Laura McCallum

Laura McCallum

Editor
Minnesota Public Radio
lmccallum@mpr.org

Laura McCallum is the Deputy News Director for MPR News. She is a former reporter who covered education and politics, serving as MPR's Capitol Bureau Chief for six years. McCallum joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1993, starting at MPR's birthplace in Collegeville before moving to the St. Paul newsroom in 1997. She has won numerous state, regional and national writing and reporting awards. Prior to MPR, McCallum worked for three public radio stations in North Dakota and also did television and print reporting. McCallum is a past president of Capitolbeat, the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, a national journalism organization dedicated to improving statehouse coverage around the country. She also served as president of the Northwest Broadcast News Association, a regional news organization representing six states. McCallum, a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Dakota.

Laura McCallum Feature Archive

John Michael Lerma was bigger than life. Everyone who knew him would agree. And that's why it's so hard to believe he passed away yesterday at the age of 52. (11/08/2013)
Since 2007, at least 23 young Twin Cities men have left for the Horn of Africa, allegedly to take up arms in Somalia's civil war. Authorities believe the men joined al-Shabab, a ruthless and radical Islamic militia group vying to topple Somalia's weak transitional government. Here is what we know about these men. (09/25/2013)
The news that a man alleged to be a former Nazi SS commander has been living in Minnesota for decades is not the first time that someone residing here has been accused of crimes during World War II. (06/14/2013)
Lawmakers on a Republican-led subcommittee in the U.S. House met Thursday to discuss President Barack Obama's offer to give states the ability to receive waivers from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, program. (The Daily Circuit, 02/28/2013)
The Prairie Seeds Academy will not be allowed to compete in a state soccer tournament, a judge ruled today. (10/26/2012)
Minnesotans are involved in a passionate debate about marriage this election season. The two sides began squaring off more than 40 years ago. The Deep Roots of the Marriage Debate draws from MPR's extensive audio archive to explore the origins of this election day showdown over same-sex marriage. (10/25/2012)
The group promoting a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota is debuting its first two TV ads of a heated campaign. (10/01/2012)
A new poll shows if the election were held today, constitutional amendments on marriage and voter ID would likely pass. (09/11/2012)
Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a package of business tax breaks, including a freeze on statewide property taxes for businesses. (05/04/2012)
A jury has convicted a Roseville man of second-degree murder in the hit-and-run death of a University of Minnesota student. (03/06/2012)
The Hennepin County medical examiner says a Nisswa woman drowned in a hot tub outside a Plymouth home over the weekend. (02/27/2012)
A district judge has dismissed Occupy Minnesota's lawsuit against Hennepin County. (12/23/2011)
A new lawsuit alleges the city of Minneapolis illegally inflated home reassessments in some lower income neighborhoods but the city of Minneapolis stands by its tax assessment system. (11/19/2010)
Volunteers braved the rainy, windy weather Tuesday to finish building the first playground located on parkland along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. (10/27/2010)
Gov. Pawlenty and Republican legislative leaders say they have a proposal to break the impasse over how to provide health insurance for the poor. (03/03/2010)