPR News correspondent Brandt Williams covers the city of Minneapolis with a focus on city and county government, public safety, courts and racial disparities. Brandt has won a Silver Gavel, an Eric Sevareid, a Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and was a finalist for the Scripps Howard Foundation’s National Journalism Award; he was also a 2004 Knight Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow in 2011 and 2015, and he is a board member of Criminal Justice Journalists. When he’s not doing journalism, Brandt plays guitar for his unappreciative cat and is an unapologetic sci-fi and fantasy book/tv/movie nerd.